Why Having a Type is Normal but Limiting

Tall, dark and handsome. Short, curvy and funny. Covered in tattoos, with green eyes, a nose ring, and a PhD. When you ask someone if they have a type, chances are they will have a pre-rehearsed line like this. Some people are more specific; some only have a trait or two. Some will focus more on physical characteristics, and others only mention personality. I was curious about your answer to the question “Do you have a “type”? If yes, what is it?” and I was excited to see such a range of responses.
Here is a selection to whet your appetite.  

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We Are Angry

We are angry.

We are angry that ignorance, greed and money keep winning above all else.

We are angry that the old white men who have been in power far too long are still there.

We are angry that the rich are getting richer and the rest of us might as well not exist.

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5 Signs You Have Chemistry With Someone

Chemistry, or the connection you feel with other people, is still a bit of a mystery. Scientists and psychologists both have been trying to work it out for years, and while some strides have been made, the phenomenon has never been fully explained. The jury is still well and truly out on this one. Is it just that some people make your hormones perk up and pay attention that lends to that sense of attraction? Is it shared values, easy conversation, a lot of laughter? Or is it some inexplicable, otherworldly thing that we will probably never understand? The general consensus is that it’s a tantalising mix of all three. So, what are the top 5 signs you have chemistry with someone? Let’s find out.

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10 Tips for Healing Heartbreak

“Grief is the price we pay for love.”  

Queen Elizabeth II

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who have experienced heartbreak, and those who will. It is simply part of being human, so at the very least you can take comfort knowing that in this, you are certainly not alone.

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Is Escapism Healthy?

In the first part of this series, I talked about my history with escapism and the positive effects of one series in particular that I’m certain you’ve heard of.

Escapism can be defined as the act of seeking relief and distraction from unpleasant realities, often by way of entertainment and fantasy. Escapism has been critiqued by many. They deem it irresponsible and describe it as a way to avoid real life responsibility. Googling the term shows up countless results with similar implications – that escapism is avoidance; that one should snap back to reality; that one should leave their fantasy world; that there are nasty consequences. But I believe escapism can be a healthy coping mechanism for children and adults alike, to a reasonable degree.

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The Positive Escapism of Harry Potter

Few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which sooner or later no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover or how much we learn or forget – we will return.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

It’s the year 2000, and I’ve just turned seven years old. I’m in Los Angeles with my very pregnant mother and her American boyfriend. We are meeting his family for the first time. I find their accents funny, but they give me lots of gifts, so I smile and nod and accept their countless hugs. Little did I know that one gift in particular from one Uncle Jerry would change my life forever.

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Post-Holiday Blues

It’s been four days since I got back from Bali, and my mind is just now beginning to normalise. It’s been pretty rough. While I always feel this sense of loss after a trip, I usually spend so long overseas that by the time I come back, I feel a little more ready. This time, the ten day trip was more like a teaser, and the comedown is hard.

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The Magic of Bali’s Tangible Culture

I’m sweating profusely. My skin is tingling with the inevitable sunburn. I see a mosquito, and wonder if it carries Dengue fever… but I am utterly content.

I’ve been in Bali for two days, and to my pleasant surprise, I’m already in love.

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Developing a Preloved Practice

As I mentioned in my style article recently, the ethical overhaul on my life began around the time I went vegan over five years ago. As I learned about the atrocities committed by the agriculture industry on animals, workers, and the planet, it opened my eyes to the reality that most modern for-profit industries and big businesses act in much the same way. That is, with very little regard for the impact they are having on the world around them.

The explosion in popularity of low and zero waste living recently has inspired me to start this series and share with you how I go about living as low waste as possible in a world so obsessed with newness, updating, trends, and *shudders* plastic. I am beginning with the top three ways I ensure most of the stuff I own is secondhand. Keep your eye out in future for articles about my pantry and my personal care products, too.

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