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Music is everything to me, and I’m constantly on the lookout for new artists to spice up my playlists. If you’re like me and are always jamming out (literally always…sorry, roomie), I’ve got you covered.

Here are some of my favourite alternative/rock and r&b/soul artists — both recently discovered and long-time staples. Feel free to find some inspiration from this list, but if any aren’t your cup of tea, that’s totally cool too. Music taste should be as personal as clothing style, so you do you!

Alternative

  1. Sticky Fingers
    Sticky Fingers is an indie/dub band that formed in Sydney in 2008. The…


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Sometimes, all you need is the right song to give you the right feeling. I’ve compiled a list of my all-time favourite songs with the best lyrics to hype you up, keep you humble, and inspire you. I hope you love them as much as I do.

Let’s get started!

  1. Are you tired of stressing about things you can’t control? Do you struggle with asking for help? Listen to Stressing by Bennett, it’s so so good.
  2. Most of us aren’t the average girl in the video, and we shouldn’t strive to be. Video by India.Arie

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Everyone is in need of a gentle reminder sometimes; a reminder to prioritize self-love, a reminder to be present, a reminder to value what you have. Here is a list of some of my favourite little mantras that have helped me through many stages in my life. I hope some of them can do the same for you.

You don’t have to explain yourself as much as you think you do.

Have you ever been in a situation where someones asks you a question and you feel the need to provide an overly complex answer in an effort to seem…


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Relationships; they come and go until you find that one person that’ll be around for the long haul. And as fairytale-like as it would be, most of us don’t find our person on the first try; we have to go through a few trials first. But with the end of a relationship comes the infamous breakup talk, and there exists a relatively long list of sentences out there. I’m sure you’ve witnessed — or even lived — a few of them: “It’s not you, it’s me”, “I just don’t know who I am yet”, “We’re headed in different directions”, “This…


… your energy budget.

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Let’s talk about budgets…

Before we start, rest assured that I won’t bore you with numbers or logistics today. Take a seat, grab a snack, and stay a while because I’m going to discuss a completely different sense of the term than the one you’re probably thinking of. In this article, I’m going to talk about budgeting in the personal, mental health sense, rather than in the traditional, monetary sense. I’ll explain this concept in greater detail, so just keep reading.

When people (myself included) think about budgeting, the general view is probably something along the lines of “ugh, I…


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This holiday season is going to be unique to say the least. A period of cheer, love, and lots and lots of hugs has turned virtual. So, how the heck do we do this thing? Well, we adapt, we throw in some funky DIYs and we make it work. Just because the events of this year is continuing to catch us off guard doesn’t mean you can’t still throw that kick-ass Christmas party you’ve been planning for a while now.

Sure, you might be sick of Zoom (or other video chat platforms for that matter), but there’s no doubt that…


I unfollowed accounts that made me question my worth, and followed accounts that inspired me.

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If you’re like me, you spend a huge amount of your day on social media and are starting to notice patterns that are negatively impacting your mental health.

Before I curated my Instagram feed (and I’ll explain what that means later), I found myself to be extremely unhappy — constantly comparing myself to people who seemed to have everything going for them. I was feeling unworthy, unsuccessful, and like I was doing something wrong… Like there was a ‘right’ way to do life, and that what I was doing was incomparable. How do these people, in a pandemic nonetheless, lead…


Here are 3 lessons that I’ve learned from Saint-Exupéry that I think about every day.

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If you haven’t read Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, you’re missing out on a whole world of inspiration and marvel. And if you’re thinking; “I can’t read this because I don’t speak French”, don’t worry! There are over 300 translations of the text, so there’s no excuse, ha.

In all seriousness though, Le Petit Prince has taught me more about myself and about the world around me than I could ever imagine. After glancing at the cover, you might be wondering how this illustrated, seemingly strange book about a prince could teach a person anything about anything? …


5 tips to help you turn your morning around.

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If you’re like me, your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. And if you’ve already woken up on the wrong side of bed… there’s no hope, right? Wrong! Here are some tips to help you turn your morning around, because like anything in life, it’s never too late to start fresh.

  1. Get between 7–9 hours of sleep.
    I’m sure you know this already, but a good night’s rest is necessary for proper replenishment. …


Why being alone doesn’t have to mean you’re lonely.

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I’m going to preface this article by stating that life alone is not better than life with a partner. Similarly, life with a partner is not better than life alone. There are pros and cons to everything in this wild universe, and this is no exception. Everyone has a place in this world, and your identity, purpose, and happiness is not tied to another human. Your purpose is just that, your purpose. Your identity is just that, your identity. Your happiness is… I think you get the point.

About a month ago, I came up with a mantra:

You can…

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