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5 Things To Do Right Now If You’re Feeling Funky

If you’re feeling like you’re in a slump/a funk/a tumble (or however you wish to describe it), then we urge that you check yourself. Immediately.

This is your reminder to stop what you’re doing: whether that is sitting on your phone scrolling aimlessly and falling down a rabbit hole, eating your third packet of chips, playing all the sad songs on repeat or religiously ordering donuts through an all too convenient drive-through (guilty).

Here are 5 steps to turn that inner funk into a funky tune again.

1. Clean Out Your Fridge

Yes. We know about your fridge. Because let’s face it, we all have a moment with our fridges.

While we hope our fridges will look like Yolanda Hadid’s glass one as featured in RHOBH when we get older, the reality is that juice doesn’t last long in there and neither do avocados (R.I.P.).

A weekly purge would be ideal, but let’s face it, we’re all busy people and this is not possible.

So today, take everything out, wipe the shelves down, look at due dates and and get re-organising. You’ll feel all the better for it.

2. Write A List Of What You Want To Accomplish By The End Of The Day

We are big advocates for ‘the list.’

It doesn’t have to be long. In fact, it can just have two sentences.

Face that mountain (of clothes). Make that dentist appointment. Get that stain out of your dress. Clean out your wardrobe.

Or at the very least, just write the intention on a piece of paper to remind yourself to do it tomorrow.

3. Do Thirty Minutes Of Exercise

This one is written specifically for us. All year, we have had some strange aversion to exercise. But this ends now.

It’s time to bring some fitness routine back into our lives. Whether this is a nightly walk, yoga or a YouTube routine, this needs to happen.

Decide what time of the day will be your 30 minutes and just do it.

4. Put On A Christmas Film

There’s something about the cosy vibes of a Christmas film. They are all joy balls and must be consumed for the entire month of December.

Doctor’s orders.

Having it on in the background as you go about writing your lists or cleaning your fridge would work, but ideally we recommend you give it your full attention.

Start with Home Alone, move on to Love Actually and then blast The Polar Express… and keep going until your Netflix recommendations run out of ideas.

5. Get Excited For Taylor Swift’s Surprise New Album

Taylor Swift’s ninth studio album will be released tonight (Australian time) and will be the sister record to Folklore.

We cannot wait to head back into the folklorian woods with yet another (no doubt) gorgeous album from Tay Tay.

So embrace the anticipation.

And get out of the FUNK. You can do it.

Favourites, Modern Life, News Hot Topic, Viral This Week

It’s About Bloody Time: Period Products Are Free In Scotland

Scotland has become the first nation in the world to ensure period products are obtainable free of charge.

Introduced by Member of Scottish Parliament Monica Lennon on 23 April, the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill has now passed.

In other words, IT’S OFFICIAL.

The Bill, as passed, means that local authorities, education providers and specified public service bodies must ensure that period products are able to be accessed free of charge by all persons who need to use them.

Period Poverty occurs when people who need period products are unable to afford them.

The Scottish Parliament says Monica Lennon, ‘sees these products as a basic necessity, and believes that providing access to them is important for people’s dignity.’

The universal scheme will operate on an β€˜opt-in’ basis.

This means that anyone in Scotland who requests the products to access them, completely free, ‘regardless of age, gender or income.’

The Policy Memorandum states, ‘By operating on such a basis the Bill will also ensure that those with no fixed address or homeless people will also have access to the period products they need.

‘There will be no means-testing or referral system in place.

‘Giving access to all will mean that women, girls and trans people are not financially penalised for menstruating.

‘It will help to tackle period poverty whilst minimising any perceived stigma which may be associated with being given free products.’

As Monica Lennon says on her twitter account, ‘what a journey’ and, more aptly,

‘…it’s ‘about BLOODY time.’

Find out more here.

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8 Questions With Contemporary Aboriginal Artist Lou Martin

There’s something magical about Lou Martin‘s art work.

Since discovering her instagram one night, our appreciation for her stunning creations has only grown.

As a contemporary Aboriginal artist and Wiradjuri woman, Lou’s work encapsulates the power of sisterhood, her culture, the stunning Australian landscape, pastel colours and the importance of spreading love and kindness everywhere, even when the world can feel a little heavy.

And we are all about it.

We reached out to Lou and asked her 8 questions about her art work, creative processes and biggest influences. Take a read below.

You’re a contemporary Aboriginal artist and Wiradjuri woman, what does this mean for you?

“I am a proud Wiradjuri woman, however am of English descent also. My work is contemporary Aboriginal art which, for me, means that although there is traditional symbolism and meaning, I don’t paint Dreaming stories.”

How does your family and culture inspire and influence your art?

“I am significantly influenced by my culture, family and my surroundings. Although I am originally from rural NSW, I am also lucky to call Queensland’s Sunshine Coast home, so landscape-wise, I have the best of both worlds.

“I am a mother and a wife, and I have 3 incredible sisters whom I take inspiration from daily.”

How would you describe your artistic style?

“My artistic style is contemporary, both in subject and composition. I use traditional symbols, but I put my spin on them also. My colour choices are non-traditional a lot of the time too.”

What is your favorite colour to paint with?

“My favourite colour to paint with changes daily. I love pastels; pinks, blues and muted tones, however at the moment I am crushing on pinks, browns, oranges. That could change tomorrow though!”

What in nature inspires you the most?

“There is so much in nature that inspires me. I’m from red earth and river people and feel a deep connection to country there, so that’s where I’m most comfortable. I’m also really lucky to live near the ocean.

“It’s impossible to take daily walks by the beach and not draw inspiration from the sand, the changing colours of the ocean, the way it makes you feel.

“The change in season is also a source of inspiration for me – the rain, the renewal of the warmer months.”

What is your favourite piece of art work that you have ever created?

“I have a piece called Miimi (Sister) that has been my favourite – I adore my sisters and my close girlfriends who are like sisters.

“Just the sentiment of sisterhood and helping each other rise.”

“I’m currently working on a new piece though that is going to be an even favourite, I think. It’s based on mountains and wildflowers, and I’m really loving it. If this one doesn’t sell, I won’t be upset in the least!”

What is your artistic process? Do you plan for months or are you inspired on a whim?

“My artistic process always starts with either subject matter or colour palette. I could see a couple of flowers together and instantly know I have to use those colours together, or see the colours in the ocean and have to use those together.

“I have a series called β€˜Marrumbang’ (love and kindness) that I painted when I felt like the world was falling apart. The news was full of conflict, rioting, then covid struck and there were more riots. I felt like there was so much ugliness outside my door that I needed to return love and kindness back into my home.”

We love your recent piece β€˜One Moon One Sun’ – can you describe what this piece means for you?

“One Moon One Sun came about after talking to my youngest about our times travelling (it feels like a distant memory now!).

“We were talking about how it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, what your nationality is, what your beliefs are, whether you are standing on a beach, or in the desert, or rainforest – all in different countries, we all look up to the same sun and the same moon.

“The universe is so much bigger than we are, how insignificant we may be as individuals, but our impact collectively as humans can be huge, particularly on the environment.

We are all part of the human race, and we can do better towards each other and our surroundings.

We cant wait to see Lou’s new piece based on mountains and wildflowers. Watch this space.

If you want to follow Lou’s Instagram filled with positivity and dreamy artwork, you can here.

You can also find more information about her art work here.