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Meet the Team: Maria

Maria Angelica Flores is the lovely graphic design intern for Words With Heart. She has designed some awesome stuff, like Words With Heart’s travel journal which will be printed soon! We asked Maria about her role with Words With Heart, her background, and her dreams and ambitions for the future. Thanks for being an inspiring woman Maria!

What is your background/story?

My name is Maria Angelica Flores, I’m 21 years old, born in the Philippines but
raised in Australia. I’ve completed a Design course and will continue to study a
management course in 2015. I’ve completed 3 internships and worked as a
freelance designer for a year now.

What is your role in Words With Heart?

I am Words with Heart Graphics Design Intern. I’ve worked closely with Lauren to
create journal, cards and vouchers. It was great fun to be in a team that inspires
young women.

What made you want to join Words With Heart?

I love self empowerment quotes- I love to smile and just be the best person I can
be everyday. I love the idea of Words With Heart, its more than just stationary, it
does something good which is so real and inspiring. Words With Heart is the type
of project I can see myself contributing to because it aligns with my own desire to
create positive change.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration, Miranda Kerr. She is a motivational figure, inspire young
women to accept their inner beauty and encourages a positive lifestyle. Her
books are empowering and enjoyable to read.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I hope in the future I have a leading career in design- I hope to have published
my own picture book for young children. I hope to be living in an apartment where
I have a home studio to create my own projects.

What are 3 things you are most passionate about?

I am very passionate about design and the creative arts, I love music, and health
and fitness.

Any last words?

I am truly blessed to have worked with Words With Heart. Thank you to the whole
team for your great work and effort. I feel WWH will go a long way and I’ll always
be supporting this organisation.

6 Great Tips for an Eco-Friendly Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching it’s a good time to start thinking about what Christmas means to you.  For most people, Christmas is a time for celebration with food, wine and gift-giving with family and friends. Unfortunately, this can lead to excessive consumption and an abundance of waste. Not to mention all the packaging used! So, why not add the environment into your Christmas celebration?

According to a study conducted by  Lonergan Research, Australian’s will spend around $16.2 billion on Christmas, equating to around $900 per Australian! You can only imagine how much waste that would produce.  We thought we’d help you out and compile a list of our favorite eco-friendly christmas tips so you can reduce waste and celebrate the environment this festive season.

1. Give a worm farm!

Worm farms are the best way to reduce household food waste while creating super nutritious food for your garden. This is also a great present for children as it teaches them all about the environment and it’s fun! You can make your own worm farm, or you can buy an already made one from somewhere like Worms R Us

2. Tree time

Every Christmas season thousands of trees are cut down for people to decorate and place in their homes. Instead of buying a Christmas tree, why not buy a real potted tree to decorate? Even better, when the Christmas season is over you can plant it!

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 Image: 79 Ideas

3. Watch your wrapping!

1.9 tonnes of paper is used in Australia each year- and this includes wrapping paper. It’s surprisingly easy to cut down on the amount of wrapping you use. Some great alternatives include: collecting boxes during the months leading up to Christmas and decorating them. You can also get creative with recycled newspaper or plain paper and decorate it yourself. 

4. Give back to the environment

Gift-giving is a huge part of Christmas so it’s awesome that there is a great range of environmentally-friendly gifts out there. Here are our top picks for environmentally friendly gift-giving:

  • Raw Agave chocolates from Loving Earth. Containing no cane sugar or dairy and double the amount of antioxidants as conventionally processed chocolate, this is a perfect healthy treat for Christmas presents. 
  • Underwear from NicoWith sustainably sourced materials and garments that are made in Australia under ethical conditions they a perfect Christmas gift. Even better, they are the first Australian underwear brand to be accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia and their garments look totally awesome!  
  • Vegan makeup from Ere PerezThis makeup is made from carefully selected premium ingredients which are blended with antioxidants. The result? A gentle and highly effective make-up solution. Even better – it’s all natural!
  • Sustainable sandals from Vege Threads. These sandals are handmade to order which keeps wastage to a minimal. They also use hand-tools instead of heavy-duty machinery which reduces electricity usage. Perfect for the summer season!
  • Eco-friendly notebooks from Words With Heart. We use 100% recycled paper and card for our ever-inspiring notebooks making it a fantastic eco-friendly gift. You can find our collection here

5. Eco-friendly Christmas cards

Here at Words With Heart we’ve created some eco-friendly postcards so you can feel guilt-free about card giving this Christmas. Postcards are a great replacement for normal Christmas cards because you use half the card AND you don’t need an envelope! How awesome is that!

6. The aftermath

Once Christmas is all over and the New Year is settling in, store your used wrapping paper and decorations for away for next year.

Have a merry green Christmas everyone! 

The new book you need to read – Not That Kind of Girl

Not That Kind of Girl is a MUST READ for any lady. It was recommended to me by a fellow intern who mentioned that she wished she read it 5 years ago and I couldn’t agree more with her. I actually finished it the day after I bought it! (reading can be an expensive hobby when you constantly find great books!).

Not That Kind of Girl is a journey though Lena Dunham’s life (you might know her from the TV series Girls). This book is so special because it highlights the beauty in all imperfections, especially the ones that come with being a young woman in today’s society. Thoughout the book Lena discusses crucial topics such as love, sex, body image, friendship, work, education and how to prove yourself in a room full of men. Lena outlines all of the struggles of growing up in a frank yet entertaining manner that makes this book impossible to put down.

“I’m already predicting my future shame in thinking I had anything to offer you, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.”

– Lena Dunham in Not That Kind of Girl

It’s definitely one to put on the Christmas wish-list!

Supporter Snapshot: Four Questions With Emma Cloke

Emma­­­ Cloke is an inspiring artist from the UK who has found her passion during times of adversity. Not only does Emma produce beautiful pieces of art (see Malala above), she transcends an important message I think everyone can take inspiration from: What do you do when faced with adversity? For someone like Emma, who has suffered from horrific depression for 12 years while being stuck in limbo with medical professionals regarding her disability, she chooses to face her adversity with courage. Instead of letting her disability beat her, she uses it as an opportunity to show her 10-year-old daughter how to be a striver and survivor with humour. For Emma, everyday is a blessing and a reason to live.

How did you find your passion for art? Was there an ah ha! moment when it just clicked with you?

Art is something that I have always done and turned to, even as a child. I believed art to be a hobby until my health declined and I felt invisible and incapable to provide for my family. My confidence has always been a problem over the years and recognising a value in myself a struggle. My family and friends saw my work and encourage me to sell some, so I jumped in at the deep end in September 2014 when I was accepted to be part of the City of Colour Festival held at The Custard Factory Birmingham England. This was the first time I had ever had to submit work to see if it was good enough to be included and, luckily, I was accepted! I sold my first print and was so excited.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

In general, people who try to face adversity inspire me; if I had to choose well known figures of inspiration then they include The Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and in more recent years, Malala. If you face adversity in life and try to find a way to inspire and be inspired, progression within yourself and society can happen… that’s my mantra anyway! What a wonderful Tea party I would have if these people dropped by, tea, cake and good conversation!

What is the most important thing you have learnt from your journey?

The most important thing that I have learnt on my journey is to carry on regardless! To smile daily, to laugh at yourself and to inspire your children.Children are also affected when a parent becomes disabled; you need to keep their lives light and free. Onwards and upwards is the most constructive thing that I have embraced as I have realised tomorrow is another day, things you can change for the better do and the stuff that you can’t change accept and move forward.

I also asked Emma to ask her 10-year-old daughter what she thinks the most important part of getting an education is… (I love her reply!)

The most important part of getting an education is being able to have any job in the world. I can be a scientist like Marie Curie AND a writer like Jaqueline Wilson. Education must be important as girls are kidnapped to stop them going to school and Malala was shot. This makes me sad and makes me work harder. One day I would like to meet Malala and thank her for helping girls all around the world- Love Summer- Lili Cloke, Author and Scientist want to be!

You can check out more pieces of her incredible art on her Facebook. Thanks for being such an inspiration Emma!

Keep Calm and Study! Our Top 5 Study Tips

Are you feeling absolutely weighed down by study and deadlines? don’t worry- so are we! It’s definitely that time of year again which is why I thought I’d compile a list of our top 5 study tips!

1. Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is one of the buzz words that’s circulating at the moment- and there’s a reason why. Research shows that practicing mindfulness can reduce stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms. It also increases resilience and enhances work performance.

Smiling Minds is a web and app based program which was developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy. It’s also free! It’s an excellent first step for those who don’t know much about mindfulness but want to learn all about it. You can read all about Smiling Minds on their website here.

Smiling Mind Australia

2. Create an inspirational study space

Take 30 minutes out to create a space where you will enjoy spending a lot of time, will inspire you to reach your goals and that is clean and uncluttered. I created my own inspirational study space by writing inspirational quotes onto pieces of paper and sticking them behind my desk- it’s really helped me! I’ve found when I feel stressed I take a few moments out to read the quotes and I instantly feel inspired. I got the idea off Pinterest, which have so many other awesome ideas for study spaces. Check it out here

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Inspirational study space from Pintrest

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My inspirational study space

 

3. Focus

Sometimes the allure of social media can become all too much and people find themselves switching from social media to important assignments. This can create a huge problem because research shows switching between tasks massively decreases performance and increases stress levels. Something that can help is setting a timer and focusing on one task for just 10 minutes. When the 10 minutes is over, you’ll be so focused on the task at hand you won’t want to stop!

4. Eat healthy

Brain foods are the best foods for this time of year! Welcome oily fish, almonds, blueberries and whole-grains into your diet. Make sure you steer clear of sugars, processed foods and alcohol. My study food secret is putting chili on everything! It gives me heaps of endorphins to keep on studying when I’m feeling fatigued.

5. Keep calm!

If your having trouble with this one there are lots of natural remedies out there to help! Try Rescue Remedy, a blend of 5 different bach flower remedies and it is designed to help you through any stressful situation.

Good Luck!

Awesome Women: Interview with Madeline Price, Founder of One Woman Project

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing the passionate Madeline Price who was recently selected as a Queensland State Finalist for the 2015 Young Australian of the Year award. As the director and founder of the One Woman Project and a promoter of advocacy,  Madeline has insightful knowledge on pressing global issues, such as gender equality. 

Madeline-Price

Madeline Price

What’s your story? tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a fourth year Bachelor of Arts/Laws student, majoring in Sociology and Journalism, at the University of Queensland. I am an avid traveller, having been to more than 15 countries, a student, a volunteer, an activist and an eternal optimist. In my spare time I enjoy waterskiing, playing the guitar, watching re-runs of Friends and guessing plot lines to George R. R. Martin novels.

What made you want to start up One Woman Project?

From an early age, I was aware that gender inequalities existed (it was not until  I was much older that I realised the extent to which they permeated every facet of society), but was eternally frustrated when those around didn’t see the inequality or, more often than not, exclaimed ‘But we are equal!’. That is where the One Woman Project stemmed from – a way to educate young people about the global gender inequalities that exist.

How did you become interested in gender equality?

From a young age I was passionate about ending inequalities everywhere – be in extreme poverty, gender inequalities, war, and so forth – but it wasn’t until I was on an alternative to Schoolies trip, in 2011, that I realised the global nature of gender inequality. I walked into a classroom a few hours north of Kampong Cham, Cambodia, only to find myself facing twenty young boys. I stepped out of the classroom, wandered through the village and tallied in my head – the village was roughly 50% men, 50% women, but only boys were in the classrooms. I asked the teacher why, and she said that the girls were more useful as workers, and less useful as students.

This was the first time that I became acutely aware of an obvious gender inequality and, upon returning to Australia, found myself confronted by the gender inequalities faced at home as well – the gender wage gap, sexual violence, intimate partner and domestic violence, the glass ceiling.

What is the One Woman Project about?

The One Woman Project is a youth-run, registered, non-for-profit organisation aimed at advocating for and promoting gender equality. It centres on three main focuses; public awareness campaigns, biannual conferences and educational seminars for highschool and university students focusing upon global gender inequality.

Can you tell us a bit about the seminars and conferences?

The educational seminars cover eight topics of global gender inequality, including; the difference between gender and sex, the feminisation of poverty and the education of women, representations of men and women in film and advertising, maternal health and HIV/Aids, sexual violence in conflict zones, political quotas and representation, intersectionality and the future of the gender equality movement. The educational seminars also offer the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and organisations.

The conferences – the first of which will be held in July 2015 – focus upon expanding on the educational seminars. They will feature guest speakers from a variety of fields, workshops and networking opportunities. They are open to all members of the public – not just high school and university students.

How can people sign up?

High school and university aged participants of all genders can sign up to the Semester 1 2015 program through our website here.

Any advice for someone wanting to start up their own project?

Be passionate.

This is something I tell all my volunteers – you can learn anything, be it facilitation, finances, campaign and advocacy skills – but you can’t learn passion. People will believe in what you’re passionate about, they will follow you when you can articulate your passion – our society needs passionate people.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My parents have always been my constant source of inspiration – they are two of the most incredible people you will ever meet. Their enthusiasm, their passion, their constant ability to laugh at themselves (and me!) has really shaped how I am as a person. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I am an amalgamation of all their best qualities – a superhuman (haha!).

What is your favourite book?

My favourite book is Illusions: Tales of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach. This book has been a constant inspiration to me and a dedicated push to do more for my local, national and global community. The most motivating part?

‘Here’s a test to find if your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive; it isn’t.’

We’ve just made our first charity donation!

Words With Heart is super proud to announce that our first donation of $1062 has been made to One Girl, which is enough to give three girls access to education in Sierra Leone! This donation equates to $1 for every notebook and journal we sold during our crowd-funding campaign. So thank you, fantastic supporters – this is all because of YOU.

One Girl is a non-profit organisation who believe that EVERY girl has the right to an education– no matter where she is born, how much her parents earn, what her culture says, or what religion she adheres to. Every girl deserves the opportunity to learn, grow and be the best she can be. They’re on a mission to educate 1 million girls across Africa by 2020, and they’ve started their work in Sierra Leone – one of the toughest places on earth to be born a girl.

The funds will go to four girl focused projects, one of which is called Business Brains. With an unemployment rate of over 60%, it is important that girls in Sierra Leone leave school with the skills required to start their own business.

This is where Business Brains can help. This year, they have supplied 78 women and girls with adequate knowledge of entrepreneurship and literacy so they can start their own small business. The results were spectacular. This is Sarah’s Story:

Sarah, one of the participants raced home to her mum and asked for a $1 loan after the training had finished. Her mum gave her the money. Sarah visited the local market and collected all the ingredients she needed to make butterscotch. After cooking it all up, she began selling it around her community. Within a week she’d paid her mum back the loan, and now she is earning between $2 – $3 a week selling her butterscotch.

While this amount may not seem like much, it is enough to ensure Sarah gets at least one meal per day. This year One Girl are scaling up that program to reach more than 14,000 girls across Sierra Leone.

Want to do more to help? You can! One Girl is calling out to do something most people would of never thought they would have to do again – don a school dress. It’s called the Do It In A Dress Campaign, and it’s brilliant. To participate, you grab a school dress and complete some pretty awesome sounding challenges, such as completing fun runs/ marathons, going bungee jumping or even hosting your own party, all while wearing a dress. If you raise $300 dollars, you can provide one girl in Sierra Leone with education. Pretty special, huh? To get involved, or to support someone else’s Do It In A Dress activities,  all you need to do is click here.

 

3 things that have inspired us this week

1. Raw Beauty NYC

Raw Beauty NYC is a project created by Christopher & Dan from the Reve Foundation. It was designed to inspire the public to change their views, transform stereotypes and spread awareness of women with physical challenges. It’s an innovative visual arts project that highlights beauty, empowerment and sensuality through photography. Twenty women were photographed, and it’s evident  they embrace life’s challenges and don’t let anything deter them. Even better yet, all funds raised by the project support the Dana Reeve Foundation, which funds innovative research dedicated to curing spinal cord injury. How awesome is that? Be sure to check out their website: here and browse through all the inspiring stories.

2. Joining Hands

Joining hands has us super inspired this week! Joining hands is a non-for-profit enterprise that offers health and wellbeing services, such as Yoga, Meditation and Health Checks. What makes them so awesome is they give back profits to provide these services to homeless and vulnerable people- free of charge!  Feel free to check out their website here and maybe even splash out on some wellbeing services.

3. International Day of the Girl!

As you may of already known, October the 11th was International Day of the Girl. It was a day of celebration all around the world that promoted girls’ human rights and addressed discrimination issues. Luckily, the guys at Global Girl Media Network are celebrating Day of the Girl every day. Check out their website http://ggmn.tv/ggm/. Did you do anything to celebrate or raise awareness for international day of the girl? Send us a picture or a story and let us know!

Have a great weekend guys!

Welcome to the Blog!

Welcome to the official Words With Heart Blog!

This is Words With Heart’s little hub to share new products and ideas with you guys! It will also serve a platform for feedback and discussion (so don’t be shy to leave a comment and introduce yourself ). Throughout this blog we’ll be talking about eco-friendly initiatives, girl’s education projects and anything else we find inspiring.

My story:

Hello! I’m Ellie Campbell and I’m the official Words With Heart Blogger. This time last year I was knee-deep in chemistry, anatomy and physiology assignments. After deciding that it was very close to impossible to be creative with science, I had an ah ha! moment where I decided to make a huge change and explore the field of journalism and marketing at Queensland University of Technology. I haven’t looked back since. My passion is food, I am a self-defined foodie. I absolutely love finding new recipes from different countries all over the world and trying them out. I find it incredible how I can travel the world from my own kitchen.

As a student, I believe that everyone should have the right to an education, no matter what gender. I also believe in the saying ‘words can change the word’. As a user of social media, I constantly see articles on my news feed that criticize women for their weight, height and general appearances. There is no doubt that social media’s popularity is on the rise, so I think it’s increasingly important for girls to receive empowering messages to inspire them and  make them feel good. At the end of the day, any little empowering message makes a difference, and that is exactly what Words With Heart’s stationery does.

If you ever have any questions or anything else  feel free to drop me a line at elliemarycampbell@gmail.com or leave a comment.

P.S my first Word’s With Heart post can’t happen without something inspiring- so here’s Emma Watson’s incredible UN speech (if you haven’t already seen it- now’s your chance!) 

 

Speaking of inspiration… Malala Yousufzai, the courageous 17-year-old girl who has become an absolute symbol for defiance in today’s society, won the Noble Peace Prize on Friday. I’d like to leave you with something Malala addressed to the UN:

“The wise saying, ‘The pen is mightier than sword’ was true. The extremists are afraid of books and pens.”

“The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of women frightens them.”

Yours truly,

Ellie 🙂