June 2022 Issue / Volume 3
This Issue’s Contents
- Poem of The Month
- Drawing Prompt
- Book Review
- Empowering Activity
- Sustainable Fashion
- Main Article
Poem Of The Month
Home is where I am the happiest.
Where my brightest and most truthful emotions can shine
like moonlight through a stain glass window
Unfiltered, bright, and steady.
It’s where I feel proud that I am who I am,
I get lost.
It’s hard to find my home when it prefers to stay hidden
And in my search
I’ve found that home isn’t even a place, really.
Instead, it’s more of a feeling.
Something I can only ever achieve when I truly yearn for it
Only through work and patience,
Can I truly feel belonged.
Home is an old cottage hidden beneath the branches in the woods
Home is a skyscraper, boasting its height in a bustling city
Home is wherever I want it to be
Home is where I am the happiest.
Experiment With Color
One of my favorite things to do when creating art is trying out new color palettes. For the drawing below, I decided to use earth-inspired tones. However, I also added pops of color in the earrings to balance out the drawing. Along with this, for the background, I tried varying the textures a bit. If you’d like to try this drawing prompt, you can send us a picture of your final drawing to firstname.lastname@example.org!
All Kinds Of Other – James Sie
In All Kinds of Other, two boys, Jack and Jules, live separate lives until one day they meet each other. Everything seems to be going well at Jack’s new school until word spreads that he’s transgender. While Jack grapples with the harassment he faces, Jules helps support him. The two boys eventually realize that their feelings for each other may go beyond friendship. This is a heartwarming story about friendship, love, and adolescence and how we all sometimes just need someone to talk to.
Make a Word Cloud that Describes Yourself
Word clouds are a great way to express meaning in the form of multiple words and short phrases. I used wordclouds.com to create a personalized word cloud that described my personality and passions. This is a great way to remind yourself of your worth and who you are as a person.
An Outfit Styled With Physic Outlaw
Physic Outlaw is a sustainable fashion brand that makes one of a kind clothing using upcycled materials. Physic Outlaw even creates other products like stickers, ornaments, and even accessories for your pets! If you have some extra fabric lying around your home, you have the option to send it in to Physic Outlaw so they can transform it into custom clothes.
Finding Your Style
In today’s evolving society, most of us are used to new trends being introduced. Whether these trends involve, fashion, music, art, or even lifestyle; many of us have a common struggle– we can’t always keep up with these trends. You’ve likely heard the phrase, “Be Yourself.” While this seems like an easy goal to achieve, constant co-comparison often makes it hard to feel a sense of belonging. So how do you find your sense of style amongst a sea of people unlike you? Here are five tips that may help.
- Find Your People
When you surround yourself with people who make you feel bad, you sometimes find yourself changing yourself to be like them or to impress them. Although this is completely normal, keep in mind that you don’t need anyone else’s validation. If the people you spend time with make you feel this way, they probably aren’t “your people”. On the other hand, people who make you feel better will likely accept who you are and be supportive of your decisions.
- Trust Your Gut
One of the most important ways to find yourself is to trust yourself. Don’t do things because of peer pressure or wear a piece of clothing simply because that’s what everyone else is wearing. Do what you think is right, and disregard the pressures of others when necessary.
- Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Having a consistent routine is comfortable and easy, however, it can be helpful to experiment and try new things when you are figuring out what your style is. (For example; try a new type of art, wear a different style of clothing, re-decorate or rearrange your room). Doing this allows you to figure out what’s right for you and what feels the best.
- Create a Vision Board
Creating a vision board can help you pinpoint what exactly you like and it can also help you find inspiration for your style. One of the easiest ways to do this is to create a Pinterest board. This allows you to save images you like as well as similar images that are recommended. If you can, you could even try to incorporate elements from your vision board into your own style.
- Make a List of Your Strengths and Weaknesses
You may struggle to find your style if you are not confident in yourself. Take a sheet of paper and write your weaknesses, then write even more strengths. (This can be very challenging!) Doing this can also boost your self-esteem and well-being overall. Confidence is an admirable trait and you may find that doing this makes others drawn to you more.
It’s okay if none of these tips helped you! Remember, finding your style requires patience and time (and can be difficult), so if you go with the flow, and trust yourself, then you’ve already almost found your style.
In Black and White
This photo collection is something that is not S&A Magazine’s typical aesthetic. While we both love colors and the joyous emotions they can portray, observing the world from a different perspective can show us something new. One thing that I did not expect is how, although in black and white, all of the photos still have their own unique shades of color to them. Some pictures look cooler and sharper while others look darker and more mellow.
Perfect for snacking on during a movie (or really anytime you’re hungry) these chips are easy to make, more healthy than regular chips, and delicious. Made using vegetables, they have a surprising pop of flavor that adds to the taste. Do you have any recipe suggestions? Email us at email@example.com!
- 1 sweet potato
- 2 beets
- 1-2 leaves of kale
- 1 leaf of cabbage (optional)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- A pinch of garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- Preheat the oven to 425°F
- Cut the beets and potato into thin, evenly-shaped, slices.
- Separately, rip the kale and cabbage into medium-sized shreds.
- In a small or medium bowl, combine olive oil, garlic powder and salt making sure to mix well.
- Add in the beet and potato slices and stir until they are fully coated.
- Remove the beet and potato chips from the bowl and place on a lined baking sheet, making sure the chips are not touching.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the chips are crispy and brown on the edges.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the cabbage and kale, but you only need to cook them for about 4-7 minutes.
- Remove chips from the oven and put them on a baking rack to dry. To store, put chips in an airtight container at room temperature.
Above: Uncooked, Sliced Chips
Extra Resources & Information
War in Ukraine
With an ongoing war in Ukraine, millions upon millions of citizens have been forced to flee their homes because of danger. As Russian military forces invade the country, violence is almost inescapable. Ukrainian refugees need your help now more than ever, so here are some resources to support those who have or still are facing traumatic experiences due to the war.
June is Pride Month
Whether you are a part of the LGBTQ+ community or not, there are many ways you can celebrate pride month! You can find ways to celebrate pride month on the website linked below.
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