October 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
Comes and goes
Crashing back and forth, inveigled by
Its shining beauty gleams in a sense of perfection.
Enticed, gravity only pulls these waters
from its calm, comfort, stability
These once peaceful waters
of tranquil lapis blue ripples
Plunge and thrash about violently
Storms only worsen the now ferocious sea.
All for the price
To reach perfection.
the alluring moon’s excellence starts to only feel taunting.
means being grounded
Gravity has no effect on the waves
Not even the most magnificent celestial bodies, pearls in the sky
Can coerce the ocean into madness
Instead the waves find solace in their own motions
back and forth back and forth
Experiment With New Mediums
For this drawing prompt, I combined a rough ink sketch with gouache paint which I hadn’t used before. Through making this piece, I came to realize that I liked the versatility and texture of gouache. Share your creations with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your artwork to be featured on our website!
Briar Girls by Rebecca Kim Wells
Genre: Fantasy & Romance
Summary: Cursed from a young age, the main character of this story, Lena embarks on a journey into a mysterious forest where she finds herself trapped by the boundaries of magic. Lena must choose to save her friends or let the haunted woods consume her.
Reach Out to Someone You Miss
Oftentimes, we lose touch with people. Whether it be because of changing lives or past mistakes. Sometimes, we can end up on a bitter-sweet note with people without even realizing it. Ultimately, if you wish you could talk to someone again, just take that first step. Try not to wait and expect someone to reach out to you if you miss someone because you may regret never taking that first step.
An Outfit Styled With UpWest
UpWest is a fashion brand that is all about helping the environment. All their products are made of recycled materials like polyester and organic cotton. A part of their proceeds are also donated to people in need.
Open Back Tank – $17
How to Live a Happier Life
Happiness is what we all want, right? While total contentment is likely unachievable, we’ve provided a few suggestions that might brighten your days.
- Get Outside More
Nature can be very beneficial to your well-being. Take a walk outside and wind down from the stress of life or schedule time in your day to go in nature. Observe the different plants and animals and pay attention to things you may not have known before.
- Get Enough Sleep
Did you know that 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep? These statistics are even worse for teenagers. There’s a significant amount of research suggesting that enough sleep has a positive impact on people, so maybe try to go to bed a little earlier than you usually do.
- Be Kind to Others
It’s always a good thing to be kind! This can be as easy as complimenting someone or lending them a hand, but being kind could also involve volunteering in your community and standing up for what you believe in.
- Focus on Positive Things in Life
It can be easy to ignore the good things about life when you are focused on work, school, and managing everything else in your life, but finding little things in your day to be grateful for can make you much happier.
Try following these tips and perhaps you will find yourself living a happier, more fulfilled life. Remember, that there are always things you can find positivity in, even in the hardest times.
Glow and Grow
This photo collage was actually completely inspired by its first photo. I loved the subtle glowing look because it perfectly complemented the pearl white petals and took the picture to the next level. I used a calming color palette when selecting my photos and used different filters of light to make this whole collage look like a glowing view of nature.
Chocolate Mug Cakes
These delicious and simple mug cakes are perfect for a cozy fall dessert or, really, whenever you get a craving for cake. (Plus, they’re vegan!) Adapted from a recipe by AllRecipes.
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons almond milk
- 1 ½ tablespoon of canola oil
- 1 tablespoon water
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients together, stirring in the wet ingredients gradually.
- Once you’ve created a batter, move the mixture into a microwave-safe mug
- Microwave the cake for about 1 minute and 45 seconds or until the cake no longer has any parts made of batter.
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