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What is Load Bearing?
Load-bearing. I’ve seen this term come up time and again within different contexts. Some are simply about how to correctly assemble the structure of a building with strong foundations so that it can withstand enormous loads. Other articles, particularly about emotional load-bearing, talk of the disproportionate amounts of mental and emotional labour women in heterosexual couples have to bear when they find themselves running an entire household on their own, despite putting in the same amount of hours at work as their male counterpart.
A Very Romanian Rescue
'What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.’ - General Dwight D. Eisenhower
Bright lights, distant shrieks of laughter, a banging tune. As I sit alone in my room, endeavouring to figure out what I want to do, I think of you.
Actions Over Words
Actions of care. That is my love language. By actions of care, I don’t mean that I want somebody to do everything for me. I do not want a servant, nor do I wish to be coddled or treated as if I am helpless. What I think of, when I think of actions of care, are the times when somebody close to you knows you and thinks about you enough that they engage in small actions that might make your day brighter, or your life easier in some way.
How Do We Get Humans To Treat Other Humans Like Humans?
I want to talk about something that has given me a lot of pause. It’s about the importance of using your voice, showing up for each other, and community. I am a citizen of dual nationality… which is very confusing, because I am both us and them, self and other, the byproduct of two countries – England and Tunisia – yet also unable to qualify as a true-blue native of either of them. You could say I am somewhat displaced. Although not nearly as displaced as those who have found themselves with no other option than to leave the only place they know and try to cobble their lives back together on unfamiliar land.
Solving The Climate Crisis For Her
Today, my youngest sister came to me with something that I never expected to hear her say. She was distraught, face pale, tears in her eyes as she sat down next to me. When I asked her what was wrong, she was hesitant to tell me, but I pressed the point, seeing how troubled whatever was on her mind was making her.
Hand-stitching Your Way To Mental Wellness
Life is full of difficult moments – whether it be times in which we feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of tasks we have to get through or are struggling with the feeling that our efforts don’t seem to be getting us to where we want to be very fast. Perhaps it seems like we get no time for ourselves, or alternatively, that nobody has any time for us, making us feel isolated and disconnected from those we care about. The Coronavirus Pandemic, for many of us, has accentuated these worries, bringing them to the forefront of our minds. If we aren’t mindful of this, we risk spiralling. Finding ways to occupy ourselves or give ourselves a break then, becomes imperative – as we learn below from our interview with the one and only Kelsie May!
Things To Think About When Going To The Moon
In current times with the extraordinary advancements in the technological sector and the variety of innovative gadgets – each, tumbling out onto the market quicker than the last – we can forget just how little time we have had with these tools at our fingertips.