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Bossy Babe: Meet Barbara Erochina

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When I created the Bossy List I wanted it to be a directory for folks looking to support feminist/queer women-identified, gender queer, and trans folks. But I also wanted to get to know more about this boss babes and hear their stories. Each month I’ll be sharing a Q&A that I had with one of the bossy babes on the list. This month I got to hear from Barbara Erochina, one of my dearest pals,  whose commitment to self-care and emotional wellness has played an integral role in my growth as a human being and I continue to be inspired by the work that she does. Hope you enjoying reading her responses to my questions as much as I did! Floral Manifesto: I would love for... View Article

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Bossy Babe: Meet Carly Boyce

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When I created the Bossy List I wanted it to be a directory for folks looking to support feminist/queer women-identified, gender queer, and trans folks. But I also wanted to get to know more about this boss babes and hear their stories. Each month I’ll be sharing a Q&A that I had with one of the bossy babes on the list. This month I got to hear from Carly Boyce, a tarot reader and community builder who calls themselves the “Feelings Witch.” I once had the pleasure of having Carly read my cards. It was such a supportive, illuminating, and cathartic experience. Hope you enjoying reading their responses to my questions as much as I did! FM: Tell me a bit about how you got... View Article

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T-shirts are a new member in my wardrobe community. For so, so many years my wardrobe consisted of dresses, dresses, and more dresses (with the old skirt + silky blouse combo). It wasn’t always this way. During my late teens/early twenties I worked at the Bluenotes in the Pickering Town Centre, which was the definition of cool, and I had more t-shirts than any human being should ever have. When I quit smoking and grew out of those t-shirts my fashion shifted and I never replaced the plethora of graphic tees that had held such a beloved space in my wardrobe.   It wasn’t until last summer that I re-discovered just how awesome t-shirts could be — and just how much better they had become... View Article

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Bossy Babe: Meet Yuli Scheidt

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When I created the Bossy List I wanted it to be a directory for folks looking to support feminist/queer women-identified, gender queer, and trans folks. But I also wanted to get to know more about this boss babes and hear their stories. Each month I’ll be sharing a Q&A that I had with one of the bossy babes on the list. This month I got to hear from photographer Yuli Scheidt, who helped make my photo shoot dreams come alive in my blog post “The Importance of Home.” So inspired by all of the thoughtful things she said in this interview. Hope you enjoy!  Floral Manifesto: Tell me a bit about how you got into photography. On your Bossy List profile it says that you began... View Article

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Living in a world that is so deeply invested in the American dream, I can’t help but recognize how one of the ways that neoliberalism and capitalism survive is by teaching us to dream big while training us to ask for so little. When we pass through childhood and into adolescence, we’re told that not all of our needs can be met all of the time. But as we’re told that not all of our needs can be met all of the time — which, I believe, is a vital lesson in ethics and what it means to be human — we’re also taught to feel ashamed of having any needs at all. And so we remain silent, for if we remain silent then we... View Article

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2017: My Year of the Cosmic Mama

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New Year’s Resolutions: we’ve all done it at some time or another. “I’ll go to the gym five times a week!” Or, “I’m going to stop procrastinating!” And if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably noticed how quickly you “forget” about those resolutions and return to your normal routine. The only exercise we find ourselves doing is the figurative running to finish our X project right before the deadline. There are many reasons why we don’t keep our resolutions. Sometimes our resolutions are just not manageable. Like, with all of the other obligations you have, is going to the gym five times a week actually feasible? And sometimes, the issue is that the resolution isn’t getting at the root cause.     Let me explain.... View Article

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Every year, I feel buried by the wastefulness of the holiday season. Between all of the travel, exchanging of cheaply-produced gift items, non-recyclable wrapping paper & packaging, and the endless feasting, the holidays often result in more bags of trash under the tree than we’d like to acknowledge. So many of the gifts that we give and receive are produced unsustainably in overseas factories with unlivable conditions for workers—the reality that you don’t see tied up with a bow on Christmas morning.   But spreading holiday cheer doesn’t have to come with a negative ecological or societal impact! There are so many options for giving meaningful gifts that both your loved ones and the environment will appreciate. Some of my favourites to give and receive... View Article

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Photo Diary: The Importance of Home

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Home is such a vital space for me. It’s where I unwind from my day, where I make the food that nourishes me. Home is where I put on my comfy clothes and pet my cats. It’s a space that I share with friends and loved ones. It’s where my insanely comfy bed is — my first “adult” purchase, that I was able to afford because someone I knew was selling it for really cheap.  When I talk about how important home is to me, I often joke that it’s because I’m a cancer (the astrological sign that loves nesting and the home). But my relationship to home has been a fraught one for me. Home has been a place of instability, of trauma, and... View Article

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Hi, Floral Manifesto readers!   This is long-time reader, first-time poster, Jessica Bebenek. I’m a poet & essayist, visual artist, and intersectional feminist activist currently operating out of the graduate program in Creative Writing & English at Concordia University, Montreal. In addition, and maybe most importantly, I’ve been living a waste-free lifestyle for the past year and have been vegan for the last five years. Now, before you ask: No, I don’t sleep on a mat in an empty room. Yes, I still have a social life. No, I’m not a kook. Yes, I love trash.   Living ‘waste-free’ simply means that you do your best to reduce your consumption through actions like buying second-hand, buying food in bulk with reusable containers, recycling and composting, etc.... View Article

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