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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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Defining Our Terms: Feminism 101

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Ever wonder what "intersectionality" really means or WTF is feminism? Well, you're not alone. In this post I try to define some of these slippery terms so that we can all be a part of the conversation.

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Be With: Fear

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Hey Floral Manifesto readers, Before I dive into all the feels, let me introduce myself. My name is Barbara Erochina and I’m an emotional wellness coach & speaker, wedding celebrant and creator of Be With: Cards for Self-Care. I’m also unapologetically queer, charmingly verbose and a total self-compassion evangelist. Expect posts from me about mental health & being a boss lady and drop me a line at hello@barbaraerochina.com if you want to hear from me about a topic in that wheelhouse. Also, I’m on Instagram @bewithcards, so let’s be insta friends. November will mark exactly one year of running my emotional wellness coaching practice, and the end of my IndieGoGo campaign for Be With: Cards for Self-Care. To say it’s been a wild ride of a... View Article

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This is the first in a series of posts where I’ll be giving an introduction to each of the tarot suits. It is my hope that these posts will helpful to both those who are new to tarot, and also help further your knowledge if you are already reading. As I mentioned in my last post, tarot is a divinatory tool made of 78 cards. Sometimes you might also hear tarot referred to as a type of cartomancy, which is just a fancy way of saying, card-based divination. These 78 cards are divided into major and minor cards, 22 archetypes that make up the majors, and has an additional 56 cards that are organized in four suits, almost like playing cards (with cards ace through... View Article

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How to Grieve Part 1: Make a Shrine

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of my mother's death -- and the first time that I've done anything to commemorate her death. The first step in my process was making this shrine. Read more about why making a shrine felt meaningful to me and the steps I took to turn my vision into a reality -- with all of the teen girl witchy vibes you can imagine.

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The Outfits We Turn To

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We all have them: the outfits you turn to when you’re feeling bloated, sad, or otherwise not so great. Sometimes we’ll wear this around the house as we sit and binge-watch Netflix or read our favourite book. Other times we have to go out into the world and need an outfit that will make us feel sparkly or as I like to call it, “In My Power.” We often think about what our favourite outfits are, but don’t necessarily think about the purpose that that outfit serves in our lives. And it might serve many. My go-to when I’m feeling bloated, anxious, tired has to be a pair of leggings and a comfy loose-knit sweater. Wearing tights almost makes me feel like I’m naked, but... View Article

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