This week, I graduated from a Speechcraft course. Speechcraft courses are a short, intensive version of a Toastmasters course aimed at helping participants develop their verbal communication skills in a supportive environment. I never thought I would be able to do anything like Toastmasters. For as long as I can remember I’ve had a huge
When I was younger, I was convinced that everyone around me knew there was something wrong with me. I believed those closest to me knew what was wrong with me, but had been instructed by my parents not to tell me, so I could have a normal life. My mother, who could be described as
Even though anxiety is a mental illness, it can manifest physical effects, such as muscle tension and migraines. These 4 ways will provide you with options to better manage your anxiety and reduce its effect on your body.
Having to cope with social anxiety in the workplace can feel awful, and my natural reaction has always been to try and avoid them. Obviously, this isn’t always possible when you’re in the workforce, and if you’ve ever done any therapy work for your anxiety, you’ll know avoidance is a big no-no. The reality is that all jobs are likely to include some activities that make you feel uncomfortable, so it’s important to find and practice strategies that will help you manage your anxieties so you can get through the day. These are 5 strategies that have helped me.
Whether or not you agree with her politics, how often she talks about vaginas or whether she is the ‘voice of her generation’, Lena Dunham’s memoir, Not that kind of girl, does more than reveal humorous insight into this celebrity’s upbringing. Through the use of an unpolished writing style and evident vulnerability that makes the book so relatable and funny, Not that kind of girl reveals 6 important lessons that will empower girls and women to share their own voices.
In theory, I believe that everyone has the freedom to read and write about any topic they choose. And yet, I admit, I was horrified to learn there is a children’s picture book called My parents open carry. Published in 2011, this book explains to children that ‘self-defence is a basic natural right and that firearms provide
The way people think about books and make purchasing decisions is based on ‘subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) value judgments on what kind of narratives matter’ (Johnson 2013). Just as our society values men over women, we tend to value male interests over topics considered to be of interest to female readers, such as
After reading a wonderful article by Maureen Langloss titled ‘In praise of naughty books’, I was inspired to write about my own experience of children, literature, and inspiring the love of books. I spend (some of) my weekends working in my local library. This job allows me to immerse myself in books, one of the long-wished-for dreams I
There are a number of ways to identify whether gender-based marketing practices have been used to to promote and publicise a title, other than the actual content. These can include: Front cover Book covers are often the biggest message-bearer in terms of gendered marketing strategies. What do the colours, graphics, design and fonts used say
There doesn’t seem to be one single definition of the term ‘chick lit’ that encompasses the range of expectations and values placed upon the genre by authors, publishers, marketing professionals and readers. Most often, chick lit titles are understood to be light, easy reads (books you read on holiday or at the beach) featuring topics