We are often judged by our appearances and labelled ‘fat’, ‘skinny’, or ‘short’. This certainly causes us to lose confidence with ourselves and our body images, which isn’t the real person behind each one of us. In our body positivity campaign, we interview a few men and women to show that we are often more than just a label.
As you can tell, many a times, some of the labels can be hurtful and down right ridiculous. Take the time to get to know the real person behind your label.
Especially in Singapore, it does not seem like learning self-defence is a necessary skill to possess. However, the statistics are glaring in our faces. In 2015, the rate of women being raped in Singapore alone was 4 rapes every 9 days as reported by The New Paper. And this has been on the rise since 2013. Moreover, there are more cases reported in the news about murder victims being killed by their spouses or even their parent.
Therefore, it is increasingly important to learn how to defend yourself in a life-death situation. Which is why Zackiee of U-Elite is so passionate about teaching women the basics of self-defence.
Through his experience as a police officer and even as a self-defence coach, he has seen many cases where the victim could’ve survived had he or she learnt the proper way to defend themselves.
That is why Zackiee will be conducting a special workshop during our inaugural Wellness Day Out to teach women some basic techniques on self-defence! Check out the video above where you can see some of the basic moves you’ll learn during the workshop on the 24th June and the best part about it all is that you get a bit of a cardio workout while developing a useful life skill!
Basic Self-Defence for Women
Date: Sat, 24 June 2017 Time: 2.30pm to 3.30pm Price: S$40 per person for a Festival Pass which allows you access to all workshops for the day (except the Batik workshop)
We’ve all felt insecure about ourselves or our purpose in life at some point, it’s normal especially when you go out into the world and try hard to carve out your own path. If you want to be able to reclaim purpose in your life or figure out a path that you should take then there’s no better time than now. SoulFit’s new Ignite Your Life Workshop aims to help you and give you exactly what you need.
This new workshop will help you find clarity and peace of mind and recover your confidence, all with the help of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), neuroscience and psychology tools and techniques.
Participants will also receive tips on:
How to get Clarity of your life purpose to give you direction and focus
Strategies and practical exercises to bolster resilience and nurture a growth mindset
How you can change your emotional state and create a healthy experience of life
Steps to create the life you truly want by taking the right actions
18 Hours of Training and Group Coaching
You’ll also be surrounded by twenty other people who understand and are in the same situation, so you don’t have to be shy and worry about fitting in.
Dates: Sat 1st – Sun 2nd, July 2017
Time: 9:30 am-17:30 pm
Early Bird: $788
You can also book the Early Bird special ticket, which comes with a big discount as you can see but make sure to do it before they run out!
If you still want to go but don’t have the money then don’t worry, you can participate in this promotion and win a spot in the workshop for free! and if you don’t think you’d be able to make it you can also give your spot to someone else.
Feel free to check out SoulFit’s and Ignite Your Life’s page for more information on the workshop.
What is your life purpose? Many of us still struggle to answer that question and guess what? You’re not alone. If you would like to discover more about yourself and how to live the life you truly want, join Anna of SoulFit Studios during one of the workshops on Tue, 9th May (10am to 12.30pm) or Sat, 20th May (2 to 4.30pm).
By attending the workshop, you will discover:
Your Life Purpose
Your Life Path Alignment
Tickets are complimentary. To register or to find out more information, please click here.
In a world where images of highly objectified and sexualised women are prevalent, many women have raised their objections but few major corporations have challenged the status quo. Nonetheless, there are few who are willing to do so and have already done so – namely Dove together with Danish marketing agency, Mindshare.
The idea for the campaign came up after Dove’s Global Beauty and Confidence Report showed that women didn’t feel confident or adequately represented in the images or ads they saw. As such, they came up with a solution, or a ‘hack’ and this case, it’s an “Image_Hack”. The campaign was bold and challenged the stereotypical images associated with the term “Beautiful Women”.
Mindshare and Dove decided to take matters into their hands and devised a plan to “hack” one of the most visited stock image sites – Shutterstock. To do this, they first went around taking multiple photos of women in different activities, showcasing how truly beautiful they are no matter how they looked or what they were doing.
The next step after that was getting their images to overtake the stock site’s influx of “beautiful” women pick. They uploaded their images and tagged them in a way that they’d be what people see when searching for tags such as “beautiful women” and “smart women”.
They didn’t stop there though. To make sure that the public were able to see these images, they allowed companies to use whatever images they wanted to use for their campaigns (and there are some cute ones too) royalty-free. They also set up a series of ads in Denmark (the country Mindshare is in) in front of famous company buildings to give more exposure.
The ads became a big hit in Denmark, with over 1,762 images downloaded and in use by influential companies. It’s clear that the campaign was a great success and this really paves the way for how females are portrayed in advertisements.
One such image used in an ice-cream ad
None of this is new for Dove, however. Most people may know the company for its beauty products, but this isn’t the first time it’s tried its hand at encouraging and empowering women in a series of body positive marketing campaigns worldwide.
For example, Dove made an ad called “You’re More Beautiful than You Think” years ago, where people of all shapes and sizes were sketched by a former police sketch artist based on what their personal self image. Those same individuals were then made to talk to each other and were drawn again, this time by the person they had spoken to. The result was that their personal images were often a lot less beautiful than those perceived by others, going to show that we are often our worst critic.
It’s great that Dove is paving the way for more body positive ad campaigns and we applaud them for their efforts. We hope that in time, more companies will follow suit and soon we can all realise that there’s more than one definition of ‘beautiful’.
It’s always good to have a laugh, especially when it’s about something that either bothers us a lot or makes no sense when taken out of context. That’s what comedians like Luisa Omielan aim to do – point out the contradiction in how people tend to see themselves and what they think it’s expected of them to be; and her topic of the moment is the infamous thigh gap phenomenon.
Luisa is a comedian who talks about the experiences women go through due to their bodies not being up to what others expect, from having a noticeable gut to not being able to look young and beautiful forever. These are all things that women have to deal with in their daily lives always, and it’s what makes her A-list material.
In a recent Stand-Up routine in Australia, Luisa brought up the interesting thigh gap subject. Her joke centred on the fact that a lot of women are always stressing over trying to achieve a perfect thigh gap, whether it’d be exercising till they drop or eating only the bare minimum to be skinny enough to reach that “ideal”.
Of course, some people naturally have thigh gaps due to their body structure but this phenomenon became really controversial because a lot of women seen on social media with thigh gaps are very skinny. Thus, it drove people to want to be skinnier so that their thighs don’t touch each other when they stand up straight, allowing a clear space in the middle.
We’ve talked about the mystery that is the thigh gap once before, as well as how social media influences us and puts unrealistic expectations for what we should do or look like.
Nevertheless, even if people are told that what they’re trying to pursue is hard to obtain that won’t mean their opinions will change. As we stated before, sometimes you need a more whimsical and comical approach to get people to look at themselves and question what’s around them.
Luisa added this to her routine and combines it with jokes that are meant to make fun of our insecurities and in doing so, the satire makes us feel better about ourselves as it points out how ridiculous it really us. In her routines, she both mocks the typical situations that someone might end up in due to their weight or appearance and then turns it around by talking about how we should be proud of them regardless of what others say and not be so self-deprecating.
Thigh gap or no thigh gap, one shouldn’t be working towards some ideal body shape or size because each of us are built differently. What is more important is loving yourself and taking the right steps to a healthy life through proper exercise and diet. Be confident!
If you’ve watched enough episodes of “Hoarders”, you will realise that the act of keeping things that you don’t need is emotionally stressful and unnecessary. Your home should be a sanctuary for you to rest and relax, especially after a hard day’s work. Thus, take charge of your life and declutter so that you can live healthier by tossing out or giving away the items from our handy list.
1. Old magazines
Sure it’s easy to chuck them to a corner and say that they’re going to be inspiration for your #OOTD or something else more creative. If you really are inspired by anything within the magazine, simply cut it out and paste it in your inspirational notebook or mood board. Then chuck the whole thick volumes (most are advertisements, anyway!) into the recycling bin. Alternatively, have a party with your friends to create dream/mood boards with these magazine cutouts before chucking them away.
2. Receipts and old bills
Do this regularly from your wallet and wherever you tend to place your receipts and bills. If you’re worried that some are important for tax filing, scan them and save them onto your computer or phone. What I like to do is throw away receipts from my wallet every week while important bills are filed in separate folders accordingly. Then I do an annual clean up. Great thing is that more and more companies are switching to e-invoices, which you can easily opt-in for.
This is a tough one for most women. As we look through our wardrobe, we’d often lament that “this outfit is still good as new!” and it’s highly likely possible…because you didn’t wear it often enough. Keep your wardrobe lean and keep a rule to keep clothes that you’ve worn over the past two years. Otherwise, sell your clothes through apps such as Carousell or donate them to charities such as the Salvation Army. You can repurpose old T-shirts into bags or even bathroom rugs as seen in several YouTube how-to videos.
It’s good to always take a look into your first aid kit and ensure that all your emergency medicines and creams have not expired. Do this annually as most medications have a pretty long shelf-life.
5. Notes or notebooks
If you’re still the pen and paper type of person, you’ll most likely to have tons of notebooks filled with ‘important’ meeting or school notes. Learn to be less emotional about these notes and just throw them into the recycling bin. If you’re really unsure whether a particular note is important or not, simply snap a photo or scan or tear those pages out instead. Keeping folders of notes takes up a lot less space than several notebooks. If you’re in university or just graduated, you might even find some juniors who’d be willing to buy your notes!
If you receive a lot of notebooks as gifts, then now is the best time to take stock of which ones are the prettiest to giveaway for those Christmas parties. Or you could add in a few personal notes and photos into the notebook so that it becomes a thoughtful present to your best friend.
Not sure about you but I get plenty of ballpoint pens from events. They’re great as I haven’t had the need to buy pens for quite some time (they’re also great to bring along when you travel) now but the downside is that I have a lot of pens. Do an annual pen test and simply throw away those that have dried up or don’t work so well. Otherwise, you could get creative and turn those old useless pens into a penholder!
Mind you, we’re not saying to chuck out ALL your cards. We do know that some are quite sentimental and are meaningful to you. Thus, keep whatever is memorable to you in a box and ensure that you only keep the box’s capacity of cards. Otherwise, another neat idea is to turn all your cards into a framed artwork so that you’ll always remember the sender and it decorates your wall. Another idea is to incorporate some of these cards into your scrapbook or photo album so that it becomes a little more personal.
8. Old or unused electronics
In this day and age where we often do everything on our laptops or desktops, you may have forgotten about that old phone that you no longer use or you may seldom use that blu-ray or DVD player but it doesn’t mean that others don’t. Sell them on eBay or Carousell and if the item is faulty, you can dispose them properly through e-waste collection services.