It’s World Oceans Day — 5 Easy Ways You can Give Back to Big Blue!

The ocean covers more than 70% of our planet’s surface and hosts more than 90% of Earth’s water. She’s mighty & playful, yet she has seductive powers that casts trance like spells upon us. Most who are graced with her presence succumb to her never-ending sway.
There is a notorious understanding that we often hurt the ones we love most – taking them for granted as we know they will always be there. This phenomena goes beyond human to human and seeps into our relationship with Mother Nature.
Right now, there is an island of plastic floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, that was last measured in March to be about 1.6 million square kilometers in size. To put it into perspective, this is more than three times the size of France.
Today is #worldoceansday and we have one favor to ask you; before you purchase anything that involves single-use plastic, remind yourself of the likely hood of where it will end up. Whether it be in a landfill or in the ocean, its inability to decompose is detrimental to Mother Earth. Remind yourself that the power is in your hands. On this World Oceans Day in celebration, we are slipping into our bikinis and headed to the coastline. Before we dive in, we wanted to share a list of crazy easy, super practical ways we can conserve Big Blue every day — even if you don’t live near its shores.

A reusable water bottle is your best accessory:
Not only are we a nation chronically dehydrated, but we also have the terrible habit of using plastic water bottles and discarding them without realizing the impact. Only 7% of the millions of water bottles manufactured a day are recycled and turned into new bottles.

Sippin’ on Stainless Steel:
Trade in your plastic to-go straw, or worse those flimsy recycled cardboard ones that disintegrate in your cold brew (anyone else hate those?) and invest in these reusable stainless steel straws. They minimize waste and wash easily!

Be the Clean-Up Crew:
Every time we head to the beach we make sure to have our If You Care compostable garbage bags and reusable gloves and just pick up micro-trash as we go. You’re not only giving a little love to the ocean’s edges, but you’re getting a nice beach walk in while you do it!

Get Clean:
Toxic products we use in our everyday life — the most harmful can be found under our kitchen sinks — get back into our water sources and into our oceans. These can be detrimental to the animal and plant life living within. Until we stop using these products it’s a never-ending cycle! Below we’ve linked some of our favorite green cleaning products for your reference.

Consume, but Check-in:
in conclusion, it comes down to consumer choice so anytime you go to buy something check in and ask yourself about the longevity and toxicity of the product. What is its life cycle? Is the packaging going to end up in a landfill and/or ocean? If it’s not biodegradable or properly recyclable — the answer is probably yes.

 

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Meet Maude, The Sex Positive Brand Gracing Our Bedsides

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It’s important that our beauty products, cleaning products, even sex products are an extension of our very beliefs. Quality materials, purposeful branding, and a strong message of inclusivity are at the top of our list. Good design is pretty high up there too. That’s why Maude is a no-brainer as the sex-positive line of products that are gracing our bedsides (yes, that’s on our bedsides, we aren’t tucking these pretty things way) and simplifying our sex lives.
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You must be wondering what kind of new-wave intimacies Maude can provide from the checkout cart straight to your bedroom. It’s more than just lubricant — although there’s that too, organic or silicone. Maude makes shopping easy with pre-made sets of all your favorite accessories: the powerful personal massager (a beautiful silicone body with the shape of a water droplet) matched with the ultra-thin condoms. Or a pairing of personal lubricant and those easy-open condoms. Each kit feels like it’s mirroring your very needs. With sleek packaging and quiet design, Maude makes sex products feel less raunchy than the prior offerings and much more relatable. Nothing is screaming gender labels, and there’s no punny marketing that only seems to include (or exclude) a certain type of fetish.
Meet Maude, The Sex Positive Brand Gracing Our Bedsides, sex toy, minimalism, organic lubricant, sexual health, sex positive, industrial design, feminism, inclusiveWhen asked how Maude hopes to change the conversation about sexual health for the better Goicochea says “As a gender-inclusive company and one that examines sex in a broader way—think history, culture, science, art—we are committed to creating product and a platform that makes people feel comfortable in exploring and talking about sex outside of the typical clinical and taboo ways.

Maude, you’re speaking our language. Get $5 off your first kit here.

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21 Things You Need To Know About Birth Control!

21 Things You Need To Know About Birth Control! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED ---- Birth Control, Contraception, Is Birth control bad for you, Is the pill bad for you, women's health, method of birth control, BCP, ovary health, pill bleed, withdrawal bleeding, health, period, migraines, weight gain on birth control, what are hormones, wellness, skincare, acne, feminism.I was 15 when I first went on birth control. My female doctor — a family friend — prescribed me a pill and explained that sometimes it takes a few tries to find the right brand for you. “Don’t be alarmed if you have bleeding between periods,” she added “It’s natural.” That’s all she explained, nothing less, nothing more. My body changed after I began my prescription, but I was fifteen, so wasn’t it supposed to be changing? Soon, I was blessed with a massive chest for my 95 lb frame. I never really knew if it was the pill or just a physical miracle, but I figured it rude to question God’s blessings, so I looked no further for reason. From that time on I took my little pink pills diligently until I hit the age of 24, and with a gut feeling decided I no longer wanted to be pumping my body with whatever this minuscule tab contained. That large chest? Diminished within a year to a more manageable size, and a few other side effects seemed to right themselves. Still then, I knew nothing of the truth, risks, side effects of the birth control pill and maybe you don’t either. That’s why we figured we would delve deep into the research and facts about all the things the doctor doesn’t tell us about our contraception of choice. We aren’t here to determine what is best for you when it comes to your sex life, and protection but we feel it necessary to provide a penetrating look at what your body could be in for, so you can make an educated decision.21 Things You Need To Know About Birth Control! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED ---- Birth Control, Contraception, Is Birth control bad for you, Is the pill bad for you, women's health, method of birth control, BCP, ovary health, pill bleed, withdrawal bleeding, health, period, migraines, weight gain on birth control, what are hormones, wellness, skincare, acne, feminism.

  1. In the U.S. alone, women are spending upwards of $1,000 on the pill each year. When you think about how much the pharmaceutical companies that produce these brands of birth control are making off of our ovaries, it makes sense that they tap us in at a young age — contraception is an economy in itself — the global contraceptive market was valued at an estimated $19 billion in 2015.
  2. Since this form of contraception became popularized in the 1960s’ it has been sold to women as a cure-all for those being plagued with acne, irregular menstrual cycles, PMS, and of course warding off unwanted pregnancies. The terrifying part of all of this is that the research behind this pill doesn’t support an actual solution for these issues, rather you are finding a temporary fix. When you decide to stop taking the pill women often find things like cystic acne returning in full force. Instead, we should be finding natural ways to remedy these issues like getting to the true root of your skin problems with your dermatologist, or finding what vitamins your body might be low on that’s leading to crazy PMS!
  3. Hormones are a big part of the whole birth control shtick. Hormones are released from your endocrine glands and send messages through your body such as when you’re hungry, tired, horny. The hormones in birth control pills however are not like the ones naturally produced in your body — these are synthetic!
  4. Birth control works by blasting your system with these synthetic hormones to trick your body into not releasing an egg during ovulation. However because they aren’t organic to your body they are not sending true messages and things can get lost in translation leading to mood swings or physical side effects.
  5. The blood that is released during your cycle on birth control is not actually a period! This is an insane fact right? It is actually called pill bleeding or withdrawal bleeding and is your body’s reaction to a withdrawal from the pills hormones while you’re taking your placebos. Periods are a very necessary and healthy indicator of what your body and reproductive system is trying to tell you, so imagine how disconnected you are from what’s really going on inside of yourself when you aren’t receiving a true period or your body isn’t able to secrete it’s necessary/natural menstruation.
  6. In conjunction with #5, the spotting that you are warned of when the doctor first prescribes you birth control, and which you may receive from time to time is also a form of pill bleeding. This is not natural to a normal cycle, and is a side effect of this form of contraception.
  7. Birth control company’s have one huge downfall — the days in which you take your placebo pills during your time of the month are when your body has a break from these synthetic hormones and are the most likely to lead to unplanned pregnancy.
  8. In Scotland a study was taken of 2,700 birth control pill users that revealed a shocking reality. One third of the group were under the guise that the pill works by killing spermatozoa (sperm) and that’s why one does not get pregnant. However, as we stated above it works by halting ovulation.
  9. Birth control works in a two pronged attack. It stops ovulation in its tracks, yes, but it also thickens the mucus that is released vaginally when one has intercourse so that the sperm cannot get any further on its journey.
  10. Once you’ve gotten the hang of your pill, you soon realize it can do this fun thing where if you do not stop taking the hormonal pills during your period you can skip it all together. While it seems like a perk, this is actually terribly unhealthy for your young body that needs to cleanse, and detox itself organically.
  11. In a scary finding, the Susan G. Komen Foundation reports that “A pooled analysis of data from more than 50 studies found that while women were taking birth control pills (and shortly thereafter), they had a 10 to 30 percent higher risk of breast cancer than women who had never used the pill. Once women stopped taking the pill, their risk began to decrease and after about 10 years, returned to that of women who have never taken the pill.”
  12. Whilst taking oral contraception one can find themselves facing various nutrition deficiencies. Commonly women are in need of folic acid, vitamin B, Magnesium (something women naturally don’t get enough of), Zinc, Folate, and Vitamin C. We often don’t realize they’re missing because, yep you guessed it, those damn synthetic hormones didn’t send the right messages through our body to give us the 411!
  13. In continuation of the above, this can lead to an unhealthy pregnancy or even miscarriage due to your body’s inability to be a healthy, nutritional accommodation for a baby.
  14.  Those nasty synthetic hormones can increase the chances of blood clotting in women. How? The faux estrogen and progestin in the hormones can increase the bloods clotting components making you more at risk.
  15. Alright, this one’s a terrifying tidbit of research but here we go: According to Dr. Sarah Gottfried, three-time New York Times bestselling author and gynecologist, the synthetic hormones in birth control pills can shrink the clitoris by 20% caused by the decrease in testosterone in your body once on the pill.
  16. Those faulty hormones can also increase your risk of depression due to mixed signals being sent to your brain.
  17. Birth control can hurt your dental health too! A 2007 study shows that, “Current users of oral contraceptives had poorer periodontal health.”
  18. It can lead to serious weight gain. Through both messing with your hunger levels and causing heightened water retention your little pill can make you feel very large.
  19. Studies show that the pill leads to women more frequently experiencing migraines.
  20. Being prescribed the pill while breast feeding can lead to passing on some detrimental symptoms to your little one. All those fake hormones, and side effects could set your babe up for a life of side effects.
  21. When it is time to jump off the pill and you are ready to make a baby you may find it difficult. After years of messing with your ovulation, those ovaries have the potential to become lazy and unmotivated to do what they were built to.

 

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How Your Core Beliefs Are Hindering Your Success

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I sat across from my therapist for our first session and within 15 minutes she had introduced the concept of core beliefs. Next came a handout — a piece of paper categorized into of varying, yet very common core beliefs that plague the greater population. Core beliefs encompass how we see ourselves, others, and how we digest the actions of the universe.

Only beautiful people are worthy of love

Men will hurt us if we let them in

I’m not smart enough to be successful

Artists don’t make money

Basically, just a list of daily taunts our mind tortures us with when we’re having an otherwise great day. The issue with these preconceived pillars of thought is that they are insanely limiting to our growth as people. When we can’t move beyond the walls of these ideas we can’t step into our highest form of self. And trust me, it can be difficult to mute that inner voice for even a minute. Take Vérité Woman, for example, when I started it three years ago I woke up every day with paralyzing anxiety that I had just taken on a career death wish. My core beliefs that surfaced were along the lines of “small businesses don’t succeed without funding”, “I am not smart enough to stand the tests”, “people don’t care about what I have to say”. The last one was especially tormenting and an effective way to get me right back into bed.

Where did these shitty mental barriers come from? We unknowingly picked them up along the way as we skipped through life. From impressions adults made on us from a very young age to our first heartbreak — we are like silly putty and every indent made sticks. So often in times of vulnerability, our core beliefs find satisfaction in engaging with the ego and going in for the kill. We’ve all seen it play out in relationships, as we jump to conclusions about what the other person may be feeling or how they may perceive us. Self-sabotage is the activity of choice when our core beliefs take the reigns and often it leads to demolishing situations before they are able to unfold, or worse never taking the plunge in the first place. How Your Core Beliefs Are Hindering Your Success, Verite woman, manifesting, spirituality, mental health, core beliefs, how to be successful, how to be present in the moment, wellness, holistic living, women, feminism, female entrepreneurs.

Vérité Woman or any aspect of my business hasn’t been a walk in the park, but without taking that risk, I would have never opened so many doors for myself, taken on the freedom of being my own boss, or met so many wonderful individuals who are the backbone of its inner-workings. So how do we change this built-in belief system to work for us not against us? We must first identify what our core beliefs are. For me, a weird one was “Writers don’t make money”. It literally doesn’t even make sense, I mean have I heard of a little lady named J.K. Rowlings? However, somewhere along the way, I picked up this visual of some semi-impoverished writer living in a tiny apartment with permanent bedhead and only the income to afford a diet of black coffee — and then I set out mirroring this life without even realizing it. By limiting myself to this idea and even semi romancing it, I allowed it to become real. Not because I’m not business savvy, or resourceful but because I believed it as if it were second nature. So the first step was identifying the roots of these deeply buried ideas. Once I had shed light on its beginnings and realized how silly and truly inaccurate my vision of a writer was, I was able to rewire that thought by visualizing all those I had seen succeed in this very industry. Similarly, my therapist had assigned me to come up with three core beliefs I had about myself, and then three examples for each that proved them null.

By rephrasing our inner conversation, we create a whole bunch of space in which we can build relationships, careers, ideas, lives. While you will never totally squash that voice — unless you become completely enlightened, and in which case please tell me how — being able to identify its intentions can free you.

Cool, I just wrote an article about hearing voices in my head.

 

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Actor and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture.

Actor Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks Ending The Love Affair with Selfies.
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Caitlin Stasey has mastered the art of the eloquent Instagram rant. Between her comfort on camera (she’s an actress by trade) and her deep passion for human and animal rights, she can easily rally a virtual crowd — and often does — combating views often battling it out in her comment section. After a few years of avidly being a leading voice in matters of women’s rights to bare bodies as they please and breaking down the corrupt corners of our culture, Caitlin is almost radio silent about her views on a public front. So much so that she’s wiped her Instagram of all previous posts. Not in what could feel like a dramatic stance, but the effort towards a clean slate.
In the effort to capture some of Caitlin’s candid digestions of modern life that so often make us do a double take on how we’ve been conducting ourselves, we sat down with her to get some words on her views on the newest wave of feminism, finding boundaries in Hollywood, and her very personal work to come.Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism
Vérité Woman:
In a time that is so contextually “woke” it feels like one can’t be apart of the conversation on social media without stating opinions and stance on everything to prove our own mental capacity, awareness, or status as a human in this modern society. As someone who has used her platform to be so vocal for so long, can you share where you are at now with the conversation?

Caitlin Stasey: I’ve sort of reached an impasse, as a white/cis/able-bodied woman I’m realizing it’s my turn to listen — I still feel that women like me are subjugated and dismissed but not with the same violence, vitriol and undermining that is designated to women of color, women with disabilities or trans women.

VW: How do you feel about the feminist movement on social media, do you feel like we are getting somewhere or is it an echo chamber dividing different understandings of the notion?

CS: I think it’s both, I’ve come to really loathe social media and it’s beating drum but at the same time I implore those who use it to shed light on some murkier and difficult truths — without social media and the dissemination of information through it you wouldn’t have these great surging movements like Me Too or Black Lives Matter – of course, civil rights movements are born on the ground but the internet has helped project them into everyone’s field of vision.

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VW: I’ve been thinking a lot about how women unintentionally affect one another via social outlets. It’s that whole “her life looks perfect, I wish mine was like that”. What would you like other women who may think you “have it all” to know about Caitlin Stasey?

CS: I don’t and dissatisfaction is a state anyone can occupy, I’m super duper lucky and by every metric I live a privileged existence but I still feel lonely, scared, helpless and frustrated — I’ve spent a lot of time working to overcome my own negativity and sadness only to discover that they’re as much a part of me as anything else.

VW: Has there been a time when you’ve struggled with your place as a woman in terms of work boundaries, the opposite sex, finding your voice? Explain how you grew out of those or solved them.

CS: I’ve felt undermined a lot, I’ve been asked to do things at work purely because I’m a woman. Because I’m an actor people often don’t take me seriously and expect that I’m just there for show, ornamental — but acting is my job just as being a lawyer or teacher or architect might be yours. It’s work, it’s great to work when you can get it but it still works and I’ve often been treated like a dumb child in my working environments. I’ve learned to be more diplomatic but to also take myself and my time seriously, you don’t get to call me “darling” “sweetie” or “beautiful” just because I’m a young woman, I’m your fucking coworker.

VW: You recently wrote a TV show with your husband, what was that collaborative process like?

CS: It was difficult at first, I’m hypercritical and have super high expectations — I love what I love and hate what I hate which often renders me stagnant if something can’t be perfect then why do it at all? It’s a ridiculous mindset that has cost me years, years lost to inactivity but he’s the opposite — a workaholic — and just commits to finishing things, he’s really smart and talented but also not afraid to fail which is something I lack.Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism

VW: You and I have talked before about one of my personal favorite quotes by John Berger:
“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting vanity thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you depicted”.  In terms of our modern ability to share, selfie and comment, how do you feel this quote pertains to our lives as women?

CS: I think women loving themselves is so important but as our collective love affair with “selfie culture” is ending I’m beginning to question the means by which we love ourselves, by how I have loved myself — I think we are expanding our tastes and expectations of beauty but there is a consistent through line of self-expression that is quite “Instagrammable” our beauty standards haven’t stretched nearly far enough.

 

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