Body & Self Image

July 17, 2014 - Voice Is Important

Voice from Charles Schwab on Vimeo.

The story of a boy struggling to find his voice in the world. His determination for change leads him on an exploratory journey to regain his courage and overcome his greatest fear. Below, listen to Singer/Songwriter Megan Washington for a very surprising and hugely inspiring talk about … not going to spoil it – have a look and listen, it’s beautiful. See also her interview on Australian Story on ABC iview here.  Pass it on, you can’t help feeling good after this one …..

July 14, 2014 - Impossible Girls

Been drawing ‘Impossible Girls’ lately because …. they can do the impossible – as we all can if we hold on tight to our self belief.  I’m not for a moment suggesting that’s an easy thing to do, but self belief is something we should always be striving to strengthen (and protect).  Pass her on ……

June 26, 2014 - Own Your Tomorrow

Stuck from Charles Schwab on Vimeo.

Found this …..”Charles Schwab and some beloved Vimeo creators explore through a series of short films how leaving can lead to positive change. The results are touching, inspiring, and funny — it’s entertainment that won’t soon leave your memory.”   So what are you waiting for?  ’Own Your Tomorrow’.

Some troops that might be helpful through the tricky process of change…Army of Ink # 76…..Army of Ink # 71……Army of Ink # 63…..and this lad, Robin Small….and this one……and another.   Pass this post on and give others some encouragement to ‘own their tomorrow’….

PS:  Army of Ink and Robin Small are available in print form in the Black Dog shop or in the Bookshop/Gallery on my personal website, Browne Ink Studio.

June 12, 2014 - It’s Not All About You

“According to current thinking, anyone who fails to succeed must have something wrong with them. The pressure to achieve and be happy is taking a heavy toll, resulting in a warped view of the self, disorientation, and despair. People are lonelier than ever before.
Verhaeghe shows the profound impact that social change is having on mental health, even affecting the nature of the disorders from which we suffer……”    (Book review from ‘Readings’ , a Melbourne based independent bookstore.  The review itself is worth reading, as it the book….

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June 9, 2014 - Army of Ink # 95

A story emerged from the arrival of this ink – followed by a personal reflection on her meaning.  It’s a long one but an important issue to talk about in the hope it helps more people feel less shame…please pass it on …..

Sometimes the hardest thing is to separate the bad stuff from ourselves – and hold on to who we are or who we were before the bad things happened. It’s a bit like having a rotten apple in your school bag and if you don’t reach in and pull it out (an unpleasant thing to do, but necessary to protect your things), it just rots away, going through everything – eventually ruining everything you have.

There are so many of us who have been given a bad apple.  It is the worst thing in the world to receive.   This little girl has a good story about bad apples…..

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June 8, 2014 - Let’s Go Girls

An absolute MUST WATCH.  Nikki Gemmell, who has a column in the Weekend Australian Magazine, writes about the video featuring an 11 year old dancer…..”She’s on the cusp, before the shell of womanly politeness, meekness, quietness hardens over her.  It’s the female tragedy; that we all close over, become someone else; someone who others expect us to be.   This little girl’s vividness is blazing, raw, unchecked, beautiful.  The clip ends with a knowing curtsy, as if to say:  ”I’m so much more than what you think I am.”  Sia’s new album comes out next month.

When the video finishes watch the one that comes up with Sia performing live on Ellen D show.  It gives the piece a whole new level of meaning.  The girl in the video oozes the Army of Ink’s defiant, rebellious nature too.  The clip’s a good one to watch particularly in times when you’re feeling disempowered.  New delightfully defiant ‘inks’ are currently arriving on my page, so stay tuned as I share them with you soon.  Pass it on girls….