"We often must become painfully aware of the unworkability of a pattern before we’re willing to give it up. It often seems, in fact, that our lives get worse rather than better when we begin to work deeply on ourselves. Life doesn’t actually get worse; it’s just that we feel our own transgressions more because we’re no longer anesthetized by unconsciousness. We’re no longer distanced, through denial or dissociation, from our own experience. We’re starting to see the truth about the games we play."

Marianne Williamson

It often seems like life is merely about accepting one brutal truth after another and learning to live with things you really wish didn’t happen.

In issue 5, the SHIFT team examines the consequences of earth overshoot, casting light on the rational imperative to live consciously in alignment with our planetary boundaries. My second last article for the year is on the topic of sustainable fashion. 

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I want to believe the people who are in my life are there for a reason, and those who aren’t are also gone for a reason, but sometimes it hurts to compulsively look for meaning in things I’m powerless to change. I’ve been burying myself in work lately, and I know I’m capable of showing up for my responsibilities, but someday I want to be brave enough to show up for what makes me feel alive. 

Lykke Li - Sleeping Alone

Someday, somehow
Somewhere down the line
If you save your heart for mine
We’ll meet again, we’ll meet again


Anarchists, I discovered, did not believe in anarchy as it is usually defined — disorder, disorganization, chaos, confusion, and everyone doing as they like. On the contrary, they believed that society should be organized in a thousand different ways, that people had to cooperate in work and in play, to create a good society. But anarchists insisted, any organization must avoid hierarchy and command from the top; it must be democratic, consensual, reaching decisions through constant discussion and argument.

He continued, ‘What attracted me to anarchism was its rejection of any bullying authority — the authority of the state, of the church, or the employer. Anarchism believes that if we can create an egalitarian society without extremes of poverty and wealth, and join hands across all national boundaries, we will not need police forces, prisons, armies, or war, because the underlying causes of these will be gone.’


— Professor Howard Zinn (via lunaseas)



honestly all it takes for me to tell someone my deepest and most personal life experiences is straight up asking/interest. if we’re having a conversation re: family and someone asks me “hey, so like what’s that situation about, what have you been through” I will just say everything. the funny part is that it’s so rare, no one asks that lol so most of my friends don’t actually know my personal life. idk I’m caught in a weird limbo where no one wants to ask if they don’t know what’s appropriate and no one wants to tell if they don’t like burdening people.

Love is a numbers game

Numerology report. 

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Human Error

Victoria Siemer, also know as Witchoria, is a graphic designer hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Human Error is a series of nostalgic polaroids that depict the broken heart as a computerized error that may or may not be restored in a few mouseclicks. 


Ouch, I’m fine.

Me: I wanna do something
Anxiety: No you dont
Me: But
Anxiety: No


Girl," my photo set for my Creative Arts graduation project

Sometimes I’m happy so people don’t feel obliged to cater to my feelings, and sometimes I need to be braver to show them who I really am. 


'I have all these things that I want to say to her, like… Like how I can tell she's a lonely person, even if other people can't. Cause I know what it feels like to be lost and lonely and invisible.'

The Double (2013)


"When they don’t love you the way you want to, you mourn that for however long you need to. But then you get back up and you remind yourself. You are not a reflection of the people who can’t love you. You will love again. You will be loved again." - Caitlyn Siehl