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I probably can’t get anymore cliché talking about gratitude during Thanksgiving. But it’s an important topic for a reason. In our fast paced culture, especially with the way we consume media now, it’s easy to forget that our anger, frustrations or whatever negative emotions we feel, are temporary and mere distractions for us to get by day-to-day. It’s not what defines us to be who we are, since they’re just emotional responses our minds dramatize to fill the narrative of our lives. Instead, what makes us human is our abilities to connect with those around us and co-create memories that last. And while that certainly isn’t easy (hence all the break-up songs and dramatic family holiday movies), it’s more valuable than anything to take the time and appreciate those that have an impact on us. Regardless of whether that impact is negative or positive, realize the influences they’ve had on our abilities to change and grow. And that just makes life a little more beautiful, because things are fluid-like-water and there are always surprises we never anticipated. Gratitude can help us realize those instances and make our present happier and more calming. And really, this isn’t just an exercise exclusive to Thanksgiving day, as it should be practiced everyday to achieve the mental state of health we desire.

I hope everyone has a heartwarming and grateful week,

-Matt Chu

 

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Pictures via Vogue.com for GUCCI 

If you keep up with men’s fashion in any manner, you’ll know that the menswear business is growing much faster than the women’s. After all, you can’t blame anyone for wanting to look and feel beautiful (if you’re still too stuck up on masculinity, you’re missing out fellas). And while the men’s industry still needs improving, brands are starting to inhabit the space more with one key ingredient: androgyny.

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This post was featured in and on cover of ESLV Mag Issue V, check it out for the full feature.

When we create a piece of artwork, it becomes an extended metaphor of ourselves. There’s embedded expressions that come from our subconscious’, inscrutable areas we continuously attempt to understand and control. Art Therapy taps into this aspect by using the creative process to increase self-awareness and induce personal development in a positive manner. And while therapy often implies existence of a problem, art therapy can actually benefit any of us, as long as we’re open to such aid. View Post

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It’s not really summer until you visit Storm King Art Center, my version of the beach. With access to sunny weather and impressive sculptures, the park is a modern update to traditionally indoor museums. Filled with acclaimed artists’ works such as Calder and Noguchi, the roster is only the beginning of an imaginative and breathtaking experience.  View Post

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In this new series, Lunch Break Chats, I’ll be exploring the creative industry with various leaders that define it. First up is Stephanie Zheng, founder of Jezie Jewelry, beauty blogger of Stephanie Zheng, owner of Atticus the Hedgie and business student of NYU. 

So you started Jezie Jewelry, then Atticus’ social accounts, followed by your eponymous beauty blog, tell me a little about how you juggle all these projects you run.

As a full-time student, I think it’s definitely difficult to balance everything. I think it just comes down to accepting the fact that you’ll always be working, haha. I’m kind of a workaholic though so I like always having different projects to work on.

And tell me a little more about how you got on this path, perhaps with Jezie, the inspiration behind starting it.

In the beginning of high school, I wanted to be an eye doctor. I’ve always been interested in entrepreneurship but didn’t think I had the personality to do well in business – I’m bad at networking and awkward around new people. During my sophomore year of high school, I was a huge Harry Potter nerd and made myself a lightning bolt necklace to wear to the midnight premiere of one of the movies. I uploaded the picture to Tumblr and to my surprise, people actually messaged me asking to buy it. I opened a little online store with only five products and grew the brand through social media.  View Post