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Socks and Sandals To Help The Homeless

Socks and Sandals To Help The Homeless

Underworks has partnered with the Salvation Army, who together are on a mission to provide socks to those experiencing homelessness. #igiveasock is trending around Australia and its exciting to see an family business doing their bit. 

 

Jasmin Pedretti

Jasmin Pedretti

Journalist

Socks and thongs are a combo NOT made in heaven and neither is being displaced or homeless. 

This month, Australian family business Underworks is encouraging us to embrace this fashion faux pas to bring awareness to homelessness. They have partnered with the Salvation Army to provide a pair of warm, comfy socks to those that need it most. The mission is to help the thousands of homeless Australians who do not have access to this simple necessity that we may take for granted.  

All you need to do is upload a photo of yourself posing in socks n’ thongs (or sandals) to Instagram, along with the hashtag #igiveasock and the tag @underworksaustralia. 

With every post, a pair of socks will be donated to someone who needs it. The goal is to deliver 20,000 pairs of socks, which is almost half of Australia’s youth homelessness and a fifth of Australia’s total homeless population (2018 Census). 

Socks might not seem like much, but they are incredibly important. In fact, they are the most requested item by local shelters and least donated. Wet socks breed bacteria which causes infection. Not only this but wearing socks with holes decreases a person’s self-confidence, feeling of self-worth and motivation to seek employment. 

 

The Salvation Army Major, Brendan Nottle says that there is an increasing number of people who do not have access to clean socks. 

“In our experience working on the streets, we have seen an increasing number of people with serious foot diseases. Even worse, we have seen people lose their feet and, in some cases, lose their lives because they cannot access clean socks” says Brendan. 

A donated pair of socks will help keep people warm this winter, improve hygiene and health, and ultimately save lives. We think its worth posting a quirky pic for. 

Underworks has been keeping our tootsies warm and stylish with quality socks since 1999. They are one of Australia’s largest sock companies with a reputation for excellence.  

For this cause, they will be distributing a one-size-fits-all pair of socks made from premium excess yarns with a unique design to protect the feet from the elements.

Plus, Underworks have ensured minimised fabric waste, so the earth does not suffer. These brand-new socks have been specifically designed for the cause. 

Underworks founder and CEO Sam Todaro says:

“I Give A Sock is all about giving and offering some warmth to those who need it most. We’re proud to help make a difference.” 

You can help make a difference too. Instead of your usual selfie post, show that you give a sock and post something that will have a significant impact on someone’s life. The quirkier, the better!

 

Let us all embrace our inner bogan, put on our finest pair of socks n’ thongs and wear them with pride.

 

This is the perfect excuse to shake the dust off those rainbow-striped toe socks you have hiding in your drawer and give them the chance to shine for an unbelievable cause.       

 

You can track how many socks have been donated so far, here

The Anti-Self-Help Books that Are Actually Helpful

The Anti-Self-Help Books that Are Actually Helpful

Self-help books can be a great source of encouragement, but they can also be idealistic bullshit.

Sometimes you just don’t need the “how to be a high-achiever” and “say yes to everything” crap. Love you Socrates, but what the hell am I supposed to do with “the only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing”.

Anti-self-help books rip up the rule-books and give you real, straightforward advice on how to live your best life. And sometimes it’s as simple as not giving a f*ck. 

Here are some of the world’s best-selling anti-self-help books. 

Anti-self help- quirky phase or wickedly intriguing insights? We check out the top 6 and give you the run down, by Jasmin Pedretti. 

Jasmin Pedretti

Jasmin Pedretti

Journalist

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*Ck by Mark Manson

Forget everything you think you know and let Manson slap you in the face with the secret to a good life. Instead of worrying so much, find one thing that gives you meaning and devote all your fu*ks to it. This saves a whole lot of time and energy. Find that ‘thing’ that aligns with your personal values so you can stop searching for happiness and just accept your wonderful life as it is.

The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

Learn about the theories of the 19th-century philosopher, Alfred Adler, by eavesdropping on a chit-chat between a philosopher and a young boy. The theory is that you can determine your own destiny as long as you dare to live free of the shackles of other’s expectations. Essentially, don’t stress if everyone hates you because being disliked is proof that you are living according to your own principles. 

You Do You by Sarah Knight

Finally, a book that tells you to worry more about yourself and encourages you to fuck up. It might sound counterintuitive. In fact, it sounds like a guide on how to be a selfish mess. But the reality is, looking out for yourself and embracing your imperfections and shitty mistakes can be the answer to happiness. Don’t worry about what everyone expects of you. Make mistakes, bounce back, and continue being your own kick-ass self.  

How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide by Meghan Doherty

An ‘etiquette guide’ does not sound funny or remotely fun to read. However, this is different. It’s basically a how-to-not-be-a-dick guide in a world inevitably filled with dicks. It offers practical tips for navigating 21st-century social situations through comedy and 1940’s retro-style illustrations. You know when the first line of the book is “throughout history, there have been dicks”, you’re in for a good laugh and real-talk advice. 

 

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Lawson uses disjointed, blog-like points to explain how to cling onto your mental stability by your fingernails. Her no-nonsense collection of confused thoughts explores her own personal battle with mental illness. Her advice is to take those “fine” moments and make them “amazing” because they are the moments that we take into battle to fight depression. She says to find joy in being outrageous because craziness isn’t all that bad.

Have you read one of these wonders of wisdom? If so we would love to hear about it! Take a pic of your fave Anti-Self Help and use #ponderingsbook. 

From Devastation to Transformation- One Woman’s Journey

From Devastation to Transformation- One Woman’s Journey

Pondeirngs Magazine From Devastation Article Julia Lorent

by Jasmine Pedretti

The absolute devastation of losing two loved ones created a ripple in Julia Lorent’s life that would change its course forever.

 

Julia’s outlook on life changed forever after her mother and fiance passed away due to smoking related illness. Anyone that has experienced the crippling anguish from losing a loved one, knows how close it can come to derailing your life. Instead of letting her grief beat her, Julia decided to channel it into helping others fight their own demons. For the next 2 decades she would leave no stone unturned to find answers in helping people with addiction, with no judgement. For the judgement of others was too harsh a force to be reckoned with. What resulted was a successful career and it continues to grow. 

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This Melbournite has dedicated every ounce of her energy to helping others live their best life.

 

Julia is passionate about empowering people to overcome limiting beliefs. This transformative therapist helps patients quit smoking, lose weight, gain control of their eating habits and become self-confident. Essentially, she gives people trapped in an endless cycle of addiction, a chance for a longer, fruitful life by equipping people with the tools to regain control of their health. What drives Julia is the need to prevent others from experiencing the same pain of loss she suffered when losing her mother and partner. Every time Julia helps someone break an addiction and transform their lives, she saves their death from devastating the lives of loved ones.

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Her courage, outstanding achievements and noble qualities has gained Julia the respect as a notable transformational therapist.

 

From Devastation to Transformation Julia LorentShe is highly regarded all over the world and has been invited to speak at an array of different keynote presentations.

Most notably, Julia has been asked to speak at one of Australia’s newest and exciting transformative events, Hypnobiz. 14th – 15th of March 2020 will see hundreds of the world’s top practitioners come together in one room. The biggest names in the industry have been asked to speak. The celebrated hypnosis conference brings together hundreds of top practitioners to share their best advice and tips for success. Mental health and family therapy professionals that come will learn the latest trends and ways to improve their skills, business and overall net worth. It’s also an excellent opportunity for attendees from diverse backgrounds, to potentially partner together. Hynobiz Australia is the most international and progressive hypnosis conference in the world.

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Looking at Julia’s extensive list of qualifications, it’s no wonder Julia was invited to be part of Hynobiz.

She is the founder and principal practitioner for Melbourne Quit Smoking Clinic, Melbourne Clinic of Hypnotherapy, and The Savvy Changemaker.

She has also been making waves academically. Due to her illustrious reputation, Julia recognizes that she has a platform to bring awareness to matters that demand attention. Her most notable work includes a recent whitepaper that uncovered shocking numbers of harassment towards women in the workplace. The survey highlighted the profound emotional implications this has on women’s mental health and physical safety. Julia is also causing a buzz in the academic world with her belief that addiction is pain. A claim that is grounded on a lifetime of academic investigation and dedication. This new way of looking at addiction could help change the future of addiction diagnosis forever.

 
To get in touch with Julia, contact her on + 61 412 810 078 or email julia@thesavvychangemaker.com

Visit her site for more information about her services.

 

 

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Australia’s Youngest Politician is Changing the Future for Local Shops

Australia’s Youngest Politician is Changing the Future for Local Shops

Robert Schmitz Local Shops The start-up sensation taking the future by storm all in the name of supporting local shopping. Look out Amazing here comes the Millenial of the year.

 Anyone can have a good idea…

But making it happen takes a special kind of person. Robert Schmitz is one of these people. This 27-year old boy from the bush may just be Australia’s new Mark Zuckerberg. He has created a website that is set to change the future for local shops and aims to retain human experience in a world that seeks convenience.

Inspiring and highly intelligent, Ponderings had to intverview him. My Local Shopsnot only presents local stores on their own online shopping platform, but the quirky high end market atmosphere is disruptive and revolutionary. If he is to have his way, the haunting sound of small town shop closing will be a thing of the past. Tech + Heart has arrived in Australia and the gutsy move has us truly captivated.

Retail industry futurist, Doug Stephens, predicts that within 15 years, e-commerce will overtake conventional retail sales.

The more we buy online the closer shops come to extinction.

A study conducted by Roy Morgan found that Australians spent a whopping $41.3 billion on online shopping last year.  This is a major concern. Not only are local shops vital for employment and our cities economies. Real-life-shopping is a meditative, social, human experience that awakens the senses. You get to feel the plush pillow, smell the candle, listen to the quality of sound playing through the Harvey Norman headphones. You’re actually required to interact with people! Buying off Amazon is convenient but doesn’t support the local shops that need it.

Schmitz has created the website with the latest tech and algorithms- allowing you to enjoy the time-saving convenience of shopping from the comfort of your home, while still supporting local shops and getting to know your community.

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At just 21 years old you became the youngest councillor in Australian politics. What was your motivation behind this?

I thought, instead of moving from my country town, Whyalla, I would find a way to make a positive change myself so that I didn’t have to move.

Now you’ve left politics to pursue My Local Shops; a platform that allows customers to browse and purchase products from stores in their location. How does it work?

The website allows you to type in your location. Then any store in that region that is on My Local Shops will appear with all the stock they currently have in store. This way, if you need something that day, you can find what store has the product you want and order it online. Then you can head straight to the store and pick it up that day, rather than waiting days to receive it.

What are the benefits of using My Local Shops?

For me, it’s a lot of seeing and getting a taste for what’s out there before even leaving your doorstep. Amazon and all these other platforms are convenient, but they’re just not supporting local stores, and they are the ones that need it the most. Browsing on My Local Shops also means you might come across a shop you didn’t know existed.

 

When did you get the idea?

The idea really came together last June and was launched in January, so it’s all happened really fast.

Who can access My Local Shops?

It’s currently being trialled in Whyalla. However, even though it’s only meant to be accessible there, we’ve already had someone purchase a 3.75L cactus drink dispenser from QLD. Due to a glitch in the system, a woman has been able to click on the direct link to My Local Shops and purchase the product from Whyalla, while living in QLD. So now she’s waiting in QLD to have this fantastic party with her cactus dispenser!

What will be the next step?

Well, I was born and bred in Whyalla, so naturally, I wanted it to start there, but it isn’t a hustling bustling shopping community. The Geelong region is geographically ideal with the surf coast and Bellarine Peninsula so close. Ideally, it will expand nationwide, but this comes down to local retailers. E-commerce giants are going to continue to grow and take over bridge and water retail. If retailers accept that they need to be online, we can work together and stop this from happening. How big it gets will also depend on consumers. There needs to be a collective thought that supporting local shops will directly affect your life and your children’s future. It’s not just a ripple in a pond if we all do it!

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What is your advice to anyone with an idea?

Don’t procrastinate, action it immediately! Boil it down to its simplest, raw, form, and then make it happen. You’ll never be proud of your very first addition, there’ll always be changes to be made, but I would try a little less for perfection, and more for action to begin with.

About Robert:

Robert Schmitz works with the community anyway he can. He was elected to the City Council of his hometown Whyalla at just 21 years old, making him the youngest Australian councillor ever. 5 years later, the talented tradie, left politics to pursue his next endeavour, e-commerce website My Local Shops.

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Are Angels For Real? Insights Into The History of Divine Messengers

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Angels POndeirngs Magazine

 

by Jasmin Pedretti 

 

This week I was asked to write about Angels.

 

 

 

To begin the word Angel derives from the Greek word “Angelos,” meaning messenger.

 

However, they are also described as warriors, guardians and God’s link to humankind. They are believed to be a spiritual, heavenly being, superior to humans that act as  God’s messenger or a guardian for someone on earth. According to the Bible, angels were created before humans and likely earth itself.

 

According to Kimberley C Patton, a professor at Harvard University, the study of Angels and angelic beings from a sociological perspective has been monumental. So much so that the focus on Angels and Angelology is featured in the corpus at Harvard.

 

In Ancient Greece, the angelic ‘form’ was inspired by the Gods Eros and Nike.

 

Classic art from 510 BCE-323 BCE, depicts an adolescent Eros with wings. The popularity of marble sculptures soared during the Hellenistic period (323 BCE-31 CE).

 

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Since then, the depiction of angels in famous art has evolved. There has been the medieval ‘ethereal’ example to the Renaissance more ‘earthly’ picture, to the new-classicism beautiful, female figure and flying child holding a bow and arrow. An obsession with angels was at its peak in the 13th century. It was believed that angels could move the stars and govern the planets, seasons, and even the months, days, and hours.

 

Angels are depicted differently depending on the culture.

 

In Judaism and Christianity, they are considered God’s messengers. Angels do not take on a tangible form unless they choose to show themselves. They are neither man nor woman and only sometimes have wings. One thing is for sure, they are mentioned- everywhere!

 

The Islam faith has a slightly different take on angels. Muslims say that each person is assigned four angels, known as Malaa’ika, who tally their good and bad actions. Angels also assign souls to new-borns and are responsible for taking care of the environment. Unlike Judaism/Christianity, it is impossible for angels in the Islam faith to fall from grace or commit sin.

 

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Angels also exist in other religions.

 

In Hinduism, angels are responsible for natural elements like water, earth, and fire. Other lesser known religions believe that each one of us has a guardian angel that shields us from evil and guides us to make the right choices.

 

Ruth Trigger, of “Talk With Your Angels” fame believes we are all spiritual beings that control our destiny. The spiritual guidance counsellor has spent a lifetime studying the interaction of Angels throughout our stories and history. Ruth started Talk With Your Angels, many years ago, after some guidance from a friend about sharing her gifts with others and being able to help them on their own journey. Over the years, she has evolved from helping friends in need to offering her wisdom and advice to a larger audience that includes people from the Melbourne and the Greater Geelong area as well as some from interstate and overseas.

 

“Ultimately, angels are a predominant fixture in art and religion. Their relevance in art has spanned across the ages and their symbolism has remained important in many stories and cultures as well as religions. It is easy to see why this is so, since the idea of a spiritual being protecting and guiding us, is comforting. I believe Angels do indeed exist and are part of a much larger mystical universe of which we may not completely understand” says Ruth.

 

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About Jasmin Pedretti Writer: 

 

Jasmin Pedretti wordsmith for Ponderings MagazineJournalism Pre-Grad at Deakin University, Jasmin Pedretti has a collection of passions.  Food, culture, travel, and books spark her joy and this Milan trekking wordsmith would ideally spend time in a Treehouse if she had the choice, eating fish tacos with avocado and mango. Coconut Lattes are her source of life force sustenance along with a good helping of Peanut Butter. With a strong dislike for racists and red Dimetapp medicine, Jasmin adores Bronte and her ability to conjure resentment, happiness, hatred, and love in succession. A gifted writer, we are so pleased to welcome Jasmin to the Ponderings team. Her bright light is a spark invoking joyful wit and laughter, and we are going to call it- this human is going places.

 

 

 

 

 

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