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A magazine for young women.. 1
Violet Magazine Spring/Summer 2013 - Issue 1
Cheif in Editor & Creative Director Millie Hunt
Contributors Sophie Westwood, Flower Violet, Rocio Walsmey, Alexandra - Moon Age , Ashika Khera, Hailey Korbin.
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Welcome to the first issue of Violet, Iâ€™m very excited to share with you the creative talents featured within this magazine for young women. As a young woman myself I find it difficult to get my voice heard or more importantly taken seriously, therefore I wanted to create something that was an accurate representation of teenage culture. Violet will act as your diary, guide and platform to creativeness whether that may be in Art, Style, Literature or Multi Media, Violet and I will be here to support you along your adolescent journey towards adulthood. Within this issue we have interviews from teen activist Izzy Labbe to Australian stylist Alexandra Moon - Age, and thats not forgetting all the beautiful content in between. So please enjoy the first issue of Violet.
table of contents
Art Mind Gardens Interview with artist and stylist Alexandra - Moon Age They say I must repent Sinead Westwood brings together vintage and modern illustarions with her typography art Strung out on lasers Revealing the inner secrets of Flower Violets time capusle den
Style Flower Riot How to make your own pretty floral crown by Sinead Westwood The Green House Styling and photography by Millie Hunt Elle Land An insight into the world of photographer - Elle Hardwick
Literature Untitled By Hailey Korbin A young feminist Sinead Satu tells Violet what its like to be a young modern day feminist
We See Flowers Make your own floral head peice with Sinead Satu Waiste Violets favorite re-worked vintage clothing
Growing up Theo Walmsley shares her views on teenage girls in the media
West Knoll Styling and photography by Millie Hunt
Smiths By Hailey Korbin
Lazy Oaf & Kickers Rainbow & Glitter shows heaven
Ziner Our Zine of the Issue by FLower Violet & How to make your own zine
Itâ€™s A Cheng World The nostalgic 90s girl Elly Cheng
Culture Violets Boombox Our girl power playlist The girl with the Spark Violet nterviews Izzy Labbe 7
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Moon Age Violet talks Bowie, The mighty Boosh and everything inbetween with Artist and Stylist Alexandra Moon - Age.
Hey Alex how are you doing today? - Hey Millie I’m fab thanks !! So at the moment your living in London why did you decide to move here from Australia? I’m guessing it is not because of the weather! - Australia is an awesomely beautiful place and I was part of a wild and colourful community of people there but there is something about London that is larger than life- you never know what is around the corner... Oz feels a bit removed from the rest of the world... I was drawn to London all those years back also because I was in love with a few ‘London’ things a few years back such as Oscar Wilde, Dorian Gray, the stories about jack the ripper and other horrors of Victorian times, the winging 60s scene and music that resulted here and The Mighty Boosh You have recently created a video tribute to David Bowie, I remeber you mentioning that he influenced you as a child. Bowie is a pretty major icon to look up to as a child , how is he still inspiring you today? - It was love at first sight when I saw Bowie with his amazing mullett and garish grey pants in the Jim Henson film ‘The Labyrinth’ when I was 10 years old. Bowie represents androgyny glam, beauty, discipline- Bowie is a creative schizophrenic - along with his songwriting/ sining abilities he is a trained mime, actor, produced records, paints- he seems to really push himself to evolve as best he can in any of his creative pursuits and I hope to the same- he mastered a perfect combo of theatre and music- a balls out visual/ aural experience. Your An artist and a stylist can you tell me a little about what inspires your work? - It’s all pretty over the top and psychedelic for the most part- Kaleidoscopic, surreal that kind of thing. You have worked for various different publications, which magazine would you dream of having your work in? - POP magazine is pretty ace-- They have a pretty great balance of art and fashion and the concepts they come up with for editorial are quite unique. Who would be in your editorial dream team? - Miles Aldridge taking photos, Alex Box on make-up, Sammi Knight on hair (who I have worked with before he is wonderful) The fashion industry isn’t the glamorous work place everyone thinks that it is. Any advice for girls aspiring to work within the creative industry? - Be prepared to work really hard and there is a lot of lugging heavy suitcases all over London when you start out- and a lot of it is about there is alot of admin and responsibility around the fun creative part. What’s next for Alexandra Moon - Age ? - Last year I taught myself guitar and how to play the synthesiser and at the moment I’m collaborating with someone making some tunes- we hope to get performing in a few months- expect some awesome outfits! Follow Alexandra Moon - Age on Twitter and on her personal website - www.moon-age.net
Alexandra Moon - Age
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Peppermint Whiskers 15 year old Sinead Westwood combinds watercolours with a vintage type writer to create her pretty illusrations. you can see more of Sineads work at : www.peppermintwhiskers.blogspot.co.uk
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Strung out on losers
Flower Violet invites us into her secret retro paradise Virtually every time something has happened in my life in the last few years I have found myself frantically making my bedroom reflect it. Every inch of wall or shelf has associations and memories attached to it which is something I’m proud of in a nerdy way. There is love hearts from a friend super glued to the edge of the fireplace. Withered and disintegrating glass jars of flowers from the summer. One patch of the wall has been written on by friends and is covered in scrawled signatures and in jokes. The back of my door is decorated in stickers pertaining to various kids’ programmes to remind me to take life less seriously. I keep a permanent pen by my bed to jot down whatever comes down into my head at 4am straight onto the wallpaper. Letters, postcards, drawings, tickets and photographs cover most of the walls. My most special pieces of jewellery hang from nails. Every time I walk into it I’m reminded of a million different things and it’s the best thing ever. I like having it as my own little oasis of insanity and pretty things where I can hide and sing Simon and Garfunkel songs and chase my rabbit around and cry and whinge and dream. It’s my favourite place in the world.
Our Teenage DIY and style blogger Sinead Satu talks us through her step to step guide of how to make your very own summer flower head peice!
Styling and Photography - Milie Hunt Girl - Charlie Baker 22
This Page Dress - Topshop Socks - Stylist own Boots - Doc Martens Next Pages Trousers- Cow Vintage Bag - Isolated heros Tee - Topshop Jumper- Notahopeinhell Shorts - Nike Socks- Nike Jumper - Vintage
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We See Flowers We love Laura Hunters DIY jewellery especially her floral sunglasses she has created for summer! Follow the steps to create your very own customised sunnys for next to nothing! You can also followe her other creations at: Ilovecrafty. blogspot.co.uk
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Waiste Violet loves anything DIY, creative and original so when we stumbled across Waiste clothing you can imagine our excitement! Not only are the clothes made from original vintage pieces but they feature pretty rainbowy colours too! WAAAAA! The range of clothing is reworked by Sara Thomas as a designer born from customising her own clothes the collection has also gone on to represent her personality and style. The collections are inspired by anything from grunge to psychedelia, to make her clothing truly unique. You can purchase the Waiste collection online at: www. waiste.co.uk
Headband - Primark Bag - H&M Skirt - Vintage Body - Vintage
West Knoll Styling & Photography - Millie Hunt Girls - Darcie & Sarisose & Kyan
Left Jelly shoes - Topshop Bag - Vintage Right Dress - Topshop Bow - American Apparel Belt - Topshop Socks - Primark Hightops - Converse 38
Right Dress - Topshop Belt - Vintage Headband - Topshop Shoes - Unique Leggings - darcies own
t e l o Vi LAZY OAF X KICKERS Lazy Oaf has teamed up with our old school playground classic Kickers to create a 5 piece collection of sparkly. rainbow platfrom shoes, and they are the definition of young and playful! The limited collection has 500 pairs only but with every pair you buy you get a free pair of Lazy Oaf socks and a unique black Kickers fleurette! Snap them up quick.. GO GO GO!
Buy online at either kickers.com or lazyoaf.com
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Elly Cheng Violets designer of the issue has to be Elly Cheng, who graduated from London Collage of Fashion in 2012 after studying Fashion Design & Technology. Ellys desings consist of bright neons, baby pinks, teddy bears and rainbow dyed peices, and the garments are inspired by Ellys childhood memories. With reference to being a little girl we love the way the inspiration has created an escapism to a fantasy girly nostalgic world!
Untitled By Hailey Korbin The brisk afternoon entered as the cotton clouds stretched across a crisp blue sky. Light wisps of wind’s breath would occasionally send a crumbly leaf drifting into view. September had stretched into October pleasantly, flawlessly. A pair of green eyes stared into the clouds, with gaze so intense that the perfect puffs seemed saunter away from her gaze, burning a hole into the sky. “When I was younger, I’d always imagined that clouds would taste like vanilla ice cream.” Mabel announced, crinkling her freckled nose with a warm smile and a snigger. The boy who accompanied her stared at her visage, her rosy cheeks and endearing expression couldn’t help but make him grin. Her green army jacket fluttered in the breeze. “You’re ridiculous.” The boy answered, half jokingly. “That’s why I’m the most interesting, Harrison.” She grinned at him, and winked in jest. She really was the most interesting, Harrison thought to himself. Mabel scampered up a hill framed by browning autumn grass. Harrison watched her flop onto the ground and lie down. “I didn’t know this was a race!” Harrison called after her, his voice echoed. He jogged towards her. Harrison awkwardly found his was up to the top of the hill, which was much higher than what he had thought only seemed like a mound of grass. He laughed heartily, for no good reason. During his time with Mabel, he had transformed from the faint-‐ hearted face of purity, to a slightly less faint-‐hearted version of purity. ‘Sort of like a butterfly, which had begun as a caterpillar, but was still sort-‐of a caterpillar.’ He thought to himself. ‘Wait, that doesn’t really make sense.’ He found his breath hard to catch, as it had seemed to run much farther than he did. He huffed and puffed; his heavy breath emitted a frozen fog as it exited his lips. He found himself looking down at a smiling, freckled face, with ash-‐blonde hair unfurled and tangled across the nearly dead grass. Her pristine green eyes almost closed in laughter. Mabel chuckled. “Why are you so competitive? Not everything needs to be a race!” “Why were you running, then? Harrison inquired, his face twisted in confusion. “Sometimes I feel like I need to run away.” Mabel sighed. Her face dropped into a more subtle expression tinged with sadness.
“Not really though, you’re joking. Right?” Harrison asked. His eyes widened in fear. “No.” Mabel stared off into the distance, facing the stone bricked castle, where Harrison resided. The house was ancient, many great members of the Weathers family had inhabited and lodged in the comfortable mansion. In fact, many members of the Weathers family still dwelled within the stone bricked walls; some immortalised by painted portraits, while others did not exactly “live” in the house. Perhaps the more appropriate term would be to spend their après-‐life in the fortress. Drifting amongst the halls, unseen and unheard by most. Most average people do not notice the bizarre. To realise the existence of the strange, one must truly be peculiar themselves. Harrison, as much as he did not like to admit, was an odd boy. Harrison observed that his crouched companion was upset. He sat down beside her. Not saying a word, both stared in to the distance at the brilliant abode. Powder-‐like blanche flakes began to fall delicately from the now greying sky.
A modern day teen feminist I am proud to call myself a young feminist. People around me know I’m a feminist. No one outwardly challenges it; but there’s always an air of disregard from my peers, and I rarely feel that my views are taken seriously. People in my class either make a point of treading carefully around me when it comes to saying anything ‘potentially sexist’, pantomime-style, or deliberately say things like “get back to the kitchen” to aggravate me. Its as if I’m viewed as some sort of angst-ridden time bomb that its fun to tiptoe around. Teachers who know me well don’t oppose – or disagree with – my views, but in constantly sighed at and inadvertently patronised as if I, as a teenage girl, couldn’t possibly know how to feel passionately about anything serious or real. What upsets me hugely is the sheer misunderstanding of everything to do with this issue. Today I was called a ‘slut’ and a ‘whore’ by a boy who, when I confronted to ask if he even knew what that word meant, dismissed the question and laughed. So many people just seem totally closed to reality, systematically shutting out any notion of our society’s biggest flaws. I’m constantly dumbfounded by how many people don’t see how unacceptable it is to make a joke of rape and domestic violence; it’s like it’s slowly becoming normalised, which terrifies me. Of course, living in a rural area and being a secondary school student who calls herself a feminist is hard sometimes (as friends of mine who share my views will most probably verify) and adversities are faced in the form of ignorance almost daily – but there has to be that determination to stay positive with feminism. Hate can’t become a part of it, ever, and although it’s a war against inequality, I think that the aim should be to educate the ignorant rather than attack them for their mistakes. Every day, as my own small contribution to fighting the normalisation of inequality, I make sure to tell people if what they’re saying is offensive, or politically incorrect. I for one refuse to let this society regress any further than it has already started to in this way; its true that milestones are being reached (for example the legalisation of gay marriage), but maintaining a movement into the future is essential. Despite the mess that some parts of society have made of the idea of equality, I maintain that modern role models for young girls are very real; my personal ultimate role model at the moment is Grimes, who so fiercely attacks sexism in the music industry and has inspired so many by fighting it and becoming so independent and successful herself. I have endless respect for others who have identified with feminism and disregarded stereotypes, especially in the public eye; Brooke Candy is another of my idols. It gives me hope to see people in such a public position openly and unashamedly call themselves feminists; it seems like it can only lead to more people wanting to identify with it themselves. My name is Sinead, I am 15 years old and as a young girl amidst a storm of unwarranted prejudice of all kinds, I hope with all my heart that one day there wont be a need for equal rights groups, because equality will be a basic – and present – pillar of civilisation. Feminism is my fuel to become an independent, strong woman, to never abandon my aspirations because of being told I’m not good enough, and to pass on the knowledge that equality is key to an integrated society. I’m sure I’m not the only teenage girl who’s thinking: “I can only hope that one day everyone can understand how I feel”. By Sinead Westwood 55
A teenage girl growing up in the 21st century by Rocio Walmsley If I asked someone walking down the street to define female beauty I would usually get the same response: tall, thin, long blond hair. Whenever I read the media, for example, Seventeen magazine I see the same version of female beauty - tall and thin with long blond hair. The media has indoctrinated us with their version of beauty. Brands like Hollister and Jack Wills only hire people who conform to this same stereotype. Of course these girls are beautiful but so, in my view, is a short girl with cropped pink hair. We all have our own views of what is beautiful but the media has taught us we should only have one - their view. Fat and the meaning of the word The media is constantly telling women they are fat and that dieting is the solution. The vast majority of women’s magazines run regular features on ´how to loose weight´or ´how to get the body to impress a guy’ - all of this is a total lie. They’re teaching healthy women to eat unhealthy amounts of food. “Dieting” is big business for brands as well. For example Special K advertisements show women who are supposedly ´fat ´losing weight. These women are probably size 12 instead of 8. These women aren´t fat. They may be bigger than a Vogue model (who isn’t) but they are not fat. I don’t believe in dieting, I believe in a healthy balanced diet with a good amount of exercise and not feeding women insecurities in order to make them feel guilty about what they eat. If this became the prevailing attitude then I am sure the incidences of Anorexia and Bulimia would drop sharply. Teenage girls and the media I am a teenage girl growing up in the 21st century. I´ve been taught by society what ´pretty´and ‘ ugly´ is. During a time about a year and a half ago I actually believed the myth and it made me feel about bad about myself. I was (its hard to admit this) not eating breakfast and lunch. I didn´t tell my parents. I remember all I wanted to be was thin. It wasn’t until I started reading Rookie and getting into feminism that I realised I was pretty and stopped caring about what other people thought. I started getting loads of confidence at school and started wearing things I wouldn’t dare wear before. I think society should start teaching girls that there isn’t one definition of beauty and that they should´t be insecure about themselves or their bodies. Stop business selling them lies in order to make more money.
By Hailey Korbin
I’ve Started Something I Couldn’t Finish I’d never heard a song by the Smiths that rang more truly.
Morrissey croons, “I started something, but now I’m not too sure,” as he stares glumly into the faces of his adoring yet rabid fans (at least that’s how I imagine he sings)
I also started something I couldn’t finish, and the evidence of my procrastinative lifestyle lies scattered across my room. Crafts. CRAFTS EVERYWHERE! Arts and crafts are my kryptonite. I’m going to approximate that I take up a new hobby every week. From knitting and needlepoint embroidery, all the way to a brief juggling phase (juggling is totally a craft) and continuing on to the cutting and pasting of dead celebrities faces onto doilies to hang above my bed (this can also be considered a bad idea, as the pictures become exceedingly creepy as the sun sets). The remnants and souvenirs of these creative conquests have accumulated into a giant pile in the corner of my craft room (yes, I have a craft room). I hide these unfinished artistic ventures from myself so I don’t feel the shameful product of my procrastination. Like your favourite televised series, I like to say that these crafts are ‘on hiatus, and I always swear to myself that I’ll finish them in due time. Yet as the days come and go, I take a cue from Sweet Brown, exclaiming “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Allowing my sewing needles to rust like I abandoned them on the Island of Misfit Toys. As the yarn and fake flowers pile up, so does my remorse, sending me spiralling down into the pits of regret. Yet there are so many great individuals who didn’t finish what he or she began, like DaVinci, or Michelangelo. Whether it be arts and crafts projects (the craft project being the Sistine Chapel), novels, or school work, it did not even allow them to determine their self worth. I’m no Michelangelo, nor great individual, but I am able to offer my advice. My advice being to finish what you start immediately, or procrastination may overtake you.
By Hailey Korbin
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The girl with the Spark Violet interviews teen feminist and activist Izzy Labbe
Hey Izzy how are you? - Hey I’m great thanks! What have you been up to? - I am on vacation- I haven’t been keeping busy. I’ve basically been sitting around and watching “Easy A” and “Bridesmaids” on my laptop and reading. My parents are at work, and my brothers are at daycare. I’m basically really bored. But I have been desperately trying to raise money for the SPARK retreat in April. We have a Piggybackr profile where people can donate money. Each blogger needs to raise $500. I hate asking people for money, so it’s been a struggle. We love the film bridesmaids and the new TV show girls for that matter its only recently come out in the UK, so we are super obsessed in the Violet office! Can you tell me a little bit more about what you’ve been up to with Spark at the moment? - Well, as of recently, we’ve been working to try to raise $10,000 for our annual retreat in New York. The campaign’s press release is tomorrow, and so far we’ve raised a little over $2,000. As far as campaigns go, we’ve had one big one, and one smaller one. The smaller campaign is one started by SPARK bloggers Alice Wilder and Ying Ying Shang. They started a blog called teenvoguechallenge.tumblr. com. According to their blog, Alice decided to follow the advice given by Seventeen Magazine, and Ying Ying decided to follow the advice given by Teen Vogue, about beauty, health, love, and fashion, and on their blog they detail every piece of advice they undergo. The idea is pretty awesome, and it really shows how crazy some of the advice given by these two giant magazines to girls are. For instance, Alice went by a Seventeen diet plan for a day, and she said of it “Yesterday as I sat down at my desk and unpacked my homework all I could think about was food. At school I thought about food a lot, but had distractions. Now I was in my own home and downstairs was just a place with food I wasn’t supposed to eat.”. So that’s what SPARK’s been up to! We’re mostly just fundraising, but we’re working on separate stuff on the side too.
What you are doing at Spark is really great, and is already proving to make a difference and catch people attention, people who wouldn’t usually listen too! So how did you hear about Spark and what were your first steps in getting involved with the organisation? - Well, I’ve been friends with Julia Bluhm since fourth grade, and we had some classes together up until she transferred schools last year. She got involved with SPARK around seventh grade (which for us was 2010 or so) because a woman that went to her church and was friends with her family worked for the organization. I would always whine and complain to her about sexism that I saw, and she knew that I was pretty opinionated, so she told me about SPARK, and that I should apply. By that time it was the fall of our eighth grade year (so, fall 2011), and SPARK was still a relatively small organization of girls, and they were hiring new applicants to be bloggers. So I applied, and I was one of the girls who got in, and later that week I was flown to New York to go to their annual retreat! I’ve been working for SPARK for about a year and a half now, and it’s grown into a much larger nonprofit, with more than 30 girl bloggers ages 13-22, and tons of media support and other nonprofit partners! If spark was a girl what personality would she have? - Oooh! I like that question a lot!. If SPARK were a girl, she’d be smart, and passionate, and also really unique. There are so many different personalities on the SPARK team- I remember when I was at the first retreat, I was at Hunter College on the lower east side of New York City, waiting to meet the other girls, feeling so intimidated because I was so young. When I met the young women there, who were all years older than me, I was shocked because they treated me like an equal, not just a little kid. Girls on the SPARK team are from all over the world, have totally different interests, come from totally different family backgrounds, and are all some of the most loving and mature women I’ve ever met. I feel like if SPARK were a girl, too, she’d really like John Green and 90s boy bands, because that’s something we all share too.
At Violet we feel that there are so many different types of girls with many different personalities and dimensions to them yet they have no one to really relate to. Sure they have their friends but sometimes you just want a role model or an icon to show you some guidance. Who has been the most inspirational person in your life so far? And if you were to organise a Spark sleepover who would you invite? - Obviously I’m inspired a lot by the SPARK team, and the courageous women we all look up to, like Gloria Steinem and Shelby Knox (both of whom I’ve been lucky enough to meet); but I’m also inspired by my mother, who is a very inspirational woman who has worked hard for everything she has, and my stepmother as well, who is a doctor and has been basically everywhere in the world in times where it probably wasn’t safe for women to be doing her job. And I’m constantly inspired every day by my friends, who can be funny and inspirational even when they’re just being natural. The SPARK team is very fond of Tavi Gevinson, Amy Poehler, Beyoncé, Anne Hathaway, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Tina Fey, Jennifer Lawrence, and a whole plethora of other AMAZING women who fight for the rights of girls and women every day in their own powerful ways. So I feel like a SPARK sleepover would consist of them, the SPARK team, and probably a bunch of other amazing women I’m forgetting. And it would preferably be like the Princess sleepover from “The Princess Diaries 2”.
Oh yes and you could get one of them slides and surf down it on your mattress! You and Julia created a petition in which you asked seventeen magazine to feature more authentic girls within their magazines. They responded positively with a peace treaty. Because of the awareness you sparked do you think teenage magazines will start talking to young girls in a more authentic and intelligent way?There has definitely been a lot of positive responses from magazines about loving your body with peace treaties and stuff like that, but in the end, it’s all about making money. At last year’s SPARK retreat, we met a former editor of Seventeen who left because she didn’t agree with Seventeen’s use of photoshop, among other reasons. She told us that as much as the people working there may disagree with the use of photoshop, they ultimately use it to sell more magazines. Which may sound flawed to us, but the media’s pretty flawed in itself. While we might not be able to get every magazine to say, wow, you guys are right, teenagers know where it’s at!, we can always teach people about the measures these magazines take to fit in with the media’s standards. We don’t want people to stop reading magazines as some have proposed; we want people to know what they’re reading when they’re flipping through a copy of “Seventeen” or “Teen Vogue”.
If you could create your own magazine what would you call it and who would be on your front cover? If I could create my own magazine, I would call it probably something satirical and funny, like “Nothing Special” or “Doesn’t Suck”. I’m bad at names, but I would want an audience who would be interested in parodying some typical magazines. Ideally I would have some of those awesome women from the SPARK sleepover on the cover, but I wouldn’t limit it to men. I’d probably have Ryan Gosling on it every month for good measure. What did you want to be when you was little? Well, when I was five or so I saw “Legally Blonde” and that made me really want to go to Harvard, but I had no plan or effort or even idea of why I would want to go there, or what for. Throughout my childhood, I wanted to be a writer, and then an actress, and then a writer/actress, and that’s kind of what I still want to be. I’m really interested in acting on Broadway, not in musicals, but as a serious, classically trained stage actress. Strangely enough, I’ve never been interested in professional activism as a job. That is really interesting, your activism is clear a passion so whether or not you pursue it as a career it will always be something that will be a part of your life. What advice would you give to girls your age that that feel the same as you about girls in the media, but don’t have the confidence to speak out? I would say as a general rule, be your own hero. If that means that you don’t want to have to make a big deal out of your beliefs, but you want to quietly boycott or believe something, than so be it. The great thing about ideology is that you don’t always have to preach it. However, I would say that if you’re really passionate about something, or if you see something in the media that REALLY annoys you, there’s no harm in trying to fix it. Don’t be the person that waits around and whines for something to change. Get involved with a youth leadership group like I did, or find an outlet for your energy, like blogging or writing or art, and just let it out. You might be creating something quietly that could change the world. You can follow Izzy on Twitter - @Izzylabbe Visit the Spark website www.sparksummit.com
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