MODERN PRIORITIES: TALKING TO ERIN TRELOAR OF RAW BEAUTY TALKS

It's never been as empowering to be a woman– but it's also never been as complicated. The modern, connected woman carries the expectations to be the career builder, the caregiver, the muse, the family manager, the lover, the fighter for equality... and to manage it all with composure and class. In this blog series, we take a peek into the digital habits and modern priorities of some of the women we admire who show us it's possible to do it all and live well. 

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DIARY OF A DIGITAL ANTHROPOLOGIST: DESERT DIGITAL DETOX

Last summer, while writing my Master’s dissertation on mindfulness and technology, I took part in VINAYA's three-day digital detox retreat in the Agafay Desert in Morocco. In honour of National Unplug Day, which takes place this weekend from March 4th to 5th, I’ve decided to open up my fieldnotes to share my experience of extreme, temporary disconnection.

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CAN WE DESIGN OUR OWN LIVES?

As human beings, we have a finite amount of attention. Making time to create balance can be a struggle, especially in our modern hyper-connected reality where time has become our greatest luxury. Still, as we move through each day, we possess the potential to value, prioritise, organise and enjoy moments, people and activities as we choose. When we act mindfully, we make small choices about how this might impact the running themes in our lives. 

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Crash Course: The Science Of Human Creativity

From the discovery of the wheel to exploring outer space, we as humans have progressed in innovativeness, inventiveness and novelty with each generation. The unique brain pattern described as ‘creativity’ is observed when our human needs– such as comfort, accessibility and even curiosity– come into play. And it is because of these diverse human needs that we are able to witness the wonders of what human creativity, and innovation, can accomplish.

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What Is Connection?

The last decade of technological innovation has resulted in a rapidly responsive and dialled-in nation. We’re only ever of couple of taps away from our thousands of ‘friends’, and an infinite web of free, digestible information. We're more digitally connected than ever before, it's all so seamless and accessible. Too accessible, for some; sixty percent of people say they suffer from notification fatigue and are looking for ways to disconnect from their smartphone so that they can reconnect with real life.

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Digital Disconnect: Are Smartphones the Perpetual Third Wheel?

Let’s face it: even a best friend can be an annoying third wheel, particularly when they are an omnipresent source of neediness. Interested to better understand the effect that smartphones have on modern relationships, we asked 79 non-singles to tell us what role their digital devices play in their romantic relationships. Digging beyond the stats, we wanted to understand how they as a couple deal with digital disruption. The verdict? A bunch of mixed feelings.

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