Music Monday: The Just,Girl Project

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Let me introduce you to Ilana Harkavy  and The Just,Girl Team – we’re kindred spirits of sorts. We’re both trying to change the world in our own way. Ilana is doing this through music

Along with the team Ashley Sholer, & Ashley AllenShe created The Just, Girl. Project which is a fiery musical movement that empowers girls to embrace their passions, be blatantly honest, and to take ownership of their individual struggles. Through the power of music, this project relates to and empowers girls to be the utmost honest version of themselves, take responsibility for who they are, and go after what they are most passionate about.

A couple of years ago she stumbled upon a startling subculture: social media accounts devoted to the promotion of anorexia, bulimia, and self-harm. She decided she needed to change that but she also knew that changing that came from each and every one of us.

Every person, holds the power to create their own happiness and that is an inside job. We need to change our thinking. We need to believe in ourselves,

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So she is creating the Just Girl EP – each song addressing that ongoing struggles she and many of us, if not all of us face ranging from body image to social acceptance

Ilana also has a plan beyond the EP she wants to go on to continue growing the movement online. Continue to write in her blog and create social campaigns devoted to positive and honest messages for young women, men and anybody that needs support because after all we are all in this together and we can all help each other

And we can help Ilana and her team as well as go along on the journey with her and The Just, Girl Project

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Indiegogo

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Facebook

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xxLayla

Sunday Playlist

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  1. Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene by Hozier
  2. Lay Me Down (feat. John Legend) by Sam Smith
  3. Heartbeat Song by Kelly Clarkson
  4. Royals by Lorde
  5. Believe by Mumford & Sons
  6. Rolling in the Deep by Adele
  7. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  8. Riptide by Vance Joy
  9. Brightside by The Killers
  10. All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
  11. Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes
  12. West Coast by Lana Del Rey
  13. Arabella by Arctic Monkeys
  14. A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay
  15. Chop Suey! by System of a Down

xxLayla

Cool Links For Cool People

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Well it is Friday again. Gotta love how amazing networking can be. I’ve met and chatted to some special people this week, from across the world and from right in my backyard in Surrey Hills and reconnected with my soul sister. As I said on Tuesday, life is all about connection and those conversations that are actually about something, the conversations that mean something, where you say things that you never thought you would tell anybody but you’re that comfortable that you just ramble on, This weekend have a real conversation, don’t just say all the things that you know you should, or say because its the right thing to say. Have a conversation about something real and have some fun.

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A Totally Cool Dude

xxLayla

Haley, Alexandra and The Connections We Make

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Hi Beautiful Souls,

I am great believer in the right people coming into your life at the right time. I have experienced this many times in my life. Not only do you connect with people but you take a little bit of them with you after the journey is complete. Whether you are friends or they inspire you or they are just a fleeting light in your life but through these connects your life is better.

Last year a met a beautiful gal by the name of Haley – she was nineteen at the time and been diagnosed with Cancer for the second time in her young life. Now let me tell you about Haley. I have never seen someone with such grace and beauty, in life but also in the situation she was in. Via Instagram she was saying how some days just felt like she was in the dark. Now for her to say this worried me, because it just wasn’t like her. So that night moved by her story as I was, I lit a candle, took a photograph of it and posted it. Basically telling her that I would light the candle every night and if she ever felt alone, she just needed to remember that there was a person on the other side of the world, was lighting Haley’s way. The next morning I woke up with a beautiful message from her, thanking me.

She beat cancer for a second time – and she is amazing. Instagram accounts were followed and I love watching her journey.

We were in each other’s life for a spilt second but we made a difference in each other’s life – We made a connection. She showed me strength and I gave her support, I like to think.

As I said I am great believer in the right people coming into your life at the right time and its happened again.

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I’ve known Ms Alexandra Nicole Hulme has been in this world for a few years now. I stumbled across her Tumblr page a few years back. A few posts were liked either way and she is amazing. Dancer and painter, I like to think of her as a little bit of a muse. She has done many great things one of them being a dancer on Glee and a contributor on Me & Charlie

Her new project and big dream, I am blown away…

One of my dreams is to have a flower shop where flowers are still in the ground, plants are still planted – there is tea & treats and drawing on the floor.  I want to have a space where we’ll host artist workshops – to dive in, ask ourselves big questions, expand, evolve, renew and share.

Once I read about her dream, I could help but want it to happen. One because Alexandra is working so hard for it and two, I just really want to hang out there.

A place where creative person could be together

That’s the one thing about having a creative mind – it can get lonely. Not in the typical – I’m going to be all alone and old and die, type way.

Maybe lonely isn’t the right word

A creative mind is a catalyst for a plethora of self-doubt – not just in your work but more the way you live your life

We see the world with a different set of eyes. Our brains work differently and to top that off, its hard to explain because each creative mind is fueled differently. We need other creative minds around us because when your alone, you can doubt those thoughts. Why do I see the world so differently? You start to wonder if it’s normal to think the way we do.

So what does this have to do with Alexandra?

I have never met her but as I said I’ve always seen her as a bit of a muse. If I am inspired by her, you maybe too

So have a look at her new project and dream

Lulabelles Garden.

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Sign up and be inspired – connect

Because we are all in this creative world together

xxLayla

Sunday Playlist

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  • Back In Style by Joss Stone
  • Distant Dreamer by Duffy
  • Be Italian by Fergie
  • Little Rain by Jimmy Reed
  • Heartbreak Warfare by John Mayer
  • Get Down Tonight by  KC & the Sunshine Band
  • Read My Mind by The Killers
  • Sunshine Silence by Fono
  • Go by Sparklehorse with The Flaming Lips
  • Gold by Imagine Dragons
  • Money on My Mind by Sam Smith
  • Someone New by Hoizer
  • Riptide by Vance Joy
  • I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty
  • Let Her Go by Passenger

xxLayla

Cool Links For Cool People

1d973ae44dd48772725e9c086e957482Hi My Loves,

Sometimes all a girl needs is a sleep in, a long shower, bacon and eggs for breakfast and some time looking at some beautiful pictures. Downtime on a rainy day is good for the soul. Work wise I’m trapped between editing, new story ideas and 2nd draft of a story I abandoned last year, I’m not to sure which road I’m going down yet but networking wise I have been connecting with some beautiful and smart women. Joanie, Grace, Jenny and Melody. All talented women in their fields. All inspiring. Get inspired with these links

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xxLayla