Get Real

Do You Care About How Others See Your Appearance?

by GEM Magazine / Sep 02, 2015 / Comments

I never wanted to be that girl. You know, the girl who wears dresses and make up and looks 'done up' all the time. I thought that girl was shallow, that she was an 'airhead', so of course I didn't want to be like that at all.

Meaghan Archer - How I'm Learning To Love Myself

by GEM Magazine / Aug 20, 2015 / Comments

I was beaten down by my own words and those of others. I let myself feel the pain of others because I thought that’s what love was—sharing pain. "If I hold your pain then you’ll hold my heart, right?" I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Lucas Mckinnon - Searching For Love Outside Of Ourselves

by GEM Magazine / Aug 19, 2015 / Comments

It seems I had found some clever ways to cope with grief: chief among them were self-improvement and an over-dedication to the service of others. 

Bravo, Lucas, bravo.

Carew Martin - Why I Don't Shun Anti-Depressants

by GEM Magazine / Aug 09, 2015 / Comments

I was raking leaves one day and it dawned on me how little I cared about what I was doing with my life. That feeling intensified until I simply put down the rake, walked inside and started to cry.

Why We Need To Look Beyond The Surface

by GEM Magazine / Aug 06, 2015 / Comments

As a society, we can make snap judgements based on how others look. Whether it be the colour of their skin or the clothes that they wear. Sometimes it can make me feel as though I don’t belong on the surface, when at my core, I know I do.

Danika Enad - I Am Enough

by GEM Magazine / Jul 28, 2015 / Comments

I can remember staring up at my ceiling begging to be taken away. Eventually I would fall asleep with tears on my cheek and wake up the same way. It was a life that had somehow stopped being worth living, but I was still there. I was still alive.

Can Money Truly Make You Happy?

by GEM Magazine / Jul 23, 2015 / Comments

Why do we have a world obsessed with money? The world is in excess of money, it is obsessed with the idea of the life money can provide.

How My Life Began the Day It Ended

by GEM Magazine / Jul 22, 2015 / Comments

Something about that event shifted EVERYTHING. Watching him die made me realize that I have one shot at this life, and I better stop fucking around and wasting it.

Free Yourself from Body Dissatisfaction

by GEM Magazine / Jul 21, 2015 / Comments

I want you to imagine a state of being where the feelings about your body don't impact your mood, sense of self-worth, feelings of accomplishment, or the way that you perceive yourself in comparison to others. What would that be like for you?

Eric Earling - What The Hell Happened To Me?

by GEM Magazine / Jul 20, 2015 / Comments

A former colleague wrote to me recently, to ask what the inspiration was to completely change my life. On reflection, I found myself asking;

What the hell did actually happen to me?

A lot, really.

I was broken. To the core.

My life was miserable. I was unhappy, overweight and depressed. My marriage was dead. And I wasn’t the father I wanted to be.