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Open up: Communicating hard things to people we love

We all have had a moment when we want to say something difficult to somebody we love but we doubt whether to open the Pandora’s box or avoid a confrontation. Especially with people we love and care about, it can be quite frightening. We are afraid that we might upset their feelings, hurt the relationship and scar something precious to us for life. However, an open communication is one of the main characteristics of a healthy relationship. Opening up to say things that hurt us, worry us, concern us or make us feel heavy is needed to live an open […]

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How people flaunt their relationships to feel better about themselves.

We are in a society where romantic love is predominantly valued over all other achievements. But whether single or in a relationship, it’s human nature to try and take actions to make ourselves feel better or superior to others. I’ve been single for the past three years since letting go of a toxic relationship. When I reflect on how I feel about this, it’s probably a mixture of anxiety, hope, acceptance and relief – levelling out as a neutral energy, neither positive nor negative. However I’ve observed that depending on the environment that I’m in and who is around me, […]

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Letting go of fear

It seems that everywhere we look, people are riddled by fear. Fear of being judged, of voicing their own opinions (whether in line or against popular views), of living how they truly want, working the jobs that make them happy, and reaching for the life that they deserve. Essentially, we’ve become afraid of truly being ourselves. The biggest testament to this is the fear that people have of working towards their dreams. As children we had no fear – we did what we wanted, until eventually we were conditioned to believe in boundaries, limitations and the importance of meeting expectations. […]

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A bit more about Ciiara: starting a new brand

Whilst we’ve only just launched our blog and don’t have our products for sale just yet, it’s been a long year in planning and preparation. We’d like to share a bit more with you about our journey over the past year and how this project has evolved. September 2017: Chiara, founder of Ciiara came up with the concept during a 3-wk holiday in Spain. The aim was to connect fashion (specifically clothing that allows movement and dancing) with social impact. January 2018: Met with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Hanoi, Vietnam. Whilst we didn’t know exactly how the corporate-charity partnership […]

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How I started dancing

So when I tell people (non-dancers) that I enjoy latin dancing in my spare time, I’m often asked about how I got into dancing and what’s so addictive about it that I can spend 5-6 nights a week dancing. I was introduced to salsa classes in Melbourne by some friends a few years ago, and as with most beginners, I was very slack – only attending one class every few weeks. I was busy having a fantastic social life outside of dancing, as well as enjoying numerous other hobbies. In particular, I had one friend that I would hang out […]

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