The Real And Honest Truth

I accepted an Instagram challenge (started by Nicole Mehl and Annie Cline of Beauty in the Light) from my big sis, Tania Hussain, to tell the #realandhonesttruth. Throughout the course of three days, I revealed three things about myself that I usually keep concealed. On our social media channels, we tend to post only the good, the happy, and the pretty sides of our lives, and filter out the bad, the sad, and the downright ugly. But in doing so, we are not presenting our full and authentic selves. As Brene Brown asserts in her works, embracing and implementing a balance with the positives, the negatives, and the grey areas is the key to living wholeheartedly, and when we share our stories of harsh reality, we are able to better relate to and find compassionate connection with others. Through vulnerability, we can be stronger and be united, and ultimately make our day-to-day lives so much more bearable and worthwhile.

Here are my three stories of beauty, family, and death (and if you’d like to do this challenge too, join in).

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Next Issue Canada: The Netflix for Magazines

My magazine hoarding ways started at the age of 7, when I picked up my first issue of Girls Life from the supermarket check-out. Now, my basement contains skyscrapers of all of the magazines I have accumulated ever since, but during the past couple of years, I’ve gradually slowed down with my purchases. While I still collect September issues of Vogue and every magazine that features my favourite celebrities (namely Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood) on the cover, I have put a halt to my regular consumption of print magazines due to many constraints – prices have increased, there’s no room to store them in my house, and I don’t have the time to make the trip over to the store for my monthly haul these days. What can I do to keep indulging my magazine-reading desires?

Cue in Next Issue Canada, the Netflix for magazines.

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Nothing Else Comes Closer to Nokia Lumia 1020

If you want to take professional-looking photos without having all of the equipment and extensive know-how, look no further than the Nokia Lumia 1020!

Nokia’s Lumia 1020 (offered by Rogers), is a Windows smartphone that serves as a full-functioning cell phone and digital camera all-in-one. With a remarkable 41 MP sensor with PureView technology, Optical Image Stabilization, and High Resolution 3X zoom, the Lumia provides users with the best photo-taking, as well as video and audio recording capabilities of any mobile device on the market.

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The State of the Album

Albums are the musician’s artistic statement to the world as well as the soundtracks to our lives. But is the album nearing the end of its relevancy in today’s music market? According to an article from The Guardian, it is only a matter of time before the album is rendered a relic of music culture. As a whole, CD and digital sales are declining. Of course, there are some recent exceptions (Adele’s 21 and Taylor Swift’s Red, anyone?) but even some of 2013’s most buzzworthy pop artists (Katy Perry’s Prism, Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz) are falling short of expectations for their initial sales numbers, despite massive promotional pushes from their teams. They can roar and break down those walls all they want, but it has become a major challenge for musicians to reach their album sales goals.

All we hear is how illegal file downloading and audio streaming are killing the industry, and how the quality of today’s music is subpar, but really, it all comes down to the fact that the way we listen to music has changed. In order to save the state of the album, we need to look at how our consumption habits have transformed in the twenty-first century (with the rise of digital) and how these factors affect our purchasing decisions…

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Introducing Moto X

This month marks three years since I signed my soul away to Apple for the brand new iPhone 4. It was love at first sight, and we never parted. Flash forward to 2013, and now my dear iPhone is beginning to show signs of its old age, as it begins to grow slower and more unresponsive as the days go by. Soon, the sad time will come when we will have to cut ties, and I will have to find a replacement for the role of my mobile sidekick. But which phone will be ‘the one’?

As one of the perks of being a member of Rogers’ Social Insider team, I get to be one of the first to find out about Rogers’ latest product news and launches, and even get to test some of their new (and sometimes exclusive) devices! As my first project for the program, I am trying out Motorola’s new Moto X phone for 60 days. In high school, my first flip phone (remember those?) was a Motorola V551, so with this reunion brought back many fond memories. Maybe this smartphone will pass the test?

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