Taylor Swift has always been and will always be a polarizing figure, namely based on how she is incapable of allowing even the slightest of slights to wash over her. Response to criticism can be an excellent catalyst for creative output. But how does the title of her catchy single “Look What You Made Me Do” correlate to Catholic storylines?
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Most consumers purchasing athletic clothes aren’t exercising in them at all; they are taking part in a fashion trend often called “athleisure”, because the aforementioned athletic clothes are often worn by people who aren’t working out. For instance, the Wall Street Journal found that sales of yoga apparel grew approximately 45% in 2013, but yoga participation that same year only grew 4.5%. In many social circles, it has already become the norm to wear athleisure clothes in everyday situations, and one could an analogous connection between a half-hearted spiritual life and the symbolic nature of portraying one’s self as active. Projection versus reality, passive facade versus beneficial behavior.
If done in a healthy & moderated fashion, is there anything more relaxing than “catching some rays”? While we as a country like to fake (not bake) our tans, there are plenty of reasons why we love the sun. It boosts levels of serotonin (proven to alleviate anxiety), produces vitamin D which has a myriad of health benefits, and can actually ease up stiffness and cause warmth in the body’s muscles. That said, what about basking in the glow of an Adoration chapel?
Paraphrasing here, Matthew 18:3 (depending on the publisher or edition of the Bible in your possession) roughly states “…unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Open to interpretation as much within the Bible, perspective changes and becomes more succinct once one has had a child. Watch as Melinda relates her personal experience between the quote and motherhood.