Featured Artist: Fiona Aboud

Fiona About Pregame

Brazilian-American artist Fiona Aboud creates images rooted in photography that are inspired by painting and natural elements. Aboud’s lyrical and humanistic style frees the imagination while challenging issues of perception, multiculturalism and stereotypes. Aboud’s practice is influenced by photographers like Edward Curtis who documented Native Americans whose culture was in danger of disappearing. This mindset influenced Aboud to create projects that preserve cultures through photography, such as Sikhs: An American Portrait. Inspired by hate crimes and American realist painters explore what it means to be American and examine the human prejudice of physical differences. This series received numerous awards from […]

Is It Possible to Binge on Wellness?

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Fiona Aboud

Did you know that the original marathon runner from ancient Greece, the guy who ran from Marathon to Athens to announce victory over the Persians, delivered his message, keeled over and died? True story. So why did we “modern” humans insist on taking a bad idea—running obscenely long distances— and turn it into a competition? Not only did we turn it into a race, we decided that running 26.2 miles isn’t enough, because now we have endurance races of over 100 miles. Too much of a good thing? It seems like we (and by “we” I guess I mean obsessive people) […]

Yoga Pants Made LuLuLemon Founder Chip Wilson a Billionare—Why Isn’t He More Grateful to the Women Who Wear Them?

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Fiona Aboud

Chip Wilson is his own employee of the month. Right there on his website, you can see a portrait of his smiling face, set within a cheap wooden frame and festooned with a gold star bearing the accolade. But in his colorful new memoir, Little Black Stretchy Pants: The Unauthorized Story of Lululemon (LBSP), the controversial Lululemon Athletica founder makes clear that, beyond ostensibly putting himself above his actual employees, he also feels superior to many of the women who wear the brand’s hundred-dollar yoga pants that have made him a multibillionaire. LBSP is dripping with contempt for the “non-athletic, smoking, Diet-Coke drinking woman in […]

Unraveling Depression: How I Fight My Invisible Foe

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Fiona Aboud

Since I was 17 years old, I’ve been prone to bouts of debilitating depression, particularly in March. By my mid-twenties, mid-August joined the annual mix. In my thirties, the holiday season became a danger zone. Over the past few years, late February started feeling left out and joined the gang. But even if you see the tsunami approaching, you can’t always outrun it. Depression is a chronic mental illness. Like a migraine, it can be brought on by a circumstance or simply appear out of nowhere. Its severity can range from dull malaise to life-threatening. It is often progressive, which means that […]

Feeling the Goal

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Fiona Aboud

  I have never really been much of a planner or one to set goals per se; when the inevitable interview question “where do you want to be in five years” was posed to me I truly had no idea how to answer (I’m sure I made something up that sounded good for the circumstance). My perception of goals was they were very specific expectations of what you were meant to achieve by a certain time, like a specific title, or type of car, or 2.5 kids, and that just felt too constraining. What if some new opportunity knocks at your […]

Pitch, Please.

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Fiona Aboud

A question I get a lot is: “How do I pitch myself to ___________ podcast, article, investor, etc.?” And this for many people is the holy grail of attention. If you can get someone to share your ideas with their audience or invest in you it certainly does help. But I see many people going about this process all wrong. So here is my most important rule about pitching anything: Create curiosity first.  Most pitches fall flat because the person doing the pitching spends all of their time telling us everything we need to know about them, the product or the […]

March 2019: Evaluating Wellness

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Fiona Aboud

Are you running on empty? If you’re constantly in growth mode, as goal-oriented people are prone to be, you may find your tank is constantly flirting with depletion. Overdoing it can lead to fatigue or even burnout before your goal has the chance to be realized. The metaphor of “putting your oxygen mask on first” before helping others is always useful, but difficult to practice if your M.O. is stretching yourself thin to support others. What happens if you expend more energy than you have to spare? Your “help” can actually become a burden on others or you resent the people you’re […]