Poem by Maria Ermides // Illustration by Freya Bennett

Frustration coupled with endless contemplation.

A dangerous kind of mix

Drink it on down and mistake it for bliss.

Nothing comes from over-thinking they said

So wake up at 5:30 and don’t forget to successfully make the bed.

Create, make and create just please create

Do everything, take photos, make beautiful art as long as you don’t make mistakes.

Consume and let the influence of others inspire but not influence you

Be original, be transparent be fucking see-through.

But whatever you do, don’t think, especially not twice.

Because the real shakers are makers and only the doers truly succeed

And yet here you are, struggling to even conceive a simple daydream.

Then why bother?

In fact, don’t even try.

Resting on all of this potential can make you pretty tired.

So instead, go to sleep get those seven hours in.

Wake up at 5:30 and start the process all over again.


Maria Emrides

I’m a work in progress who one day hopes to be an inspiration to young girls who are trying to work it all out too. I also live in Brisbane and love to write, dance and create things.

Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who has a passion for youth rights and mental health. To combat her own battle with anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, taking sertraline and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about her mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and spends her days building blocks, reading stories and completely exhausted. With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. You can follow her on Instagram @thecinnamonsociety

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