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Professional Community Worker, Humanitarian and Mental Health advocate with a passion for culture, people and community.

Every couple needs dedicated time to be together.

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Life for all of us becomes very busy quite quickly. One moment we have endless time for love, recreation and fun, the next, we don’t. Unfortunately, our relationships are often the areas that get put on hold in the busy seasons. We don’t stop loving our partners, not even a little. We’re just so caught up in the craziness of our schedules that we forget to do the things that we should in relationships. One of the most important activities we ought to try and maintain is our date nights.

Date nights are fun, exciting, intimate and draw us closer…

The desperate need to change culture, and address the issues.

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It is no secret that men deal with mental health issues. Like all people, men struggle with the inner demons that lie await on the inside. Although most of society remain in the dark and are unaware of the alarming statistics that reveal the extent of mental health issues amongst men. We are losing fathers, sons, husbands, brothers and friends daily. It’s time that we see the truth for what it is, and begin to truly address this serious issue.

Men are 3.5 times more likely to commit suicide than women. With over 47,000 deaths caused by suicide in 2019…

Where do you stand, or can you stay somewhere in the middle?

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What side of the aisle do you sit on? Do you see yourself swinging more to the left, or more to the right? In relevance to issues, where do you stand on abortion, gun laws, white supremacy or any of the other contentious topics we face in society today? Many would call this politics, ideologies or simply a difference in opinion. I’d prefer to use the term, The Great Divide.

The battle of belief, ideas and ultimate power. That’s what this whole system has turned into. Two different forms of belief and ideas have evolved into a war of moral…

Why the imperfect people, have the greatest success.

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We are all inspired by the heroes of our time. Every generation has heroes, and each generation aspires to be like them. From Nelson Mandela to Mother Teresa, Michael Jordan to Aretha Franklin. Heroes become inspiration because they did something truly extraordinary. It isn’t hard to view our heroes in a different frame of light as we do ourselves. An unattainable goal it may seem to reach the same greatness of those we look up to. And as pure as it is to adore our heroes, it’s important to understand they are all imperfect, just like you.

“One of the…

Stop focusing on the scale, start focusing on being a better you.

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The health industry is booming now more than ever. More and more people are jumping on to try and be more healthy. However how often do we watch the classic commercials, try out “Proven” diet plans, and do whatever it takes to reach a place that may be unrealistic for us? Whilst the health industry promotes a relatively good cause, it often goes about it in the wrong way, as well as leaving out essential aspects of an individuals health.

Ripped abs, incredibly toned body, spray-tanned from top to bottom, that’s a picture-perfect image of a “healthy person” right? If…

Understanding why Equity is a greater force for change in society.

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Equality is a concept more familiar in today’s society. Whilst the world is far from it, conversations are being made and change is taking place for a more fair and equal way of life for all. And whilst the promotion of Equality is a foundational and necessary starting point, it will only get us so far on the road to real equality for all people.
During my years working in the community, I have come to better understand the needs of the most vulnerable in our society, as well as the great disadvantages they face. These disadvantages prevent vulnerable and…

Surrounding myself with people that only bring value to my life.

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Have you ever grown tired of bad friends? I’m not talking about the friends that are often late or that you have arguments with, I mean that’s all of us right? I’m talking about the kind of friends that are constantly dragging you down and adding absolutely no value to your life. If you’re shouting a big hella YES right now, I’m right there with you.

Friends are meant to be supportive, encouraging, fun and most of all they should add value to our lives. So why is it that we let ourselves settle for less than we know we…

Sharing love freely, with no strings attached.

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Love is truly a beautiful thing. In both receiving and giving, the concept is one that all of us desire. However how many of us give of ourselves without expecting something in return? Is love a simple transaction, or should the inner feeling of deep affection be one of a more selfless nature?

I express and receive love in a variety of relationships. Firstly with my partner, followed by my family and then with my friends. In all three of these relationships, it has taken time, effort and a whole lot of energy to maintain and grow. …

How I learned to be consistently joyful, even when life sucks

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Life is full of its ups, downs, and everything in between. My emotional, mental and even at times physical state changed as rapidly as my circumstances did. In all the many seasons I walked through in life, I always let the current situation dictate my feelings. That’s until I discovered Joy, and learned how I could remain joyful, even when I was unhappy.

Some years ago, I was going through some tough challenges. I was enrolled in a college I didn’t like, a job that I hated, had little to no friends and living a life that felt unfulfilled. The…

Becoming an ally matters more than you know

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The Women’s rights movement has been in motion for centuries. There has been great progress and positive victories, especially within the last decade. However, we’re still a long way off from real equality. We have seen women coming together, showing great resilience and courage to push through the hardships society presents them. And whilst this is empowering and has produced a breakthrough, having men at the forefront of this issue supporting and backing women has the potential to incur massive change.

Recognise The Issue:

It’s no secret that men have extreme privilege in society, whether we realize it or not. For thousands of…

Joe Valentino

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