Unplugging From Social Media

Unplugging From Social Media

Life outside the realm of "likes" and "retweets"

The pros and cons of social media are a hot topic these days. Many people, companies, and organizations love the convenience, availability, and connection that the social media world offers. On the other hand, there are the skeptics that abstain from getting sucked into the paradox of "likes" and "retweets." I am not here to convince you or get you to change your view on social media.

I am here to challenge you.

At the beginning of this year, I decided to completely cut social media out of my life. I didn't delete my accounts entirely, but I did delete the apps to make the social media world less accessible to me. At first, I remember thinking how stupid I was for doing this. There were times that I just laid on my bed staring at the ceiling because I couldn't think of anything better to do and I had already binge-watched all the good shows on Netflix.

As time went on and I discovered life without the constant buzz of notifications, I learned to appreciate the little things in life a lot more. For example, a friend who took the time to ask me how life was. Genuine conversations weren't as scary as they once were when I used to find my social identity in my likes. Also, I had SO MUCH free time that I started trying new hobbies, like cooking, that I had never thought about trying before.

This may not happen for everyone but at least for me, I had lost my identity on social media. When I cut it out of my life, it was like I had no other choice but to develop my identity all over again because I didn't have my "likes" and "followers" to determine how successful I was.

Overall, I have loved my new social media free life. Please, do not mistake this as a hate post against social media. It is a wonderful, magical thing and you wouldn't be reading this article right now if it didn't exist. Rather, I just want to recommend "unplugging" from this fast-paced realm for a week or a month, go do something you love and don't document a single thing. Just enjoy it for the sake of itself. Whatever it is. Go enjoy your life free from the anxiety of updating your status, determining who did or did not like your post, and being retweeted.

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The Basics Of Hygge, To Help You Get Your Groove On

We are VERY overdue for a cozy intervention!

Hygge What is it?

A term you’ve probably seen plastered over countless Pinterest boards and featured in this New Yorker article, “hygge, (pronounced hoo-guh) is a Danish term used to explain the feeling of contentment, well-being, and coziness. Though it has no true English translation, it’s gained massive popularity over the past few years.

Winter is the most hygge time of the year. This concept is all about the warm and fuzzy side of life: cozy slippers, roaring fireplaces, and soft blankets. But it’s so much more than that. It can be found in a cup of tea, while sitting with loved ones, or inside the crackling of a candle wick.

Adding warmth to your life is simpler than you think. I wrote this hygge-inspired article for an introduction to sprucing up your bedroom. If you want to make any space a bit cozier and content, add fuzzy pillows, soft rugs, softly dimmed string lights, and a couple of close friends (or your pet!).

Most importantly, hygge focuses on the present. Today, we’re drowning under a siege of notifications and it seems that our surrounding technology is inescapable. “But what about my followers?” Uhh, do you remember your real friends? As much as our lives do center around technology, we’re doing nothing but good when we take a break from technology. Put down the phone, power down your laptop, and enter the present. Curl up with a good book by the fire. Go to dinner with your family. Have a tech-free game night. Little things throughout the day can make you feel more connected without feeling like you NEED your phone.

This warm and fuzzy concept isn’t new, but platforms like Pinterest and Facebook have made it more accessible to the masses.

With so many holistic concepts like natural medicine and clean eating entering the mainstream, it’s no wonder that this Danish concept has gained so much popularity. It’s almost as is society is reverting back to a simpler time, which in my opinion, can do nothing but good.

Hygge helps us stay present, centered, and focused so that we can advance and better ourselves without forgetting the things that really matter. It’s so much more than blankets and lights.

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28 Things To Write About When You Don't Know What To Write About

Because writers block happens

So it's probably no surprise to anyone that sometimes a writer has no thoughts on what to write about. This week was one of those weeks for me. So this is what I came up with for this weeks article a nice list of things that can be written about when people aren't sure what to write about.

1. Your family

2. Your significant other

3. Why you love your major

4. Why you love your minor

5. Your best friend

6. Your ex-best friend

7. Your fur baby

8. A letter to the one that got away

9. A class that you love

10. A letter to the teacher/professor that changed your life.

11. Tattoo's

12. Your job

13. What you want your future to look like

14. Life lessons that your mom taught you

15. Your hate for the modern dating scene

16. Thoughts that you have going into a new semester

17. Thoughts you have as you're about to move into your first apartment

18. Student clubs

19. Why it's important to have an organized planner

20. Reasons to eat better

21. Thoughts that you have after getting a Fitbit

22. Pet peeves

23. Why you think your letter to Hogwarts is still coming

24. Your hate for men that aren't truthful from the start on what they want

25. Why it's important to have really good friends in your life.

26. Netflix shows worth binge-watching

27. Books worth reading

28. Thoughts on things happening in the world

Hopefully next time you or I have a hard time coming up with something to write about this list will help us even if we don't use something on this list maybe it will spark something else that you can write about.

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