Thursday, August 30, 2012

August

This month, I've tried to stay offline. I'd say I've done a decent job of changing my internet habits but not so much limiting the time I spend online. I still call that a win.
  • I have visited Facebook plenty; however, I rarely comment on or like posts. I just read everyone's updates and then get away from the site. 
  • I'm using Stumbleupon a lot, which is a tool that allows me surf the web for specific topics instead of just going to same sites over and over again and reading everyone's Facebook updates a hundred times. Stumbleupon has given me lots of inspiration for writing and DIY projects. I really, really want to learn how to sew! 
  • I even stumbled upon a site that might lead to some published writing projects in my future--fingers crossed!
  • I've combined my love for getting rid of stuff with my internet use by giving a bunch of stuff away on Freecycle.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

8 Reasons You Should Unplug More

This month I've been trying to stay offline more (another post about that to follow), but I thought I'd talk a little about why it's good to unplug.

I'm not anti-technology, although I don't like certain kinds of technology and certain uses of it. It's become more than something we use in our lives; it's become our way of life. It's here to stay, and I'm okay with that. Obviously--here I am typing up a blog post. I like being able to stay in touch with friends and family who are scattered across the country (and sometimes in other countries), and I like that I can learn about things quickly and easily. I'm not advocating for getting rid of the internet, but as always, I'm in favor of getting some perspective. Because cell phones, computers, and everything else digital have become our way of life, when we unplug or reduce our dependence on them, we see our lives differently.

Here are some of the things I notice when I spend more time offline:

Saturday, August 18, 2012

8 Tips for Relocating

I'm not the most nomadic person I know, but I am often the most nomadic person other people have met, so I believe I'm qualified to say a little something on this subject. I've lived in 6 different states and at least 9 different cities (can't tell you how many residences), attended 7 different K-12 schools, and taken classes at 7 different colleges. I've had approximately 17 jobs since I started working at age 16--slightly more than 1 employer for each year of my working life.

So, let's talk about moving and adjusting to relocation, shall we? Here are a few tips to help make an out-of-town move something you can look forward to. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

8 Lessons Learned: The Body Image Edition

1. Everything I do doesn't have to be sexy. 

2. Attractiveness comes in all shapes, sizes, and ages. 

3. What's considered pretty/ugly, sexy/unsexy, attractive/unattractive, healthy/unhealthy is defined by our culture. There is no objective definition of any of these. We can make some generalizations based on biological selection, but mostly these categories are defined by cultural norms.