January 14, 2020

What To Do If You Think Your Area Needs Help

Note: This post has been contributed.
If you live in an area of the world that you believe needs more attention and help, one of the best things you can do is decide to call attention to this. Many politicians, even local politicians, may just be in it for the money and not truly care what residents think - which is why you need to be so loud that you can’t be ignored. Below, you’ll get some suggestions on what to do if your area needs help:
Peaceful Protest 
Whether they are building a road somewhere that will destroy a beautiful area, or failing to do something that has caused issues for a long time, it could be time to gather people together and peaceful protest. This makes a statement and could very well get media coverage.
Start A Petition
Petitions can be very powerful if they get enough signatures. Create one and share it on your socials, asking others to do the same. If it gets enough attention, you could get thousands, even hundreds of thousands of signatures.
See If You Can Make A Change Yourself
Volunteering is always a noble thing to do. You could take clothes to homeless people in your area, or point them in the direction of a shelter. Putting in a little time and energy to help others will go a long way.
The infographic below will give you an idea of what makes a successful public policy. Do you think there should be a change?
credit to Norwich University

January 4, 2020

How To Have a More Spiritual 2020

Note: This post has been contributed. Most of us have areas of our lives that we’d like to improve in the forthcoming year. But when you speak to people, you’ll find that their ambitions fall into the same categories: they want to improve their appearance in one way or another (dieting or visiting the gym), they want to progress in their career, they want to improve at sports, or they want to travel more. There is, of course, nothing wrong with those ambitions, but it can feel like one important aspect of life is continually overlooked -- the spiritual side. There is a lot of value on working on this aspect of yourself, including feeling more fulfilled and content.
If you want to have a more spiritual 2020, then take a look below, where we outline some useful tips.
What’s Killing Your Spirit?
Before you look at the things that you can add to raise your spirit, first take a look at the things you should get rid of. It’s all too easy to acquire habits that can drain this side of our being, and they don’t necessarily have to be bad habits, like drinking too much or whatever. It could be things like spending too much time online, or complaining about every small thing. These things don’t bring joy; they slowly chip away at your soul. Say goodbye to them!
Making Time
Everyone is oh so busy with life, but it’s important that you’re making time to elevate the spiritual side of your life. It doesn’t have to be an excessive amount of time; just ten minutes to focus on your spiritual side will be enough. If you’re prone to get wrapped up in the necessities of daily life, then look at building reminders into your life. You could wear religious jewellery, for instance, or download an app that’ll prompt you to meditate. Putting a little bit of time aside each day really can have a profound impact on your life, and it’s not possible to build a spiritual life without dedicating the time. You wouldn’t expect to get fit and healthy if you only visited the gym once every couple of weeks; the same principle applies to your spirit.
Help Others
We live in a culture that pushes people towards thinking about themselves. It’s all about the self, not the community. But a spiritual soul knows that we’re not just individuals walking through life; we’re a big family. And there is a lot of value, both spiritually and mentality, in helping other people. If you can fit it into your schedule, then look at volunteering with an organization. If you don’t have time to spare, then random acts of kindness will set you on the right path, as will thinking about the needs of others.
Giving Thanks
Finally, take time to give thanks for all that you have in life. If you’ve got a roof over your head, food in your fridge, and loved ones in your life, then you’re remarkably lucky, and it’s important that you appreciate this fact. It’ll make you grateful.

January 2, 2020

Favorite Songs of 2019 Mixtape

Finally narrowed down and finalized my "Best of 2019 Songs" mixtape. Reminder: it leans indie/chill. (Spotify link) What moved you that I missed? When I Was Older - Billie Eilish Gloria - Henry Jamison Golden Hour - Matthew Pinder Everyday Apostles - Spencer Tweedy We Go High - Chance The Rapper Typical Story - Hobo Johnson Three - Sleeping At Last Colorado - Sam Burchfield Fighter - Joseph hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - Lana Del Rey You Needed Love, I Needed You - Angelo De Augustine I Was Wrong - BAILEN

January 2, 2020

My Favorite Books of 2019

Only made it through 17 books in 2019. New baby. Big move. Shorter commute. Podcasts are becoming better than books. But, my top 3 were all “wow” levels of great for me. Rest in descending order. DNF = did not finish.
* Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari * Benjamin Franklin: An American Life - Walter Isaacson * Power Moves: Lessons from Davos - Adam Grant
Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator - Ryan Holiday Comedy Sex God - Pete Holmes Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) - Jeff Tweedy Mating in Captivity - Esther Perel To Sell is Human - Daniel Pink Here is Real Magic: A Magician’s Search for Wonder in the Modern World - Nate Staniforth The Startup Way - Eric Ries What I Know For Sure - Oprah Winfrey Let’s go exploring. Calvin and Hobbes - Michael Hingston 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation - Clint Emerson
This is Marketing - Seth Godin The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
The Universal Christ - Richard Rohr (DNF) How the Bible Actually Works - Petter Enns (DNF) This: Becoming Free - Michael Gungor (DNF) Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity - Iliza Shlesinger (DNF) I’m Fine and Other Lies - Whitney Cummings (DNF)