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Why There is A Lapel Pin Culture on Instagram Aimed Towards Adults

Why There is A Lapel Pin Culture on Instagram Aimed Towards Adults

If you use Instagram, you probably noticed a new trend emerging: pins! Instagram is now driving the latest pin rage, focused on adults. One can never have too many pins, especially because they are so easy to collect. There are many pin designers and enthusiasts out there who show us all that pins are not anymore a simple child’s hobby, but more of a grown-up culture.

Lapel pins were used to show the belonging to certain nationality or political party. They emerged in the Civil War era, when they were meant to show their wearer had been awarded by the government. Social groups also started to use them and in the 60s-70s lapel pins were used by communist party. More recently, the terrorist attacks from 9/11 made pins popular again, as people were wearing American flag pins to show their solidarity. The most interesting symbolism of lapel pins comes from the Greek culture, where boys could pin their girlfriends as a sign of pre-engagement.

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In our times, lapel pins are a way to express your personality and have fun. From memes to doodles, you can find any type of lapel pin or you can order a custom made one. Being cheap, they are easy to collect and can fit any gender, as well as style. But it’s not their versatility that makes lapel pins a new rage, that is here to stay.

Lapel Pins are Pieces of Art

Millennials may be tech-savvy and keen on volunteering abroad, but they are also broke. A millennial is not going to afford to buy art, even if he does understand it. Lapel pins offer millennials a way to have small art works and wear them. Especially for those who grew up collecting Disney lapel pins, investing in modern pins is a great way to come in touch with things they value. Everything is now online, so we crave physical experiences. Lapel pins are an easy way to get those experiences and support art, even if it’s on a small scale.

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Lapel Pins are Great Business Marketing Tools

As lapel pins are broadly marketed on Instagram, there is a strong emotional connection between their producers and people who are buying them. When you see a funny pin on Instagram, you act on emotions and you buy it. This is great for businesses and entrepreneurs who can use lapel pins to market themselves. Lapel pins allow entrepreneurs to connect with their potential customers, creating a genuine connection. Another great thing you can do with metal lapel pins is raise funds for charity: they are small, cheap and easy to sell, which makes them perfect for charity.

Pins are Fashionable

Lapel pins are an inexpensive way to express yourself, without having to change your outfit too much. This makes lapel pins perfect for people who work in corporations or other spaces where there is a dress code. You can use lapel pins to express your feelings and boost your outfit – one day you can wear a Kim Kardashian pin, the next day you can wear a cat pin, depending on what you feel like in the morning. Also, you can wear the pin on your shirt, jacket, or bag.

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One can talk about a lapel pin culture because these small items can be used to reflect your personality, beliefs and support for different causes. You can wear a lapel pin to support your favorite artist, brand or simply to add a funny touch to your outfit.

What makes lapel pins special is their ability to capture a highly significant moment and turn it into a tangible memento. Being easy to customize, pins can be a very important gift, which you can wear all the time.

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Featured photo credit: Lynn Friedman/Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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