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Things You Should Do Online Instead of Facebook

Things You Should Do Online Instead of Facebook

The Internet has brought us many useful tools and facilities we should be enriching our lives with, but the fact is: we’re not. Most times, people log on to check in on (read: stalk) their “friends” on Facebook, screen emails, and look at highly-processed pictures of places and things they’ll never see in real life (nor truly pay attention to in the moment if they do). That doesn’t sound like a world I want to live in, and neither should you…

An amazing place, the Internet is home to a myriad of societies and cultures so expansive that even someone with obscure or avant-garde taste can feel comfortable and understood. As someone who spends a lot of personal and professional time online, I wanted more.

I don’t want my headstone to read “RIP Facebook User 2349583;” I refuse to go out like that. To help you achieve your equally exciting eZen moment, I’ve compiled a short list of things you should do online so the Internet achieves greater purpose in your life. You’re welcome!

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1. You Should Be Making Money

We get it: the global economic downturn kicked us all in the proverbial nuts. But the statistics on how much time and money people spend online aren’t meant to make you depressed; they’re meant to inspire you! People with no formal business background are setting up their own web pages and making money online. Sure, we suggest it like it’s the easiest thing ever, and like anything successful, it takes hard work. But if you’re going to spend hours a day online, why not make those hours more productive?

Sites like Etsy and Freelancer.com are modest testimonies to how the internet empowers passionate people to make money online. Fivver, mTurk, and other sites provide additional ways of boosting income, and as always, don’t forget to keep ads on your site from easy-to-use services such as Google Adwords and Amazon Affiliates.

Already online but need to give your business an eBoost? There are tools like toll free forwarding to take your current online business further. Armed with a 1-800 number, exceptional WiFi, and a snazzy webpage, you could turn bandwidth into bucks in no time! (Your next mission: deciding what to peddle online…)

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2. You Should Be Falling In Love

This isn’t a new concept; we’ve been doing this since time immemorial (albeit not always successfully), but finding love online has had a sticky stigma for quite some time. Many people found their soulmate and OTP (one true pairing, in case you’re not a fangirl or fanboy) just by chatting on forums and social media, but insufficient merit is given to the internet as a conduit of love. “Love online” for many people still conjures images of sneaking around to type dirty to strangers in untraceable (FYI, everything’s traceable by both governments and corporations) instant messenger chats, but things have changed drastically in the past decade.

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    Dating websites have cleaned up their acts, making it easy for educated, eloquent professionals of every designation to log on to get their grove on! Some require payment and others are free, but all of them can be fun if you give them and yourself a chance. With a tastefully accurate picture of yourself & an honest, interesting profile, you could be chatting or even meeting with someone you otherwise may not have met because it wasn’t in the cards.

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    If sitting at the bar Friday night after Friday night is no longer working for you, take that dedication to an online dating site. Even if you don’t find Mr. or Mrs. Right, you can at least find friends who may be closer than you think. And who doesn’t want a buddy?

    3. You Should Be Vlogging

    This one’s a little tricky – you’re either into it or not – but read me out; vlogging makes people happy. There’s no shortage of free online and cloud platforms for people to upload original content, and you ought to investigate this for your own peace of mind. On YouTube alone, there are vloggers or video bloggers who even make money putting their thoughts and opinions on the internet.

    This list is just a sample and no, we’re not suggesting that you become the next Jenna Marbles, but if you have something to say and aren’t afraid of putting you voice and face out there, give vlogging a whirl. If you grew up in the age of handwriting in a diary or are tired of the lifeless posts in your Facebook timeline, you’ll appreciate the catharsis of vlogging.

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    Last Updated on October 22, 2020

    2 Transformational Ways to Spark Your Creative Energy

    2 Transformational Ways to Spark Your Creative Energy

    Good things come in twos: Peanut butter and jelly, Day and night, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The same is true for what sparks our creative energy: our thoughts and actions.

    Creativity is an inside job as much as it is about a conducive schedule, physical environment, and supportive behaviors. By establishing the right internal and external landscape, creativity can blossom from the abstract to the concrete and we can have fun along the way.

    Sparking creativity is all about setting up the right conditions so a spark is ignited and sustained. The sparks don’t fizzle out. They are allowed to grow and ripen.

    Think of a garden. Intention alone will not produce the delicious red tomato nor will the readiest seed. That seed needs attention at its nascent stage and as it grows a stalk and produces fruit. If we want to enjoy more than one fruit, we keep at it, cultivating the plant and reaping multiple harvests.

    Creativity lives in each of us like seeds in the earth or encapsulated in a nut. Seeds of ideas, concepts, designs, stories, images, and even ways of communicating that surprise and delight await activation.

    By sparking our creative energy, we activate these unique seeds. Like snowflakes, they are of a moment and always without a match. The smallest sparks encourage even the smallest, most dormant seeds to sprout.

    The good news is that our creative energy wishes to be sparked—to be invited to play. It wants to be our regular playmate.

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    1. Be Childlike in Your Thoughts, Attitudes, and Approach

    Being childlike in our thoughts, attitudes, and approach is an easy way to internally have our thoughts be gracious prolific gardeners to our creative energy. If we want it to come out and play and hang around as our regular companion, then let’s return to our 5-year-old selves.

    Our childhood selves are naturally curious. We still have that curiosity! All we have to do is remind ourselves to get curious. We can do that by simply observing and being with what is in front of us instead of making up a story about what won’t work or why something can’t be done. So, it’s about cultivating curiosity instead of jumping into judgment.

    Move Your Inner Judge to the Sidelines

    When we get curious, creativity percolates and, ultimately, takes its place in the world. To give a hand in choosing curiosity over judgment, we can move the judge that also lives inside us to the sidelines. The judge squashes our creative urges, even when they are as small as sharing a point of view. It’s that pesky voice that causes us to doubt ourselves or worry about what others will think.

    The judge is also risk-averse. The judge likes things to stay the same. Change makes the judge nervous.

    Creativity is all about risk and changing things up. It needs risk, even failure, to be its naturally innovative, dynamic, impactful self. The judge likes to convince us failure is something to be avoided at all costs.

    To move the judge to the sidelines and let curiosity reign, we can pay attention to who we are in conversation with and who is calling the shots.

    Is it the voice of fear, doubt, or anxiety (the inner-critic—the judge’s boss)? Or is it the voice of wisdom, courage, strength, and non-attachment, and of course curiosity (the inner-leader)?

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    We can easily tell the difference by how each makes us feel. The inner-critic depletes and slows us down, putting roadblocks in the way. The inner-leader energizes and a natural rhythm develops.

    It’s all about who we spend time with. If we wish to exercise, we will seek out our friends who go to the gym or hike. If we want to lose some weight, we will opt to eat dinner with someone who prefers a healthy spot over fast food.

    After getting curious, we can honor what our curiosity prompts us to do. The spark can do its job and a fire starts to glow when commitment enters. Our childhood selves were fully committed to being creative. That level of commitment is still something we are very capable of exercising!!

    Again, we need to let go of the judge. We can ask ourselves, what do we want to commit to—negativity that depletes our creative energy, depth, and output, or the understanding that our thoughts and attitudes matter and that right thoughts and attitudes are the sparks that really let our creativity come alive?

    Learn to Recall Your Childhood Self

    To get in touch with that unabashedly committed childhood self, recall your childhood self. If you have a picture, pull one out. Keep it around so you can remember to activate that innate creative nature that was prominent then and wants to be prominent now and always.

    Soak in the essence of that being. Commit to their commitment to brave and dogged trial and error because it is yours as well. You are that person.

    Remember how tenacious you were when you wanted to build that sandcastle. You kept at it as the waves came in. You built with fury or reconfigured the walls. Also, remember that there was a willingness to fail since you were as invested in the process as well as the outcome—but less with the outcome. You were willing to experiment and start again. There was vitality—the main lifeline of your creative energy—instead of a rigid attachment.

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    When you notice you are in conversation with your inner-critic or being held back by it, simply acknowledge, name it, and then switch to your inner-leader by taking a few good deep belly breaths, rubbing two fingertips together, or listening to ambient sounds in the background.

    Physical movements shift our negative thoughts over to the positive domain of the inner-leader. As our judge continues to sit on the sidelines, our ability to quiet the inner-critic becomes stronger. We taste freedom. A simple taste emboldens us to say no again to the judge and yes to what makes our hearts and spirits sing—our creativity.

    We begin to spark creativity to the point it no longer needs to be invited to play. It becomes our regular playmate—the younger sibling or the kid next door ready to have some fun, maybe even make some mischief by shaking things up.

    When we align with our inner-leader and think and act from its promptings, creativity flows up and out with ease, as it needs to!

    Letting those initial sparks generate a creativity fire that keeps burning is something we can all do! That’s the inside job.

    2. Listen to Your Inner Leaders of Creative Energy

    If we listen, our inner-leaders will let us know just what we need to set-up and do in our physical world to maximize that gorgeous, hungry creativity we now have flowing freely in us.

    The seed has been unlocked! So, now what?

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    To enable our creative energy to take its form and place outside of us, there needs to be spaciousness! Spaciousness in our physical worlds impacts our internal one. It lets the voice of the inner-leader be heard. It lets creativity have room to be sparked and acted upon.

    With a little discipline, we can easily create spaciousness in our daily lives—spaciousness that will spark our creativity and let it take shape.

    So, no matter who you are and what conditions help your creativity thrive, check-out these easy-to-implement basic suggestions:

    • Reduce or eliminate multi-tasking.
    • Say yes to what matters and what aligns with your big values and goals.
    • Say no to all else.
    • Say no again.
    • Schedule time in your calendar as you do with other things in your life to just be, to ponder, to let ideas percolate, and to create.
    • Spend time doing the things that bring out your creative energy. It could be walking, singing, or simply looking out the window.
    • Meditate.
    • Breathe—long breaths in and long breaths out through the nose.
    • Invite your body and heart into your experiences so your mind is a part of you and not all of you.
    • Try a new thing to spark your creativity. If you spend time running, try a different route. If running feels stale, cruise around a museum, or go for a bike ride.
    • Play a game. Indoors out or outside. Think of what makes you happy that you haven’t done in a while. Is it a physical game like badminton or cards? Maybe it’s storytelling? Play is creative, and it sparks the creative energy, too.
    • Spend time in the places that bring out your creativity. What spot in your home could be your spot for entering into that mode? Do you need to get out? Maybe a park bench is the right spot, with a book of poetry, or even nothing at all.
    • Spend time in nature. Nature brings us to a place of calm and awe and through that our creativity is easily sparked.

    Final Thoughts

    These are all habits—habits of mind and habits of doing. Experiment with what works for you. Have fun. If you give even 50% to altering your thoughts and actions, then you will begin to spark your creativity. It takes a lot of curiosity and commitment, but it can definitely be done.

    Our innate creative energy is a deep source of all that we seek—joy, connection, renewal. It deserves and looks forward to the changes you will make that will let sparks fly and ignite!

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