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2 years ago

[Persephone Magazine] Positivity Challenge Week 4: Drive-By Compliments

“You have beautiful hair.”

I almost had to look behind myself to see who the cashier was talking to. It couldn’t have been me. I barely finished drying it and just stuck it up in a ponytail in the morning and hadn’t taken it out since. My bangs were sure to be oily (from my huge forehead) and my roots were starting to come in. But she was, in fact, talking to me. And it brought a huge smile to my face as I said, “Thank you!” After my husband and I picked up our bags and started walking away, I realized I should have said something nice back. She had a really nice accent! Or… um… crap… I didn’t even see her name to compliment her next time I was shopping. I’d been blindsided by the compliment. I’d been the lucky recipient of a Compliment Drive-by.

2 years ago | 1 note

[Persephone Magazine] Positivity Challenge Week 3: Stop Apologizing

Two weeks in… How are we doing? Have you been working on your empathy and making your black lists? This week’s challenge might be another tricky one because it deals with unconscious behaviors. Don’t worry, next week will be a fun one!

An interesting quote about Automatic Apologizing has been floating around tumblr recently (although, of course, now that I want to credit it, I can’t find it), and got me thinking about the subject. It might seem innocent and it’s almost always unconscious, but Auto Apologizing is something that can insidiously chip away at your positivity. Read the rest of this entry →

2 years ago | 1 note

[Persephone Magazine] Positivity Challenge Week 2: Fighting Media Negativity

Welcome back! This week, we’re going to tackle a topic that a few commenters brought up in the last Challenge.

Erika: “I’ve found that blog[s] typically have contributed to my cynicism and decreased empathy towards people. I tend to read many political blogs and or celeb gossip blogs, which inherently make me hate the world most of the time.”

CGMcBG: “I struggle with this also. I stopped watching the news a bit after 9/11, but the internet had [sort of] taken [its] place. I want to stay informed, but it’s hard to remain positive in light of such worldwide madness. How do you balance the two? (rhetorical question)”

2 years ago

[Persephone Magazine] Positivity Challenge Week 1: Reconnecting With Your Empathy

Well, 2012 is finally here. The year of the end of the world, or just when the Mayans got tired of making calendars. Rick Santorum wants to take away your birth control. It’s prime Seasonal Affective Disorder time. Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore have split. Almost every country in the world is going through a financial crisis. There’s a chance that the November elections will have a very, very scary result. And…Matt Lauer might be leaving the Today show at the end of the year.

There are a lot of things bringing us down right now. Realistically, though, the world won’t be ending by Christmas, so the only way to combat all of the negativity swirling around you at the moment is to make a conscientious effort to bring in more positivity. While I’m by no means an expert in positivity, I have spent the last year trying to make myself more positive in ways big and small. The people around me can vouch for the success of my tactics (most of the time, at least). Every other week, I’ll talk about a specific aspect of positivity and give you a challenge for the weeks ahead. Feel free to share your ideas, encouragement, progress, and suggestions in the comments!

2 years ago | 2 notes

[Visual Alliance Media] Anthony Weiner and the Importance of Social Media Security

Celebrities and Politicians are popular targets for online hacking and smear campaigns, but sometimes the “hack” involves less code-cracking and more forgetting basic online safety precautions. The unfolding story of WeinerGate is a key example of this.

Bringing over some of my older posts that I didn’t add over here before. This one was, of course, updated after Weiner came clean. 

3 years ago | 5 notes

[Persephone Magazine] Tina Fey is a Bossypants

Read as an autobiography or memoir, Bossypants probably isn’t very compelling. Tina Fey has been blessed with some pretty good luck, timing, opportunities, or whatever you’d like to call it. Jumping from childhood to camp to working her way up through Second City ranks to getting the gig at SNL on her first try and an NBC sitcom on her second, her story is definitely not one of overcoming adversity. If that’s what you’re looking for from her book, you’ll find yourself disappointed (as, it appears Anna Holmes was).Read as a book of humorous essays, however, it becomes a book that you only put down so that you can go grab your husband or coworker from the other room and make them listen to you read entire pages aloud, knowing full well that you can never impart in your voice exactly why it’s so damn funny to you.

Have you checked out Bossypants? It was my first foray into the eBook world and I have to say, it was fantastic. I know they say that eBooks won’t make you a reader if you’re not one already, but I find myself futzing around on my iPad a lot, even when I’m not really doing anything. Having a book on it to read, made that action my default and definitely contributed to the speed in which I read it.

How do you feel about eBooks vs. good old paper?

3 years ago | 1 note

[Visual Alliance Media] Shakespeare and Social Media

Next week, READ Magazine, in conjunction with The Ophelia Project, will stage the world’s first Facebooked Shakespeare play, will be presented.  This won’t be the first time that Shakespeare has been presented via social media, though.

Will you be following the Much Ado About Nothing tumblr?

3 years ago | 1 note

[Visual Alliance Media] Law enforcement embraces social media

With the announcement today of the Des Moines, IA Police Department setting up official Facebook and Twitter accounts, they join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies big and small that are using Social Media to connect with the people they Protect and Serve. Just a quick search for Police on Twitter or Police Department on Facebook brings up lists of various departments, all using Social Media in different ways.

3 years ago | 1 note

[Visual Alliance Media] Is Your Website Facebook Friendly?

According to data released by Facebook, their 500 million users share over 30 billion pieces of content each month. This content includes web links, news stories and blog posts. Is your content coming across the best way it can when your customers share it? Make sure to check your website for the following three things to make sure that you’re putting your best face forward.