Social Media

Is anyone else amazed at the power of social media? Not only do we live in a day and age of everything being instant; for example, the internet, to text messages, emails, face-timing with someone across the globe, but also being able to share content and interact with anybody in the world with a simple ‘#” or ‘@’ symbol (this is how I end up on Instagram for a lot longer than I should..hehe). A person with a large following on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or whatever other social media platform can easily share a piece of information that could have the possibility of becoming viral. It doesn’t even have to be someone famous or with a large following. This is why social media is so powerful. It can be used for so many positive things, yet can also be used negatively as well. For example, brand marketing. As a lot of you many know, companies market their brand by reaching out to popular and influential people on social media to share their brand in return for compensation or free merchandise. Now, I don’t think this is a bad thing because if you really like a brand, why not help promote it and share it with others? For example, if Apple reached out to me and offered me free stuff do you think I’d say no? Yeah, right! However, not everyone is honest and sometimes will promote things just for the money. This is where social media can get out of hand when the greed kicks in.

The main social media platform I use is Instagram because to me, it’s more like looking at art. I love looking at pictures, mainly travel photos, but also of other random pretty things. I follow cats too. But I will notice I will get random followers who don’t even like my pictures and then see them unfollow me a few days later (Thanks Iconosquare!). I mean seriously, do people really have that much time? I find it very annoying when people follow you or like your pictures just to get a follow back or like back. I only follow people who I truly enjoy their content for or who I think have awesome personalities. And the same goes for liking pictures. I only like pictures of pictures that I actually like! Please don’t follow me or like my pictures for the sole purpose of a follow back or like back. I don’t need that. This is one of the reasons I am NOT on Facebook. Because Facebook is an extreme version of Instagram with too many fakers for my taste. You know, having friends that are not really your friends and sharing content just for likes. It became like a popularity contest so I decided to delete Facebook and stick to Instagram because of its simplicity and really the art of it all. Twitter is also nice because it’s simple and straight to the point. Sorry if this is becoming a random rant, but I just wanted to share my observation of this thing called social media. Anyway, let’s continue to use social media for positive purposes. Remember the ALS Ice Bucket challenge? Although it was for a great purpose, I always wondered why the world couldn’t do that with world hunger, sex trafficking, or climate control? Celebrities and even political figures can have so much influence with the power of social media and I just hope that it will be used to spread positivity. I think that’s it about everything I wanted to say. Hope everyone had an awesome week! Enjoy the weekend! I’m off for the next couple days so I’ll be road tripping up to Georgia to visit my fam and hopefully will visit TN, NC, and SC as well! Stay tuned for some adventures. 🙂

<3, jewlz

Hitting The Refresh Button

Why is it so easy to get caught up with daily life? One of my constant struggles is forgetting how to be present and true to myself. I think one of the biggest culprits recently has been my job situation at work. There are issues and things that get me upset and it throws me off my momentum. Or at least I allow it to throw me off. On my nights off I try to relax and enjoy my time and always find my way back to peace. Today I read this article posted by Deepak Chopra that really hit home and gave me something I really needed. It was kind of like hitting the refresh button. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could do that anytime we came across our daily struggles? I’m going to try my best to think of it that way and use this “button” anytime I find myself straying from my true self and the present moment. It’s so easy to get caught up in the things that don’t really matter. I guess this is why it is so important to practice daily meditation and surround yourself with people who believe in the same things you do and who can snap you back to the present moment when necessary. Anyhow, here is the link to that awesome article: “From Hazy to Clear: How to Gain Clarity About Your Life” by Deepak Chopra.

Read it, save it, share it! Let’s continue to spread positivity! Also, Deepak will be hosting a global online meditation event this Saturday for compassion. It’s free! I signed up and I hope you will too. Do good things daily. Hope everyone is having an awesome week!

Talk to you soon.

<3, jewlz

P.S. If you don’t know who Deepak Chopra is, look him up! He is an author, public speaker, advocate for alternative medicine, and leader in all things spiritual.

30 More Days Till 30

In 30 more days I will be turning 30 years old. I know most girls cringe at that number and age, but for me I couldn’t be happier with where I’m at in life and what I’ve accomplished so far. I feel high on life and I’m excited for what’s to come. This past year and some months since the break up has been so life changing and eye opening for me. I have my own place I can call home, I’m becoming a stronger nurse, I’ve gone to South America on a solo trip and I’ve learned so much about myself. I’ve become a better version of myself and am still striving to better myself every day! I may be getting older, but I’m okay with that because every day and experience that passes makes me wiser. These next 30 days I hope to make the best of my last days of my twenties, but I am ready for this next decade of my life and what it has to offer. To all my fellow 29’ers about to turn thirty, I hope you’re also feeling the momentum and making your life the best life it can be. 

Stay positive!

❤ always, jewlz

P.S. I’m planning another solo trip for my birthday so be on the look out for more adventures! 🙂 

 

The Beauty of Relationships and Human Interaction

Good morning, world!

I was talking to a friend last night who was asking about my blog and how he hasn’t seen too many posts from me lately. I was so flattered and touched that he actual reads my blog! The purpose of my blog is really for me and also in hopes that it may inspire or encourage or do something positive for anyone else at the same time. So when he told me he actually enjoys reading my blog I was very happy and of course encouraged me to be more consistent with my posts. These are the kind of friends you need in your life! The ones that love you for you and support you no matter what. I am so thankful for these types of friends. But I am also thankful for human interaction in general as well. You can learn something from others every day. You just have to be present to realize there’s a lesson to be learned.

For example, a few weeks ago a coworker of mine shared with myself and a few others at work this amazing story about her daughter. Before this story, I didn’t know much about her on a personal level, but this story definitely showed me what an amazing woman, mother, and nurse she is! This encounter was just another example of how even everyday encounters with people you are not even close with can teach you something or make you feel emotions that will allow you to appreciate life or just feel something positive. These are the things you need to pick out and appreciate with human interaction. If your encounters with people are giving you negative energy then leave it out and move on. Don’t waste your energy!

This is also why it is so important why you should pick and choose who you spend your time with. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that our time on this earth is so precious and it shouldn’t be wasted with people that don’t matter or with people who don’t push you to be a better version of yourself. I’ve done my share of hanging out with friends who are not that close to me, but are fun to hang out with. You know, the friends you go out to party with, but they only know you on the surface level. These are the people who are close to you on a lighter level instead of a deeper one. Now that I’m older (and wiser), I am happy to be able to realize and choose who I want to spend my time with. There’s this famous quote:

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

As a nurse, I’m always reminded of our short time on this earth so I like to remind myself that I have the power to choose who I spend my time with and I hope this is a reminder to you as well who you choose to spend your precious time with. Make every day count!

<3, jewlz