Intentional Living: Headspace

In a world where misinformation disguises as truth, it is hard for me to know what to believe anymore. There are, however, a few things I know to be true.

A lot of people are in pain, suffering, frustrated, and afraid.
Many feel isolated or alone.
Information is overwhelmingly readily available and largely unchecked.
What we see, hear, and learn is largely influenced by another party with ulterior motives.
There are, however, still a few things in our control.

We can still act, react, and live according to our individual values.
We can think for ourselves rather than follow trends or what other people are doing.
Instead of spreading other people’s posts and ideas, we can create original content.
We can choose to ignore all forms of social media propaganda so that we can process information as we experience it ourselves.
We can prepare our best self for tomorrow by focusing on self-care and our own internal health.
We can trust that our daily work is the change we need – that mundane tasks such as caring for patients, helping neighbors, and checking up on loved ones make the world a much better place.

I was disappointed with Instagram yesterday. I woke up to a feed full of blacked out squares. There was not a single piece of original content. The entire world was silenced under the ruse that we are allowing other people who have something to say speak.

I saw nobody who had something to say.

Which makes me wonder – who spread this idea of muting people for a week “a thing”? Could it be possible that someone who ultimately did not want people to speak up created this trend under the pretence that more will be heard? Whose voices will we really hear? Why are people reposting the same few stories and posts? Have we all just become lemmings? Why is there an us and they? Are we not one human race?

So I did the only thing that was in my control.

I deleted Instagram. I decided to retreat to my own space here, where I am not serving anyone else’s agenda but my own. I suggest others do the same.

If you haven’t already, Headspace is offering their meditation app for FREE until the end of 2020 for all of LACounty, the unemployed, and other groups of people. The first month is free for the public at large.

I think we all need to return to our own head space, instead of be blinded by the media and social media. I was disappointed with the platform, but I recognize now that the disappointment lies mostly in me and my subscription to Instagram. This is where I live now.

I will not be muted or silenced or blacked out.

It is the media that I will choose to mute.

Productivity In Times of Quarantine with SkillShare

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On the heels of the previous post regarding creating separate spaces between work and home, I thought I would be completely inclusive here and address people who, like myself, have recently found themselves at home without work, undoubtedly the greater of two evils. Not knowing how long the hiatus will last, it becomes difficult to spin this quarantine into more positive lighting, but spin this I will try.

If you are finding yourself suddenly at a loss (of words, a job, and/or purpose), may I suggest making quarantine time a time of productivity? I have partnered with SkillShare to give those looking for something to-do something to learn. Using this sign-up link, you will receive two weeks of FREE access to their Premium membership, because seriously, who knows how long this will last?!?

An ideal day of quarantine for me would include a morning of yoga, a rejuvenating shower to face the day ahead, a cup of mindfully made coffee, and a late morning lesson on SkillShare. All of this followed by a healthy lunch, writing for the blog, meditation for the mind, reading for the self, and tending to our home for the soul.

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SkillShare is a platform that features some of my favorite bloggers teaching others their life skills in a succinct series of videos. This list includes Erin Boyle’s course on Minimalism and Kathryn Kellog’s course on Going Zero Waste (now’s the time!). If you for some reason find yourself jobless indefinitely, there are also lessons on SkillShare teaching SEO, how to create branding on social media platforms, how to edit videos and photos, how to launch a fashion line, how to design your first website, and more. Of course, if you wish to take this time to start a blog of your own and are looking for ways to make money, this course on How to Monetize a Blog is by far my most favorite.

I hope that this is helpful somehow to people who are finding themselves with unprecedented time on their hands and aren’t sure what to do. I hope the skills you encounter on this site will fuel your energy towards something fruitful, whether that be a hobby or a new profession. Either way, I hope to help in any way possible, and I think sharing resources for the first few months of uncertainty is a good way to go at it.

Likewise, for those interested in learning budgeting, you can find my own course on Mastering a Budget FREE for all. For those interested in minimalism and creating a lifestyle of zero waste, you can always ask me questions below, or DM me on my Instagram.

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Every time someone signs up for a free-trial on SkillShare, TheDebtist will earn a small commission that will support the continued work in this space, which includes but is not limited to, a sharing for resources for all so that we can rise up from difficulties such as those presented by the COVID-19 pandemic in togetherness. Thank you for your support of this work.