Why I Took a Break from Social Media and You Should Too

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Two weeks ago I hesitantly deleted every social media app off my phone. Then, I locked my phone and let out a big sigh. Was I really going to be able to survive two weeks without my digital addiction?

I’m a millennial. In other words, I’m practically programmed to love social media. Aside from my inherent attachment to social media, my career practically requires me to be present on social media. I can’t tell you how many times social media has helped me further my career. But like anything in life, social media has its faults, like the ability to satisfy my desire for attention while simultaneously making me crave more attention. Or making me want to spend a night out documenting everything on social media instead of actually living in the moment. I knew my habits were toxic, and I needed to fix them. So, I decided to take a two week hiatus from social media.

So at 8 A.M on a Monday, I deleted Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat off my phone. I know what you’re thinking, 8 A.M on a Monday is a perfect time to cut off your social media lifeline. With a little bit of bitterness, I plopped my phone down and got ready for the day.

Unsurprisingly, my morning routine took half as long as it usually did. I didn’t drag out my breakfast by scrolling through Instagram, and I didn’t take a break between eating breakfast and getting ready to update Twitter on my Monday blues. Instead, I gave all of my undivided attention to getting up, ready, and out the door.

My first day out and about without social media was even stranger than my morning. Everywhere I went, I saw countless people scrolling through their phones. At first, I had major FOMO. I felt like everyone shared an interesting secret and I was the only one who didn’t know it. But then, my anxiety settled and I realized I could actually take advantage of my social media hiatus. Instead of being distracted from what Kylie Jenner is doing on Snapchat or what my favorite influencer was tweeting, I could focus on connecting with the people around me.

I would be lying if I said every day was as eye opening as the first day. Some days seemed uneventful. And on the eventful days, I wanted to showcase my life to the world. But, I couldn’t. I couldn’t capture and post the proud moment when I perfected my wing eyeliner for the first time in my life, or when my boyfriend surprised me with tickets to one of my favorite bands. Instead, I kept my pride and excitement to myself and the people who happened to be around me at the time.

As the second week came to a close, it was almost bittersweet knowing I could re-download all my social media apps and reconnect with the digital world. In some ways, my social media hiatus was enlightening. While I initially disliked the idea that I couldn’t stay connected with everyone and keep everyone updated, I realized the world doesn’t need constant updates. Yes, I managed to procrastinate and overthink without tweeting it. Yes, I ate picture-perfect food without uploading it to Instagram. And yes, I really went to the bar even though I didn’t Snapchat it. Instead of focusing on proving to the world I was connecting with people and having fun, I was really able to connect with people and have fun.

Even though my social media hiatus left me feeling less anxious and stressed, I can’t say I wasn’t ecstatic to check my timelines. But I can say, I definitely didn’t miss any of the melodramatic Facebook rants people from my hometown love to do. Then again, who doesn’t find guilty pleasure in an overdramatic rant? I know I do.

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Blogging vs. Vlogging: Which One’s Right For You?

They say the vlog (video log) has replaced the blog. Instead of spending hours typing, you can just spend a few minutes shooting a video and uploading it to YouTube, right?

While we are firm believers in both video and text marketing, there are appropriate uses for each. Read on to learn which one is best for your purposes.

In general, you should be a blogger if:

  • You enjoy writing.
  • You’re not comfortable in front of the camera.
  • Your primarily audience is more likely to engage with written word than imagery or speech.

On the other hand, you should be a vlogger if:

  • You love being on camera and feel comfortable with it.
  • You hate writing.
  • Your primary audience is more likely to engage with imagery and spoken word than with text.

That last one is key, for both categories. It comes down to your audience more than anything. If you’re a fashionista and the primary subject of your blog or vlog is fashion, then your audience is likely to be more visual. In that case, you’ll definitely want to secure your place on platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, as well as using Facebook’s live video platform to engage with your peeps.

However, perhaps you’re in a very technical field, and the best way to say what you need to say is via written word. Or maybe you’re great at making arguments and don’t feel comfortable speaking in front of a camera. In that case, a blog would be your best platform. You can get started for free on a site like WordPress.com or Blogger.com.

Perhaps you’re wondering which one is best for SEO. After all, there’s no point in putting yourself out there on the Internet if you’re not going to get seen, right? While we can’t make any concrete claims, we believe that SEO is changing to accommodate rich media more than in the past. However, since search engines can’t currently “read” video content like they can read written content, we recommend using a mix of both blogging and vlogging if you want to optimize your content for search engines. Keep in mind, that YouTube is a type of search engine that indexes video content and will base its rankings on the popularity of your videos as well as on the meta content (the written title, description, etc.) Which proves that both written and rich media are still vital in today’s online environment.

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Ancient Herbal Pain Relief Secrets

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Medical scientific research is beginning to identify that nature and, particularly, the plant world, still holds a lot more secret remedies to a number of human ailments. For instance, sharks are unknown to establish any kind of cancer cells, and some scientists and researchers are eager to find out why. The toxins that originate from animals such as scorpions and vipers are the same essential ingredients in establishing anti-venom for those creatures. Herbal treatments have been utilized by various cultures for centuries, with some systems developing together with the culture that they stemmed from, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, and the Ayurvedic Medicine in India. It is, as a result, not truly shocking that pain alleviation derived from different natural herbs is a unique opportunity.

Organic solutions & concoctions have been in usage for centuries, from the hemlock made use of to poisonous substance Aristotle to the numerous plant as well as root removes that create the structure of Chinese organic medicine. Cannabis and also poppy seeds can both be made use of for discomfort alleviation objectives, though they are more usually used as habit forming materials.

Some natural herbs, such as St. John’s Wort, act in a manner just like muscle mass depressants and could be utilized both for pain alleviation and muscular tissue relaxation. St. John’s is especially beneficial when dealing with nerves that have been inflamed, harmed, or strained, since the herb services the nervous system generally and not just on the impacted areas. Vervain, which is a similar plant, has been in usage for centuries as well, and is admired by herbalists as being the natural equivalent of aspirin when it involves handling pain as well as pain alleviation. Various other natural herbs that impact the nervous system and can be used to fight the trouble of persistent pain include California poppy and oats. Every one of these is provided out there both in capsules and solutions, in addition to being dispersed on their own.

Rose oil is notable for having comforting results on the nerves, which makes it effective as a rub or lotion on afflicted locations. It likewise possesses some effective anti-inflammatory characteristics, making it effective in handling pain triggered by conditions such as arthritis and muscle cramps. Some have additionally spoken highly of the alleviation in individuals that experience menstrual pains and also convulsions, as a result of the antispasmodic residential properties of a few of rose oil’s parts. Tinctures that contain rose oil have actually been utilized in order to help alleviate hormone imbalances, construct immune system stamina, and structure bones.

There are much more possible herbal remedies that could supply pain relief. Conventional medication professionals also have old-time formulas and blends for specific types and also areas of pain. Modern medication is gradually finding the chemical elements that accomplish this effect, yet are often behind the scenes when it concerns real usage. Methods such as TCM and Ayurveda have actually been using these herbs for centuries and recognize what quantities and which herbs are best for relieving the kinds of discomfort in specific sorts of individuals.

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Voting … Does It Really Make a Difference?

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It may be a little late to be writing about this, seeing as how the 2016 election has come and gone, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for quite a while, so I wanted to get this out there.

I’ll be honest and say that I did not vote in this last election, mainly because (as you can probably tell from the title of this post) I don’t feel that voting makes a real difference. Although I don’t completely understand the Electoral College or how it works, I do know that it has the power to completely overtake the popular vote, as it appeared to do in this last election, as well as in another recent previous election. And you can almost always bet that the loser is gonna cry about how the Electoral College ruined everything, even if they were sticking up for the Electoral College before the election results were in!

I witnessed this very thing on my Facebook wall while the votes were being tallied. A friend of a friend talked about how imperative the Electoral College is to ensuring fairness in the election, and then when Trump won, that very same person was whining about how the Electoral College is bullshit and how Hillary won the popular vote fair and square.

I shit you not, people. Those whiny liberals can really get on my nerves sometimes. But that’s another post for another day. I digress…

Back to the question at hand. Does voting really matter? Not if the candidates are shit to begin with. As was the case in 2016.

We were all forced to choose between evil puppet #1, a racist, misogynistic jerk who wants to build a wall to keep all the coloreds out of the U.S., and evil puppet #2, a satanist criminal who wants to inject all of our children with poisonous vaccines as part of some population control “conspiracy theory.” (I hate calling them theories, because I truly believe they are real conspiracies happening behind the scenes, but again, another post for another day.)

In the words of a wise friend, “a vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.” And I refused to vote for evil. Sure, I could have voted outside of party lines, but then everyone would have accused me of “throwing my vote away.” By that logic, we all threw our votes away! We would have been better off not voting at all and challenging the establishment by refusing to play their little chess game.

Actually, maybe not. If we’re truly all a part of this big conspiratorial chess game, the elite would have found a way to cover up the fact that nobody voted. Still, this election went down in history as having the fewest number of voters. Looks like people are starting to wake up. That gives me a tiny smidgen of hope …

What about you?

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That Time I Wore White to My Best Friend’s Wedding

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Confession: I wore white to my former best friend’s wedding.

Double confession: I was her maid of honor.

No, that’s not the reason why she’s my former best friend, though I could see why that might be the case. And what’s even funnier is I soon realized after I got married that she actually wore white to my wedding as well. I’m not sure if that’s because she thinks like me, or if she was doing it to get back at me for wearing white to her wedding, but here’s the thing: I didn’t care.

People like to make such a big deal out of little details that are all executed in the name of political correctness, but who really cares if your friend or someone in your wedding party wears a white dress, especially if you have an informal wedding with no color scheme and don’t tell them what to wear?

At the time, I was naive and stupid. That’s why I did it. I didn’t do it to be spiteful or rude. I honestly didn’t know that it was “non-PC” to wear white to a wedding. I was the only person in her wedding party, and I don’t even know if she wore white as the bride! (Although if she didn’t, that was probably hella confusing.)

But this post isn’t really about me wearing white to a wedding, even though that’s what the title would lead you to believe. This post is more of a rant on the ridiculousness of our society placing such a huge emphasis on the importance of political correctness. At the end of the day, I don’t think people should worry so much about offending other people. As a good friend of mine once said, “offense is a choice.” if someone decides to be offended by something you say or do, that’s on them. If they are mentally affected by something you say or do, it’s because they persuaded themselves in their mind that you wronged them in some way.

Don’t get me wrong. There are occasions where people should be offended. If you shouted “FATTY” to an overweight woman in a parking lot, she’d have every right to be mad at you, and other bystanders would probably get angry too. That’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about subtle practices that we’ve grown accustomed to doing (or not doing) overtime because society, somewhere down the line, decided to define them as “etiquette.”

Another wedding example would be not including your registry information with your invitations. Apparently telling people where you’re registered is politically incorrect and “rude.” But as a wedding guest, I want to know where you’re registered so I can get you a gift that you actually want or need! So why is it rude for you to let me know that? I guarantee I’m not the only person invited to your wedding who actually wants that information either, but not everyone will take the time to ask. And when you end up with 5 of the same crock pot and no gift receipts, what the hell are you supposed to do then?

This is one of those cases where I feel standard etiquette should be revised. It’s 2016 people. Quit trying to be so damn polite.

Rant over.

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3 Ways to Be More Productive

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We live in a society of multitaskers. For decades, we believed multitasking was the way to achieving productivity. However, recent studies are beginning to suggest that multitasking actually makes you less productive.

It makes sense if you really think about it. We are bombarded every hour of every day with a hundred different things, between emails, social media account notifications, phone calls, etc. Not to mention, all of the new information that’s thrown into our faces as we respond to each of these different stimuli. Staying focused is next to impossible.

Monotasking. It’s the new multitasking, and it’s the answer to the problem of low productivity. Doing one thing at a time actually helps you stay focused on that one thing. By minimizing the number of potential distractions you may encounter throughout a single period, you’ll accomplish more. With that in mind, here are 3 ways to increase your personal productivity:

Batch Your Work

One technique, called batching, is what a lot of writers use to get a lot done in a short time. Batching is defined as completing multiple related tasks in a single work period – whether it’s a day or a few hours. Sitting down to write 10 blogs that will be scheduled out for the next month is one example of batching. Another example is writing multiple chapters of an ebook. You basically commit to doing one task (or a series of related tasks that may be classified as a single task) until it’s finished, without switching activities. And that means no checking email, no checking Facebook, and no answering phone calls until that task is finished.

Take Breaks.

This is especially hard for workaholics, and if you work at a corporate office, you don’t want to take too many breaks or make them too long, since the boss is likely watching. But try taking shorter, more frequent breaks for one week. If your boss says anything to you about it, let them know you’re trying a new experiment that you believe will increase your productivity, and that you’ll stop if it doesn’t make a difference within two weeks. Once they see how much more you accomplish in that time, they won’t care how many breaks you’re taking. Taking breaks gives your mind and body time to rest and recoup, so that when you get back to work, you actually get more done.

Plan.

A to-do list or calendar will help you prioritize your work and stay on task. With your work planned out ahead of time, you’ll simply be able to press go and move forward, rather than wasting valuable minutes thinking about or trying to remember what you need to accomplish. Long-term, this will result in much more work getting done.

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4 Tax Write-Offs You Probably Didn’t Know About

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It’s tax season… yay. I spent most of yesterday going through bank statements, credit card statements, bills and receipts and adding up my business expenses to try and save on the amount of money we’re going to owe the IRS this year. Did I mention that this is my first year doing taxes as a self-employed citizen? It was a major headache, but I’m proud to report that I saved over $4K on my estimated tax bill, so I’d gladly do it again!

Over the last few months, I’ve been doing a lot of research on tax write-offs, and I’ve discovered a few little gems that I otherwise wouldn’t have known about. There are some smart ways to save on that April bill, (including buying an expensive item for your business before Dec. 31 hits so you can write it off — I plan to buy a computer at the end of 2016 to offset my self-employment income by a few grand.) Here are 4 more interesting tax write-offs that you may not have known about:

Exchange Student Tax Credit

My mom used to host exchange students, so she probably already knew about this one. But it was new to me. You may be able to get a tax credit of up to $50 a month if you host exchange students from foreign countries. But only under certain conditions:

  • The student must not be a family member or relative of the host.
  • The student must be enrolled full time in a high school or secondary program.
  • The program sponsor and the taxpayer must have an official agreement in place.
  • The program organization’s sole or primary reason for existence must be to provide educational opportunities and experiences for its students.

National Debt Contributions

Just like you can claim deductions for contributions you make to charity, you can claim a deduction on any contributions you make toward paying off the U.S. National Debt. We all know Uncle Sam could use our help with that $20 trillion dollar bill, right? To contribute to the deficit, you just mail a check to the address below:

Bureau of the Public Debt
Department G
P.O. Box 2188
Parkersburg, WV 26106-2188

Alternative Medical Treatments

When I learned this, I was like “whaaaa?” As someone who is a huge fan of alternative medicine, it got me pretty excited. I had previously thought that only conventional medical treatments like prescription drugs and hospital bills were eligible as write-offs, but apparently, you can also deduct less common treatments like acupuncture and herbal remedies. Who knew?! Our chiropractor is basically our doctor for everything, and she refers us to other alternative medical experts when needed, so this was great news for me!

Childcare Expenses

As a mom of one (who’s about to be a mom of two), this was pretty exciting to hear! The Child/Dependent Care Credit covers childcare costs for working or job-seeking parents, you can also deduct babysitting costs incurred while doing volunteer work or work for a charity. Isn’t that awesome news?

Unfortunately, I was unable to use claim any of these deductions for this past year, but I’ll definitely keep them in mind for the next tax season!

What other tax write-offs have you taken advantage of in the past? Share your little-known tax-savings tips with us in the comments below.

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Get A Home Improvement Loan

Learn the best way to obtain funding for home improvements.

Your property is very important to you. It’s a place where you reside for most of your life with your loved ones. You could journey to the most exotic landscapes and live in nicest places for a while, but the spot that will always mean the most to you is your home.

We all wish to make our place of residence a beautiful and comfortable place to live for our families, as well as an appealing place to entertain friends and guests. There are many things you can do to spruce up your home, such as refurnishing every room with luxury items or remodeling your kitchen with concrete countertops. Today, thanks to the availability of home remodeling loans, acquiring funds to improve your residence is no difficult task.

Home renovation lending is a sort of funding you can use to remodel your residence or make improvements in your property. Home improvement loans might be used for numerous objectives including: household furniture, painting your exterior or interior, adding a furnace or fireplace, upgrading your plumbing, adding an irrigation system and so on. Making upgrades to your house not only increases your comfort and standard of living; it also increases the resale value of your property. It’s definitely a worthwhile investment.

If you opt for a secured home improvement loan, you’ll want to put up something as collateral in order to secure the funds. By utilizing your personal assets to secure your loan, you can get a larger quantity of funds, a lower interest rate, more flexible terms and a longer settlement duration. The duration of a secured home improvement loan could stretch up to 25 years, reducing your monthly payments and ultimately easing your financial burden. The funding quantity obtained with this type of financing is actually very large; you could pretty  much restore your entire house.

On the contrary, you could opt for an unsecured loan, which requires no collateral. Since there’s no risk attached, the amount of financing is significantly lower. The interest rate is also higher, the terms and conditions are much less flexible, and the payment period is far more brief than what you’d get with a secured loan. Your lender will perform the necessary credit rating inspection and and give you the best choices to fit your particular needs. This type of property renovation loan is advised for those who don’t need a large amount of funds.

Folks with damaging credit history can also benefit from a home renovation loan. Nevertheless, the interest rate in such situations will definitely be greater and the conditions are going to be less pliable.

By taking out a home enhancement loan, borrowers can supplement the value of their home and make it a far better place to live. But to get the most out of the loan, there are various details to consider. First off, you’ll want to analyze your earnings as well as your ability to repay when choosing the funding amount. Also, you ought to compose your thoughts concerning the most effective use of the loan and select the type of loan you desire: secured or unsecured. Finally, you should to look around for the best and most legitimate loan provider in your area. It should be someone you trust and who can give you the best value and customer experience.

Lastly, you’ll want to have clear understanding when it comes to your interest rate and payment terms, and make sure you can make your payments every month.

In order to avoid wasting any time, funds, or energy, the best place to look for home improvement loans is online. You can search the Internet from a single location for several borrowing providers, examine their fees, policies and terms, and choose the one that provides you with the best value for your needs

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Reasons to See a Chiropractor and How to Find the Best One In Your Area

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Finding a chiropractor that truly meets your requirements can only be achieved by undergoing a comprehensive evaluation of different chiropractic practitioners. In this post, we’re going to talk about how to find a chiropractor in your area, but first I’ll cover the benefits of seeing a chiropractor versus a conventional medical doctor for the treatment of common ailments.

What is a chiropractor?

A chiropractic physician is a different kind of healthcare expert that supplies both medicinal and natural treatments. Chiropractic doctors concentrate on therapy, diagnosis and the avoidance of specific problems related to one’s soft tissue framework.

The effects of these disorders on the peripheral nervous system is likewise detected and also treated by chiropractic specialist. Chiropractors, also known as Doctors of Chiropractic, make use of different combos of treatments, including soft cell treatments, spinal adjustments, lifestyle therapies and physical exercises.

The 2 major types of chiropractors

Chiropractic practitioners may be separated into 2 major groups; muscoskeletal and traditional. The major distinctions between these 2 kinds lie in their techniques and belief systems regarding how they treat their patients. The first type tends to focus more on symptom relief, while the second type focuses more on physical healing through structural correction. Different treatments made use of by chiropractic physicians include full back adjustments, physical exercises and a physical fitness plan, as well as postural suggestions, self-care approaches, everyday living activities and even nutritional counseling (in some cases).

Finding a chiropractic specialist that suits your particular needs is extremely important. There are many criteria on which to base your decision, including years of experience, range of practice, technique, philosophy, and education credentials. Finding a chiropractic doctor could change your life.

Why should you see a chiropractor?

Commonly, chiropractic specialists give natural home therapies and avoid methods to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Chiropractic is an affordable alternative to traditional medicine, since it often reduces or eliminates the needs for expensive surgeries and medications. You can pay your chiropractor directly out of pocket, or use medical insurance if the particular office you visit accepts it.

Licensed chiropractors undergo considerable education. According to the American Chiropractic Association, “Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.” They receive education in areas where medical doctors are often lacking, such as nutrition. Hence, some would say they are even more credible than conventional physicians, though many people consider chiropractic to be a practice for “quacks.” Not only can a chiropractor help you heal from sickness; he or she can also educate you on ways to prevent disease from happening in the first place. If you truly wish to increase your general health and fitness, you should definitely find a chiropractor in your area.

To get the most out of your care, it’s essential to remain active; your daily routine should include workouts, a healthy diet regimen and routine check-ups and adjustments at your chiropractor’s office. A chiropractor not only treats you, but also helps you achieve a better quality of life without investing that much cash.

If you wish to find a chiropractic physician, search the web in your area. If you happened to live in Charlotte, NC for example, you could search Google for “chiropractors in Charlotte NC” and see what comes up. That’s the easy part. The hard part is choosing the best one.

How to find the best chiropractor near you:

What to look for … that is the question. The best solution for you depends on your particular needs. If you’re simply looking for symptom relief, then you’ll want to search for a doctor who specializes in muscoskeletal therapies, focusing on physical exercises to relieve pain until your symptoms disappear. If you want a more holistic approach, and if you plan to see a chiropractor for all non-emergency related illness prevention and treatment, a traditional chiropractor who offers a variety of services such as nutrition counseling and exercise therapy might be the better choice. You should be able to get a good feel for what a specific chiropractor will do by visiting their website and reading about them. Above all, make sure whoever you choose is someone with a great deal of credibility and trustworthiness. It’s a good idea to read online reviews as well, since it’s difficult for doctors to fake those.

I hope this post helped relieve some of your doubts about chiropractic care and finding a chiropractor in your area! If you have any questions or need further help, leave us a comment below, or fill out the form on our contact page.

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Howdy. This is John Bailey, creator of El Rockers online magazine. We just wanted to write a few words to say thanks for visiting our new site.

Over the coming weeks and months, we’re going to be hard at work creating and curating content on a variety of topics that we think our readers might find interesting and/or useful. Online magazine websites have become quite popular these days, but we’re going to do our best to stand out in a sea of similar-looking faces by contributing to interesting discussions in useful ways.

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