Social Media as a Mirror

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I encourage everyone to develop this habit

  1. Once a fortnight/month, go to your most active Social Media platform, be it Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
  2. Scroll as if you were someone else (logging out helps).
  3. Ask “Who is this person?”
  4. Ask more “Do I like this person?”

 

Forget Likes or Comments, let’s start with BEING YOU.

 

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Experiment #1 – Blog everyday

As per my last post, I am going to start a series of 10-day (+/- as needed) challenges to keep my many persona projects going.

#1 did not start on the best note. Technically I missed the day and now at 2:30 am I am finally putting fingers to keyboard.

Today I want to write about Self-Experimentation which is kind of what I am doing now, designing experiments (e.g. 10 continuous day of blogging) on a single subject (me!) to collect data (how I feel, what I have done) to test a hypothesis (that small and regular time-based challenges contribute to lifestyle changes).

A poor diary keeper, I never bothered to keep a record of my previous “self projects”. The longest log I ever kept was the calorie/exercise count on MyFitnessPal (a separate and long story). Occasionally I would start a spreadsheet, or invest in a fancy notebook, but neither managed to change my habit.

Yesterday while googling the topic of X-day challenges, I found a series of X-day challenges templates from Checkli templates. While Checkli is designed to “make and share free checklists” (an app), their templates came up in the image search. Nothing ground-breaking but just simple, elegantly-designed, and functional. Shoutout to Checkli – I downloaded your app too!

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It is a print version only – not editable. Which may actually be a great idea – I can put it up on the wall right by my desk (no escape) as opposed to having it as one of the 20 windows on my laptop.

So, here I go, #1 challenge, day 1. Done.

 

I have not written for 1.5 years

 

My last post was in Feb 2015, a whole 1.5 years ago.

Blogging is not my livelihood; it is just a mean of sharing my thoughts, feelings and opinions. To be honest, I had a hard time nailing down what exactly I was committed to share with the world.

 

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What happened since my last post was an intensive, very intensive, period of family health issues and resulting stress (not exaggerated or imaginary as I was sent for multiple cancer tests only to conclude it was a serious case of stress-induced issues). All on top of the usual work, parenting, etc.  Thank goodness for a super husband and super kids….still. Without sharing details right now, let’s say my family and I had spent a significant amount of time at the medical and various others professionals. Still, business went on, school went on, and we have all MADE IT.

I came out from this anno horribilis with more empathy, more clarity, and more ambitions. Quite different from the “hear me roar” attitude in my younger days, it is a saturated, warm and (dare I say) more mature way to progress.

It is not a flash in the pan passion. It is Simmering Goodness.