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#ThinkAboutIt - Can You Walk Away From Something to Pursue Your Dreams?

I believe in the idea that “we can have it all”. The sky is the limit. Abundance mentality all the way. Some people don’t achieve a lot in their lives because they don’t think they can have a lot in their lives. If I didn’t gain this mindset, I wouldn’t have the courage to pursue my dream of self-publishing my first novel I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me for the entire world to read. After all, I didn’t have any connection to the writing and publishing industry. That alone was enough reason for anyone to get discouraged.

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3 Signs You're Traveling for the Wrong Reasons

“Buy experience, not things.” This statement has become popular lately, especially when traveling became “common” (thanks to social media). And I strongly agree with that four-word sentence. Using money to attend a seminar for self-improvement, enrolling in a course, or getting a gym membership yields lots of return on investment over buying a new pair of sneakers, a new smartphone, or even (dear Mermaid, forgive me for what you’re about to hear) a Venti Coffee Jelly frappé (whew, I still love you coffee 😍). But when this statement is used and twisted by people trapped in the Travel Game to justify their insatiable desire to keep on traveling, it becomes a hammer placed in the hands of a baker. “Well, I bought a plane ticket that will take me to the Bahamas instead of buying a new pair of Nike. That will be experience!” But if that plane ticket puts you in debt, you’re only fooling yourself.

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Get Rid of Your TGIF Mentality

What if one Friday you wake up and the world tells you "TGIF is a trick you muthafuckin' suckah! I designed it so that establishments will be guaranteed you'll spend money on them every week. I designed it so that you'll be miserable half of the time. I designed it to lure you away from doing things you ought to be doing because you have to spend your weekends at a bar, in the movie house, and some other place built for entertainment."?

What must you do?

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#ThinkAboutIt - Are You Proud of Your Age?

Have you tried asking children how old they are? After that brief moment when they make sure they have it right, children will look you straight in the eye, pronounce the number, and sometimes will accompany that number with their fingers. Then go ahead and ask someone above the age of 30 the same question. You'll be lucky if you get an answer right away. Most people, above the age of 30, will look you in the eye for a while before letting a couple of numbers leave their lips. During that moment, instead of recalling the age to make sure it's right, that person is thinking whether to give you the real age or not. Silly is not the right word to describe it. It's stupid. Why the need to hesitate or even lie about your age? Since when did age become something to be ashamed of? 

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Bitch I'm Madonna - A "Fuck You" to Ageism

In today's world, ageism is rampant. You may think it doesn't exist but it's there. You'll find it in the elitism of mainstream radio, only playing music by younger acts and ignoring music veterans. You'll see it in the corporate world that at times favour youth over the experience and wisdom of the older people. You'll also find it online and offline, with the way the youth of today disrespects older people poking fun of them and treating them as if they're something else other than a human being. All your life you may be ignorant about it or pretend this social disease never exists until it hits you when your time has come. Whether you like it or not, as long as ageism exists we will all be victims of it.

Let's look at the moronic statements ageists use as weapons for their stupid, illogical, and backward-thinking propaganda.

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Small But Powerful Thoughts to Fight the Fear of New

What if we decide to finally fight fear and attempt something new in our lives? What if we want to learn how to dance, or we want to improve our fitness and start weight training, or we want to go out and meet new people? What can we expect once we have decided to lift our feet and step out into the world we should be really living in, the world where we are pursuing our dreams?

First of all, you will still be afraid. One conscious step will not completely eliminate fear, it never really goes away. Doers (people who do instead of just talk about something) still feel fear but they act in spite of it. They are brave. Yes, we can become brave too.

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What Madonna Can Teach You About Being a Freedom Fighter

Madonna, more than 30 years into her career, remains one of the most talked about women in history. Whether it's people misinterpreting her Instagram posts, scouring the Internet for leaked demos of her upcoming album Rebel Heart, or lambasting her for expressing a personal dislike of hydrangeas, she makes headlines for various reasons. Like a true maverick, Madonna didn't let the plethora of controversial issues and overblown topics stop her from continuously paving her path like no other public figure could. Being in the limelight for three decades, plenty of people still do not get her. They do not get Madonna at all and what she truly represents. Perhaps a subtle wink at her critics, she sang in one of her many hit singles, Frozen, "You only see what your eyes want to see."

Madonna, the Queen of Pop, had set and had broken many records in the music industry. However, her greatest contribution lies not in music but in history and society. The underrated rebel heart that she is, Madonna is more than just the Queen of Pop. She is one of the most influential and greatest freedom fighters history has seen. 

With her entire life as a testament, what does Madonna teach us about being a freedom fighter

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"Get Stupid" Should Be Your Mantra

Running on a treadmill going at 3 mph used to kill the shite out of me. It was embarrassing. To aid me in improving my treadmill performance, I created a custom playlist specifically for it. Beats must be fast. Lyrics should be appropriate. “Don't stop me now. Don't need to catch my breath. I can go on and on and on,” I heard in the pre-chorus. Fitting. “Give it to me, yeah! No one's going to show me how. Give it to me, yeah. No one's going to stop me now!” sang the singer in the chorus. I made it to the end of the timer, and my “treadmill skill” improved gradually over time. The song, Give It 2 Me, was a great motivator, a perfect treadmill track you would say. If we listen closely, it's a song that continues to resonate off the treadmill, off the gym, and in life.

Released as the second single from her final Warner Records studio album, Hard Candy, the song was described by Madonna as a celebratory anthem. Pharrell Williams who co-wrote and produced the song provided his vocals to the song, accentuating the funky rhythm and stomping beats. In one glance, the lyrics appear simplistic but that should not take away from the song's brilliance. After all, some of the most philosophical questions in life are simple such as “What is true happiness?”, “What is true strength?”, and “What is freedom?”. So Madonna opens the song asking, “What are you waiting for? Nobody's gonna show you how.” Before you even have a second to ponder, she follows it up with, “Why work for someone else to do what you can do right now?

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Facebook Crimes People Still Commit

I fondly remember the time I introduced Facebook to my former co-workers. It was fairly new, and had that combination of simplicity and elegance. We were hooked. Needless to say Facebook was fun. Five years later, Facebook became arguably the most popular social networking site and everyone, from your spouse to your mother, from your co-worker to their dog, from your favorite actor to that high school classmate you despised, has a Facebook account. From fun it transformed into an annoyance. Pity parties, hourly non-sense updates, photo albums detailing everything happening to people’s lives, public feuds; the barrage of these is what Facebook has become. A decade had passed and some had gone sour on Facebook abandoning it altogether. Some still remained committing the following Facebook crimes they should’ve learned by now. Yes, the following acts still happen in the world of Facebook. A section of society had become more oblivious of what makes an online conduct head-shaking, or perhaps social media just highlighted the ignorant.

Let’s bring out our inner Facebook police and be on the watch for perpetrators of these Facebook crimes.

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