BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Morgan

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Morgan Amos
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Age • 29

” I was born with Cerebral palsy, which hasn’t been easy, but God makes no mistakes, and for that I am continuing on with my purpose in this life”

As I sit and think about all the things I’ve done and all that I would love to do, I can’t help but feel that I haven’t accomplished anything, or that I ever will.

Are you supposed to feel this way at 29?

The feeling of being confused yet you have it all together?

I don’t think anyone has it all together.

I was born with Cerebral palsy, which hasn’t been easy, but God makes no mistakes, and for that, I am continuing on with my purpose in this life.

I’m a writer, author, journalist and blogger, but that’s minimal to what matters in my life. What matters is my family, my faith, and my ability to impact others to stay encouraged, inspired, and uplifted.

There’s a lot of things I would’ve done differently, but I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had. Enjoy every aspect of your life!

There’s a reason it has happened. Learn from it so that you can impact someone else, who needs to hear your message – your story.

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5 • Childhood Games That Prepared Us For Adulthood

5 • Childhood Games That Prepared Us For Adulthood

Little did we know when growing up that our playground games and rainy day activities were preparing us for the honest truth about life. They say, ‘ignorance is bliss’ and the games that once made us smile, laugh, and bond; are now the rules we love to break and essentially the games we dread playing.

What was your favorite childhood game?
Let me know in the comments!

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1. Telephone

The game ‘Telephone’ reveals the truth about the dysfunction and miscommunications that we live amongst. We’re too quick to jump to our own assumptions and twisting the truth to the point where it tells a different story. We know the truth is our there, but we accept whatever we’re given in its place.

There’s only so many times you can say ‘operator’ before you’re forced to shrug, laugh, and believe what you think you heard.

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2. Simon Says

We’ve grown up, taught to obey authority. Promised that once we’re ‘adults’, we’ll be introduced to a new world of freedom. Simon Says tells us the constant importance of listening to a higher power. Someone who knows ‘better’ than you. If someone says ‘jump!’ you say, ‘how high?’, and you fall victim to the punishment if you chose to obey.

Don’t step out of line.

Don’t dance to your own beat, and don’t think these rules ever stop applying.

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3. Three-Legged Race

We think the finish line is within our reach, that the strength of our legs is enough to carry us to success. We don’t understand that we’re not in this game alone. Life is a three-legged race. We cannot win without help. We cannot win without teamwork. A three-legged race is the perfect way to remind you that it’s a lot harder to work against life than with it.

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4. Red Rover

Red Rover taught us the instant betrayal that comes when picking sides.

We had seconds to decide if we would break the rules and run lightly, in hopes to return to our team or we’d aim for the weak in hopes to carry out our plan. There’s irony in being called over by a group working to keep you out.

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5. Duck, Duck, Goose

We were once told we’re all equals, we’re cut from the same cloth. However, when someone is pointed out as different, we’re taught to run in the opposite direction. We put our effort into returning to normality and avoiding the dreaded sentence of being considered different.

However, when someone is pointed out as different, we’re taught to run in the opposite direction. We put our effort into returning to normality and avoiding the dreaded sentence of being considered different.

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22 • Twitter Tips | Read This And You’ll Know Everything You Need To Find Success

22 • Twitter Tips | Read This And You'll Know Everything You Need To Find Success

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Now that you’ve built your blog [ if you haven’t – click here ], it’s time to promote your work on social media and Twitter is a GREAT place to do so.

It’s my favorite, personally.

My first tip is to start simple and start small. Master your accounts one at a time. Twitter was my first goal.. It took months of trial and error to figure out how to build a voice with such limited characters, but – this is what I’ve learned.

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1. A Good Header & Profile Picture

  • The “perfect” picture is a professional, clear image, straight on – of your face.
  • People are more willing to trust and connect with faces as opposed to graphics & logos. And of course, smiles are the most inviting!

T I P ! Take notes from your favorite accounts which target a similar audience as you

  • At the very least, use a “side” or “back” shot. Something that’s humanizing.
  • Do NOT keep your picture set to the Default Twitter Egg. This will make you look like you’re new to Twitter, an inactive member or even a spam account.
  • If you’re seeking anonymitycreate a virtual character of yourself.

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2. Effectively Explain Who You Are

  • Your goal is to introduce yourself FAST and EFFICIENTLY. Never assume people know who you are, what you do, or what you’re talking about.
  • Always remember to address both your new and old followers.
  • Don’t feel pressured to be funny.
  • The point of Twitter is to get your point across in a manner that’s not boring.
  • Try to be witty and clever whenever possible.
  • Don’t feel uncomfortable selling your service, talking about yourself, or bringing up your good qualities. That’s the point of your profile!

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3. Fill Out Your Bio, Entirely

  • Don’t use pointless words.
  • Use full words instead of abbreviations whenever possible.
  • Don’t feel the need to fill out all 160 characters.
  • Don’t leave your profile empty!
  • Be creative with what you write, how you write it, and where you write it.
  • Remember that hashtags, “@’s” and links are clickable in your bio.
  • Add your Birthday to your profile. Balloons will flood your profile on that day – giving your followers a reason to interact & celebrate WITH you!
  • You can still hide your Birthday (or just the year) from your Profile.

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4. Use The ‘Pin To Top’ Feature


Use the ‘Pin To Top’ feature to prevent a tweet from getting lost on your page. It’s a great way to bring your reader’s attention to something important.

TO DO THIS:
➔ ‘click the 3 dots in the right-hand corner of your tweet
➔ ‘Pin to profile page’

 

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5. Make Use Of Your ‘Theme Colour’

TO DO THIS:
➔ Edit Profile
➔ ‘Theme Colour’
➔ Select a colour or add a custom CSS number

Like all social media accounts, your Twitter page should keep a theme.

Keep your photos and colours consistent throughout all your accounts. This will allow you to create effective brand recognition. Match a colour from your Profile Picture or logo to your ‘Theme Colour.’

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6. Your Bio Is The Most Important

Your Twitter bio. is the most important part of your Profile.

You have 160 characters and less than 60 milliseconds to sell yourself to a stranger. Take your time when writing yours. Chances are the perfect one won’t be written on your first try. Keep trying. Keep editing!

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7. Use The Best Adjectives

Don’t rely on the Twitter Bio Generator to describe you and make your biography- BUT you can use the relevant and clever adjectives that they mention to help create your own.

Use an online Thesaurus if you’re struggling to find an appropriate word.

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8. Track Your Tweet Activity


Your Tweet Activity Dashboard may not be of interest for those tweeting for fun, but if you’re a business or a blogger – it’s crucial. Your Activity Dashboard will:

  • Let you see how people engage with your Tweets in real time.
  • Compare your Tweet followers/growth to see how they trend over time.
  • Get the details on any Tweet (including retweets, replies, likes, follows, or clicks)

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9. Make Your Tweets Worthwhile

  • Balance personal, informative, promotional and fun tweets.
  • Have some tweets without links or hashtags. As important as it is to promote your work – keep some free of any clutter. Just a simple text or image.
  • When you DO add hashtags – make them relevant. Use hashtags that people will actually be searching for. That’s usually 1 or 2 words.
  • Try to keep your tweets funny, informative or witty.
  • Tweets are more likely to be retweeted if you ASK your followers to do so. You can do this in a subtle way by including some tweets with “RT this if you…”
  • Tweet frequently ( but don’t OVER do it ) Aim for a few times a week.
  • Participate in #FollowFriday

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10. Make Use Of Images

Twitter has gracefully added more features to attach images to your tweets.

It’s important to make use of this! Thumbnails are now displayed when you add a link – i.e. blog posts, articles, and even videos; which will help your work to stand out amongst a busy timeline.

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11. Design Your Account

  • Use Emoji’s to describe yourself. It adds colour and fun – all while saving space.
  • Similar to Emojis, you can use symbols to add a minimal yet unique look to your Profile & tweets. There are so many sites to get these from Google. ✎⚐♡
  • Don’t use “busy” or cluttered photos that clash or contradict each other.
  • Be creative with your image placement.
  • EXAMPLE: put your logo ( with a white background ) as your Profile Picture, and a clear image of yourself ( or your team ) as your Header Image.

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12. Have Tweets In Your Drafts

Sometimes you go days without having a thought that you feel is worthy enough to share. Save a few tweets in your drafts – just in case you’re ever in a desperate need. Keeping your tweets consistent will keep your followers happy and growing!

  • It’s easy to take advantage and ‘Draft’ every tweet you MAY use later – but this could cause you to lose important tweets. Occasionally, go through and delete tweets that are now irrelevant or that you simply no longer like.

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13. Shorten Your Links

You may not see this as important but it truly makes a difference. When you shorten your links, your tweets will look more attractive and the clutter from the URL won’t take away from the text. It’s an extra step to take but turn it into a habit. I use: Bitly

  • Try not to include your links at the end of your tweets. It’s claimed that links placed 25% into a tweet will relieve the most clicks.

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14. Interact With Your Followers

I love to interact with my followers. It’s a great way for promotion but it’s also a great way to learn from others and build connections.

T I P ! 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. is claimed to be the time for the highest volume of retweets

Scroll through your Feed once in awhile and find something that catches your eye. THEN RESPOND! The writer will appreciate it and you may gain a few followers or a “retweet” in the end.

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15. Keep Up With Trending Topics

Take a look through the ‘Trending Topics’ section. If one catches your eye – use it! It requires you to be clever, smart, or even honest. It will bring a new audience to your account, provide you with material, and help you to remain relevant.

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16. Join A Community

It’s amazing the friendships and communities that are built on Twitter.

There are regular chats that will let you bounce ideas back and forth with like-minds. It’s so easy to ask their opinions and to give your own by using popular hashtags such as #lbloggers and #fbloggers.

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17. Don’t Send Automated DM’s

Have you ever opened a DM ( Direct Message ) and done what it asked you to? Probably not. Automated DM’s should be treated like Facebook messages.

Send a DM to plan a collaboration, discuss a tweet, do business, etc.

Don’t use it as a form of promotion. Far more people will be frustrated than tempted.

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18. Follow Others Back

It may look cool to have 1,000 followers and only be following 200 back – but it’s not important and it’s actually preventing your growth.

T I P ! The maximum accounts you can follow is 2,000, UNLESS more than 2,000 accounts are following you

Don’t be afraid to follow others. It’s a great way to gain followers and find a community. Readers and consumers appreciate humble brands.

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19. Make ‘Twitter Lists’


‘Twitter Lists’ lets you organize people into categories according to interest groups. You can even add people you AREN’T following to a List. This will help you see the recent tweets on the topics you want just by looking at your ‘Lists’ page.

TO DO THIS:
➔ Go to the profile you want to add to your list
➔ click the ‘person’ icon
➔ In the ‘Actions’ menu, select ‘Add to list’
Enter your list and choose PUBLIC or PRIVATE.

  • List Ideas: Artists to watch for, favourite bloggers, co-workers, classmates, friends, News accounts – the ideas are endless. Once you create a list it will identify the number of members ( which the public is able to see ).
  • If you’re dedicated (and find people who share your vision) you can build a very successful community and brand, without even having a blog.

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20. Address Controversy, Properly

Keep in mind the language you use and the possibility that people MAY be offended by what you write. You’re free to be as honest as you’d like, but don’t be surprised if you lose a few followers as a result. Examples: Religions, Politics, Drugs & Alcohol, Sexuality, Human Rights and Global Issues.

  • Be yourself but do your best not to whine, complain or be aggressive. People tend to unfollow those with a constantly negative attitude.

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21. Find New Followers

Social media success can best be described as the ‘snowball effect’.

The more tweets you have, the more followers you have, and the more followers you have – the more followers you’ll get; because unfortunately, numbers are essential when proving your credibility.

  • MORE TWEETS = MORE FOLLOWERS!
  • Follow people that are engaged in a similar topic to what you’re commenting and tweeting. Use hashtags [such as #lbloggers and #fbloggers ] or just type keywords into the Twitter Search Bar.
  • People are more likely to follow you if you’re following them

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22. Promote Your Account

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  • Click To Tweet is a plugin that allows you to easily create tweetable content for your readers to share. The boxes are simple and beautiful! They’ll bring attention to a specific point, break up text, and allow your readers to share your work.
  • Google your name to see what ranks the highest for those who search you. You should notice that your Bio ranks pretty high as search engines love Twitter.
  • Include it on your business cards, personal accounts, mention it in conversation

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It’s important to know Twitter. Learn the lingo, symbols, and their functions. Take a look at Twitter’s Official Glossary for the simplified meanings.

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5 • Fears And What They Say About Us

5 • Fears And What They Say About Us

There are so many things in life that are labeled ‘strange’, ‘abnormal’ or ‘scary’. But would we still look at things the way we do if society hadn’t marked them that way? Or are our fears just our mental insecurities, manifesting themselves into things we consider acceptable?

What is your greatest fear?
Let me know in the comments!

1. Ghosts

We breathe easy.

Knowing we’re in the safety of our own home. Confined within walls. Behind a deadbolt, with 9-1-1- on speed dial. Ghosts take that security and leave us feeling helpless. Hopeless. To be a person in the presence of a ghost is the all too familiar feeling of being trapped within ourselves. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. The mere idea of feeling powerless will always be enough to break us down.

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2. Spiders

Although there are many spiders less dangerous than a bear, we still hold a stronger resentment. A greater sense of fear. We fear spiders and the unknown. We fear the idea of living amongst something so different than us. It’s not surprising that we hate spiders as we’re guilty of looking at everyone ‘different’ than us as though they have 8 legs.

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3. Needles

We HATE sitting in the doctor’s office. Tapping our foot and waiting for a nurse to register our flu shot. And then, just before the needle goes in, we grow anxious. We wait for the sting. Knowing it’s coming and knowing it’s not worth the stress. We torture ourselves in the final seconds, as anticipation has become one of our most agonizing experience.

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4. Heights

With heights comes trust.

We have to trust that we won’t fall. We won’t lose our step and trip, or we won’t fall victim to a push. The idea of our fate being out of our control is unacceptable. The idea of making a mistake or a misstep that ends in more than a scraped knee is overwhelming. One of our greatest comforts in life is knowing there’s a way to get back up after a fall.

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5. The Dark

Nothing tightens our breath or sends chills down our spine like the idea of walking through a dark forest, alone. We know it’s full of trees and timid squirrels, but we know that’s the truth when we’re beneath the sunlight.

The night tells a different story. The night is dark, and quiet, and unknown. We hate when we have to trust that there’s nothing following us and we hate to be lost for we know there are times when the strength of our mind and the strength of our legs, simply isn’t enough.

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5 • Small Pleasures We Lost To Technology

5 • Small Pleasures We Lost To Technology

There’s no denying the speed in which the world is turning and the way life is drastically changing. Technology is taking over and quickly destroying the little things as it grows. We’re now nostalgic for the things that are now only a memory. We can merely let a smile escape our lips at the very thought of the things we once took for granted.

What would you consider a pleasure that
we’ve lost to technology?
Let me know in the comments!

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1. Film Cameras

Cameras once refused to let you live behind the lens. You weren’t able to fill your camera roll with pictures that would end up as lost as your phone on a sticky bar floor. A single snap is no longer enough. You need angles, poses, unnatural moments. Consider the life that’s getting lost between reality and your phone screen.

Fortunately, we have the return of the Polaroid camera to cure some of the nostalgia!

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2. Renting A Movie

Wandering through the high shelves of Blockbuster (wearing our sweatpants and flip flops) was Friday night entertainment on its own. Pointing at movie covers – laughing at the times you saw it with friends; or shaking your head at your once celebrity crush. We’ve lost adventure to convenience and the sound of laughter to the hollow clicks of our remote.

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3. Desktop Computers

It was sneaking downstairs at midnight as your family laid asleep. You turned on the computer and cringed as the start up sound echoed through the house. Your bed was empty. Your heart was racing. Back then – you couldn’t pull a computer on your lap, or check your favorite sites from your phone. You had to sneak back out of bed – and back in – within hours. Smirking at your late night adventure.

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4. MSN

You could once escape the madness of the world (and the people in it). You could leave the chaos outside. You could leave the drama, the bullying, and the gossip as words behind the computer screen – waiting for you to log back in. Text messages have now become a haunting. Leaving us unable to run without the promise of being chased.

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5. Agendas

There was one benefit to starting a new year of school which was – a brand new agenda! Fresh sheets waiting to be personalized. Marked with doodles from class boredom. Hearts filled with monthly crushes. Personalized script reminding us of weekend plans. Pages ripped out to pass notes to friends in class. The older we get – the clearer we see – that paper tells a better story than letters on a screen ever will.

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