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?
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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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5 • Things Our Parents Said That Finally Makes Sense

5 Things Our Parents Said That Finally Makes Sense

We’ve spent years of our lives – convinced that our parents spoke their own language and lived in their own world. We refused to accept that the phrases they told us were another far fetch attempt to prove us wrong and make us feel stupid.

What saying did your parents use the most?
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Adulthood comes with A LOT of realizations; meaning we’ve finally learned the reality of our parents once irritating sayings. They were telling the truth, after all.

They were simply being honest.

1. Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk

There are a lot of things in life to worry about. A lot of things that can keep you up at night; but you will never experience sanity if you dwell on the small stuff. The fixable problems. The puddle of milk that needs nothing more than a paper towel to clean up.

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2. Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees

We always laughed – commenting at our literal interpretation of this saying, but maybe now we appreciate the value of a dollar. Maybe now we understand that our reward is no longer a pat on the back. Our reward must be worked for in order to survive. There’s a lot of character in those who realize that money has more value than the paper it’s made from.

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3. We’ll Cross That Bridge When We Come To It

No one knows what tomorrow has to offer – yet we love to dwell on the unknown; leaving us clueless about right now. We have to stop thinking ahead and rushing through life. We have to slow down enough to realize that every path leaders to another, so keep one foot ahead of the other and savor the dirt beneath each one.

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4. Pretty Isn’t A Look. It’s An Outlook

Possibly one of the hardest things to understand [and some of us never will] is that beauty truly is skin deep. Our parents saw us at our essence. They saw the smiles we let slip through our lips. The excitement in our eyes when we saw something we liked, and the kind of words we would say to others when we couldn’t even say them to ourselves.

Our parents always knew that pretty isn’t a look – it’s an outlook.

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5. If Your Friends Jumped Off A Bridge – Would You?

Peer pressure comes in ways you’ve never imagined. It’s more than a joint in front of your face or a tempting text to sneak out. We live in comparison. Always looking at someone else’s’ life. Always wanting what we don’t have. No differently – as we grow up – society seems to become the friend we’re willing to jump off the bridge for.

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10 • Things I Wish I Knew Before College

10 • Things I Wish I Knew Before College

It’s hard to believe that another school year is fast approaching, and while it’s now been several  years since I’ve sat in a classroom, the lessons I learnt have still not left me.

Here are 10 things I wish I knew before college, but my most important tip: just like High School, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll countdown the days until you graduate; but don’t let these years pass you by. Appreciate every day.

You will never have an experience like college again.

Do you have any tips to surviving college or university?
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  • It may be difficult, but there’s a way to balance doing well in school and having a social life. Sometimes it will mean staying in on a Friday night, and sometimes it will mean sleeping through an 8 a.m. class.
  • There’s nothing scarier yet more exciting than the freedom that is college. It can be hard to adjust, and easy to get overwhelmed, but a few phone calls home and designated alone time, will help to keep you grounded.

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  • Now – more than ever – people are taking a few years off from going to college (or not going at all) to find themselves and save money before making such a big *and expensive* commitment. It’s okay to take college on at your own pace.
  • Despite what we’re told, college isn’t really the time to find who you are. It’s the time to push your limits and try new things in order to find your strengths and your weaknesses. Chances are, you won’t find true clarity until after you graduate.
  • It takes hard work and willpower but there is a way to beat the freshman 15. Figure out balance. Figure out how to stay healthy in a way that won’t stop you from eating Mac N’ Cheese in the common room at 3 a.m.
  • There may be a day when you look at your pictures from college and not remember more than 3 names. Fortunately, those whose names you do remember have the ability to be life-long friends – as long as you let them.
  • There’s a balance between your home life and college life. It may take some time to figure this out, but learning to maintain all relationships is an essential part of surviving college. It will make things easier when you need an escape from either life.
  • College is expensive! Spend the summer prior to college working and building a budget that can withstand your school and social needs. You’ll quickly learn that textbooks, alcohol, and food are the biggest money grab.
  • Use Amazon’s textbook feature to save on your textbooks whenever possible. You can sell, rent & buy your books at an incredibly discounted cost. (Save up to 90% OFF) This has become a popular method for college and university students, worldwide. Bookmark [this page] for when you get your book list!
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5 • Ways To Break A Bad Habit

5 • Ways To Break A Bad Habit

Addiction isn’t a skinny body withering away in a back ally. It isn’t a collection of needles and pages of debt. Addiction is an unhealthy habit that affects you physically and mentally. It can be drugs, alcohol, food, people – or even a negative mentality.

Do you have any further tips to break a bad habit?
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Sometimes we need something drastic to happen in our lives in order for us to want to change – but sometimes it’s as simple as acknowledging the unnecessary weight we’re being forced to carry; as our habits are the weight of the wagon we continue to pull; leaving pieces of ourselves in its tracks.

1. End Temptation

If it’s in eyesight or easily accessible – there’s a really good chance that convenience will overtake your willpower. Clear your living space of all links to your habit.

Throw out all reminders and delete the necessary numbers. Temptation can also come from boredom so keep yourself distracted. If you focus on positive thoughts and activities, you won’t have time to think about falling back into your toxic routine.

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2. Find The Triggers

We have triggers for everything – be it anxiety, sadness, or temptation. Find what triggers your habit and remove it from your life. That might mean avoiding a song that brings up bad memories, going to certain places, seeing specific people, or even a time of the day. Rearrange your schedule – and life – to remove as much of your past as possible.

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3. Substitute

Remove the bad and add the good. Try exercising and eating healthy instead of smoking. Hang out with positive people as opposed to negative ones or find an art form to help you convey your emotions when you find yourself stressed.

Analyze your bad habit and realize how much of your day and overall thought process it consumes. Then make a plan to fill that empty space before actually attempting it.

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4. Change Your Mindset

If you’re not confident you can beat your habit, there’s a really good chance you can’t. Your self-confidence is everything. You know you’re more capable than you think you are. Visualize your success, use a positive language, and you’ll be able to achieve your goal.

No matter how many people are supporting and surrounding you, at the end of the day; this is something that only you – alone – can accomplish.

  • If your social life or circle of friend revolves around your addiction, then you  need to change your company immediately.

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5. Say A Proper Goodbye

People aren’t unrealistic. They know how challenging it is to quit something cold turkey, so don’t expect this of yourself. Set a day you want to be clean by and start a gradual fade out.

Take the time to say a proper goodbye. Send a letter – or write one without sending it. Have a bonfire to burn haunting memories, or go on vacation. This will help you draw a clear line of your life BEFORE and your life AFTER your habit.

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