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Freelance Writers Need to Unplug Too!

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By Tiffany Howard. I don’t know about you, but as a freelance writer, I’m certainly guilty of spending too much time online. This isn’t new. I first discov
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As a freelance writer, Tiffany Howard reminds herself of the "importance of unplugging, going outside and spending time in the offline world."

 

So peel yourself away from the screen to find inspiration; enhance your physical well-being; and create an opportunity to collaborate with friends and colleagues. 

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Terence's curator insight, November 5, 2014 5:51 AM

Too true.

 

And so easy to justify time online -- research,  you know. 

 

However, when I do unplug and hit the gym, take a long walk, or otherwise 'get away', I find myself so revitalized.

 

This headline takes front and center space on my corkboard right above my monitor.

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Enough Really is Enough: Accepting Yourself & Taking Responsibility for Your Expectations

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If you’re anything like me, you’re your own worst enemy, so we could all use a bit more TLC. Reclaim your self-compassion with the following three steps.
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There are times when you can't crawl out of the self-criticism hole. The encouragement in this article hones in particularly on important aspects of self-confidence including...

1. awareness of thoughts

2. responsibility for self-talk

3. realistic expections.

You may find it especially helpful as a reminder to stay aware of how empowered you truly are, minute by minute.

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Getting Inspired When You're Not Feeling It

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7 Tips on getting inspired when you're not feeling it. These tips will keep you inspired! Read 7 Tips on getting inspired on TheUrbanRealist
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There's plenty of inspiration to get you moving on your next project, but sometimes it feels like it's hiding. You can have the greatest ideas or dreams rolling around your brain, but for some reason you can't get the eggs to cook.


Take heart, there are many ways to jump start your dreams, many ways to ignite your passions, you just need to find what works for you and than repeat.


Here at iUnplug.com our favorite tip from Amie Colosa is number 1. Get Off The Computer. Change of scenery can easily lead to a dramatic shift in your focus kicking your inspiration into high gear.


Our second favorite tip form Amie is number 7. Escape. And when we say escape we mean get out of yourself, out of your head. Go have fun...

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Inspiration; Not Expectation

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Janice Marturano on how mindfulness can inspire us at work and in the office.
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To lead with excellence is to inspire.  Yet in an all too busy world, we often live an autopilot existence.  It is because of this that "we begin to trade inspiration for expectation", says Janice Marturano

 

If even one person is touched by another who inspires them, "there is no need to worry about maintaining or even articulating expectations."  In fact, inspiring another person can be like rocket fuel in helping them to reach their full potential.

 

So how does one become an inspirational leader?  Mindfulness is key.  "Inspiration requires leadership presence, the ability to clearly see what is here and now rather than what is expected", seeing potential for limitless creativity, letting go, and suspending judgment.

 

Just three questions will get you on your way:

 

  1. What might I discover by being fully present without expectations?
  2. Can I let go of any expectations and simply hold an intention to be present?
  3. Would that openness inspire others to stretch and think outside the box?
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Mindfulness is a key component in a happy life.

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Inspiration For Cloudy Days

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We all have times when we feel like we’re stuck in quicksand. Here’s how to get unstuck.
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There are times when routine is deadly and the rainy season blocks all of our natural internal sunshine. The truth is, we need inspiration to innovate and create, cook up unique ideas.


Steve Tobak concocts his own brew of "how to," with 9 ways to find that sometimes elusive inspiration, including:


1. Doing drugs (cappuccino)

2. Disconnect

3. Mindfulness


Kick up your heels and go for a walk, too. The inspiration is out there... and within, awaiting a liberated mind.

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Teen Brains are Wired to be Inspired

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The teen brain is at a crossroad; unlock its potential with 6 strategies.
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Our brains are wired to be inspired -- especially during teen years, says Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.  Here are 6 ways to inspire the teen brain:

 

  • Teach your teen to conceive many unique interpretations of various books, movies or works of art
  • Encourage your teen to be a problem finder and solution setter
  • Ask your teenager to share a "message", reflecting from a  book, movie or hurtful experience
  • Have your teen interpret the lyrics of a favorite song from positive and negative perspectives
  • Watch your teen's favorite TV show with him/her and share different take-home messages for the different characters.
  • Consider a multitude of answers to a question vs. seeking the “right” answer. 

 

As Einstein once said, "Imagination encircles the world.”  Fostering creativity and innovation can help to "drive successful futures of our youth for generations to come."

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