Why is buying gifts for the people we love (and know the best) so difficult? Perhaps it’s the pressure or maybe we’re worried about buying something that they won’t like? Finding the right present for your daughter is one of those times where we seem to lose focus of what they like and dislike and wonder how we’re going to find the right gift in time.
In reality, the perfect gift for your little one is easy to determine, once you know where to get your inspiration. Whether you need toys for 8 year old girls, or something cool and quirky for your tween, in this post we’ll explore where you can find inspiration for your daughter’s birthday gifts. Read on to find out more.
Take a Look at Their Hobbies
You don’t have to look far to find the perfect gift when you consider the topics that they’re passionate about. Whether they’re into horses and visit a pony club at the weekends, or they’re an avid dancer, wannabe actress, bookworm or gamer ask yourself if there is something you can treat them with that will enhance their skills and make their hobbies much more interesting, such as singing lessons, a dance event or a short story writing class. Or maybe you could spoil them with new equipment or attire for their hobbies? A new bag, shoes or boots, sports equipment, or a new gaming platform? The possibilities are endless!
Take A Look At Their Personal Style
If your child is a little older and already making their own fashion choices and choosing what to wear by themselves, then it might be time to use this as inspiration for their next birthday gift. Maybe they’re into hair accessories and bags right now, or they’re into jewellery and want to get their ears pierced? Skating apparel, sports logos, or something bright and colourful – take a look at their personal wardrobe favourites and use it as gift inspiration!
Remember Their Dislikes!
While it’s important to recognise your child’s favourite hobbies, interests and the things that they love, it’s just as important to focus on their dislikes! Maybe they hate a specific colour or material or perhaps they’re not particularly interested in technology, or they prefer graphic novels over traditional printed books. This information can help you steer clear of any gifts that won’t be well received and save you from making some expensive mistakes!
Do They Need Something?
A gift doesn’t have to be something novel or something they’ll find interesting for a short period. It could be something that they actually need! Ask yourself if they have enough dolls and soft toys and maybe something different might be better. Perhaps they’re having sleepovers with friends and they need a new sleeping bag, or maybe they’re heading up to secondary school and a laptop or tablet would help them with their school work?
You’ll find the inspiration you need for gifts everywhere – if you know where to look! Consider these points above to get it right for your daughter.
Jason Lubken is an established and celebrated car photographer whose work shows his great appreciation for car design and storytelling. No matter the subject or setting, Jason has always made an effort to be evocative and nostalgic with his photos. He gained an entirely new appreciation for cars when he decided to build his own.
It all started when Jason’s friend Derek rescued a scrapped ‘63 Chevy Impala. The moment Jason saw it, he was determined to rescue it from the hands of time and bring it back to life with the help of his friends. In just a year, Jason was able to take it on the road and achieve his goal with a brand new outlook and appreciation of retro cars.
Read Jason’s story below and visit the rest of Speedway Motors’ Employee Rides series here.
The heart of this story is not just about another old car getting put back on the road or the sequence of events that made it possible. Yes – it takes passion, hard work, and dedication, but throughout life, you meet a lot of friends, and in the process, you figure out how to hold on to the good ones. Every part of this car will always be a token of that positivity.
What truly puts this car back on the road is having a support system willing to help get it there. I don’t just mean buddies willing to help bolt parts together in the wee hours of the night. Zach Raddatz not only fronted me half the money to buy the car and engine components, he blueprinted and assembled a reliable 400hp small block Chevy. Derek Turner, one of the most talented enthusiast builders I know, sold me the car. He turned around and showed me how to build it every step of the way.
It takes time too. It’s taking 8hr long road trips on work nights to score a bumper and fenders or spending your entire Sunday at an auction or swap meet. Similar stories go on and on.The point is, I have never been involved in something that has the same power to connect people. Project cars carry on memories forever, they will also reinforce your relationships, and teach you how to value hard work. Good photography can do the same thing. This Impala has the same sentiment a good photograph does. Every part has a story, a place, and a time. Every time I fire the engine there is more than just the sound. At some point in its life, this factory Ember Red 4-speed Impala SS had been wrecked badly enough to twist the frame beyond repair. The remains were stripped and it was left for dead. It was just a shell. When Derek saw it, he saw something more than most could.
He dragged it home and started building a new frame to roll under it. He has always had an affinity for lowered Chevys, which is why he started the chassis work with drop springs and spindles. He rebuilt the rear end with stock 3:36 gears. The rest of the frame was powder coated and equipped with all new bushings, ball joints, and a disc/drum brake setup. About the time he finished the chassis work, somehow, I talked him into selling me the project. He had no reason to sell it other than the kindness of his heart. A handshake later, he not only sold me the car but helped patch up the underbody before it went on the new frame. It was close to 2-months of cutting, grinding, and welding before it was ready to meet the frame again.
My vision for the car has always been simple. Get it on the road again, keep it old school, drivable, and reliable. It doesn’t need to be cool because of some particular wheel and tire combo, interior, or anything else. This car is cool because it’s survived and for now I want to keep the scars that came along with that. Every part of getting to drive the car came in small triumphs. The day the body met the frame, and the day I saw the bright newly painted sbc motor and transmission dropped in. New wiring, figuring out the driveline, brake and fuel plumbing, cooling system, etc. etc.
It has taken nearly 2-years of small triumphs… Until finally the day came when the Impala moved under its own power again. All of the exhausting nights, weekends, and mornings melt away as if it didn’t matter and you’re left with the reminder that you are a part of what made this moment possible.
Make sure to watch the video of Jason and his Impala here as well as checking out the story on Speedway Motors’ website.
Smartphone Subscriptions Have More Than Doubled In 5 Years – 11% CAGR from 2016-2020
Smartphones have become abundant in today’s society, giving us the ability to control many aspects of our lives with just our fingertips. Today’s smartphones act as a portal to our everyday needs and desires; from banking to shopping, from work to leisure, from hobbies to passions, our smartphone allows us to connect with the world more than ever before. According to data presented by BuyShares, smartphone subscriptions in 2020 has more doubled since 2015 to 6.1B units globally, growing at a CAGR of 10.54% in the 5-year period from 2016-2020.
Smartphone Subscriptions Have Doubled From 2015 to 2020 – 6.1B in 2020
The title of the very first smartphone belongs to the Simon Personal Communicator (SPC) which was produced and launched by IBM in 1994. A few of the SPC’s main features still remain as staples of modern-day smartphones, but the SPC would be unrecognizable as a smartphone among today’s generation of devices.
The iPhone’s launch in 2007 is what many consider the first version of the smartphone as we know it today. It was the first phone to offer access to the internet in its entirety and not a scaled-down version of it. For the first time ever, you could browse the internet just like you would on your desktop computer or laptop.
Smartphones became mainstream soon after the iPhone’s launch and are now ubiquitous in today’s society. Swedish telecommunications company, Ericsson, estimates there to be 6.1B smartphone subscriptions in the world in 2020, over 101% more than 2015’s smartphone subscriptions. In the 5-year period from 2016-2020, smartphone subscriptions grew at a CAGR of 10.54%.
In the year that the first iPhone was released, it is estimated that 122M units of smartphones were sold to end-users. In 2018 that figure ballooned to a record 1.56B smartphones sold. 2019 posted similar numbers to 2018 but experienced a 10.5% YoY decrease in the pandemic ravaged year of 2020. The number of smartphones sold to end-users is projected to bounce back and increase by 11.4% YoY in 2021.
China Has the Most Smartphone Users with Almost 1 Billion
China has an estimated 912M smartphone user in 2020, the most in the world. China’s smartphone penetration rate in 2020 stood at 63.4% which is the 8th highest in the world. Of the top 20 countries with the most smartphone users, the USA had the highest penetration rate of 81.6%. 15 other countries from the top 20 list, posted smartphone penetration rates of above 50%.
As of 2020, Newszoo estimates that there are 3.6B smartphone users worldwide. The same estimates project smartphone users to rise by almost 20% by 2023 to 4.3B. The smartphone penetration rate globally in 2020, stood at 46.45% compared to just 33.5% in 2016.
Sneakerhead, audiophile, fashionista, gamer … these people are “all in” on their passions. In a new marketing campaign breaking today for the Lexus 2021 IS, the automaker celebrates its own obsession: an unapologetically pure sports sedan. Entitled “All In,” the new campaign engages an audience that’s just as unapologetic about pursuing their unique interests. It features influencers and deep, diverse media partnerships.
“The IS customer is our youngest, most fiercely authentic yet,” said Lisa Materazzo, vice president of Lexus marketing. “The marketing campaign, like the new IS, is equally authentic and celebrates those who fully embrace their passions.”
Rather than casting actors, the campaign features eight micro-influencers. The first spot, “Names,” moves quickly through people from different walks of life who introduce themselves by the names they’ve earned—be it sneakerhead, gamer or audiophile.
Another spot, “Vanity Plates,” demonstrates just how far these enthusiasts will go to show off the obsessions that define them. To ensure a connection with all consumers, unique ads were created to further explore the meaning of “all in” for Asian, Black, Hispanic and LGBTQ markets.
“Names” and “Vanity Plates” will air during primetime, special events and sports including NFL playoffs and NBA. Potential drivers and enthusiasts of Lexus will be able to ask their Google Assistant-ready devices about the new Lexus IS model to learn more about the vehicle’s latest technology, audio, performance and safety features, as well as a link to nearby dealerships. The campaign also includes video, audio, connected speakers, print, social and display.
Lexus is connecting with an audience that embraces their passions fully by providing content that celebrates those who go “all in.”
Epic Race. Lexus partnered with MotorTrend for an epic race between race car driver Rhys Millen and downhill skater Josh Neuman at speeds of over 70 MPH on Malibu’s legendary Deer Creek Road. The video is live now.
Travel Influencer. Lexus is partnering with Courageous Studios, CNN’s brand studio, to produce a documentary-style campaign that follows Ugandan-American photographer, self-proclaimed geography nerd and travel expert Jessica Nabongo. The first black woman to visit every country in the world, Jessica’s story unfolds as she approaches her next milestone: seeing every state in the U.S. The campaign will be distributed via CNNgo in February.
Fantasy Football. Last Fall, Lexus worked with Yahoo to create dynamic banners on the Yahoo Fantasy Football web site that leverage the players’ stats to serve custom ads to fans engaging in their passion.
Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its guests. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries.
In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 242 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.
360 Magazine sat down with up and coming model Acobie Inniss, to find out how he got started with modeling and where he plans to go next. The young, Barbadian model has a unique look that is sure to gain attention as his modeling career takes off.
Included below is also information about Rhaj Paul a designer that works with Acobie and Graham Edwards, Acobie’s agent. Working together, the team has created an amazing shoot featuring Acobie as the star.
When did you decide to begin modeling and how did you get started?
I was approached by Graham from GADAL Model Management at the end of 2018 and I didn’t take it too seriously at the time. A year later we had another chance encounter meeting and this time I decided it couldn’t hurt to give it a try; so I officially started at the end of 2019.
What was it like growing up in Barbados?
Growing up in Barbados is great! I loved that a nice beach would always be right around the corner; I was definitely a beach person, like in the summer I would be at the beach every day. I loved riding around on my bike and playing football and many other sports with my friends.
Do you think you will eventually become a full-time model? Why or why not?
Yes! I’m hoping to become a full-time model; but I know life can have twists and turns so I remain open to it happening or not happening, where ever life takes me I guess.
Where do you aspire to be five years from now and do you have plans to get there?
Five years from now I’d like to have my own home and to be traveling the world with my girlfriend- who I hope will be my wife at that time. I also want to be in a financial position to invest in Real Estate and be able to help the needy. Things don’t always go according to plan, but it’s still good to have one in place. I plan to keep an open mind and open heart to whatever opportunities come my way.
Are your family and friends supportive of your modeling career?
My mother and my close friends are supportive.
What has been your favorite part of modeling so far?
So far, my favorite part is meeting new people; trying new experiences and exercising my confidence and communication skills.
Some of your hobbies include stunt-riding and photography, do you hope to progress these talents further in the future?
Yes, I hope to progress further in these hobbies. For example the stunt riding; I’d love to build a community (of riders) where we ride for a cause…hopefully raise some funds as well and donate to different charities while having fun riding (smile).
What makes you unique from other up and coming models?
Well, I think everyone is unique in their own way; for me, I’m not sure, some people say it’s my hair or maybe my eyes. Lol.
Do you have any collaborations coming up that you’re excited about?
I’m definitely hoping to have some collaborations! I know my agency is working on stuff…don’t want to let the cat out of the bag. I like to only speak about things after they are done.
Are there any other models you would like to work with in the future?
I’d like to work with everyone! I’m new to this industry so I want to learn as much as I can from everyone.
About Acobie Inniss
Acobie is a newly discovered Barbadian model who describes himself as a “regular guy” who loves stunt riding and going for long rides on his Haro mountain bike. He says, he also likes researching things on the internet and learning new things.
One look at Acobie however, and you’ll see he’s anything but “regular”; the 6’ 2”, 21-year-old is an eclectic ethnic blend of Black; White and Indian- with a negro structured face and nose; light skin; freckles; pink lips; hair that can change color ranging from dark brown to blonde; perfect jaw-lines and hazel eyes with an intense gaze, that causes you too, to also gaze intensely. Anything but “regular!”
Acobie is not just another pretty face though, he is also talented practically with his hands. He’s a certified electrician and PV (photovoltaic) installer and sees the latter as “the future” because it’s “environmentally sustainable; good for the planet and clean energy”.
He also has a passion for photography (which he’s teaching himself); because he likes how you can “capture a moment forever.” All the knowledge he has on various topics such as his stunt-riding and photography he eagerly shares on his YouTube channel another one of his hobbies.
He loves the artist Saint Jhn (who’s originally from Guyana) and appreciates his music; success and Caribbean roots. Acobie is also into Kendrick Lamar and Arianna Grande. His favorite fashion brands he’d love to work with are Polo Ralph Lauren; Gucci and Prada.
About Rhaj Paul
Rhaj Paul is a conscious artist, whose objective is to use the medium of fashion and design to grow positivity, creativity and connection, particularly in the Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora.
From the emergence of his eponymous cut ‘n’ sewn menswear label – Rhaj Paul Montaazh (pron. ‘montage’) in 2000 to the trendsetting soft apparel Brand Evolve in 2010, and the first-ever Barbadian beard brand – The Beard Island Gang in 2014, the name Rhaj Paul has been synonymous with top-quality craftsmanship, unique style and innovative fashion marketing in Barbados.
His work encompasses bespoke tailoring and design, fashion styling, graphic design and motivational public speaking.
Rhaj has worked with various organizations, entertainers, artists, videographers and photographers and has also starred in several local movies
Passionate, inspired, skilled and committed to raising an attitude of excellence and a genuine love for authentic self-expression, Rhaj Paul represents the Ministry Of Style Creative Alliance in its mandate to grow creative entrepreneurship in the Caribbean region and beyond.
Welcome, Minister of Style Rhaj Paul Whitehead!
About Khali Goodman
Khalil Goodman is a photographer, digital strategist and writer. When he’s not art-directing or shooting a new set of images, Khalil spends too much time reading comic books and listening to all the wrong music at the right volume.
About Graham Edwards
Graham Edwards is a Model Agent and the founder and owner of GADAL Model Management Inc., a Barbadian based mother agency and model management company specializing in the scouting, training and placement of primarily black models internationally.
The name “GADAL” is a Hebrew verb for: “to grow; become great; become important; promote; make powerful; praise; magnify; do great things; to increase; to exceed; to excel; to promote; to become like a great tree or tower.”
It’s a personification of all that he wants to do for black models worldwide. He describes his job as, “doing my part to ensure a more level playing field in the fashion industry for models of color; long before Black Lives Matter appeared- I always knew black models mattered!”
Nothing makes him more satisfied than to see models of color succeed and to see them on the runways worldwide and in the pages of major international magazines.
Models scouted and placed internationally by GADAL Model Management Inc. through Graham, have appeared in Beyoncé’s music video: Get In Formation; Tinchy Stryder’s In My System; Avicii’s I Could Be The One; in shoots with Selita Banks; appeared in major fashion publications: L’Officiel Hommes; Men’s Health UK; Men’s Health Portugal; Cosmopolitan; Essence Magazine; Prestige Hong Kong; Cole Magazine; ESTE 2 and walked for international labels and designers: Givenchy; Calvin Klein; Moncler; Marcelo Burlon; Granted London; Sibling London; OTHER UK; Fausto Puglisi; Dockers and represented international brands such as: Nike; Coca Cola; Levi Jeans; Addidas; Asics and Equinox Gym.
The company has signed the models it represents into several international fashion markets and placed them with larger model agencies in: Germany; Italy; Mexico; South Africa; Spain, UK and the USA. Graham loves his job; still, actively scouts for models and is excited about every ‘new face’ he discovers and helping them achieve their fullest potential!
Do you feel stuck at home when the weather suddenly starts to change? Does the gloominess of fall make you lazy and unproductive? While most people keep on using social media platforms to kill their boredom, there are other ways to feel motivated. Some of you may surf the Internet for fun like playing MrBet online pokies nz. The options are endless. Let’s have a look at them to maintain your sanity during such a season.
Polish your Skills
This is the best time to work on your skills and polish them. Learn something of your interest online or take a short course. Consume your time in learning something relevant to your field or just work on your hobbies. Explore more options and set a goal. Improve your skills, whether it be crafting, writing, graphic designing, photography, or whatever. Just believe in yourself, so that you can achieve everything.
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Have a backyard party. Sounds interesting? Just grab some barbeque grills, comfy chairs, and call over your friends. You are all set to have the best time.
Play a new game. Yes, believe us, it helps energize and entertain.
Challenge yourself every day.
Paint the wall of your room. Use different techniques to make it look brighter and sharper. Google the options.
Start gardening. Spend your time with the plants and take care of them. This kind of activity will have a soothing and calming effect on you.
Try out a new recipe. Good food makes everyone happy.
Have you borrowed a book ages ago from your friend? Time to sit draped in a blanket on the couch and finish it. It is the best way to kill time productively.
Nothing makes you happy? Don’t worry. Just switch on your TV and tune into Netflix. Time to watch the series, but grab some popcorn first.
Reconnect with life. Explore the beauties of nature. Rake up the fall leaves and click some fall pictures.
Bake fall-inspired cookies. Invite your friends and decorate cookies together.
Fall is the best season to make leaf garlands. Try your hands out on this craft.
If you are curious and excited to learn, there are many ways to keep you entertained. Never limit yourself, but try to explore all the options. If you are on the verge of tears because of boredom, try out some of these activities. We are sure you will find a way to conquer boredom, which will keep you on track this fall season.
As life slowly begins to return to normal, you may still be struggling to find things to do. Even though in many areas, restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, gyms and more are opening, there are still many people that are not quite ready to venture out. If you have spent much of your lockdown struggling to come up with ideas of what to do, now is the time to get some of those things done, but also have a bit of fun before everything goes back to normal!
If you were anything like many of us, you probably began lockdown with a long list of things you planned to achieve; fast forward a few months and you may have realized that you did not actually achieve half, if any, of what you wanted. While we are in these final stages, make a short list of your main goals – perhaps paint the shed, or lose a pound, or maybe even finish knitting that blanket!
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For those who have been in lockdown with family, why not suggest a board game evening or perhaps play some cards? It’s a great way to have a bit of competitive fun, bring everyone together, and enjoy each other’s company.
If you have not yet returned to work, you may want to begin getting yourself into some sort of routine so that you do not find adjusting too difficult. Set a night-time routine for yourself, whether that includes having a nice warm bath followed by reading your favorite book in bed. Either way, get back into a habit of going to bed at a more appropriate time. The same goes for the mornings: set your alarm and get breakfast prepared. The more you create a routine and schedule for yourself now, the easier you will find it when lockdown comes to a complete end.
Of course, last but not least, enjoy your final stages of lockdown. While some people may have really struggled during these times, there have been many of us that have been able to take advantage of this time we have had with our children, or even ourselves, and we aren’t likely to experience this again.
Perhaps the single most important unifying factor that brought every individual of the planet together was the pandemic of COVID-19 that hit the humankind towards the end of 2019 when everyone was busy making plans for the New Year. And ever since that, six long months have gone by in the blink of an eye. We have learnt to stay indoors and build a new normal for us, where we must practise social distancing, work from home and go out only when it is necessary. And this has not been the case with just one country. This has been the case for every country that you can spot on the world map. The Novel Coronavirus has changed our lives, and how.
Though, the governments of different countries are now lifting the lockdown in a calibrated manner, and we are allowed to go out keeping in mind the rules of this new life, it will still probably be many more months until we go back to what we knew as the normal. In fact, we might have to stitch a new normal for us and come to terms with that life. We have stayed indoors for way too long now, and most of us might already be wondering what life looks like on the other side of the pandemic. Here is what you need to know about life once the worst is over.
Companies Will Continue to Engage the Measure of Working from Home:
Organizations, no matter what their scale, might make working from home a permanent thing for employees who can go about their jobs from their houses. And for the companies that need their employees to report to work, there might be the rotations and shifts. This will prevent the total workforce from reporting at the same time and increasing the chances of a second outbreak of the virus. Wearing masks and carrying hand-sanitizers will be the new dress code for work.
People Will Depend More on the Internet for their Doses of Entertainment:
Most of us have spent a significant amount of time glued to the cyberspace with the pandemic wreaking havoc outside. We were forced to stay inside to battle an invisible entity and, therefore, had to find means to keep ourselves entertained. This had led to the blossoming of online entertainment portals like several streaming platforms and gaming websites.
Online gambling, according to USGamblingSites.com, had also taken a front seat. Once the pandemic is over, this is what shall continue to happen for a very long time. People might still be dependent on the internet for their daily doses of fun.
Traveling Shall be Calibrated:
Tourism or travelling for any other reason will see a more calibrated approach. Flights have already resumed operations, but in a very controlled manner. This shall continue to be the norm for several more months as people start travelling from one place to another for work or recreation. Public transport shall also continue to follow the norms of social distancing, and thermal scanning passengers before they travel long distances shall become the protocol. The tourism industry has already taken a hit and might take more beatings to itself if operations are not resumed in a controlled way.
Masks and Hand-Sanitizers Will Become the Dress Code for Schools and Universities:
Schools might have to add a new element to their dress codes, and that is of masks. Masks will be made mandatory, and anyone violating the norm could be sent back home for good. There shall also be areas marked where each student must sit and stand during class hours. However, online classes might still be a thing that shall be followed for a few more months until schools and universities are capable and confident enough to handle the volume of students reporting.
The Guidelines Issued by the Respective Authorities Shall Always Be Followed:
It is important to remember that even after the worst is over, there is always a chance for a second outbreak. And it is important, that is why, for people to follow the guidelines issued by the authorities about physical distancing and sanitization log after the wave of COVID-19 passes over. One cannot take any risk, and this discipline has to be a part of our new normal.
To conclude, life after COVID-19 shall pretty much continue to look the same as it was during the quarantine period, except that we shall have more freedom of movement. The points that we have mentioned in the article are ideally what is supposed to happen in the post-pandemic world, and we must make our peace with this fact. Life moves on, and human beings have to learn to adapt.
Therefore, we must adjust to this new normal after the pandemic at least until things start looking hopeful again.
A virtual road trip is a prompt, safe and innovative way to entertain yourself as well as a family when social distancing is the new way of life. With more time spent at home, surveying ways to decompress when working from home and cabin fever sets can be overwhelming. Prowling the web compels imagination and spirit, here are suggestions to consider during your virtual trip.
Do include online gaming that tests your luck, for starters online poker at Coyote Bob’s casino will stimulate your mind maintaining engagement. Interactive and strategic hence no time for tedium. Gaming is essential to any trip, despite your game of choice, or age online gaming is growing progressively. Approachable to the fingertips with exciting new ways to include friends or foreigners alike on the web.
Interactive games like Poker and Spades allow you to invite a partner, or take your chances with a virtual opponent. Whether arcade or trivial include socializing part of your routine permitting distance and normalcy from the harsh realities of a worldwide epidemic.
Choose this time to discover new places now when travel is risky and shunned upon. Discover new destinations to check off your bucket list while learning about the universe around you.
360 Magazine shares music playlists and extensive cooking options in detail of a virtual experience. Take a trip to visit the Music City aka Nashville with an online experience which will virtually connect you with such a beloved city. Simply head over to their CVB’s official site and conduct virtual tours of the Omni Hotel, City Winery and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
During your virtual trip, I recommend introducing yourself to emerging social apps. Finding fresh new fun ways to keep in touch sharing your experience virtually or try meditation with friends and love-ones. Emerging social apps keeping it simple and self explanatory like Houseparty and Google Hangouts are virtual room simulators where a happy hour won’t subject you to a deadly virus.
The latest on-camera/voice messenger app is Zoom. Originally made for business and conference calls, is now being heavily used during this period of shelter in place. As of late, two of our team members lost their grandparents. Regrettably the two of them weren’t able to attend the funerals due to the coronavirus lockdown. Thanks to this dedicated video conferencing app, both of them were able to virtually attend while still practicing physical distancing. Other useful ways to utilize this platform includes, but not restricted to, the following virtual experiences: wine tasting, college reunions, organizational gatherings and music listening parties (gives the viewers an opportunity to directly speak to the recording artist while listening to their new EP).
Thus, virtually invite a few friends to meditate, engage in a yoga session as well as share your quarantine experiences and best practices. Even if social media apps aren’t your ideal form of communication, you’ll value the innovative virtual experience. Get in touch with yourself while productively passing time.
Fear and uncertainty are the most common reasons why most people feel stressed, anxious, and helpless. With the coronavirus pandemic putting a halt to our lives, the world is facing a severe public health crisis.
With multiple lives lost, rapid changes in our lifestyle, and physical distancing made mandatory, people are feeling frustrated, irritable, restless, overwhelmed, underconfident, and disconnected.
Insecurity has been around for ages, but never more than today. The global pandemic situation has heightened the levels of such feelings. But, we as human beings crave security. We are obsessed with being powerful and taking control of things. So much so that it is becoming increasingly difficult to cope with this uncertainty.
If you are feeling restless and under-confident by the current situation, you must know you are not alone. We are in this together.
And to help you come out of this crisis stronger, in this post, we have listed ways to boost confidence and lower stress.
Accept The Situation AND Tackle The Things You Can Control
Easier said than done, but the first step is to come to terms with the uncertainty going around in the world. While scientists all over the globe are trying to develop a vaccine as fast as possible, we don’t know how long we will have to live with the virus. And we know this sounds scary, but it’s essential to understand we can’t control everything.
Life is unpredictable. Not wanting to sound like a broken record, but that’s how it is. So rather than worrying about the situation you can’t control, focus on the things you can. That will help build confidence and feel relaxed.
If you have lost your job, work upon finding a new one. And again, if you are worried about the virus, inculcate healthy habits in your daily routine and encourage your family to do the same.
Rather than thinking about how things will unfold in 2021, focus on living in the present. While there may not be much to look forward to, that’s what can help you attain peace.
Question yourself repeatedly and understand why you are feeling what you are feeling. Once you understand the reason behind the negative thoughts in your mind, you can practice mindfulness to transform them into a positive influence.
There are many ways to achieve mindfulness, like yoga, meditation, healthy eating, exercising, therapy, etc. Another foolproof way is seeking the help of a professional psychic.
Psychics can provide guidance on a range of topics from all things love to career and relationships. You can also read Leo daily horoscope on a psychic’s website.
Surround Yourself With People That Love You
Eliminate the people in your life that give you a negative vibe or pull you down. They are just emotional parasites preying on people and sucking the energy out of their systems. You don’t need that.
Rather, identify people who uplift, motivate, and love you. Spend quality time with them. If you are feeling low or anxious about something, talk to them. They can be of great emotional support.
Spending time with friends and family and expressing your worries can provide stability, comfort, and boost confidence.
Physical distancing is a must, but that doesn’t mean social disconnection, Use technology to your advantage, and foster healthy relationships.
Learn To Thrive In The Face Of Adversities
Don’t let fears and worries have the upper hand in your life. Accept the uncertainty that comes with specific situations. And like Rihanna said, “Shine bright like a diamond.”
Here’s what you can do.
Identify Your Trigger Points – A pessimistic outlook towards life leads to self-generated uncertainty. And while external factors play a huge role in adding to the same, you must determine what fuels it in the first place.
By recognizing your triggers, you can find ways to deal with them and avoid feeling helpless.
Recognize When And Why You Crave For Certainty – Identify situations that make you feel anxious and stressed. Understand how your body physically reacts to them. Do you feel nauseous or nervous?
And when you figure it out, take a moment, breathe deep, and tell yourself that “This too shall pass.” Because in the end, you have to be your own hero.
Let Go – Allow yourself to feel vulnerable. Yes, you read that right.
It’s important to experience all kinds of emotions. Acceptance is the first step towards building confidence. When you come to terms with your emotions, let go.
You are not a fortune-teller. You don’t know what the future holds. All you can do right now is to accept how everything rolls.
COVID-19 has changed the way we live, eat, and breathe. But we can’t give up. We have to come out to the pandemic stronger and confident.
That’s why, in this post, we discussed ways to boost confidence and reduce stress.
Hopefully, it was helpful.
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