Write for your life

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I was inspired to write this post after listening to a podcast episode by Chris from Old Cove Road titled Write for Your Life.

In the episode, Chris explores the necessity of telling our stories, writing being one medium, to break down the stigma and misconception surrounding mental health and mental illness.

I loved the phrase; write for your life.

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I have mused about the importance of writing for self-exploration in a previous post.

Writing can be utilized for many purposes, and in many formats, to support our life’s journey. It is a great tool to help sharpen our capacity to think and communicate. Good writing can help a us discover our voice, and our voice defines our authenticity, which in turn defines our influence.

Formal writing, such as academic papers, can help us formulate and organize an informed, coherent and sophisticated set of ideas about a given topic.

Informal writing, such as journaling, can help us practice self-introspection and increase our self-awareness.

As Jordan Peterson put it eloquently, “the best way to improve your thinking is to learn how to write.”

We should make writing part of our daily routine by figuring out what style of writing works best for our needs, and what we want to accomplish through this endeavour.

Below are some ideas to accomplish that task.


If you want to grow as a person, keep a daily journal.

Writing is a great tool for self-exploration.

It brings a wandering mind to attention by moving us from passive thinking to actively engaging with our thoughts. 

Journaling can be used to process our emotions and increase our self-awareness. Thus, keeping a journal can help manage our mental wellbeing by giving us a healthy outlet to unpack our feelings and emotions.

If you want to cultivate a passion, start a blog.

Blogging can be incredibly valuable and beneficial to both our personal and professional growth. However, starting a blog isn’t enough to enjoy its benefits.

You must write, even if horribly at first. Then, ask people for their opinion about your writing. Let them critique your work.

A friend of mine once told me my blog was directionless. Not using those exact words but that was the gist of his critique. His actual advice was, however, this: figure out your intentions, identify your target audience, and communicate truth in simple terms, with words a 12-year-old can understand.

At first, I was defensive about his feedback and doubted my ability to write. Even so, I knew it was a well-intentioned constructive criticism I needed to hear, and I completely restructured my blog. It was the best decision and I really enjoy the streamed content I share on here.

If you want to get out of your head, write fiction. 

I recently participated in a 5-week creative writing course, and it was one of the best decisions of my life.

I usually shy away from fiction because it requires the writer to take full accountability for the story. There are no footnotes or references to back up your story, to point the finger towards someone else.

However, taking the course taught me that the ability to tell a story without having to prove its validity might a good reason to take on writing fiction.

Although fiction is often derived from our imagination, it is also often based on facts and real-life scenarios. As such, it can be a creative way to share our thoughts and ideas with the world.

Tell a story.

Tell your story.


A guide for writing more

Everyone, including myself, wants to know if there is a magic wand or a potion that can help us write more. Unfortunately, there isn’t one, at least one that I’m aware of.

I find the process of writing, especially formal writing, to be extremely tedious.

Sometimes I write a full page, and by the time I go back and edit it, it is completely devoid of its original contents.

However, I find nothing else more satisfying than sharing my thoughts and ideas through this medium so it’s worth the process more often than not.

If you want to write, and love to write, then write. Write every day, whether it’s in your journal, blog, or making lists for ways to be more organized, you must write. Write a page. A sentence. A 10-page essay. 

A writing routine can also be useful. For inspiration, you can read about the daily routine of writers here.

Writer’s block doesn’t exist when you’re disciplined.

READ. A LOT.

The best writers read a conspicuous amount of books.

Read materials that you enjoy and find inspiring.

Read novels that you think about when you wake up the next day, and cry when you have to depart from the characters on the last page.

Don’t settle for books.

READ: Jordan Peterson’s Guide to Writing Properly (PDF), or check out a simplified version of the guide, Jordan Peterson’s 10-step process for stronger writing.


 

Self-medicating with art: A guide

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Take the Pledge! #NationalDayofUnplugging2019

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When your phone buzzes or a notification pops up your screen, do you stop what you’re doing to look and respond? 

Do you have multiple devices constantly competing for your attention at all times?

Do you find it hard to sit still for a bit without checking your phone or social media feeds?

Have you been looking for ideas to unplug, without having to depend on sheer willpower followed by pure defeat?

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NoSurf: A guide for minimizing mindless browsing

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My introduction to the /r/nosurf community on reddit happened, ironically, as I was mindlessly browsing through the website, my favourite time passing activity and guilty-pleasure.

The subreddit /r/nosurf  is a community for people who want to become more productive by wasting less time mindlessly surfing the internet.

The NoSurf movement does not advocate for quitting the internet altogether but, instead, they advocate for cutting out negative internet use and mindless browsing.

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How to use your smartphone like a hammer

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If we used our phones more like a hammer, would our life be a lot better? At least, according to the musical genius himself, yes.

Look at your phone as a tool, not an obligation. Would you walk around with a hammer in your pocket?  You would pick up a hammer when you needed it. You would never be addicted or obligated to it. Use your phone like a hammer only pick it up when you need it.

KANYE WEST

It is a very good advice.

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Keeping a daily journal for mental well-being

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Any form of writing, including creative, academic, or otherwise, can serve as a form of self-exploration that help us make sense of our thoughts and feelings, and discover our deepest desires.

Writing is a very therapeutic endeavour, and Keeping a personal journal is one of the ways in which we can incorporate the therapeutic benefits of writing into our lives.

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Sleep hygiene: is your sleep dirty?

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In my previous article, how to fill our days, I mentioned, rather sarcastically, that we should all denounce the Busyness Olympics, and instead brag about the glorious 7 to 8 hours of sleep we get each night.

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#Textiety: Is texting culture giving us anxiety?

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Stoicism for happiness: the dichotomy of control

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Naturally, I stumbled upon stoicism during one of the worst times of my life.

It was fall 2016. I have just started my first semester of grad school and had to take a social theories class that was required for all sociology majors. Quite frankly, that class made me feel so utterly incompetent and useless, I might have considered to mention it on a suicide note that I, thankfully, never got around to.

Despite the brilliant and very interesting professor, I could not figure out Foucault to save my life, and lucky for me, the whole course was on his theories. 

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Here’s an accurate depiction of me in that class: 

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45 tips for using your iPhone as a tool, and not a distraction device

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I had a very busy weekend traveling to Toronto, socializing hardcore and having a grand time. Unfortunately, that meant I didn’t have time to follow my blogging schedule and post an article yesterday.

Luckily, I stumbled upon a wonderful article today and thought I would share it here. It is a list of How to Configure Your iPhone to Work for You, Not Against You, which includes what to do, how to do it, and why.

The iPhone could be an incredible tool, but most people use their phone as a life-shortening distraction device.

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