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I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

This is gorgeous.

LOVE.

If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It’s easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place. Then listen some more. Sometimes people just want to feel heard. Here’s to possibilities of friendship and connection and understanding.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah (via ma-riam)

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In The Moment: 5 Ways To Stay Present In A Tech-Obsessed World

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A TYPICAL DAY for most of us begins and ends with our smartphones. We check emails, respond to text messages, peruse social media… the list goes on. Our tech-obsessed society requires us to to keep up at rapid speeds. Even our “time off” is often spent sharing our experiences online, or browsing the lives of others.

While this overwhelming consumption of tech certainly has its benefits, it also causes us to veer from reality. Sights, sounds and conversations are missed everyday because we’re hiding behind our gadgets. Here are five ways to remain active online, while still keeping hold of the present moment.

AVOID TECH IN BED
Sure, it’s tempting to take tech to bed with you, but a midnight glance at Instagram can wait until the morning. Scouring through emails, photos, videos and social networks prior to bedtime is disruptive to your snooze cycle — not to mention, your relationship. Keep your gadgets walking distance from your bed, so it’s not the first thing you reach for from your pillow.

TURN OFF NOTIFICATIONS
A number of apps offer to send push notifications, which makes your phone light up each time someone likes a photo or favorites a tweet. Turning this feature off will keep you from glancing at your phone every few minutes. Fewer virtual disruptions means you’ll have more time to take in what’s physically around you.

LOOK AROUND
Admit it: You reach for your phone during every elevator ride and doctor’s visit, rather than sparking a conversation with the stranger next to you. We’re all guilty of this. Start putting your phone down and looking around. You’ll seize more opportunities, build new friendships and become more satisfied with an otherwise mundane daily routine.

LEAVE IT BEHIND
We know, this one’s a biggie. There is something sincerely terrifying about leaving home without a phone. So begin by picking just one time per week to set your tech aside, whether it’s during date night, while playing tag with your kids or during your favorite sitcom. Once you master the weekly challenge, schedule tech-free time each day.

QUIT COMPARISONS
Social media outlets are beginning to look like magazine spreads – which are beautiful, but often drive comparisons. Understand you’re merely getting a glimpse into someone’s life. Never let an Instagram feed make you feel less beautiful, smart or worthy. As I often remind people on my own site, don’t waste too much time wrapped up in the virtual life of others. Instead, put more time into living the life around you.

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We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.
Anais Nin (via psych-facts)
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