drink water everyday! ok ok….you probably get told this all the time…but really!i recommend that you get a big cute water bottle (i put stickers all over mine so it will feel more personalized) and fill it in the morning, drink it all; refill it in the afternoon; drink it all; then refill it in the evening. mark the bottle with times when you want to have drunk that much. water helps clear not only your skin but also your mind!
treat yo’self to an expensive (or affordable) perfume! smelling good in the morning will just make your day the slightest bit easier. i feel rather sluggish and not too confident in the morning. but when i spritz myself with a fav scent i feel 10x better! 2 favs at the moment that are on both ends of the money scale are: snowy morning from bath and body works ($) and glossier you from glossier ($$$). there’s just something so lovely about when a person compliments how you smell.
keep a calendar/planner! i have to admit this one is VERY hard for me! i buy a super cute planner and after january i just keep forgetting to fill it! but join me in trying to keep one for 2018!!! there is something so so so satisfying about having your month laid out for you. you will feel so organized and put together! (and your grades will thank u too.)
get yourself an essential oil diffuser! so i have one of these bad boys and when i put in some orange scented oil i just get this happy scent that is literally liquid sunshine! peppermint and eucalyptus help with focusing and lavender can relax you! oils have so many benefits and can really improve your mood and function!
(if you wear makeup) clean out your makeup collection! i’m a makeup fiend and i always discover that i have way more makeup than i actually use! take everything out of your bags and drawers and decide what has to go and what can stay. this will really create a more peaceful work area for you and will clear your mind. clutter is never good!! (to recycle: let your friends go through the makeup you don’t use and let them have some! they will be so happy and you will be decluttering in an earth friendly way)
start journaling! journaling doesn’t have to be hard or even extremely poetic. just write down your current thoughts and get them out onto paper! this is fantastic because not only are you putting your thoughts into reality but you are also creating something to look back on in the future to see how far you have come.
love! learn to see every little thing with love. stop looking at people with judgement as this hurts you more than it could ever hurt them. by having love in your heart and in your mind you will be radiating a bright light that will draw people towards you! its all in mindset, make sure yours is a lovely one.
talk to someone everyday! whether it be someone new or an old friend make sure you interact with someone everyday if you can! this will make you feel so warm and connected! plus it will help you improve your social confidence.
set goals every morning, doesn’t matter how small! make a list of things you HAVE to do every morning. it can be huge like writing a paper or an interview or it can be small like taking a shower or eating something healthy. have something to do everyday so you can go to bed feeling fulfilled.
realize your worth! this is a toughie but its important! make it your goal this 2018 to realize that you truly mean something to everyone around you and you have so much potential to do good in this world. you aren’t just a nobody you are a somebody who has a lot of talent and love in their heart.
Where did all those feelings go? People spend their whole lives looking for love. Poems and songs and entire novels are written about it. But how can you trust something that can end as suddenly as it begins?
what no net neutrality will probably *actually* look like
You’ve probably seen something like this before:
a graphic supposed to show “a world without net neutrality” where they make it look like a cable plan. Whether people kept pushing this because they thought it was easier to explain or this was a long-run anti-net neutrality ploy so that people won’t know what to really look for, I’m not sure, but either way it’s inaccurate.
(You might be thinking “Hey now, but I thought Portugal already had plans just like that!” because you have seen this:
These are actually slightly different than you’ve been led to believe. There was a monthly data plan that covered all web usage for a certain amount of data, BUT paying extra a month for websites and apps you use a lot means they won’t count against your data cap. We’ll get into that later.)
When I say it’s inaccurate, this doesn’t mean the companies CAN’T do this, it means they WON’T. Why not? Take a look at the sites up there. Barring outdated sites (jesus when was this made??? myspace??? msn??? who made this one???) They’re all extremely popular websites with a bunch of money. Do you really think that this whole time the plan was to kill big companies by barring them from half the population? No.
So what would be more likely?
Probably something like this, except I’m just guessing at the numbers here, and this would be paid multiple times if multiple ISPs adopt this setup. Point is, users won’t be forced to pay per website for slower speeds, but the websites will. Anyone remember Netflix in 2014?
Yeah. Comcast and Verizon said “Streaming Netflix takes up so much of our resources… we’re going to slow down their speeds until they pay us to keep their customers happy.” And it worked.
So now that Net Neutrality rules are gone again, that can start back up. And for larger websites, they can manage. They can afford to pay. But your startups and small businesses can’t, and without paying they can’t grow. They want to “fix” this loophole where the internet makes it moderately easier to start and grow your own business, find an audience, and become successful. Back to square one.
Oh yeah, and they could block certain news stories they don’t like. So there’s that.
I end with a brief foray into zero-rating, because you might think something like this looks nice (besides the violent color scheme that probably makes you internally cringe and want to look away):
This is from T-Mobile. It’s a data plan where certain apps don’t count towards your monthly data limit.
Like the Portugal plans?
Pretty much like those, but without extra money thrown in.
Wait, that’s been an offer from T-Mobile for a while, right? So we’ve had these even when net neutrality rules were in effect?
Exactly. Zero-rating virtually does the same things the loss of net neutrality does: allows ISPs to choose what succeeds and what consumers will use. Despite this, it has never been against the law. The most it has gotten from the FCC was *vague mumbling* “we’ll look into it case-by-case.” And if we’re being honest, most of Title II for broadband providers was not as useful as it should be, since any time the FCC investigated a company possibly breaking the rules, it ended in *shrug* “Eh why not?”
Now, you might still think these deals sound nice. “So what? They’re already popular sites, they’re what I’m going to use most, it’ll be nice if they don’t count against me. It’s convenient for the customer and cheaper than unlimited plans.”
They do look pretty at first. Unlimited music and Netflix?? Hell yeah! But what these plans do is kill actual Unlimited Data plans. When’s the last time you’ve seen one for a decent price? It’s much easier for the companies to deliver just about the same amount of data while also being able to control what websites you use it on and who you give money to.
So yeah, tl;dr: a lot of posts told you this would be bad for popular social sites bc you’d have to pay extra. those guys are gonna be fine (except maybe wikipedia, they might be forced to give up their ad-free appeal) and they aren’t the victims here. it’s gonna hurt small businesses, and you might not see it if you don’t know where to look. hell, you might even think some of the plans getting offered sound nice. don’t be fooled.