Posted in fitness, health

I Don’t Love Fitspo

I was going to make this post a book post (what I’m reading and so forth) but I don’t have the pictures taken that I want to use so another time. I do have a book blog though, so feel free to check that out if you’re into books and reading and all that jazz. See, this post is about trends. Trends don’t exist without social media, that’s just a fact, but let me say that the biggest “trend” that people are jumping onto is health and fitness. Hashtags like fitspo, healthsp, fitspiration can be inspiring depending on the words and if done correctly, can change a person’s life.

Now, sometimes for the right and wrong reasons. I recently read an article about a personal trainer who posted two different selfies to Instagram. Both were taken mere minutes apart but it looks like one of those #TransformationTuesday photos. The point? Work with what you’ve got and don’t believe what you see at face value. We’re too quick to judge based on a photo, which doesn’t always tell the whole picture.

http://giphy.com/gifs/fitness-workout-fitspo-uIi3OfCJmoTBK (from Tumblr, original source unknown).

But, don’t stop working out. Keep toning, keep stretching, keep smiling and keep eating healthy. Whatever reminds you to keep at it in a healthy way, that does not harm you. Fortunately, the terrible trend of thinspo was one that most  people picked up on as bad advice and complimentary to an eating disorder. If you were to go to Tumblr and search thinspo in the tags, you would be met with the following message: https://www.tumblr.com/psa/search/thinspo 

The same thing happens when searching for other disorders and illnesses, in an effort to create a more open and accepting community that is able to help everyone.

Personally? I hate do not love the fitspo/fitspiration trends. Search it and tell me how many you think are models or are part of an advertisement for something else (likely a health or fitness company). Sure, I like quotes. I like pictures of food, smoothies, and recipes but I don’t love fitspo. It just tires me. It’s like on New Year’s when everyone has those resolutions, but most people are cutting down on their resolutions or giving into temptations by February (Feb. 14, to be exact because it is one of the four chocolate holidays. Post idea!). For those on Tumblr and Instagram (and I suppose Pinterest, too) it’s just reblogs and regrams. Is anyone actually working out here? Ok, ok some of you might be. But do I care about the latte you had after? Sociality Barbie shout out because I’m getting random now.

http://giphy.com/gifs/fitness-workout-fitspo-CXEUN3uklAZdS (via Tumblr, original source unknown).

Hello, internet are you there? It’s me, the girl that listens to podcasts while writing blogs, works out everyday (not intense), reads actual books, and does her best to still watch her Netflix because she is paying for it after all. Until next time then.

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Posted in goals, media, writing

The Promotional Post (aka what’s me? and where)

Yes, it’s another week and the weather is getting warmer. Everyone seems to be going a little crazy with summer plans, some with internships, others with vacations somewhere and its all kind of depressing to hear about when you’re not so sure about your own self.

But, let me get down to it. To stand out, I want to be noticed like anyone else (in a good way) and to to make somewhat of an impression on someone’s mind. The writer in me is trying everyday to really get myself to do better, aim higher, and reach farther every day. Often I miss the goal or deadline, but I hope to strive for the best anyway. 

I’m a writer. I write things that make me think. That make me try to analyze random things like scrapbooking or complex things like the media. Oh, how I love to critique the media. This, from a writer/reporter standpoint: Mainstream media only tells you what is relevant to the nation, not necessarily you. Know that. Watch your local news from time to time, engage in debates with people online, stir up controversy on your Facebook timeline letting people talk about those crazy ideas you have. You know you have some close-minded friends and family, probably everyone does. Everyone has their own version of what that means as well and what it means to be open. Read a book. Read a magazine article all the way through. You won’t share it, there will be no need. The people you really know will read it will read it, but everyone else won’t even bother to click. Watch a documentary. Watch the history channel for 30 minutes (unless TURN is on and you get swept up into it). Meditate, which to me honestly just means closing your eyes for 5-10 minutes and doing nothing. Taking deep breaths, in and out, in and out. Then find a way to come back to you, maybe the focus will be more trained.

I’m going to go ahead and say that if you have a tumblr, then you should follow me. Main, book blog, fangirl.

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Tweet me @syrawrites, but don’t be spammy!

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Find me on Instagram, Vine, Spotify, Trivia Crack. Ok, I’m getting a little carried away. I’m not on everything but I am a blogger so def. get to me on tumblr.

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Posted in changes, journalism, life

Making sense of the media

I don’t always like the media. They are always pounding and hammering on issues that are not at all important sometimes, other times they are just annoying. Depends who you talk to. Of course, I am sorta the media in that I write online and share my work with others. As much as anyone else, I would like articles and stories to go viral. It is even more awesome when it is your own body of work. But, when to draw the line where media input doesn’t matter to the issue at hand?

People are still writing about the media. In the media. For the media. What the heck is the media? It’s that need to relate to everyday humans but not knowing how because we are not the same that way. Society groups us into different groups and we relate to one another easily or not at all. Say if I wrote for a well known publication such as the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal, I would be in a world of pain. Because whether you write for a small daily or a national paper, the job of a reporter still sucks. There are good days, there are awesome days, then are really suckish days that you want to do nothing. Point is, you keep at because part of you wants to make a change. Wants to do something right with their lives and writing is not only something they love but hey it makes money so yeah. Also, talking to people when you get the chance to can be really exciting sometimes (I sound so exciting, don’t I? Sorry, about that). But, it really is something to be able to reach out to people through what you write. When you write about a local group or person, you might not love it but believe me it means so much to them. That is what matters.

Today, though it’s likely impossible to make use of the media without online means. Not to get super technical, but I mean social media here. If you’re a reporter, blogger, writer, photographer, editor, or whatever if you are not using social media to your benefit then you’re doing it all wrong. But, you’re mostly just not getting the full effect out of social media that you should be.

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It’s actually slightly impossible to describe any type (or most type of media) without including “social” in front of it to some extent.

It can’t be denied or ignored because it’s reality. The media is an everchanging cocoon of ideas and thoughts. Yes, I just typed that out. While some might point fingers at those in the media for what they do or say, the fact is that on the underside there is more good than bad in terms of media. Media relations might be tricky waters to navigate and I’m still not sure I understand all the technicalities of that. Mostly, I do understand that if you want something to mean something then you do something about it. The best way that you can.

Does this whole thing have a point? Yes. The point is that the issues do matter, but so do the hearts of real people. Something that can be forgotten, when actual people are doing the writing and reporting. The human mind can only take so much before it realizes that it’s sick of all the lies and the made up jargon that nobody cares about. I guess that’s where “off the record” comes in though, no?

No, this has no point. Because I don’t usually have one. I just write about what’s on my mind and what I think about sometimes. The media is what I think we are all a part of. In today’s society, we are all interconnected and contributing something online through social media. It doesn’t always have to make sense or be normal, but that’s the fact of it. We are all connected in the messed up media world, that will probably always exist.

Posted in changes, life

Good things come to those who wait

So, everything is supposed to change this year according to what people say. People make goals for themselves or make ideas based on what they believe or hold to be true. We want to aspire to something better, most of us do anyway. The one’s that don’t end up on our televisions or spread out across the media gasping for air are doing the best they can to earn money and make a living. Only to waste it all by not doing what they originally set out.

This might be the problem of the modern society, so dependent on social media and online sources for anything. One tend to forget the point of why they got online, or at least that’s what a person tells themselves for reassurance that it will all be alright. However, it won’t. Not, unless we stay focused on the goal we have set for ourselves without backing down. Just for day or even for an hour. It’s actually harder said than done. I understand the struggle, but if you can’t focus remember that no one can. Just look at people like Thomas Edison, who dropped out of school or didn’t think they could make it but eventually went on to accomplish great things. Maybe you won’t go to do great things, or maybe you will. I have no idea myself. Anyway, giving up doesn’t solve anything. One must persevere to reach their goals.

I don’t want to end up throwing away my life. So, I look to those that have and remember that I can do whatever I set my mind to. All it takes it a little determination and hard work. Yeah, probably easier said than done.