Extreme world views often only exist online, and what to *actually* think of Donald Trump

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Have you ever read something online, be it a Facebook post or a blog post, that made you feel extremely irritated and annoyed?

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Lessons from two and a half years without social media

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This post is for anyone who is considering quitting social media, curious about deleting their social media accounts, and/or is just intrigued about what life is like without social media in the 21st century.

Roughly two and a half years ago, sometime in June 2017, I deleted my last standing social media account, Twitter.

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The things you do every day grind on you

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Earlier this week, my partner shared with me a post he found online that really spoke volumes to both of us. A part that stood out to me the most was the things you do every day grind on you.

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How I read 37 books in 2019

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Happy 2020!

Reading more is one of the most popular new year’s resolutions, and rightfully so. The benefits of reading are countless and impressive.

At the beginning of 2019, I decided to do the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge as part of my new year’s resolution. By December 30th of that year, I read 37 books, which I tracked in an excel sheet.

The year before, I did the same challenge and read 21 books.

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The demons hate fresh air

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I’m reading Keep Going for the second time, a short book on 10 rules for staying creative in good times and bad. 

Austin Kleon is definitely one of my favourite writers and bloggers. When I discovered him earlier this year, I read his blog all the way back to 2012 and four of his books.

His work is terrific and inspiring.

I came across the quote, demons hate fresh air, in Keep Going and it has stuck with me ever since.

No matter what time you get out of bed, go for a walk and then work, [Ingmar Bergman] would say, because the demons hate it when you get out of bed, demons hate fresh air. 

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Happiness is other people

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For the longest time, and I mean for a really long time, I full-heartedly endorsed the famous quote from Jean-Paul Sartre, hell is other people.

So much so, I wrote it on a dry-erase board and hung it in my room. I scribbled it in my journal. I recited it in my head occasionally to remind myself that all my emotional anguish was caused by other people.

Inspired by the happiness industry, the idea that happiness is your own personal choice, and if you work on yourself enough you’ll find it, I embarked on the pursuit of happiness solely focused on me, myself and I.

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