You are a strong, independent woman. You have passion, drive, and goals. You’re driven to succeed and you pursue your dreams relentlessly…
But somehow, you’re just not feeling it today. That’s okay; it happens. Sometimes, you just get into a funk. It happens to everyone, so don’t be so hard on yourself.
To get you going, I’ve compiled a number of inspirational things to get you back on that motivated horse. You got this, girl!
Listen to some powerful tunes
Nothing like some Queen Bey and Spice Girls to get you in the mood. This Girl Power Spotify playlist will have you singing your anthems in no time.
Perfect to psych you up on your morning commute, or make it your daytime soundtrack! Even better, set it up so you wake up to it for optimum feel-good vibes.
Let these women talk some sense into you
These TED Talks by insightful women will help you get at it and get going.
Career and relationship expert Mel Robbins (she’s also a criminal lawyer and a mother of three) talks about getting out of your rut and breaking out of your routine so you can get out there and live your best life. Being uncomfortable is part and parcel of trying something new, she explains, but this “activation energy” is needed for you to go get what you want. Time to shut off your “inner snooze button!”
To get to an emotionally healthy state, you need to get rid of bad mental habits. Amy Morin, who is a counselor, psychotherapist, and motivational book author, talks about learning how to flex your emotional muscles. Her advice on overcoming discomfort and her own personal experiences truly inspire.
Embed motivation on your social media
A little pep talk here and there never hurt anyone. In fact, it helps stimulate you and help you perform better. A trick I’ve learned is making sure I get those little snippets of affirmation throughout the day. What better way than to embed it on your social media (because let’s be honest, you’re on IG and Twitter way too much on most days).
Following accounts like @subliming.jpg, @recipesforselflove, and @girlbossradio on Instagram give quick, random picker-uppers. Twitter accounts like @epic_women spew out great stuff, too. Surrounding yourself with positivity, especially on social media, helps a ton.
Take part in stimulating conversations
Great conversations between great women is a good way to get much-needed inspiration. Even if you just take on a listening role, these powerful talks can get you going.
Try The Great Girlfriends podcast when you can. Hosted by Sybil Amuti and Brandice Daniel who are accomplished women in their own rights, it’s a series aimed at “daily tips and solutions for living a passionate life and building thriving businesses.”
The Mia G. podcast is also a noteworthy listen. From a twenty-something navigating life, it also features real women and real conversations about life and figuring things out.
Another great thing about podcasts: They’re a great way to make use of passive time. Have a go at it during that long drive, or have it on as you run errands or daily chores. It’s information you can get without much fuss or effort.
Have your phone remind you of how great you are
They’re tiny reminders of encouragement just when you need it most.
Think alarm clock on your phone, except if given times in a day, it offers you motivational messages instead. This is what the Woman Empowerment quotes app does. Honestly, it’s a simple, ingenious idea that ensures I’m exposed to positivity throughout my day. It allows you to set up daily reminders and as many as two to 25 random quotes daily. You can also just scan through these affirmations manually if it’s an especially rough day. Bonus points for the option to save and share all the positivity on social media! Download it on iOS or Android for free.
Google is under investigation for abusing Android
Dominating the market comes with a price
Google has often been accused of monopolizing the smartphone market with the use of Android. While Android as an operating system is open source and anyone is free to make or use the system however they wish, Google’s push of its apps is a bigger problem.
Android is maintained by the search engine giant and the code is available for everyone’s use. But, Google pushes its range of apps in stock Android like Gmail, Maps, Play Music, YouTube, and more. Many accuse the company of forcing itself upon users and blocking the competition from a fair chance.
India’s Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been reviewing Google’s case for the last six months. The enforcement agency is currently at a preliminary stage and no official release has been made. Google, as well as CCI, have declined to comment.
The European Commission found Google guilty of dominating the market since 2011 and it’s abusing its standard practice of installing Google apps. The investigation led to a US$ 5 billion fine from the antitrust agency.
Google and CCI have met in recent months and the complaint was filled by a “group of individuals.” The agency has a track record of taking years to finish or conclude a case and we never know when a verdict might actually come.
Although, the CCI did impose a US$ 19 million fine on Google for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position.
Android has a massive 85 percent market share and almost every Android phone ships with Google’s suite of apps. These apps, in return, help the search engine push ads to the user and generate revenue for the company.
EA is looking into making a mobile version of Apex Legends
To battle with Fortnite
EA‘s battle royale game is a certified hit. Apex Legends, which was developed by Titanfall makers Respawn, has no fewer than 25 million registered players in just one week. The game is playable for free on multiple platforms (PC, PS4, and Xbox One), but why not make it available on mobile as well?
Early reports don’t indicate mobile plans for the game, although during the Electronic Arts Q3 2019 earnings call, EA Games CEO said that they are looking into bringing Apex Legends to mobile devices.
Fortnite‘s userbase ballooned when it became available on Android and iOS, so it’s a no brainer than EA also wants mobile gamers to join the fun.
“We are looking at how to take the game to mobile and cross-play over time, and I also expect that this game will have tremendous value in Asia, and we’re in conversations about that,” EA Games CEO Andrew Wilson said during the conference call.
There’s no definite timeline for the release of Apex Legends on mobile, but it’s certainly on the drawing board. For now, EA plans to introduce direct purchase options for players to buy items and new legends or heroes. They will also offer the so-called Apex Packs or simply loot boxes for more random items.
Apex Legends is not a pay-to-win game, so these items are purely cosmetic and can be used to customize your hero’s looks in the game.
Introducing Bumble’s Spotlight: Pay to get to the top of the page
For just two Bumble coins!
You can’t buy your way to true love but you can now buy a top spot on Bumble’s swipe page.
You heard that right. Bumble just announced their new feature and they’re calling it Spotlight. For two Bumble coins, which is around US$ 2, you can get your own profile to the top of the swipe page — the most conducive spot for swiping. Your profile stays there for 30 minutes and people won’t even know you paid for the extra airtime.
Hi Martin! Spotlight is designed to advance your profile to the top for the stack to be viewable by more people instantly. When you use two Bumble Coins to activate Spotlight, for 30 minutes we will shuffle your profile to the top without anyone knowing. 💛
— Bumble (@bumble) February 6, 2019
Similar to Tinder Boost, this new feature allows for a bigger shot at better swiping results. It basically bumps you up in the queue. Remember, though, that you can only pay for being more visible on the app, but the swiping is still left to the other party.
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