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.
TechDen helps create better and healthier screen habits
Time to pull ourselves away from those addictive screens
I think it’s pretty safe to say that a lot of us spend a majority of our time staring at a screen. This is all fine and dandy, technology is awesome, but we also have to admit that our devices have changed how we interact IRL. The founders of TechDen has thought of a way to pull us away from our screens and back into the real world.
TechDen merges software and hardware to create a system that can help build healthier screen habits. The Den lets you charge and store up to two devices, and manage multiple ones. The accompanying app lets you create “sessions” of specific time periods with their own duration based on people’s schedules, as well as schedules to remotely lock and unlock the doors of The Den.
You receive notifications when devices are removed as well as time usage, and in the family setting, this system creates opportunities for collaboration — you can talk to your kids about the session schedules, and even utilize these sessions as incentives.
TechDen is marketed towards families to encourage more real-world interaction with an “out of sight, out of mind” point of view. Really though, this tech would be very helpful for anyone who wants to build a healthy relationship with their devices for themselves.
Spotlight: What’s new with Free on Spotify?
All these new features!
Time to rejoice, music lovers! Last April, Spotify quietly announced the new and improved Free on Spotify, and today, we got up close and personal with all the new things the app can now do.
The streaming company’s Free on Spotify redesign will make for a better listening experience for all free users. How, you may ask? Well, it all boils down to five new key features.
Pick your favorites
Spotify’s taste onboarding allows you to pick five (or more) of your favorite artists and this will set the stage for your Spotify experience — a home screen and music discovery experience tailored to your choices will await.
Pick and play… list
15 playlists will automatically be curated based on your music preferences for your listening pleasure. These playlists are different for each individual person, and they update depending on your interactions. Talk about personalized listening!
When you decide to make your own playlists, you’ll also get suggestions based on your artist choice and even playlist title.
What you want, when you want
Previously only available to Premium users, Free users now have unlimited skips — yes, you heard right! The caveat: The feature is only available for those 15 curated playlists, which isn’t half bad as those are catered to your personal taste.
Actions on specific songs will help you create a better experience on the Spotify app. Hitting ❤️ on a song means it will go to Your Favorites, a playlist that’s found on your home screen.
You can also “unlike” songs which removes said offending song from future playlists. Don’t worry though, this is reversible — simply searching for the song and tapping ❤️ will undo the action.
Optimize your data
For the data-conscious, there’s now a data saving mode! This isn’t turned on by default but all you need to do is head to settings and activate it.
SafeDate gives you ease of mind going into a date
This app lets your friends keep tabs on you
In 2005, Emma Sayle started Killing Kittens, best known for its extravagant sex parties. It aims to enable women to explore their sexuality in an open and safe space. Since it started, KK has had an incredibly strict code of conduct for their parties to ensure that women feel “empowered, safe, and confident.” Members are vetted before being admitted and there is a rule wherein only the women can approach men.
Last July, she launched the SafeDate app which puts a modern twist to what girls have been doing for years. This app lets you input information for your dates, including a profile for the person you’re going out with. You then designate a “safe friend” to whom you will have to check in with at a time which you set. If you don’t check in by the time you set, your friend will be notified and given the details of your date, and it would be up to them to decide what to do next.
Sayle told Wired that we can’t stop bad things from happening, nor can we tell people what to do. But if someone seeing the SafeDate logo makes them think twice, and women feel safer knowing that someone they trust is keeping an eye out for them, it’s a step in the right direction. We definitely couldn’t agree more!
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