7 useful apps that’ll motivate you to follow your dreams

20 Jan

APP1You don’t need to put down your iPhone in to make moves toward your goals. With the right apps, you can accomplish a lot with the little time on your hands.

I’ve been pretty productive these past few months—writing articles, going to school, working full-time, and having lots of fun (all key parts to following my dream to become a magazine editor and an influential blogger). The apps below are all ones that I personally use and have been keeping me on track. All of them are free and a few have paid, yet inexpensive upgrades.

1. MotivationApp 7

Need a personal cheerleader? Motivation gives you uplifting quotes throughout your day. You can turn on its notifications so they pop up on your phone every now and then. It’s also good for people who are obsessed with tweeting positive quotes (guilty—follow me anyway). Everyone needs a little optimism in their life; this app is perfect for that.

2. Balanced

APP3This is the app for the type of person who gets a high from checking things off their to-do list (coincidentally, it’s my favorite app on this list and I use it every day. I even bought the paid upgrade). With this app, you create a list of things you want to do daily, weekly, monthly, and/or yearly. The app will tell you, based on how many times you want to do a certain task, how long it’s been since you’ve done the task and it’ll tell you when you need to do it again. When you swipe right, a bell rings and words of encouragement like “way to go” flash on the screen. Eventually, you’ll become like Pavlov’s dogs (and me) and live for the sound of that motivating bell.

 

3. Evernote

Good for phones and computers, evernote keeps all of your notes and ideas organized. The notes sync so you can access them from anywhere. It’s especially great for writers.

 4. TransformApp 11

This app is like Motivation for the spiritual warrior. It has one daily quote and a related assignment of “awareness practice” to transform your life. Sometimes I do the assignments with my meditation, but I usually just use the app for the inspirational quote.

5. SleepzZz

SleepzZz is a REM sleep timer to make sure you wake up feeling refreshed. Great for people who need to rise early to get things done in the morning (or just to get out of bed). It’s been helping me rise at 6am every morning to write articles and blog posts before I head off to work.

6. Take a Break

App 12This app will help you calm down when you’re feeling stressed. It’s a meditation app that’ll play music or sounds of rain, the ocean, or a stream while you relax. There’s also an option for a guided meditation lead by a woman with a soothing voice. A similar app called “Calm,” which pretty much does the same thing. I use both when I really need a break.

 

 

7. Yelp

Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery in order to be productive. Get out of your house or usual work space (because you’re probably distracted there anyway) and find a new coffee shop. Being surrounded by others who are also working, studying, writing a novel, applying for jobs, etc., can be motivating.

Have any apps you recommend? Drop them in the comment box or share your favorites on AWW’s Facebook page.

Why Kendrick Lamar is Wrong about Ferguson

11 Jan

KENDRICKOh Kendrick, I love you much. But you let us down.

When discussing the situation in Ferguson in his recent Billboard interview, the Compton rapper said,

“I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s f—ed up. What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting — it starts from within.”

Ugh… Kendrick, Why?

Black people, PLEASE—we really need to let go of this “respect ourselves before they respect us” argument. It’s loaded with respectability politics and reeks of internalized racism.

Need I remind everyone that we are human beings, and therefore should be treated with a certain level of respect. You know—the same amount of respect a white man would receive if he was standing outside trying to break up a fight. Or the same amount of respect a white, skittle-loving, hoodie-wearing teenager would receive if he were walking through his neighborhood.

Yes, I know we are not white and therefore, are not afforded certain privileges. But we don’t have to co-opt the white supremacist thinking that niggers are niggers until they act a certain way. Because even if you are the most “respectable” person in the world, if your skin is not white, you’re still going to be followed by sales clerks in certain stores, you’re still going to face a certain amount of racism from ignorant people you meet in the world, and you still may have run-ins with the police that you would not have had if your skin was white.

Respectable or not, some people still discriminate based on color. And that’s what we need to be fighting against. Kendrick needs to point his finger at institutionalized racism, police brutality, and discriminative legislation, not at the people who are on the receiving end of this broken, racist system.

Also, who ever said that Black people don’t respect themselves? Please, inform me—cuz I really would like to know:

Aren’t the millions of Black parents who work hard so that their children can have even more fulfilling lives respecting themselves?

Aren’t the rising number of Black women getting degrees respecting themselves?

Aren’t the hundreds of thousands of Black people marching, demonstrating, dying-in, and demanding change in a failing justice system respecting themselves?

Anyone who believes that Black people do not respect themselves needs to turn off those housewife shows, leave their couches and join the nearest #BlackLivesMatter protest in their area.

Some people look at certain situations and mainstream media, and then turn to tell Black people to respect themselves. Meanwhile, no one is looking at Honey Boo Boo, and then running to tell white people that they need to respect themselves.

Respectability politics does not work to our benefit y’all. We need to stop embracing it.

 

I want to hear your opinions. Drop some knowledge in the comments section below.

New Year’s Resolutions for A Womyn’s Worth

5 Jan
1. Eat as unhealthily as I possibly can
2. Avoid exercise at all costs
3. Achieve previous two resolutions
I’m kidding. I don’t typically make New Year’s resolutions, but I think A Womyn’s  Worth could use these two:
1) Get AWW onto larger publications 
You all have seen my posts published on Ms., Slutist, Racialicious, and XO Jane, but I’d like to expand my reach. My heart is set on The Root, and I would also like to try for Ebony, Essence, For Harriet, Bitch, The Grio, and HuffPost. Having my byline on any of these sites would bring more traffic to A Womyn’s Worth and would encourage me to become a better writer.
 
2) Increase AWW readership by a couple thousand
A couple thousand may be a lofty amount, considering I haven’t been actively working to increase readership lately. However, I plan on getting AWW more active on social media networks. And as always, I will continue to give my readers the best and strive to create thought-provoking pieces that challenge opinions and ask everyone to consider alternative perspectives. Additionally, I’m hoping to create a few more viral posts that this year, so keep your fingers crossed for me.
You can help me achieve these goals by liking the AWW Facebook page and sharing some of your favorite posts.
Happy New Year!
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