#WomenNotObjects – A Step in the Right Direction

This video from Badger & Winters, an advertising agency in New York, has been circulating on social media lately and it’s been reigniting discussions around the portrayal of women in ads. Women being used as sexual objects isn’t anything new, but this is the first time an ad agency is taking this kind of public stance. “Socially conscious advertising” has been gaining traction over the last couple years so I’m not really surprised to see #WomenNotObjects taking off.

In general, I don’t have an issue with sex being used to sell products. Do I think it’s lazy? Yeah. Do I think it’s wrong? To a certain point (in particular, when adolescent girls are sexualized. It’s just so…creepy. ). I think over-sexualization isn’t only a women’s issue, however, men have become over-sexualized too in advertising. There is growing evidence that body insecurity is increasingly affecting men and boys. Sex and unrealistic body ideals may be effective to sell things, but it’s not the only way to do it. Hopefully other agencies and advertisers take a note from this video.

Source: http://www.marketingdive.com/news/ad-agency-vows-to-stop-creating-ads-that-objectify-women/412809/

“Textovert” and the Rise of New Words

I came across a word the other day while scrolling through my Twitter feed that made me stopped what I was doing and think about portmanteaus – two words mashed together to make a new word that combines the meaning of the original two. That word, as you can probably guess, is “textrovert.” (Which, by the way, seems like more and more people are becoming these days, am I right? Don’t get me wrong, I love to text, but if either of our texts start to resemble college essays, let’s just pick up the phone and call each other. It’s quicker, easier, and less annoying to respond back. But I digress…)

I have an affinity for portmanteaus. “Hangry,” the combination of hungry + angry, is a particular favorite of mine. And have you ever heard of “cinemagraph“? That’s another word I discovered in my Twitter feed! It combines “cinema” and “photograph” – basically it’s like a high quality GIF but more refined in its imagery, message, and purpose.

I think portmanteaus are fun because they make language more interesting, and they give us a deeper understanding of how our language, culture, and technology influence each other. Maybe since I work in marketing and love to read, I tend to notice the changes in our lexicon more than others. Then again, it’s probably us pesky marketing people coming up with these new words to begin with! 🙂 Wherever these new words come from, it’s undeniable that as our world continues to grow, change, and evolve, so will our language.

So, what about you friends? What are some of your favorite portmanteaus?

How You Can Slow Down Time [Infographic]

Yes, yes…another infographic, but can you blame me for sharing this one though? I know I’m not the only one who wishes they could pause life for a couple minutes (or days in my case) to catch their breath from the daily hustle and bustle of life. Well now you can! Kind of. It’s mostly tricking your mind into thinking time is slower since it’s the one responsible for how we perceive time in the first place. Pretty cool, right?

Original source: https://www.keyretirement.co.uk/blog/a-visual-guide-how-to-slow-down-time/

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Join GHNI at “Orlando Magic Brings Hope” Event

If you’re a Magic (or Bulls) fan, “Orlando Magic Brings Hope” is just the event for you.  I volunteer at this great organization called Global Hope Network International (GHNI) that helps rural villages in Africa, Middle East, and Asia break the perpetual cycle of poverty. How they do this is through Transformational Community Development© which focuses on five key areas to help a village transform itself out of severe poverty: clean water, agriculture, wellness, education, and income generation.

On March 26th, GHNI will be hosting an event at the Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls game at the Amway Arena in Downtown Orlando. By purchasing your ticket through GHNI, you will get early admission, a family-friendly pre-game dinner with guest, Bo Outlaw, meet former Magic players along with an incredible silent auction. Hope we see you there!

To buy tickets: http://www.globalhopenetwork.org/us/

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Writing Music Playlist

Some writers can’t write without music and others can’t write with it, but me…I’m a little bit of both depending on my mood and surroundings. When I’m looking for writing music, I tend to listen to Pandora but I also like using YouTube. Last year, I created a writing music playlist to keep track of songs that I found on Pandora that I really liked when I was getting into my flow. I hope you like the playlist, and please feel free to comment with some suggestions 🙂 I love discovering new artists, genres, and songs!

P.S. did you know the chills you get when listening to music is mostly caused by your brain releasing dopamine while anticipating the peak moment of a song?? 12 Facts About Music and the Way It Impacts Your Brain

The Truth Behind Social Media – “Instagram Husband” [Video]

I think a lot of guys (and girls) can identify with this video. “Instagram Husband” by The Mystery Hour is a satirical poke at social media that does a great job of showing the ridiculous lengths most of us go to capture the ‘perfect’ shot showing off our ‘perfect’ lives.

I know I’ve been guilty of taking too many photos instead of just living in the moment.  Sometimes I have to remind myself that not everything – even if it’s a special moment – needs to be documented and shared online. I’m not trying to bash anyone that loves posting to social media often, but if much of your self-worth is based on how many likes, followers, or shares you have, then it’s probably time to question how social media is benefiting you.

Comparison is the thief of joy – Theodore Roosevelt

With the Internet and social media, it’s so easy to get caught up in how we are better or worse than everyone else. That kind of thinking, however, can drive us crazy! The next time you start getting down on yourself over someone else’s seemingly perfect life, remember these two things: not everything is at it seems, and the only thing that controls your happiness is you.

Photos of Glass Animals at the Beacham

Earlier this month, I went to see the Glass Animals perform at The Beacham, a music venue and club in downtown Orlando. If you’ve never heard of the Glass Animals, seriously stop reading this and go check them out on YouTube. I’ll be here waiting….

Welcome back! They’re pretty awesome, right?

Seeing them perform live was really fun, and the experience was made even better because I got to check out The Beacham which I’ve been wanting to do since I moved in Orlando in 2012. I’ve only been inside once or twice when it’s a club so I felt like I haven’t really seen what it’s like as a music venue.

I was a little hesitant about how The Beacham would be after reading mixed reviews on Yelp, Facebook, and Google, but I ended up liking it and would go back again for future concerts. It was the perfect size for this type of concert and the light show was just right for the music. Besides a couple squeaks on the speakers, the acoustics were otherwise pretty good IMHO.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the Glass Animals concert on Dec. 7, 2015 that I took on my Galaxy s6. My favorite thing about the show (besides the band) were the pretty lights 🙂

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