May 11, 2018

The other day I was having a rough time at work, so I took a walk and filled my vision with growing things. There are flowers that are brighter than neon highlighters out there, and I needed to take a minute and remember that!

  1. Millennials and the New Magnetism of Mid-Size Cities
    .This is an interesting look at the millennials who are moving from major cities back to their home, smaller cities, where there’s more chance for home ownership, jobs, and a sense of community. I would say that after a really long time feeling paralyzed and disenfranchised, I’m slowly seeing people my age able to improve their lives – maybe not the way previous generations might, or not in the same order, but the best we can with what we have.

  2. Work-Life Boundaries, Corporette. Giving this some thought this week. I really like that there’s advice for not taking work home, but also not taking the home into work too, and how rituals in between can help you mentally separate the two. For me, that’s walking Persey around our neighborhood and parks. What about you? How do you separate work and the rest of your life? Comment here!

  3. Instagram is building a team to stop people from feeling bad on Instagram, Quartzy. I kind of want to laugh except this is so sad and so prevalent. And while I think it’s great for the app creators to try to address this issue, healthy change will be most effective coming from the individual users. I’m being more intentional about how much I hang out on Facebook/Instagram, and I can already feel a difference in my sense of esteem. But a lot of damage has been done…

    “Specifically, findings from the study reported that women in their late teens and early 20s found that the app negatively impacted body image, while women in their mid-20s expressed feelings of inadequacy about their work and lifestyle.”

    and later: “The platform has so far avoided the specific recommendations from the
    original RSHP report, like the use of a “pop-up warning” triggered when
    a user reaches a level of social media usage “deemed potentially
    harmful.” RSHP also urged social media sites to mark digitally
    manipulated photos of people with “a small icon or watermark,” after
    establishing the danger to young people (especially young women)
    barraged by heavily airbrushed images passed off as genuine.Instagram has not yet imposed any of the RSHP measures, and it’s not clear whether they will.”

  4. We Need to Talk About Mental Health at Work, Glamour. “A full 28 percent of respondents said their mental health struggles had affected their ability to perform their role.”

    I thought this part was good too:
    “People don’t report often enough if their environment is causing them
    stress,” says Dr. Holland. It’s not uncommon for management to be
    unaware that something might be wrong until someone raises a flag—even
    if you feel like it should be obvious because you are, say, visibly
    falling behind on your work. “A lot of people work at 150 percent
    capacity. If that capacity drops, yes, it affects your work, but it
    isn’t necessarily noticed by others,” says Dr. Salcedo. “So it might
    still need to be brought to your boss’s or HR’s attention.”

  5. Put the Damn Phone Down and Do Something. This is an interview with the founder/CEO

    article about Pinterest and the thought process behind how the social media site works. He actually doesn’t call Pinterest a social media site (lol ok), but says instead that their mission is “to help people discover and do what they love. If you ask
    somebody who uses the platform regularly, what they’ll say is that they
    use it to plan their future. Big ideas like my vacation, my wedding,
    maybe my dream home. Small things, like my kid’s birthday party or
    meals.” He compares it more to Google, in that it’s a site meant for discovery – and emphasizes how it’s personal, and user-focused (rather than oriented around popularity and connection). After reading this interview, and compared to Instagram’s Wellbeing Team, I have a new respect for Pinterest.

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