think twice about that #selfie

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Everyone does it. It doesn’t matter how it’s done either. Do you have a phone, a laptop, iPad, mp3 player? If the answer is yes, then you are good to go.

Selfie Syllabification: sel·fie NOUN (plural selfies), informal
Definition: A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media: occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself everyday isn’t necessary.

Selfies are a craze that is taking over the world. Crazes always venture into our lives at inappropriate times, but resist the urge! Just like the Harlem Shake, planking, flash mobs, tombstoning, Tebowing or the cinnamon challenge, there’s a time and place for them, and these certainly were not them. They’re just so ridiculously awkward and for many, just so, so inappropriate. It is one thing to take photos to document places you visit and it’s another to show your respect if those places have a deeper meaning and rank high as an emotional location (graveyard, funerals, weddings, etc.). Are places that have deeper meaning to you or others “deemed” as inappropriate places to snap a selfie? You can of course, argue both sides of the spectrum, but at the end of the day, the untimely selfie is classless.

The topic of public selfies came up when I read the article, Selfies in Auschwitz – And Why It’s Wrong. The writer, from National Memo, takes a deeper look into inappropriately snapped selfies. The article says, “I understand this is not exactly a federal crime. And yes, I get that people take pictures of themselves in order to place themselves in a context. It is a way of saying, ‘I was there.’ Nothing wrong with that. I’ve done it myself.” Are selfies such a craze that it is taking the world by storm? Are selfies a thing to this day and age or do we see them slowly disappearing like Pokemon cards?

I believe snapping a selfie of you happy-go-lucky at some sacred place; it diminishes the place and sends a message that has become the norm “this is all about me.” And you know what? It isn’t. We are in the “selfie era” and we need to teach our peers, parents, grandparents and the next generation the proper etiquette the selfie.

I bet next time you will think before you take a selfie, because there are websites devoted to inappropriate selfies. So, will you have your guar​d up next time you take a selfie in public?

work hours

is there a time limit?

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I thought it was a silly question to ask if there was a time limit on working hours, until yesterday. France is making it possible to enforce non-working hours. What a concept, eh? French labor unions have signed a law requiring employees to shut off their smartphones at exactly 6PM, preventing bosses from hounding workers after they have fulfilled the hours they are responsible for.

Out of the country’s total workforce of about 40 million, the agreement currently affects only 1 million workers, including those working in the French arms of Google, Facebook, Deloitte and PwC. But those who favor the law say that the model can be extended to other sectors as well.

It’s pretty interesting to see how France works so differently than the United States. Currently, working for a French company, maybe this will change the impact of my company, too.

What are your thoughts on clocking out at 6PM and really meaning it?

Why I Don’t Own A Smart Phone

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Friends, take a read at this and let me know your thoughts. Before you jump to conclusions, listen to Ryan and hear him out. I love Ryan’s thought process about ditching his smartphone. Really, when it comes down to it, what’s all the rage? I’d really love to hear thoughts on ditching your smartphone or keeping on your next contract renewal. Maybe even read this article about ditching the smartphone, this is what I’m truly considering and then maybe I’ll be that person who can say I don’t own a smartphone.

chivalry

is it dead?

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Let me give you a little history on chivalry and the chivalric code.

Chivalry, or the chivalric code, is the traditional code of conduct associated with the medieval institution of knighthood. Chivalry arose from an idealized German custom. Over time its meaning has been refined to emphasize more ideals such as the knightly virtues of honor, courtly love, courtesy, and less martial aspects of the tradition.

The Knight’s Code of Chivalry was a moral system that stated all knights should protect others who can not protect themselves, such as widows, children, and elders. All knights needed to have the strength and skills to fight wars in the Middle Ages; they not only had to be strong but they were also extremely disciplined and were expected to use their power to protect the weak and defenseless.

Knights vowed to be loyal, generous, and “of noble bearing”. Knights were required to tell the truth at all times and always respect the honor of women. Knights not only vowed to protect the weak but also vowed to guard the honor of all fellow knights. They always had to obey those who were placed in authority and were never allowed to refuse a challenge from an equal. Knights lived by honor and for glory. Knights were to fear God and maintain His Church. Knights always kept their faith and never turned their back on a foe.

Now we describe chivalry as:

having the qualities of chivalry, as courage, courtesy, and loyalty; valiant.
considerate and courteous to women; gallant.
gracious; generous, esp. toward the less fortunate.

I would argue that most people think the days of gentleman, knights in shining armor and chivalry are dead; however, I don’t think that’s the case at all. Sure I believe in equal rights, but it’s not about that (which is usually the argument). If you are going out on a date (with a new person or your current one) there still needs to be respect. There should still be excitement. “Woo-ing” should still happen. A few of my friends are back in the dating game, and they think it is absolutely preposterous that I tell them the man should pay on the first date. In my opinion, of course he should. He should be trying to impress you and most of all he should be a gentleman. You get the first one and I will pay for the one after that.

I was brought up to expect “gentlemanly” behaviors and manners: Men open doors for women, men walk on the street-side of the sidewalk, and men always pay for dates. Now let me tell you, I have snatched up a fellow who does all (and more) of these things. Ladies, there is still hope–they’re out there. When a check comes, I always offer to pay which he takes me up on every once in a blue moon, but more often than not declines politely.

As our modern lives may have changed and so has chivalry. With that it has also changed what we expect, and know we deserve. Chivalry is not dead. The definition has simply changed. Maybe I am a hopeless romantic, because I uphold men to the “good ol’ boy” standards of generations past.

What are your thoughts? Is it dead? How has it changed? What makes it different now?

i’m not with the 21st century

the interwebs

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World English Dictionary

internet  (ˈɪntəˌnɛt) n ( sometimes with a capital ) the internet  Also known as: the Net  the single worldwide computer network that interconnects other computer networks, on which end-user services, such as World Wide Web sites or data archives, are located, enabling data and other information to be exchanged

Let’s just get this out in the open: I DON’T LIVE WITH THE INTERNET. I know what you’re thinking, well then how are you blogging, how are you tweeting, instagraming and all of those fun things…I didn’t say I’m not consumed by the internet. I am simply saying I do not have the internet in my household.

Post college I was fortunate enough to live in a house with the interwebs. Now, this didn’t last too long and I was never at that house either, for five blissful months I had the internet. When I came home, I would go on Twitter, LinkedIn, read the news, and Netflix like crazy. After those five months were up, I moved to a new apartment and we decided no internet. Ever since, that’s how I’ve been living and I love it.

Life without the internet is one of the most surreal things. It’s magical and wonderful. I never have to worry about working past office hours, or working on the weekends, I don’t feel tied to things and it’s all thanks to an internet free household! Don’t get me wrong, the internet is a lovely and wonderful tool, but I just choose not to have it in my apartment.

Most people think I am absolutely bat-shit crazy, but you know what: I don’t care. It’s rejuvenating, and I love it. I’m not asking you to live in my house. I just like having some me time when I get home. Wrap your head around this, then I will tell you how I haven’t been living with cable or any TV for the past 5 years.

social media & finances

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A few years ago I interned for a non-profit, Mobilize.org. They believe in order to create long-term, sustainable and community based solutions to the challenges facing our generation, Millennials (young adults born between the years 1976 and 1996) must authentically engage their peers in identifying problems, proposing solutions, and most importantly, must work together to implement these solutions on their campuses and in their communities. While interning for them, I had awesome opportunities; one of them being to attend an event an write a blog about it. My boss sent me to an event at AARP, it was about finances and different age groups. Take a read and let me know what you think. a few years ago I would have been heart-set on saying it was taboo to talk about money and finances among my generation, Millennials. But now I am torn. I am starting to see a divide, because we are now understanding how important fiances are.

using social media to save money

Millennials (like myself) want to talk about everything, everywhere and especially on social media. But what I’ve realized is that one thing we don’t talk about is money. However with the financial issues facing us and the country, and with the accessibility to others via social media, we should be having constant conversation on finance that would help break down barriers on what is often too taboo, even for Twitter.

Lifetuner and AARP hosted an event Thursday during Digital Capital Week to discuss how members of all generations use social media to talk about or finances. Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool was the event moderator and the three panelists were: MP Dunleavey of Daily Worth, Melora Heavey of Feed The Pig and Kelly Whalen of The Centsible Life.

The panelists talked about how social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and blogs can impact our finances on a personal level and change the way we handle our money. We are in a world where we integrate social media in every aspect of our lives, so why not use it to help our pocketbooks? In November of 2009 Budgets are Sexy surveyed and found that 57% of young Americas consider their financial situation the biggest concern in their lives. So, how can we use social media to become more aware of our finances, from balancing a checkbook to applying for a Roth IRA or even as simple as making a budget? The answer…use it!

To bring more awareness to financial issues and to start online dialogues, we need to display concerns places where everyone is talking. For instance according to newser.com there are 600 tweets every second, totaling 50 million tweets a day, with a whopping 6 million registered users it makes sense to use social media.

Of course you’re thinking why use social media when that’s my time to relax, right? You’re saying to yourself, “that’s my outlet for de-stressing.” Well, it still can be your source for relief. Believe it or not, social media can help you save money and avoid debt – the ultimate de-stresser!

Twitter is also a great resource for savings, it serves as a customer service portal for companies and as they often post deals or coupons. You can also follow people who talk about money like @APPersonalFin, who tweets about summer fares lowering. Or you can use  Twitdom that has different applications for finance pages you can follow on Twitter like: Mint, My Mile Marker, Twinancial,TopStockTweets and Stoockr . By adding these applications to social media networks, it becomes easier to exchange ideas with more people and you can personally track your spending behavior.

Blippy.com also tracks spending behaviors, and by seeing what and how much spending you do can help you get a perspective on how much you spend and will ultimately help you get your money habits under control. Then you can use your online banking system to set up your budget.  When your target monthly spending is approaching, you’ll receive a text or an e-mail alert indicating how much money you have left for the month.

Getting information from blogs is also very helpful, though bloggers may not be experts in the field, they often share where items can be bought for lower prices – never a bad thing.

Since the Millennial Generation is active in social media but aren’t that enthused about discussing their finances, reaching them is a task in itself. If you’re writing an article to reach Millennials, remember the article should be quick, eye catching and vibrant. Use videos and bullet points and ask for instant feedback that will tell you if your message direct and captivating.

And to my fellow Millennials: let us be the generation that wants to be educated on our finances. Let us be the generation that no longer makes it taboo to talk about our money problems, because once we start seeing how many of us are dealing with the same issues, together we can start developing solutions.

harvest season

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”-Benjamin Franklin

autumn has arrived?

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I’m the biggest advocate for a good beer as the next person is, but I’m an even bigger advocate for autumn! And when you put these two things together, it is honestly heaven for me. Both beer and autumn are a God-sent and they couldn’t have come at a better time.  Listen, I’m not saying I like having my Summer cut short and Halloween decorations to be out already–I just want a nice long autumn. So, hear this Christmas–don’t get any ideas about promoting yourself even earlier this year.

Take a listen and give me your thoughts!

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