Life… Filtered

I often think I live in a bubble.

I continually practice and preach — surround yourself with who you want to become. Over the years I’ve only let that expectation {on myself and others} become more hardcore. I have little time of day for those that I don’t respect. I’m not really that patient with people who are in a funk for a long time — figure it out and move forward. If you can’t, that’s cool — just get off the friend train.

Your happiness is up to you.

You’re not going to be happy every moment of every day — life generally gets in the way of that. :) Sometimes I want to kill people {figuratively.. of course}. Sometimes steam comes out of my head and I think — my god, you’re a fucking idiot. Sometimes I’m overwhelmed and I melt down into a puddle of tears. Life isn’t always rosy — the goal is to recognize opportunity in difficulty {even if it’s not in the moment}. :)

You are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with.

And for that reason I surround myself with positive people I admire and respect. Hopeful, game changing, goal setting, movers and shakers. People who are moving forward, always learning, and pushing themselves to truly be the best they can be.

This afternoon I started to think about the beast that is Twitter. ‘Surround yourself with who you want to become’ gets a big ol’ it’s complicated when it comes to Twitter. Psychos, they’re everywhere… ;) I rely on social media for my ‘news’. At the same time, I’ve always been that girl who is pretty out of the loop when it comes to current events. I can definitely talk to you about the latest productivity tool, innovative business idea, charity campaign, community event or HR tribunal case. But do I have the faintest clue about what’s going on in Greece? The state of Afghanistan? The obesity and health care problems in the United States? The number of murders Chicago has in a day?

No. Not Really. I know that all those things exist. Twitter gives me a surface level dose of information on lots of things — but rarely I know any details. The good — and bad thing — about Twitter is that you have to ‘opt in’. I need to decide to follow CNN, the police radio scanners and other news channels.

You get to choose what information you see.

Although I no longer follow the #YYC hashtag {the bees knees of what’s going down in the city}, I still follow a substantial amount of people from Calgary. This afternoon tweets started coming through my feed about a 12 year old boy who had died in a freak skateboarding accident — absolutely devastating for his family, the community and the young boys who were with him this afternoon. May you rest in peace Duncan.

If I hadn’t been online at the time this accident hit the news, I wouldn’t have heard about it. It never would have crossed my day, week or month.

Sometimes I wonder what else I miss.

I didn’t know about any of this:

Today this is what I caught on Twitter…

Note: Bit of a girl power feed today. Please note that I do follow men on social media — like whoa! :) Lots and lots of amazing men — including James Altucher, Alex Blom, Gavin SealDerek Shanahan and Pete Williams … for whatever reason, they didn’t pass through my eyes today. Shame on them — they better try harder tomorrow!

My version of the ‘news’… for the most part I follow individuals and brands who fit into my interest groups: entrepreneurship, startups, employee engagement, business, innovation, creativity, self-development, life hacking, community activism, fashion, running, fitness, yoga, travel and the like. I follow people I look up to, people that I admire, people that I can learn from. Every one of the above tweets made me smile. Every one of the above young ladies makes me think twice, expands my mind and makes me laugh.

I don’t ‘opt in’ to the typical news sources because they fill my feed with negativity, sadness and a really freaking bad vibe. The most ‘news’ I’ve got going on is global and local small business sources. The news is rarely about rainbows, the cure for cancer, or the latest charity drive. Instead it’s about murders, disasters and horrific situations taking place across the globe. The news is sensationalized, ego-filled and often one-sided.

I know that people die every day. I know that terrible things happen to families, communities, cities and countries — every day.

But how informed do you need to be?

Is it ignorant to shut the door on current events?

For the most part I don’t watch television. Ok ok… fine. Yesterday I dedicated a full 2 hours to the Bachelor Pad. {Absolutely dead to the world from a sleep deprived, music filled weekend. I was having a moment.}. I did cut television out of my life a few years ago — I was way more productive without it {and it was one of the best decisions of my life}. I don’t listen to the radio, in fact I don’t even know the name of a radio station in this city. The only place I’d think to buy a newspaper is the grocery store. Can you even buy them elsewhere? This whole reading news on an iPad thing doesn’t turn my crank at all.

I’m connected to the world via social networking tools and magazine subscriptions to Fast Company and Inc. That’s it.

I like Twitter — mostly because it’s quick and dirty. I am given the information I want in a timely manner. I get to choose what I want to see.

In order to stay current on what’s happening in the world, I’d have to follow all the news sources — and then click on the links — and then read my day away. Soon enough I’d be in the know about the war in the Middle East, the water shortage in Africa, internet censorship in China, the latest earthquake and how the US is planning to manage terrorism activities.

But how will that make me better?

Will that help me find my place in this world?

Will that bring me clarity?

You become what you think about most.

Just thinking about the possibility of filling my life with news updates is giving me anxiety. No different than yesterday or the day before, I can’t watch the news. My mind deserves more.

I plan to stay in my bubble — the bubble filled with music, spreading love, giving with your whole heart — and continual soul-searching.



  1. Kathie Lewandowski August 29, 2012

    Thanks, Jill. You completely uplifted my day.

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