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How I sold my first 24 NFTs

A short personal story about finding flow, tremendous kindness, and charitable NFTs    Generated by ruDALL-E   34 days ago I bought my very first NFT on the DeSo blockchain. It’s a geometric rhino of artist Tobias Schmid, which I will most probably never sell.  GEOMETRIC SURVIVORS — Created by Tobias Schmid   He generated a series of geometric animals to support the work of Saving The Survivors who treat endangered wild animals that have fallen victim to poaching or traumatic events. You can find more of his work and the NFTs he owns on NFTz Zone. I love

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Self-care is selfish

 And here’s why that’s totally okay!   Photo by Nicola Fioravanti on Unsplash Someone asked on Reddit: When does focusing on yourself turn into being self-centered? The question stuck with me for a while. I guess, especially because I had thought on and off about why it is often so hard to be nice to ourselves? The Reddit question included a bit of a back story about divorce, not knowing what one was all about after marriage, and basically having difficulties answering basic questions like “What do you do for fun?”. So the Redditor started a journey

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Let’s talk about rest, baby!

Back to guilt-free relaxation Do you sometimes wake up and don’t want to get out of bed? Do you feel empty? Like you cannot enjoy anything? Like you don’t care much about your work anymore? And you don’t really want to talk to anyone?  At the same time, you might think your life is actually pretty great and you cannot pinpoint what the problem is:You have had amazing experiences over the past year, you and your family are happy and healthy, you were meeting a bunch of interesting people. You’re jumping from one thing to the other. You even manage

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Be who you want to be

Stop relying on personality tests and start shaping your identity   Myers-Briggs, 16personalities, Big Five, the odd Buzzfeed “Which Disney character are you?” test… A lot of us — me definitely included — have at some point tried to figure out who we are. Either for ourselves, for someone else, or for a job. Personality tests are a fun way to engage with yourself and then get a nicely written result about your personality type. You might say: Oh yeah, sounds like me. And why wouldn’t it? You just answered a bunch of questions that led to that result. When

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A little closer to being at peace with yourself by living now

“If you are depressed you are living in the past if you are anxious you are living in the future, if you are at peace, you are living in the present.” — Lao Tzu For the last few weeks, our focus was on learning how to appreciate our now.Trying to live now compared to somewhere in the past or in an uncertain future is a task to tackle every day. A lot of us get stuck on the idea of being happy when we arrive at a specific goal. While we dream of being there

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A little closer to learning to let go: For a happier today

Most of our troubles stem from attachment to things that we mistakenly see as permanent. — Dalai Lama Photo by Al Soot on Unsplash Last week, we explored how gratitude can help us to appreciate our now compared to spending too much time thinking about the past or dreaming of the future. Another way to work towards becoming better at living now is to let go of our attachments. That means to let go of any expectation for a specific outcome. Typically, we struggle with that as we do have certain ideas about how things should go or how we want someone

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“One today is worth two tomorrows”

A little closer to feeling thankful for your now every day Photo by Kenrick Mills on Unsplash Lao Tze said it, Osho said it, Benjamin Franklin said it — there’s probably an endless list of smart thinkers who in one way or another had something to say about living now instead of yesterday or tomorrow. And yet, we find ourselves dwelling in our past or dreaming of a future in which we’re finally happy and content. We cannot say it’s completely useless to mentally travel back and forth. Past experiences are important to learn from and to get a sense of

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Are you living your own life?

Taking control and living life on your terms. Mammatus Clouds — Özgür Kusakoglu Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the impact of other people’s expectations on my life. How can I be sure what I do isn’t controlled by my inherent need for harmony compared to what I really want? I guess it’s always going to be something to question and re-adjust. Awareness is probably a good start. “Am I living my own life?” is a good question to ask ourselves. A passage in Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga’s book “The Courage to be

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Feel awkward… then still do it!

Telling yourself positive affirmations is pretty weird and extremely effective Photo by Magdalena Smolnicka on Unsplash ************************************************************* Standing in front of the mirror: Is anyone at home?•No.•Good.•Okay, let’s try one.•“I show up and let myself being seen.”•Giggles.•Try one more!•“I am good enough!”•Smiling. ************************************************************* Have you ever tried affirmations? These positive sentences you are supposed to tell yourself? Are you suspicious they are simply another weird self-help gimmick!? Or, similar to me, you just have a hard time taking yourself seriously while saying good stuff about yourself? And then, how often do I catch myself thinking:“That was stupid.” • “I

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Life is a game - play it!

Thinking about life as a game to be happy and successful Photo by Geeky Shots on Unsplash   Success in real life, success with games Tobi Lütke, Elon Musk, Brenda Romero, Larry Page, Kobe Bryant, Vin Diesel — all very successful in their own fields — play video games. Particularly, Tobi Lütke is a strong advocate of playing games in interviews and on Twitter: I firmly believe that I learned more about building businesses from playing Starcraft than I’ve learned from business books — Tobi Lütke (@tobi) April 1, 2018 Following his take on video games and the discussions around mankind living in a

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