I recently posted about starting a Mind/Body/Spirit Challenge, and obviously that includes a fitness goal. Sometimes it’s hard for me to stick to my healthy eating routine because my fiancé has the metabolism of a 12 year old – and the palate of one too. When I’m cooking him up a big plate of spaghetti, it’s sometimes hard to stick to a salad. That’s where BurnThis comes in!
Touted as “a pinstagram just for fitness,” this awesome app will leave you feeling excited to continue towards you goals. You can share your own pictures and add a caption like “Pumped on Pilates” or “#fitfam,” follow your favorite users, and even complete challenges to win prizes! The best part is that it’s an incredibly positive and diverse group of people who you can rely on to keep you on track. Whether you’re looking to gain muscle or lose weight – or want to join me on my mission to see my abs! – there’s motivation for you on BurnThis. So what are you waiting for? Head over to the App Store to see why I am so happy to be a BurnThis Ambassador!
So if there is one thing I could study forever, it would be social media and virtual communities. This encompasses everything from looking at how people use Twitter for business to how social norms are carried over into virtual worlds such as World of Warcraft. Yes. I studied World of Warcraft at Stanford University. I spent whole classes learning about MMORPGs and about the economy of Second Life. I was required to Tweet during class and I played with a high tech driving simulator for research credits. I even had my own avatar, which I watched earn money and gain weight.
Now at first this seems kind of silly. Professors are taking time to detail how lines form to fight beasts and how people take relationships from the virtual to the actual. But studying situations like these can have profound consequences on us and our futures. For example, research shows that people are much more efficient when they are participants in a rewards system. Meaning if I do something good, I get rewarded. Why? This is how we were raised as children all the way through college. As a pre-schooler, if you earn five gold stars for being well behaved, you get a special treat. In college, you work hard and get all of the questions right on a test, you get an A. But what happens when you get into the working world? Suddenly the parameters for success are much more loosely defined. You get a raise when the boss thinks you deserve it. What does that mean? You are promoted when you have enough experience. But how much is enough? It is hard to stay motivated and work hard when one has no idea when he or she will next be rewarded.
So what’s the solution? Read on to find out!
Today my work decided to treat me with a brand new 13″ MacBook Air! They even let me unpack and unwrap it along with my new keyboard and trackpad desk setup (so satisfying). But then I realized while I’m super excited to be able to travel with a much lighter, much thinner, and much faster laptop, I’m not so excited to worry about damaging the ridiculously sleek body.
Here are some of the MacBook cases I’m craving!