Doing What You Love

That old saying “if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life,” seems to ring true for yoga teacher Samantha Arin, from Center for Yoga in Birmingham, Michigan.

Downdog in Detroit

 

A helpful and interactive map acting as a guide so some of the best yoga studios that the Metro Detroit area has to offer.

With so many privately owned yoga studios popping up left and right, it can be difficult to find one who’s style suits your mind, body and level of physical fitness. Since yoga is such a personal and introspective practice, it is important to take the time to properly research a studio, their package deals and studio style before going for a first class.

Basics of Photo Composition

The five photos used in this instructional video outline some of the most basic rules applied to photo composition: the Rule of Thirds, balancing elements, symmetry and pattern, framing and viewpoint.

By using these five elements (and any of the other widely accepted techniques for composing flawless photos) when considering a shot, one can drastically improve the visual presentation of the photo in question.

By making the subtlest of adjustments and intelligently using the natural world around the subject of a photo, great improvements can be made to the finished product. Photos that are thoughtfully composed can truly make the difference between work that is mediocre and work that could be published on the front page of a newspaper or magazine.

STORY TIME

I work for the national corporate yoga division of Lifetime Fitness, and under that umbrella, standalone studio Center for Yoga in Birmingham, MI.

My Snap Story was taken from the perspective of a student coming to take a yoga class at CFY. I took myself through many of the sights and sounds one might experience during any given class there. Regrettably, the footage I tried to film during class was simply too dark to see and did not make it into the Story.

TO SHARE, OR NOT TO SHARE?

That truly is the question. Some people are over-sharers while others have little more than a profile picture and a name to their social media profiles. So what gives? What are the psychological differences between these two types of internet users?

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Jesse Bauman from Everyone Social attempts to answer this question in his piece “The Psychology of How and Why We Share.” Batman outlines six potential reasons as to why people share what they do and when they do it:

  1. To bring valuable and entertaining content to others.
  2. To define ourselves to others.
  3. To grow and nourish our relationships.
  4. Self-Fulfillment.
  5. To get the word out about causes or brands.

Courtesy of Everyonesocial.com

In a heartbeat I could name five of my friends on social media who conduct themselves and their content in any and all of the ways listed above–myself included as well, for the most part.

The friends I chose to contrast against each other were Claire*, Jessica* and myself serving as somewhat of a “control,” or average social media user/sharer.

Claire had a baby last year, and this truly speaks volumes as to what she shares on social media. When she was pregnant with her daughter Savannah, her posts would include things like “10 Things to Know About Newborns,” photos of her nursery being created at home, and personal text posts about things that her fiancé would do for her that were extra special. Once she had the baby, my newsfeed on Facebook filled up with videos of Savannah playing, eating peas for the first time and–just recently–taking her first steps.

In Claire’s case, I believe that her social media sharing falls into Bauman’s numbers two, three and four. I know that Claire has family members that live out of state, so it is especially important for her to share her daughter’s milestones on Facebook in order for them to be seen by those closest to her. She shares material that is directly important to her and applicable to her life and who she is as a person and young mother.

Jessica is a more casual Facebook user (like me) and she shares things that come from other Facebook pages. Whether it’s a recipe (like these guacamole-stuffed onion rings we both freaked out over) or a meme or a screen cap from our FaceTime calls, she shares a lot of things to me directly, or shares things we would both enjoy.

Jessica fits more into Bauman’s categories of one, two and three. I think that she enjoys bringing interesting content to those she is friends with on Facebook, enjoys “nourishing” our relationship by sharing content with me that we would both enjoy and also defining herself as a person with posts like this one.

Lastly, as far as my social media habits go, I used to be an over-sharer. I was on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook–usually all at the same time if I had my laptop handy. I was constantly taking and editing photos, retweeting things from my favorite musicians and geotagging my Facebook statuses to let my friends know which concert or coffee shop I was at. These over-sharing changed drastically over the last two years with the arrival of a promotion to social media manager at my job and, quite frankly, from growing up.

I find now that I no longer get the egotistical thrill from posting a status update, a picture on Instagram or a blog post on Tumblr. These days, I only use Facebook (and pretty much refuse anything else) because I use it to connect with a few close friends like Claire and Jessica, but also as my primary source of news. Facebook (and AP Mobile) provide me with all of my news, a-la-minute, in an easy to navigate way from all of my favorite sources. Sure, I like to share a cat picture with my friends every now and then, and I use Facebook to promote my yoga classes at the gym, but that’s it! I’ve taken a much more professional stance on social media and find myself a happier person afflicted with a whole lot less FOMO (fear of missing out). I’d like to keep it this way.

Give me one reason to stay here

By Kaleigh Jerzykowski

http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2013/05/brain_drain_report_michigan_re.html
Areas of recent college graduates in Michigan vs. national locations with the highest levels of Michigan college graduate concentrations

 

In just one Oakland University journalism class, more than half of the students’ hands shot up when Holly Gilbert, professor and senior program advisor, asked who planned to leave Michigan after graduation.

With the most recent harsh cuts at MLive fresh in everyone’s mind, it makes sense that many of the journalism students would be feeling the pressure to flee, but they’re in good company.

Kayla Thomas, an OU junior pursuing a degree in English Literature with a minor in Woman and Gender Studies, is planning on leaving the Midwest already, even though she won’t graduate until winter of 2017.

While the motivation to move for GIlbert’s journalism students may seem  more obvious and maybe even warranted due the current job market, Thomas’ reasons stem from a place more personal than precautionary.

“Growing up, I’ve always known that I would leave Michigan someday,” she says. “’I’ve never felt very connected to the state. Maybe I will feel differently when I finally make the jump to leave, but I don’t see the point in staying put when there is so much out there to explore.”

Thomas says that her choice to move away after graduation actually had little, if anything, to do with the job market in the Midwest at all.

She says that just one of the many perks of moving after graduation is the likelihood of having an easier time finding a job anywhere but Michigan—no matter where she may end up. She’s certain it’ll be better than here.

Wanting to pursue a career in teaching, she hopes to find a job in a larger city sheerly based on the principle that bigger, wealthier cities tend to have more people, schools and therefore available jobs.

With acquaintances from all fields of study at both OU and Oakland Community College, Thomas says that she has experienced the trend of fleeing talent within her own social circle for quite some time, and it shows no signs of stopping.

“I know a fair number of people who have left the state, and many of my contacts who are graduating in the near future have plans to leave,” she says.

Some of her friends, she says, are looking to start their careers in film, music and theater, making them excellent candidates for leaving the Midwest in search of that big city feeling. Thomas agrees that in career paths like these, it’s almost inevitable that one would have to venture far away from home.

No matter what the motivating factor may be, Thomas feels that it’s a trend now more than ever for young people to skip town after graduating.

In contrast to the generations before, she says, it doesn’t seem as if there is as much pressure on young adults as there was generations ago to settle down and start a family. This, for Thomas, is an important factor.

“I think that there are definitely economic influences [surrounding the choice to leave],” she says “but I think it is really due to a reinvigoration of self-interest.”