Five Websites That Can Improve Your Life
In the vastness of cyberspace, sometimes it can be difficult to zero in on the websites that are truly user-friendly, enjoyable, helpful and informative. Below are short descriptions and links to several websites that I've found meet those criteria. Whether you are a writer or another kind of artist, someone in need of help managing and organizing goals, or just looking for some entertainment, I hope these sites will be beneficial.
hitRECord.org is an open-collaborative production company headed by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, of "500 Days of Summer" and "The Dark Knight Rises" fame. Writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, editors, photographers and other creatively-driven folks can contribute. Members are encouraged to build on each other's works - a writer may post a short story, an artist may be inspired to create an illustration about that story and a musician may write a song about it, etc.
Due to the collaborative nature of the site, whatever is posted there is considered to be public domain, meaning the author does not retain copyright, so it's best to consider all the ramifications of that before posting. From time to time, hitRECord.org publishes books with stories and illustrations from contributors, and other products. Fifty percent of profits are distributed to those whose works were selected to be included in the product, and fifty percent remain with the production company.
It costs nothing to join this community of inspiring and amazingly talented artists, and it's a great opportunity to practice and improve upon creative writing and other skills in a supportive environment. Gordon-Levitt is providing an outlet for artists whose work might otherwise go unnoticed. So go for it - let your creativity run wild and 'Hit Record!' (For those who don't want to contribute, simply enjoy the array of talent on display.)
Dharmaseed.org shares the teachings of Theravada Buddhism in a way that's understandable and relatable in modern times. The website features a collection of teachings, or dharma talks, from more than 250 teachers. The talks are available for free for downloading or streaming as MP3s.
Regardless of whether a person practices Buddhism, this website features practical teachings that can be applied to everyday life, whatever the specific circumstances. There are thousands of topics available to browse. These include mindfulness, how to handle stressful situations, practicing listening in relationships, practicing self-compassion and coping with difficult emotions. Teachers and subjects are searchable on the website.
Dharma Seed is a non-profit organization that relies on donations to stay afloat, so those who visit the website frequently and benefit from it may want to consider making a small donation.
Making a bucket list, or a list of things you want to do, places you want go, and people you want to meet before you die, is very on trend these days, seemingly growing in popularity since the release of the 2007 film "Bucket List" starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
While the practice might seem hackneyed at best - aren't bucket lists so yesterday? - and macabre at worst, there's actually value in having a list of goals, big and small, in an organized format, and bucketlist.org makes it easy to do just that.
Creating an account is free, it's possible to stay anonymous through a username and, though interaction with the rest of the Bucketlist community is offered, it's not mandated. Lists can be organized however a member chooses, even alphabetically, and once an item is completed, it's easy to move it to the "completed" list.
Lists can be as serious or outrageous as the member wants. Real examples posted: feed a giraffe; foster a child; learn CPR; ride a penny farthing; find my Doppelganger; run naked in the snow.
The website makes it easy to organize goals, both short-term and long-term, life-changing and merely fun. It can be advantageous to use Bucketlist to identify which goals are possible now and which will need to wait. While it might not be possible to visit the Great Wall of China in the next two months, for example, starting those pottery classes might be doable. Becoming aware of personal goals and typing them out in list format helps clarify what one wants and what the next steps are to attain that. It's advisable to include both simple and complex goals, and work on the simplest ones now so that motivation is not lost. The more goals moved to the "completed" side, the more motivation to keep achieving goals.
The website even allows posting of photos and descriptions of the completed experience and the option of following other members whose lists provide inspiration.
- Bucketlist » 10,000 things to do before you die
Log and catalog all the stuff you want to accomplish before you expire. Read stories and watch videos by people who checked items off their own bucketlists.
Get Organized Wizard
Get Organized Wizard is a blog by life coach Michele Connolly and a website promoting her Get Organized Wizard products. Those who aren't interested in making a purchase need not worry - there's plenty of great advice about organization via Connolly's blog. Sign up for her free newsletter via email and receive a 76-page free workbook and start-up guide to organizing 12 key areas of life, including physical health, work, time and relationships.
Connolly, who holds degrees in business and psychology, covers a broad range of topics on her website and blog, which fall under the general headers of home organization, life management, time management and business and technology.
Blog topics include "10 Ways to Be Neat, Tidy and Organized - Every Day;" "12 Ways to Simplify Your Life;" "3 Ways to Declutter and Organize Your Home;" and "People Pleasing: How to Face the Fear of Disapproval."
This is great website for those who have difficulty getting thoughts and goals organized into a step-by-step, actionable plan.
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Many reading this article have likely already discovered HubPages, but for those who aren't familiar: HubPages is an online community for writers. It's the site you're on right now. Members post articles, or hubs, containing original and useful content, on a wide variety of topics. Hubs can include photos, quizzes, videos, maps and other extras. Writers, known as hubbers, can earn money for their work through advertising featured on their hubs by signing up for the HubPages Earnings Program.
In addition to providing writers with a great place to showcase their skills, HubPages is a wonderfully supportive community that can help any writer improve his or her craft, get advice and make terrific friends.
For those who aren't interested in writing, HubPages provides a wonderful resource for all kinds of topics, from home decor to gardening, from traveling to history, from health topics to poetry to recipes, and more. There are more than one million hubs on HubPages, so there's bound to be a hub on just about any topic. Explore away and be sure to leave a comment for hubbers you like and vote up the articles you enjoy!
HubPages is your online space to share your advice, reviews, useful tips, opinions and insights with hundreds of other authors. HubPages is completely free, and you can even earn online ad revenue!