Insight: Miss Nona on unplugging from social media during chaos

‘Insight’ is defined as the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thingTwitter is one of our favorite mediums because it gives us a chance to read various thoughts, perspectives, and ideas. It’s a melting pot for real-time dialogue from real-life Creatives and allows us to get a peak inside of their thought process. Pretty often we come across a thread that speaks directly to our experiences. As we enter into the last half of 2018, this one by Nona left us inspired to re-think our social media usage for productivity AND our peace.  (Intro by Melissa Kimble)

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Can I tell you why unplugging from social media during times like this is good?

You don’t need to be subjected to a variety of opinions on how one should process violence or emotionally traumatic events that affect us on a macro level. Social media is opinion bombardment. This causes anxiety.

So what begins to happen is you get sucked into the opinions and you withdraw socially. Less time outside, less time with your hands on your loved ones. And I’m comes the depressive thoughts. It’s programming. It’s an attempt to numb you so that you don’t have compassion.

And if your compassion mechanisms are totally shot, the powers that be can do whatever they like. You are seeing this with these children at the border. We are talking about children.

So that’s why it’s okay to withdraw from social media in times line this. You can either go offline or create your twitter lists to see only the things that help you heal or relax. It’s a good way to go inside yourself or tune in to learn.

Now is a great time to develop your hobbies. Use that as a self care mechanism and you never know what can come of it. We are going to be moving into more hand to hand commerce so whatever that thing is that you have, unplug from this trash media and plug into that gift.

It may not make sense now. Years ago when I was talking passports y’all said it was senseless, yet now here we are. I’m just passing the seed along for y’all to plant on your own. We will have to learn to rely on each other. The compassion of humanity is being tested now.

We are now being exposed to more traumatic things even in passing just to see how we respond. Your ability to forgive and extend compassion(to self first) is being tested like crazy. These events that trigger you are reminders of where to still work and to love on yourself.

This is a great time for you to choose yourself and your own healing so that you can heal the collective. Fuck the noise of media. Opinion bombardment is a spiritual warfare tactic meant to incite confusion. Unplug it.

[Tweet ""Choose yourself + your own healing so that you can heal the collective." - @heymissnona"]

Retweet and read Nona's full thread HERE.

Vanessa R. Williams On Getting Out Of Your Own Way As A Creative

Vanessa R. Williams is a Copywriter & Content Strategist that helps brands create incredibly useful content that their audiences crave. For the last seven years, she's created content for the Department of Defense, The Huffington Post, The Muse, Éccolo, top lifestyle brands and influencers, and more. This guest post is from her weekly newsletter.


I once talked about optimistic passion vs. realistic passion.

Someone with optimistic passion believes that their idea is enough. They talk, plan, and think about their passion all day, every day... hoping that one day, they'll get the perfect opportunity to pursue their passion.

They spend a lot of time daydreaming and worrying about things that haven't happened yet... what if my idea blows up? What if I can't afford a team?

These thoughts are what keep this type of person passionate about their idea—even though they never really execute. What this person doesn't realize is that planning perfect scenarios can be just as exhausting as executing except, in the end, you have nothing to show for it.

Then there’s the person who has realistic passion. They’re obsessed about their ideas and goals, and they do whatever it takes to accomplish them.

 Last week, I had a conversation with someone about the business venture they've been putting off for a couple years. Needless to say, this person definitely has optimistic passion.

During the conversation, I realized one major thing...

A lot of people are guilty of getting in their own way.

I can't speak for you, but I know that I tend to unnecessarily internalize the thoughts and feelings of other people. I also associate my flaws and mistakes with my worth... which eventually makes me feel like I'm not enough.

Time and time again, I'm reminded that I am my number one obstacle.

Yesterday I had an interview that, for the most part, went well.

But guess what I decided to do? Constantly think about the moments that I could've provided better answers... answers that were "perfect."

And guess what happened a couple hours later?

I was offered the job.

Your abundance has nothing to do with perfection, but it has everything to do with preparation. And being prepared doesn't mean that everything you do has to be flawless or that you must have all the answers all the time.

[Tweet "Your abundance has nothing to do with perfection, it has to do with preparation. - @NessaRWilliams"]

It simply means that you put forth your best effort (whatever that is at the time) and you adapt to the good and not-so-good situations that come your way.

You might feel like you have certain traits that keep you from living the life that you want, but we're still worthy of love, happiness, and abundance. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

One thing I know for sure is that life will always throw you curveballs—there's no escaping it. But there's nothing a little awareness and adjustment can't fix.

Gentle reminder: Own who you are. Eliminate the people and things that don't serve you. And relentlessly pursue and protect the things that make you feel alive.


This post originally appeared as one of Vanessa's amazing newsletters, which includes some wisdom, reads to help you push your creativity forward AND a copywriting tip for your business or brand.

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