Tuesday, 2 May 2017

May, 2017: Check your Stinkin' Thinkin'

Dear all,

It's been a very productive month at WSTS central. Much of it is behind the scenes - for now - but has involved a lot of research, planning, and preparation for an initiative to be started later in the year. While I cannot say much about it now, it's something that I am passionate about and looking forward to working hard on. There will be others working with me who I trust as talented individuals and professionals alike. More answers will come about soon.

We've ended April and I hope that everyone has found some new purpose or goals in their new year. Back-sliding or challenges aside, I hope you are starting to feel the fruits of the labours you might have put forward so far this year. In numerological terms, this is a new year - a new beginning for many. Has it been yours? It's possible you're going through some rough times, and while it might not seem helpful at the moment, something will suddenly shift and that positive change you were looking for will suddenly be there. You don't have to be a certain religion, belong to a particular belief system, or subscribe to a specific social slot to believe that change is inevitable in life, and at some point, it's going to be in your favour if you've put some effort into the outcome in a genuine, inspired manner.

I wanted to look at one of the facets of success, that being challenging irrational or damaging beliefs. Often it's how we feel about ourselves that can determine our path. The adage of we get what we deserve is true, and sometimes we are the ones that limit what we are paid.

Stinkin' Thinkin'
An article about how to challenge our self-beliefs, check them for reality and how to call ourselves up on unhelpful or unfair definitions of ourselves. Possibly even others. We are not under any orders to be perfect, but it's hurtful to live by rules that are only there to protect us from moving forward. Even if they seemed true when formed, or even now, have you tested them for their pure validity? Could you be holding onto thoughts that support the tides working against you?
Article here.

This month's articles include:

Picking on Yourself: All About Trichotillomania
Trichotillomania is said to be an affective anxiety disorder, catagorised by obsessive picking of one's body, including scab picking, pulling out hair or incessant nail-biting. While considered minor symptoms, long-term it can cause serious health problems and a life-time of discomfort, both physically and socially.

Jem and the Rebooted Holograms
Last year, there was a revamp of the 80s cartoon, Jem and the Holograms, featuring a movie that re-captured the story of Jem and her band. While the movie was pulled out of cinemas after two weeks because it did not meet the high expectation of ticket sales, it doesn't delete the sometimes-energetic, sometimes-creative work starring Juliette Lewis. We look at the history of the Jem phenomenon and how the movie stacks up with audiences.

Sand of Thine
Sandpainting was bought into the world modern scene over the past few years via talent shows and street art, but where did it originate? The old-world art has hit the streets in many modern forms including online expression. See where it could lead you today. Applications enclosed!

As usual, I hope everyone enjoys the fruits of my recent labours and finds something useful in these articles. I try and keep them varied on subject, as the goal of the website is to expose people to content they would not normally seek out, as well as subjects they enjoy reading. Variety is how we develop.

For the next few months, other than article releases, it may appear that it's quiet at WSTS, but that's just the silence of hard work. Many projects are in the pipeline and I can't wait to share them upon completion!

All my best wishes,
The editor.

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