And all other cryptocurrencies for that matter

Shanghai cityscape. Pollution casts the buildings in a dismal, monochromatic haze.
Shanghai cityscape. Pollution casts the buildings in a dismal, monochromatic haze.
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It never ceases to amaze me that the human race constantly finds new ways to destroy the environment. The latest? Cryptocurrency.

It’s a “Get Rich Quick” scam that decimates your wallet and the environment in one go.

For a lot of people (myself included), crypto’s harmful environmental impact may come as somewhat of a surprise. It’s digital. Shouldn’t that mean that it’s more climate-friendly since it doesn’t use paper, metals, or other materials? But just like with most greenhouse gas-producing actions…just because you can’t see the harmful effects doesn’t mean they’re not there.

Simply put, it uses a ton of…


Calming practices for the anxious writer, artist, and creator.

Afternoon meditation at the Grand Canyon. Woman sits cross-legged on a rocky ledge with unobstructed view of the canyon formations.
Afternoon meditation at the Grand Canyon. Woman sits cross-legged on a rocky ledge with unobstructed view of the canyon formations.
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Even if you don’t have anxiety, the act of content creation can be quite anxiety-inducing. Deadlines, rejections, comparison, competition — all of these naturally accelerate worry. In addition, the unpredictability of work can cause anxiety. Too much work sends you into a frenzy; no work at all leaves you nervously awaiting your next job.

I’ve experienced all of these phenomena. Fortunately, there is a way to soothe anxiety so you can create with confidence.

It’s SO important to be in the right headspace when you start work. Many content creators work from home. …


Hint: It’s more than just “stretch class”

Underwater. Model poses in a dancer-like position with arms outreached and legs in a zigzag shape. Bubbles erupt from her mouth, slightly obscuring her serene expression.
Underwater. Model poses in a dancer-like position with arms outreached and legs in a zigzag shape. Bubbles erupt from her mouth, slightly obscuring her serene expression.
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It’s undeniable that Pilates has had a profoundly positive impact on many people’s lives — including my own. I strongly believe that Pilates can be beneficial for virtually everyone.

Curious? Read on.

7 Gifts Pilates Gave To Me:

From high school to college, I was notorious for my poor posture. At 5’10’’, I was very self-conscious about my height. As a result, I would slouch to make myself appear shorter.

I look back at photos of myself and I cringe. Did I look shorter? Yes. But it also looked incredibly painful!

My posture sins? 1. Rounded shoulders and upper back; 2. Posterior Pelvic Tilt (when the…


How I avoided burnout and built the winning combo of side jobs to support my artistic pursuits

Fun at work. Conference room. One woman types on her MacBook, laughing as her coworker tells an animated story.
Fun at work. Conference room. One woman types on her MacBook, laughing as her coworker tells an animated story.
Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash

As an actor who has several side hustles to supplement my income, I am a big proponent of having as many side hustles as possible.

More side hustles lead to more downtime, higher self-esteem, less anxiety, and yes — more money.

It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s true. The catch? You must approach it thoughtfully and pragmatically.

I’ve tried out just about every part-time job. It took me a few years (and a lot of meditation) to find the right balance of side hustles that worked for me.

Take a read and save yourself the time and energy that I…


Book, open-faced on a bed with various items. A glittery light creates a magical feel next to a coffee mug on a tray and vintage camera.
Book, open-faced on a bed with various items. A glittery light creates a magical feel next to a coffee mug on a tray and vintage camera.
Photo by fotografierende on Unsplash

Who else is super excited to watch Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Underground Railroad”? The first episode airs tonight on Amazon Prime!

Judging from early reviews, it looks like it’s going to be phenomenal.

So, in honor of tonight’s premiere, I’d like to revisit some of my favorite book-to-film adaptations.

And it seems only appropriate to start this list off with another Barry Jenkins’ adaptation…

1) If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Film Version: 2018 | Written and Directed by Barry Jenkins

Jenkins’ films have a beautifully poetic nature to them. …


Morning stretch. Light pours in from tall French windows on to a bed as a young woman stretches serenely amidst the twisted sheets. Her chin is upturned and her hair cascades down her back.
Morning stretch. Light pours in from tall French windows on to a bed as a young woman stretches serenely amidst the twisted sheets. Her chin is upturned and her hair cascades down her back.
Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash

How’s your posture these days?

Chances are, the past year or two has taken its toll. As a result, you might currently experience neck and shoulder tension, tight hips, lower back pain, and more.

Most likely cause?

The pandemic. Trauma, grief, and anxiety often manifest in the body. In times like these, a lot of us intuitively go into a “comfort pose”. That’s why, you’ll find yourself slouching more than usual or curling up on the couch rather than sitting at your desk.

Forgive yourself for doing what you needed to do to get through a historically traumatic year.

Ah…


A theater. Perspective from the audience. Rows of empty red velvet chairs and in the distance, a red curtain with gold trim.
A theater. Perspective from the audience. Rows of empty red velvet chairs and in the distance, a red curtain with gold trim.
Photo by Paolo Chiabrando on Unsplash

In a major win for accessibility, the 93rd Oscars included Closed Captions and Audio Description.

Closed Captions are fairly standard at this point — thank goodness. But this year marks the first time in history that the Academy has offered Audio Description.

Quick Accessibility Lesson

Accessibility refers to the inclusion of specific features that make something accessible to people with disabilities.

Closed Captions (CC), also known simply as Captions, is text on screen that displays dialogue and any pertinent auditory elements. This makes the video content accessible to people with hearing impairments.

Audio Description (AD) is a voice-over track that describes important visual…


Aerial view of pink plushy carpet. Coffee mug with wooden pencils, an open Macbook, teal over-ear headphones, and a letter board with the phrase, “You’ve got this.”
Aerial view of pink plushy carpet. Coffee mug with wooden pencils, an open Macbook, teal over-ear headphones, and a letter board with the phrase, “You’ve got this.”
Photo by Emma Matthews Digital Content Production on Unsplash

I like to think of myself as a fitness extrovert. I get inspired to work out when I’m surrounded by others.

Maybe it’s because I grew up doing competitive dance. Or, to quote Daniel Plainview from There Will Be Blood, “I have a competition in me.”

So when the pandemic hit and gyms closed, I had my own stages of grief. Which eventually led to all-out workout fatigue. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Pilates Instructor. So I should love all forms of working out, right? Wrong. Even I got sick of it.

I strongly believe that in order to…

Julia Manis

Actor, filmmaker, and Pilates Instructor. Portfolio of her work at juliamanis.com

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