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A gentle reminder to be extra kind to service industry folks for the rest of the year.

Stress and tempers run high during the holidays and it’s not easy to face a stream of it all day long ✌🏼✌🏽✌🏾

Please boost if you’re still masking indoors (in public places)

We made it to the last month of 2022! But, will we survive the rest of the year after the giant mess that has been, well, the past few years? 🤔

Today is my 1 month anniversary of signing up for Mastodon. A few observations—after spending 13+ years on Twitter:

•The Mastodon community is kinder & more focused on lifting one another up than tearing down.

•Mastodon is learning from Twitter's mistakes by including accessibility options, incorporating an edit button, & not centralizing everything

•Engagement is not dependent on clickbait or outrage, but genuine positive content.

None of the above are absolutes, but overall, glad I'm here.

If you’re a Gen Xer with insomnia, put on some Vaporwave hits on your preferred music-streaming service.
I swear it works like a charm for me.
Don’t know what is? Oh, but you probably do. Nostalgic music with hints of the 80s, 90s, and that “dead mall” aesthetic we all remember so well from our youth. 👾🏁🏛️👩‍🎤

Overconsumption is a big issue already globally and 'world events' like Black Friday doesn't help a bit.. :blobcatscared:

Fashion influencers are getting more crazy than ever, online ordering and payments can be done with a single click / tab on the screen all for the goal of selling more and more.

I'm not gonna participate in this madness and I hope you also won't or at least buy something locally to support the small stores instead of Bezos with :amazon: for example..

CW: Brief Thoughts About the Bird Site 

Oy vey, the Bird Site is gonna get worse in the coming weeks, geez. Musk just keeps pulling out all the stops and the filth is pouring in freely.
Free speech, my ass. 💩
And the twats at 4Chan (and other hate-breeding grounds) just eat that shit up.
Twitter had a good run until greed, trolls, and narcissism became the norm.
There’s a reason content moderation and enforced user bans are important, alas, the damage is done. 🤦‍♀️

Let us never forget the day Mr. Carlson unleashed the terror of live turkeys upon the Pinedale Shopping Mall. 🦃

A group at Johns Hopkins has created a scrollable, interactive map of the entire universe, from here to the cosmic microwave background.
Extraordinary discoveries at your fingertips for free, unimaginable when I was a kid. #astronomy #space #exploration

I’m a bit shy about sharing pictures of myself and not a big fan of “lifestyle photos” showing people in somewhat-intimidating and contorted poses, but I believe it’s an important practice for anyone who wants to do it. 🙏
Yoga can meet you where you are always, no matter your age, size, fitness level, or spiritual beliefs. ✌️ It’s never too early or too late to give it a try!

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My current yoga certifications: Yin, Hatha, and Vinyasa styles.
Additional studies/continuing education: mindfulness & meditation, chair and restorative yoga, sound healing, and Ayurveda.
In other words, I’ll always be learning and growing through a yogic lifestyle and beyond. 🙏

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Since I’m trying to populate this account with better topics than the “Bird App,” who out there regularly practices yoga? Let’s focus on the good vibes and connect!
Yoga literally kept me sane during the height of COVID lockdowns, although I’ve been practicing for many, many years. It’s a lifelong journey.
I’m also currently in the process of earning my 500-hour teaching credentials; it’s a great way to deepen your own practice and way of thinking and being. 🧘🏻‍♀️🙏✌️

Someday, aliens (or future residents of the universe, anyway) will look back on what humans have done to themselves with all the supplemental evidence one could ever need to see how/when/where it all went wrong. 🤣👽🖖

Humans have such a LONG way to go. But at least many have figured out what it means to be a kind, compassionate person. 🙏

With the Twitter reinstatement of the former US President who attempted to incite a fascist coup after losing an election, now would _really_ be a good time to stop cross-posting your Twitter RTs here.

If you feel that cross-posting is the only way to maintain a presence here, please consider limiting it to original posts without mentions or RTs, to avoid cluttering timelines with Twitter URLs. Thank you kindly for your consideration.

I have a request.

Bad actors will soon figure out - if they haven't already - that setting up impersonations of important organizations now will allow them to set off an explosion of chaos and confusion at a time of their choosing.

So if you run an account for an organization (especially #LGBTQ), please set up link verification between your Mastodon account profile and your organization's website.

If not, please boost.

Instructions are here under "Link Verification":

I know people may not feel the need to “retoot” thoughts that are currently trending on “The Bird Site,” especially messages regarding hate and crimes against the LGBTQIA+ community, but it’s important to establish that hate also doesn’t belong here, and the Fediverse can be a safe(r) place for all.
(Except for those who project hate and intolerance - they can all fuck right off.)

Today is #TransDayofRemembrance when we honor and remember trans lives taken by violence. How horrifying that a deadly attack upon the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs should occur right before this solemn day.
Hate isn’t born in us. It is taught. It must end.
This starts with our political leaders, who must cease their cynical attacks against our community before another attack occurs.
Call out the hate. Remind them of its consequences. Hold them to account.

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bluejay is designed to be a SAFE social network for all - no tolerance for intolerance. As long as you are civil to everyone and refrain from racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of bigotry - you will find yourself happily at home here. Welcome!