The vast majority of my past resolutions never lasted long, led to a lot of guilt, and brought about some pretty bad feelings about myself. My resolutions were definitely not the way to start a New Year. However, over the years, especially as I speak to people, a new way of thinking about ‘resolutions’ has evolved. Not only does this “New Way of Thinking” work better, it takes a lot of guilt away. It is also wonderfully encouraging, and leaves me feeling better about myself, and my life.
Did you know that your feelings about the holidays do not come from the holidays? Your feelings do not come from its commercialism, or the Christmas music, or the chaos, or the glorious Christmas lights, or the relatives you see once a year. Nor the wonderful Christmas food that seems to be everywhere, or your attempts to make the parties perfect, or your desire to make it the “best Christmas ever,” or your resolve to ignore it altogether. Do you know where our feelings are coming from?
The North Bay fires have been devastating and virtually everyone has either been affected or knows someone who has. In many ways, life will never be the same in the North Bay. However, true recovery includes far more than rebuilding our homes and replacing our possessions; it must also include caring for and nurturing our spirits. Those have been damaged as well. So here are some words of comfort coming from 70 years of growing and learning and living through some of my own personal disasters.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".