Tag: lifestreaming

My Fitness Pal

Why I Post My Calories on Instagram

My Fitness Pal

I used to be bulimic. I would eat a pizza and some ice cream and maybe some snack cakes and then I'd puke it back up. On the surface it was fun and relaxing, but I always knew it wasn't really a sustainable way to deal with life.

I stopped barfing when Kelly moved in with me, nearly 6 years ago. But food is still one of my drugs of choice, so when I feel stressed or sad or don't want to deal with my life, I overeat.

I always start counting my calories under the guise of weightloss (it's the only thing I've ever found that works), but really I'm just budgeting instead of being unconscious.

After years of unconsciously spending credit, I went broke and had to start budgeting. The same thing happens with food--I go into calorie debt and start gaining weight.

Counting calories helps me know when to stop eating so I don't use food to deal with my emotions. Once I've had my budget for the day, I have to find some other way to feel good.

Even when I'm counting calories using MyFitnessPal, it can still be hard to keep it together. I have a tendency to count my calories all day, but then nightfall hits and I hit the liquor store. The liquor store invariably leads to drunken food purchases, which is a very annoying pattern.

So I post my little screen grabs on Instagram, because it keeps me from overeating and having to post an embarrassing calorie count. The fact that I get embarrassed by what I eat is a whole different therapy session in itself, but for now I'm doing this because it works.

I intend to keep this practice up for every day of 2014, so make your account-following plans accordingly. I know that I would be absolutely riveted by a regular calorie-intake update from any of my friends, so I hope I can provide you the same enjoyment!

Some caveats:

  • I don't usually bother to find exact foods or brands in the app, so sometimes it will say I had 3 tomato slices from Subway or a Popeyes mashed potatoes even though I have never eaten there before.
  • Sometimes if I simply must drink or snack at night, I put those foods as breakfast for the next day. That's why you may have seen vodka and pizza for breakfast before...
  • I still get my feelings hurt when people comment on my eating habits, but the benefits of perceived public scrutiny outweigh the actual feedback I get. Please don't judge me. I'm doing my best.

Lifestreaming Is a Life Design Methodology


Saturday night Kelly and I were going to walk to 7-11 for a frozen pizza.

We've been upping our health game lately, so we've been counting calories and eating less, but our fondness for pizza knows no bounds.

Pizza was going to put us way over budget, but we were giving in. We were hungry.

Then I started playing Astrojax. I found myself actually having fun playing, so much that I wanted to record a video to see my progress.

The video was aight. But I did notice that my arms look slimmer. And so do my legs.

So a few minutes later when Kelly said, "You ready to go?" I said, "Don't you just want to go to bed? I watched my video and I looked slimmer. I can't fuck with that."

We didn't go. That is why lifestreaming is a life design methodology. It's just a mirror. If you can see it, you can measure it. If you can measure it, you can manage it. If you manage it, you change.

If you really want to change your life right now, sign up for Bluehost* webhosting, install WordPress and start sharing your experience. That's how you can make a quantum leap of awareness from being yourself and your thoughts to watching yourself and your thoughts. It's a meta-perspective on your life. It lets you look at yourself outside of yourself and realize you're not just your body. There's another part of you that's aware of who you are.

(I recommend Bluehost because it's who I've been using for the past 4 years. They are very reliable and easy to work with. I get a commission if you use my link--thank you for supporting jessicamullen.com!)

Lifestreamed faces

How to Feel Good No Matter What with Lifestreaming

Lifestreamed faces

All that matters in life is how you feel. How you feel determines the experiences you attract. If you believe good things happen when you feel good, why bother feeling bad ever again?

Unconditional love and feeling good no matter what are the same thing. Tuning to a vibration of unconditional love, or a state of mind where your good mood is unshakable, definitely takes practice. It pays off though—those joyful octaves of life experience are what give meaning to life, and unconditional love is what we all strive for in our hearts.

How can we practice living from a state of unconditional love? How can we practice feeling good no matter what? It's easier than it sounds, and many of us already do it: lifestreaming! (Did you see that one coming?)

Lifestreaming is an act of appreciating one's life experience. By looking for things about your life you want to share on the Internet, you are actively seeking out things to feel good about. Appreciation is the same feeling as love. And when you appreciate, what you appreciate grows in value. Abraham says,

If all you did was just look for things to appreciate you would live a joyous, spectacular life. If there was nothing else that you ever came to understand other than just look for things to appreciate, it’s the only tool you would ever need to predominantly hook you up with who you really are. That’s all you’d need.

To feel good no matter what, you don't have to first fix what's wrong with you, lose 10 pounds, get a new job, or find a perfect lover. You don't have to have any money, you don't have to have tons of friends, and you don't have to change. You can be exactly who you are, right now, and still feel unshakably, unconditionally good. All you have to do is look for things to appreciate about your life. In each moment of your experience, there are thousands of things you could appreciate.

I'm proposing lifestreaming as a long-term solution for humanity as a whole. The technology may not be as prevalent as television (yet), and it still might feel weird to let go of some privacy and appear vulnerable in public. But when we look for things to appreciate about our lives and share them with others, it inspires other people to look for things to appreciate in their own lives.

If we can collectively train ourselves into a constant state of appreciation, we will be living in unconditional love. We will all feel good no matter what. Can you imagine?! For our species as a whole to operate from a place of love, instead of fear?

Lifestreaming may not be for everyone (yet...). But if it turns you off, ask yourself why. Would it make you feel conceited? Would it make you feel bad for sharing how good your life is when other people don't have it as good? Would you be afraid of attack or backlash?

Remember that you are perfect, and you deserve to be celebrated. There is nothing to be afraid of (literally, I promise, I guarantee it!) because everything that happens in your life experience is a solution.

Lifestreaming as a life design practice, and as a technology, is still just a baby. There are infinite ways it can grow and expand and benefit us. For now, I'll leave it as a way to practice appreciation, feeling good, and loving unconditionally. What happens after that is for you to discover.

Examples of lifestreaming love

There are as many ways to lifestream as there are ways to communicate. You can share photos, write about gratitude, or channel dolphins. Here are several lifestreamers creating huge waves of love in their lives that may inspire you to share more of your own incredible life.

  • Sunny Smith: "so grateful that i am self-aware. so grateful that i can hear the hum. so grateful that i can feel the flow. so grateful that i can do this."
  • Novaa Veo: "I've got a lot of awesome happening in my life right now. Let’s talk about it."
  • Katja Simone: beautiful photography of the Now.
  • Sarah Monster Gilbert: a brilliant artist sharing recent work.
  • Betty Leigh Verbeke: "I love the life I am making. I love the reflections I’m seeing. It’s all just so ridiculously wonderful."
  • Jen Bullinger: "I'm grateful for new opportunities on the horizon. I’m grateful to know that when I start to make a move, the Universe matches me with an even more awesome rebuttal."
  • Kelly Cree: "it feels good to focus / to stay laser focused to hold / love in my heart / it feels good to take responsibility"
  • Sara Whittemore: "What do you do after you make the choice? You change your per­spec­tive. Per­spec­tive change is sim­i­lar to the con­cept of cre­at­ing a new life story which allows you to change your thoughts by cre­at­ing a new ver­sion of your present sit­u­a­tion (your story)."
  • Lorra Fae: "I just got hit with the stab of deep gratitude ... How crazy it is to just be SLAMMED with this notion. It makes breathing a joy, just lying here in bed, inhabiting this body, fully present. Feeling ALIVE."
  • Lynn Fang: "Grateful to accept who I am. Grateful to express public gratitude. Grateful to break through walls, expand my consciousness, and ultimately gain greater self-confidence and awareness."
  • Erin Kys: "Ask for what you want. IT'S THAT EASY." Plus: BACON CUPCAKES.

More lifestreaming resources

To join in on the life design and lifestreaming conversation, visit the School of Life Design Facebook group. For an introductory lesson on starting a lifestream practice, read the School of Life Design Lesson 2: Designing the Digital You. To start your own self-hosted website, please support the School of Life Design by getting a website through Bluehost. Finally, check out my lifestream too!


Thank You Bluehost! A Webhosting Review


Whenever I hear about server issues or webhosting problems, I feel infinitely grateful for my hosting provider Bluehost. Kelly and I have been using them since we started our podcast in June 2008 and have experienced only good things. If you're looking for webhosting for your lifestream or website, Bluehost is as good as they come. Below is a list of my five favorite features.

1. Bluehost does amazing full backups.

Full Cpanel Backups
About once a week, I do a full cPanel backup for my webhosting accounts. All I have to do is click "Site Backup & Restore" and then "Full cPanel Backup". I can grab the daily, weekly, or monthly backup file. My sites are pretty big and the backup files can range from 9GB to 26GB, so it's awesome Bluehost lets me download such enormous files in my browser.

2. They have fast, reliable, friendly customer service.

Open a support ticket
If my site is ever down or lagging, I immediately open a support ticket to alert Bluehost of the issue. They usually contact me within a couple hours with a solution, and make sure each ticket gets resolved. Their customer service is so fast!

3. They have very little server downtime.

Status ok!
My site is rarely down. Third party monitoring services report that Bluehost has 99.99% uptime, a rather stellar rating!

4. They provide excellent tools and complete access.

Bluehost services
One of my favorite parts of Bluehost is that they offer 1-click WordPress installations. Just enter your blog name and you're set up! No messing with databases or FTP. Bluehost also offers Secure Shell (SSH) Access, Override .htaccess Support, Custom Cronjobs, MySQL Databases, PHP 5, and support for custom PHP.INI Files.

5. They have an awesome affiliate program!

Yay affliliates
I get $65 every time someone signs up for an account using my affiliate link. BALLIN. Learn more about becoming an affiliate here!

Bluehost costs $6.95 a month for the storage space and includes one domain name registration. You can add as many domain names as you want to your account, meaning you can host multiple websites in the same server space. Additional domain names cost $10 a year. If you're ready to get your own website and want to support my work and the School of Life Design, please be sure to use my affiliate link. Thanks!

5 Ways to Stay Inspired to Work on Your…

Who are you talking to?
Thanks Thomas and NASA!

From a reader: I'm lacking the motivation to update my lifestream—mainly because I can tell no one visits the site/is helped by it. Do you have any suggestions of lifestreams from your life design project that regulary update? Just really need that "community feeling" right now, and seeing a blog that is doing it right. Sometimes that's all the inspiration you need :)

Maintaining a site with no traffic can be frustrating. You pour your heart and best ideas into your creation but where are the comments? Does anyone even care? Here are a few strategies to stay happily obsessed with your own work, even if no one's looking—yet.

1. Do it for yourself first.

The only way creative endeavors pay off is if you enjoy the process of creation. If you don't send a signal of love during creation, your work can't attract the love of others. Above all, your website should be something you work on because it's fun and it feels good, not because you think it's going to make you rich or famous. If you're wondering what to write about, think about what you want to read. How can you use your site to help yourself?

2. Think about the kind of reader you want.

Who is your target audience? Who do you want to be reading your site? Where do they live, what do they like, and why do you want them reading your site? Picture the person benefiting from your work. Imagine the way they will feel when they read your site. Will they feel relief? Will they feel inspired?

3. Don't dig up your seeds.

Stop looking at your analytics. Stop counting your followers and comments and retweets. If your traffic isn't what you want it to be, looking at your stats will only perpetuate them. Stop checking for evidence, because when you check for evidence you are projecting a signal of "I don't trust the universe is bringing me what I want."

4. Write as if you have a million readers.

Steve Pavlina has some great advice on running successful blogs: "When I sit down to write, I sometimes imagine myself standing on an outdoor concert stage before an audience of a million people." So you wake up tomorrow morning and have 1 million new visits to your site. How does that make you feel? Do you feel embarrassed that your work isn't quite good enough, or are you happy people are finally seeing the light? Write your next post for 1 million readers and see if anything changes.

5. Join the School of Life Design Facebook group.

When I closed the School of Life Design forum and sent everyone to Facebook, I didn't expect the conversation to pick up quite as quickly as it did! The School of Life Design group is essentially a directory of other life designers, many of them with their own websites and lifestreams. This group is a great place to share your work, ask questions, and get inspired by other lifestreamers. If you are a life designer, I guarantee this is the community for you!

If you really care about having more traffic to your site but it isn't coming, that just means you have some resistant thoughts about getting more traffic. Maybe you feel like you don't deserve it. Maybe you are intimidated by the demands of success. If you're not getting what you want, it just means you're resisting. To stop resisting, stop thinking about the thing you want. Let it go. Trust it is coming. Never think about it again. The universe is on the case, I promise!

Who needs traffic when you've got donations?! Please support your local life designer today :D

Goodbye Forum, Hello Facebook!

I've decided to close down the School of Life Design Forum. If you're a member, you'll be able to access it for a little while longer if you want to grab anything. The software was too clunky, managing it was beastly, and activity has slowed to a crawl. So let's take this opportunity to connect on Facebook, where I don't have to manage the software, everyone's already on it, and there are lots of places to play.

Add me!

Add me as a friend on Facebook and we can do comedy routines in the comments on other people's walls.

Join the School of Life Design group!

This group is just a baby, but it has lots of potential. It's open to the public and ready for your conversations! I'd like this group to be our little life design directory, so please add yourself!

Like this site

You can like this website on Facebook too. Show your support for your favorite rainbow-haired lifestreamer!

Internet & the Meaning of Life

5 Ways to Remember the Meaning of Life with…

Internet & the Meaning of Life

1. We are one.

The Internet is a physical manifestation of our oneness. It may seem like a separate thing from us, but it's made up of connections, transactions and exchanges between people, places, things and ideas. When we are connected to the Internet, we are connected to everything on the Internet. Substitute the word "life" for "Internet" and you can see how the Internet is just a manifestation of our underlying source. Connect to life, connect to everything. And since we are life, we are always connected. The fun part is learning to become conscious of that connection and use it to our advantage.

2. Life is fun.

Why do you go online? Because it's fun to learn, it's fun to talk to people on Facebook, it's fun to watch the human drama. It's fun to look up porn, it's fun to go shopping, and it's fun to make things to share with our friends. It's fun to track our progress, it's fun to LOL, and it's fun to watch technology merge with our lives so quickly. We go online to have fun. That's the only good reason to do anything.

3. Nothing is serious.

Even if something bad happens, everyone forgets about it by tomorrow. If one part of the Internet goes down, it's already been backed up and mirrored somewhere else. The Internet doesn't die. And neither do we. We're eternal, duh!

4. Your life should feel good to you.

When we publish to the Internet, we feel the eyes of the whole. We know that anyone and everyone could read our words. That feeling of being compelled to post online is actually the flow of life inspiring you to share with the rest of humanity. It feels good to be inspired to post online. It feels like freedom and confidence and power. When you want to share about your life, trust it is the inspiration of god guiding you. Share your life when it feels good, and if you don't want to share, ask yourself if your life feels good to you.

5. It's whatever you want.

What you put online is as true as anything else. A fact is just something someone believes to be true. A belief is just a pattern of thoughts one thinks over and over. And a thought is just a choice. What do you want to see reflected in your reality? If you want love, start posting about the love you already have—what you like about it, where you see it, how it feels. If you want money, share about the abundance you already have. If you want health, emphasize the parts of you that are healthy.

As a direct manifestation of humanity's oneness, the Internet provides a fantastic forum for testing the power of thought. What happens online, you can assume is a reflection of our greater consciousness. We have immediate access to the things we want. We can talk to each other instantly through the air. We unveil new possibilities every second. Everything you can do online, you can do in your head. That is the Internet showing us the meaning of life.

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Happy 11.11.11! 5 Blogging Basics for New Beginnings

Thank you Georgia!

They say when you start noticing 11:11 on the clock, it's a wake up call from the universe. Knock knock! Ready to go deeper into this mystery of life? Not only can you say 11:11 represents "one-ness", but it's an indicator of synchronicity: things lining up for you in perfect timing. Isn't the very definition of life, "perfect timing"?

Today is 11/11/11, which means the whole world is noticing the synchronicity. A worldwide wake up call is pretty huge!

What is the wake up call telling you? What do you know you have to do but have been putting off? What new thoughts, beliefs, feelings and actions would you like to make yours today?

Take this day as the opportunity it truly is: a chance to align with the person you know you are.

Let's do it together!

It's easy to say we'll change and do better, but sometimes it really helps to share our ideas and support each other. Whether you do it under your own name or a pseudonym, documenting your journey on a blog or website helps you stay accountable, appreciate your progress, and meet people with similar ideas. Basically, blogging helps you stick to it, whatever it may be. Plus, there's always that possibility of fame and fortune if you achieve your goals—or fail particularly beautifully.

1. Get a site

I always recommend paying for your own web hosting so you can have complete control over your site. This gives you things like a domain name, infinite storage space, and ability to sell or monetize whatever you want on your site (porn and illegal things excluded). If you want to one day make a living from your site, this is the way to go. I have some easy instructions here. Keep in mind it will require a little bit of fiddling with code and software.

If you're not quite ready for the commitment or technical involvement, get a WordPress.com blog, a Blogger blog, or a Tumblr - whatever is easiest for you.

2. Start writing

Lots of people start blogs as a place to be heard. No one else can share your thoughts for you. And every thought you have is just as valuable as any other on the Internet. Who knows what gold is lying around your head! If you don't know what to write, check out this list of ideas.

3. Get comfortable with blogging. In public.

Sharing my thoughts in public is scary, but it feels good to do things I'm afraid of. I believe sharing what we think is pretty much the best way to remember each other's humanity. We all have thoughts and feelings and want them to be heard. Sharing thoughts makes us vulnerable to criticism, but who cares? Haters left!

Keeping a public blog is BALLSY. But there will be many times when you're not ready to go public. In that case, you can keep drafts of posts saved on your website, or on some platforms (like WordPress) you can publish password-protected or completely private posts. I do not advise this! Every keystroke you make on the Internet has a chance to be public one day. No password is strong enough to protect your privacy forever. If you need to iron out some ideas before sharing them, keep a separate journal on your computer. I often find that when I allow myself to write privately, I can make a lot of progress feeling better about the topic. Often by the time I'm done writing I have a piece I want to share anyway.

For good advice on blogging, read ProBlogger, Penelope Trunk, and Steve Pavlina. For web design advice, read A List Apart.

4. Understand Copyright

If you use someone else's image on your site, get permission or at the very least link to where you got it. If you want a clear conscience about using other people's images, use Creative Commons licensed images that are easy to search for on Flickr.

Then decide about how to license your own work. As soon as you publish something, it is technically copyrighted by you. No one has the rights to sell it or use it without your permission. But the best advice I have (which Russell Simmons and Steve Pavlina agree with) is to give it away for free. The best way to get your ideas to the most people is to not put any barriers in the way. Donate your work to the public domain or Creative Commons license it. You will still be able to make money from your art. But when you first start out, the most important thing is to get your ideas into other people's heads. Make it easy on us. (Recently one of my CC-licensed photos was published on Forbes, neat huh?)

5. Decide how you want to monetize

You'll be a lot more likely to make money from your site if you decide how you want to do it. Do you want to have a really high traffic site? Then advertising (using Adsense or other platforms) will make you a lot of money. The challenge of traffic-based revenue models is that you only make more money with more traffic, meaning you have to produce a lot of content to keep people coming back.

There are infinite ways to make money from your site. You can sell physical merchandise, digital downloads, subscription access, or affiliate products. And don't forget about donations! How do you want to make your money?

If you want lots of traffic, ask yourself why. What feeling would that give you? If you want to sell your creative works, ask yourself why. What feeling would that give you? If you want to people to donate large sums to you, ask yourself why. What feeling would that give you? Whatever feeling it is you're trying to achieve you can start practicing today. The more you choose to feel as if you've succeeded, the faster success will come. Be it, see it!

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Click the Like Button!

How To Put a Facebook Like Button On Your…

Click the Like Button!

The Facebook Like button has become the easiest way to share information with my friends. I love that it only takes one click to post an article I like to my wall, and I love that Facebook makes it easy to re-share items. The Facebook Like button is one of the best word-of-mouth promotional tools I've found. Definitely consider installing this feature if you want your ideas to spread!

The best part of the Like button is that it's easy to install on any kind of website. Below I've outlined the steps for various platforms. Click the Like button!

Self-hosted WordPress

If you run WordPress on your own server, installing a Facebook Like button is super easy!

  1. Install the Facebook Like plugin. A Facebook Like menu option will show up in your WordPress dashboard sidebar. There you enter your Facebook app ID (create one here) and preferences, like where you want the button to show up.
  2. Install the Facebook Like Thumbnail plugin to enable the proper images to show up when someone likes a post on your site.


On a blog hosted at WordPress.com, you have two options.

  1. Using your widgets (see your dashboard sidebar), you can add a Like button widget that connects to a Facebook page.
  2. To add a Like button to an individual post, you have to manually generate the Like button code. Here is a service (and some more info about it) that will do it for you for free. Create your post, then create your Like button, then paste the provided Like button code in your post.

Movable Type

This guy has the hookup on the MT instructions!


Here is how you can put a Like button for your whole Tumblr site.

  1. Create your button code on Facebook.
  2. Edit the HTML of your Tumblr theme and paste in Facebook's code wherever you want your button. I put mine right after my donate button at the top.

Other websites

You can generate Facebook Like buttons for any website. Just copy and paste the code Facebook provides.

Lifestreaming Is Open Source Thinking

Lifestreaming Is Open Source Thinking
Thoughts create and how we feel attracts our thoughts. To design one's life means not only deliberately choosing what thoughts to think, but also deliberately choosing what emotion to feel.

Life design is really two different things: thinking, and not thinking. Both are integral to successful conscious creation. We stop thought to access the calm, infinite intelligence of consciousness, which allows us to know our inherent well being. We think to create. When we do both in balance, we create as gods. Ask, and it is given. You can be or do or have whatever you want.

Lifestreaming is a way to manage the thinking side of life design, and a way to become more conscious of the not-thinking part. Lifestreaming at its core is open source thinking. The source code for the design of my life is my thoughts, and when I make my thoughts public on the Internet, you get to see the source code for my life. And when you view my lifestream, you see more documentation of the times I am not thinking, like when I'm exercising or playing Astrojax or meditating.

I digitize my thoughts and add them to my public lifestream website for many reasons. Most importantly, writing is my primary thought direction practice. I spend 30 minutes to several hours every day consciously selecting thoughts that feel good to think and write them down. I credit this practice with changing the direction of my entire life, from aimless and uncertain to focused and confident and FUN. Diligently directing my thoughts every single day keeps me dedicated to loving myself and my life. Having this record is pure evidence of the magick of life. But the true value in this practice is that it genuinely feels good, and that is the only time thinking is of value anyway - when it feels good.

I also publicly share my thoughts to celebrate our one consciousness. We are all part of the same whole. We are all made of the exact same energy (love, or god, or source). We all want the same things - to have fun and be loved. We are all perfect. All of our experiences have the same value - to expand the universe.

Since we are all one consciousness, there is no reason for me to fear you or what you think. I may create a version of you that has negative thoughts about me, but you are not your mind. I know negative thoughts about me are not true. And I know that you are, at heart, me. With that logic I share my thoughts to practice fearlessness, to practice trusting you instead of fearing your judgement. I trust that you understand what I'm doing. I trust that you are a loving being.

Privacy is a big concern for many on the Internet. My belief is that we feel the need for privacy because we are afraid of each other's thoughts, and we are afraid for our financial or personal safety. But what if we chose to trust each other, to not need privacy, to trust that we can all do our own things without penalty? What if we sacrificed privacy for trust and unity? You can argue there will always be some that will take advantage of the openness. But couldn't we train ourselves out of that belief too? Jesus could. We are all made of god. None of us is bad, or evil, or wrong.

I lifestream to stay accountable for my own thoughts, which create my beliefs, my words and my actions. By challenging myself to write as if everyone was looking, I feel inspired to keep going. I am performing this experiment for my own good, and for the good of everyone. What if this works? I can already tell you it does. It takes a lot of practice to get any degree of control, but what work of art has ever been perfect the first brushstroke?

Life is easier when you direct the process from seed to harvest. Shaping your life at the level of thought is like getting to choose whatever you want to plant in your garden. If you don't choose what seeds you plant, you'll end up with the same random experiences that left you questioning the meaning of life in the first place. And probably a lot of zucchini you won't know what to do with either. Whether you choose to plant your garden publicly or not is up to you, but it sure is nice to share ideas about what to grow and how to do it.