Social Media: What happens when you stop playing the game

Fashion model Sigrid Agren explains she lost 30,000 Instagram followers when she started posting about what she really cares about rather than creating and posting fantasy-inducing images:

I knew that the white sand and turquoise water shot would be popular, especially if I was in it, in a bikini. But what really moved me was that black and white shot of a little boy fishing. What needed to happen happened : the more I posted, really, truthfully, the more my likes and following went down. Obviously my ego got a little bruised and started complaining but I ignored it.

Today I am grateful. I hope that I will keep narrowing my audience and finally find “my” people : the ones I can engage with truthfully. Those who don’t just follow me, those who get me.

The day I showed who I was. And lost 30 000 followers 🙂

Coronavirus: Travel insurance generally won’t help

The New York Times reports that travel insurance won’t cover losses caused by Coronavirus:

Bizarre as it may sound, standard travel insurance doesn’t cover losses caused by a global health crisis — even one that’s been declared “a public health emergency of international concern” by W.H.O. and for which the C.D.C. has issued a Level 3 travel notice recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China.

The general advice seems to be to ahead with planned trips unless you’re going to an area with a lot of known Coronavirus cases but the situation is changing quickly.


The great aim of every human being

[T]he great aim of every human being is to understand the meaning of total love. Love is not found in someone else, but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person. The universe only makes sense when we have someone to share our feelings with.

Paulo Coelho in the novel “Eleven Minutes” at 116.

Remembering Pan Am

I have fond memories of Pan American World Airways (1927-1991). Pan Am was the unofficial flag carrier of the United States. In 1970, it carried 11 million passengers to 86 countries worldwide. Pan Am has an important list of firsts to its credit, including:

  • First U.S. airline to operate permanent international air service (Key West, Florida—Havana, Cuba) (1927)
  • First airline to develop and employ long-range weather forecasting (1935)
  • First airline with scheduled transatlantic mail and passenger services (1939)
  • First airline to complete a round-the-world flight (1942)
  • First airline to operate a scheduled round-the-world service (1947)
  • Pan Am’s Boeing 707 Clipper America flies the first scheduled transatlantic service of a U.S.-built jet (1958)
  • First airline to fly the Boeing 747 widebody jet in scheduled service (1970)

Business Insider has an 11-minute video chronicling Pan Am’s rise and fall:

I remember being a member of Pan Am’s “First Moon Flights Club” which was a waiting list for future flights to the moon, but the company sadly declared bankruptcy in 1991.

I still miss Pan Am. No airline today has the prestige of Pan Am.


Revealed: quarter of all tweets about climate crisis produced by bots | Technology | The Guardian

On an average day during the period studied, 25% of all tweets about the climate crisis came from bots. This proportion was higher in certain topics – bots were responsible for 38% of tweets about “fake science” and 28% of all tweets about the petroleum giant Exxon.
— Read on Guardian


What is success?

A nice definition of success from Sigrid Agren:

  • Success is showing up each day.
  • Success is being vulnerable and open-hearted.
  • Success is knowing I am enough.
  • Success is being grateful every day for what I have.
  • Success is loving myself unconditionally. 
  • Success is trying, and even failing.
  • Success is allowing myself to be seen for who I am.
  • Success is listening to my heart.
  • Success is standing in my truth. 
  • Success is smiling and laughing every day. 
  • Success is trusting in life’s process.
  • Success is finding a way to make lemonade out of sour lemons (or finding the silver lining if you haven’t watched ‘This is Us’ and don’t know what I’m talking about).

Why Blog? Connecting Via Honesty

I am scared shitless to show you who I am, really, fully. I am scared shitless of opening up. But I know honesty is the only way to what matters the most to me : connecting with others.

If I have created this website, it is hoping that it will resonate with you, maybe even inspire you. Hoping it will make you laugh. Hoping it will comfort you on this crazy journey called life. Hoping it will make you reflect on the beauty of the world. And most importantly, hoping it will touch a little piece of your soul.

Sigrid Agren

Sigrid Agren is a model who was born in Martinique. She has a Swedish father and a French mother. She’s also on Instagram.


Apple Music v. Spotify

I’ve used both Apple Music and Spotify and for me nothing beats the playlists Spotify creates for me. I can listen for hours on Spotify without skipping a song. The ability of Spotify to predict music I will like is impressive. Apple Music is beautiful and has improved but in the end when I want to listen to music I love turn to Spotify.


A Sobering Norwegian Cruise Line Travel Alert

From a February 12, 2019 Norwegian Cruise Line travel alert:

Any guest that holds a Chinese, Hong Kong, or Macau passport, will be unable to board any of our ships, regardless of residency. (Except U.S. Alien Residents holding an Alien Resident Card (ARC), also known as a “Green Card” traveling on itineraries that sail from a US port and end in a US port.)

Any crew members joining our ships that hold a Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau passport will not be allowed to board our ships. In addition, any crew members who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau within 30 days will not be allowed to board our ships. 

Guests who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 30 days of their voyage embarkation, regardless of nationality, will not be allowed to board any of our vessels. The standard incubation period recognized by the WHO and U.S. CDC for this virus is 14 days. Guests who are denied boarding will be issued a refund when they provide proof of travel.

Norwegian Cruise Line serves 2.4 million passengers a year.

Not a great time to book a cruise.


The cruise industry will take a hit from coronavirus. How bad will it be? – The Washington Post

“Alex Sharpe, president and chief executive of Signature Travel Network, a cooperative of travel agencies that includes more than 7,000 advisers, said in a statement that demand for cruises overall was down 10 to 15 percent year-over-year so far in February.”

Source: The cruise industry will take a hit from coronavirus. How bad will it be? – The Washington Post