Reflecting on the gifts we receive sometimes makes us see them in a new light. When I joined steemit in February 2018, I thought I knew what I was going to get, and what I was going to give. LOL. How wrong can you be?!
I'm AMAZED at how my decision to join a censorship free platform where I retain content ownership and receive rewards for posting has actually changed my life. In a significant way. I didn't join steem broke and expecting to become a quasi bitcoin squillionaire - the steem price dropped as the Bear Market bit, just after I joined. And yet, in 23 months of blogging and engaging consistently on steem (which I was doing for free on other platforms) I have earned just over 5000 SP. When steem bounces back to its hay-day $8, I will already have enough steem squirreled away to buy 5 acres of land - in cash - along the Thai Burmese border for my herbal teaching and organic project. Not bad for something I was already doing anyway!!
Most importantly, steem has attracted a nucleus of great people who share similar values, and who get it that supporting each other builds the whole.
I've been particularly blessed by @eco-alex and the @ecotrain community, by @riverflows and the @naturalmedicine community, and by the passionate, enlightened soul who patiently supported me and onboarded me to steem, @kenistlyes .
I'm a business woman and I own a physical company here in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, which produces natural, fair trade and sustainable body and wellness products. Shameless plug: www.purethainaturals.com
Steem has become a steady driver of traffic to my online stores, and encouraged me to keep talking, keep posting and keep refining the message that I send out in to the world.
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Marike, that was beautiful! You come across as such a strong, independent woman that I never really thought that you could feel isolated, despite the fact that you surely must at times. We rarely know what is going on with people inside, which is all the more reason to be kind to people, as @mattclarke just recently said when we were discussing a wonderful community member who is struggling at the moment.
23 months! You are such a beautiful woman and I am so honoured to know you. You inspire me so much, and honestly could not have done without your guidance and support over my two years on Steemit. It's so lovely to hear your calm, soft and articulate voice. Your kindness, your passion, your intelligence and your natural medicine wisdoms (expressed in beautifully formatted posts with wonderful stories and well founded research) are a shining light in our Steemiverse, both for #ecotrain and #naturalmedicine communities and many others. I feel so much the same - Steem has helped me feel very much part of the global community and to feel as if I am part of something bigger and something important. I too feel so much less alone since joining Steem too and I love thinking that I'm part of the same splinter or seed from the same dandelion plant as you. I do miss Keni - have you seen him of late? - @riverflows xx
Yes, @eco-alex was right to encourage you to do videos, you're a natural and I just love your energy. The message hits home too, I feel the same about my time here on Steemit and what it has given me. Living in rural Ireland as a single mother is not easy, and this platform has truly changed my life in so many different ways. It's lovely to see you 'in person' and I might just use this video for onboarding people to Steem. Thank you!
wow, wow WOW! This such a beautiful, powerful video! What you say is SO important, so right.. YES.. amazing first vlog my dear sister...PLEASE keep talking!!!
Bless you for spreading awareness about how conscious our hive minds are evolving, because steemians share value that goes beyond subjective exchange that live stock economies tend to exhibit or what you meant as brainless mass pop followed by groupthink sheep herds, visible in the main stream. We all must realise that these shared values combined become much stronger and that proof of brain gives us the power to relate closer. The values we share then become more than just means to an end, but result into common goals achieved by communities. In the awakening of a new world with liberty, we evolved into a very sophisticated decentralised DLT Network for timestamps and publications as well as data ownership, but The first of it's kind experiment in human economic history. We are Steemians! We are all here because of those steemians that believed, broke in the cold, invested their life savings, staked into freedom, liberty, justice, free speech and for us to enter a web 3.0 that has freedom of values for all. Steemian's!?! Worked and achieved so much, that we must give reverence to all the witnesses, and investors, developers that believe in a better future for humanity and steemians creating value and making distributed revenues for their communities. Specially to the kind actors, environmentalists and fellow earthlings. To all who believe in liberty and the awakening to a new age of spiritual consciousness.
Creativity in it's transcendence is found in each of our human senses whilst engaging with the universe. It's not to see and do what everyone else does, but to understand, rethink, reshape, discover act and create. Open space to all branches for vascular growth. The digital augmented revolution and automation will only have people spend more time on their devices. If China has facial recognition, and when Neuralink runs on EOS, then I go to a the wudang of shaolin temple to practice telekinesis. Neuralinked people will feel EMP's and receive data from my QI as if I was a quantum computer with superposition. I see and I experience Steem gatherings where I meet steemians. Connect on discord, meet them in their city. A lot of us are very resourceful Networkers. I came from an Event done by steemian's from #sma celebrating #onelife as I write this. Active gatherings in economies such as #lotus that promotes Holistic health #naturalmedicine and #ecotrain are all characteristic an altruistically driven economy. The previous paradigm where everyone follows their own selfish interest will not prevail and is being replaced. This revolution was inevitable. The fractional reserve banking system based on Keynesian frame works from back at Brettonwoods are history. There is a parallel economy! Decentralised Autonomous Organisations that govern each other by peer to peer value exchange eliminating middle men, will have very smart token economics to sustain their resources, increase them by making revenue and grow the networks through scaling with Nodes. What I am trying to explain is how this just only works in real life. Like eco-villages are started by buying land and making these communities. If a restaurant offers to buy a coffee for steem, we should put it on a map. Have it easier to circulate. PLaces for digital nomads, yoga lovers, lovers of good vegan cuisine, it's is one of the most contemporary Idea/Ideaology in my friends circle. The manifestation is visible in my life, Portugal, India, vertical farming, dynamic natural habitats, beneficial habitat planting, agroforestry. aqua farming algae etc... A land is being bought close to a forest , where the village with be build in the trees with dynamic agroforestry and floating tents. projects such as www.oikos.co.in and other organisations in #india.. Do connect with me on discord Shinobi#0298
So I opened your website in chrome on my phone and I opened the menu and this was what happend xD Your pop-out menu was laying under your posts :D
Lovely to hear you speaking and hear how being connected here on Steem has empowered you and how it brings us together making way for the new paradigm! I felt listening to you allowed me to get to know you better too! You have been an inspiration and you have added so much to the Steem communities! Thank-you for all you do!
I have tears. That was soooooo gooood.
What an amazing powerful energy you have captured on film here. Thank you for so eloquently putting into words what makes this place special. You are a legend!
I just wondered... have you considered small solar devices as a solution for your producers needing power?
Excellent video, Artemis (Marike)! It was really nice to hear your uncluttered, uncensored voice! More than that, it made me feel excited and passionate about how far we've come, and how much further Steem is going to take us. By the way, you don't look like a Luddite to me at all, since you're making videos on Threespeak, whereas I'm just thinking that I should... In fact, that may be the way to go, since I'll be in a place where I won't be online every day, so a short video may be on par with an elaborate text. Talking about my plans, since I won't be able to be online every day, I'm reorganizing my SP, so it can be put to good use through other accounts. I've just delegated a larger chunk to @naturalmedicine, and I would like to include a banner on my posts, just like the one you have. Could you send me (or point me in the right direction to) a piece of code for one, and an invitation to your discord channel? I would feel almost ashamed for asking such simple things, if it didn't give me the chance to ask: Who's the Luddite now? ;-) I appreciate your help!
Its good to know that even with the depressed price of steem, that it is still changing lives. Been here since 2017, never really been able to make it work, but good for you :)