I’ve come across several great reads lately and thought I’d share a few of them with you. Enjoy!
1. “Step Away from the Phone!” While it’s sad there even needs to be an article discussing our smartphone dependency, it’s a great reminder to disconnect on a regular basis. I’m definitely guilty of being glued to my phone on Sundays constantly refreshing fantasy football scores and catching up on Twitter/Insta/Facebook in bed before I fall asleep at night. Apps like Untappd and Mint make it hard to put down the phone when you want to record a new favorite IPA or find out if having another beer is in your budget. First world problems, I know. We’re just too connected.
The phone-stack game is a brilliant idea. The dinner table just isn’t the place for your phone and being penalized for not socializing with those you’re dining with is a concept I can certainly get on board with.
2. “Let’s take the phone stacking game one step further: Ban the Meal Shot” This supplements my Insta-ragey post from a few weeks back. Kimberly echoes my sentiments exactly here:
But believe me when I tell you that no matter how hungry or excited you are about what you’re about to post on Instagram and Facebook, it NEVER looks as good to anyone else as it does to you.
3. #Hashtag with Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake. You know my thoughts on excessive and unnecessary hashtagging. (And it’s only going to get worse now that we’ve opened it up to the people of Facebook, who have no idea what a hashtag is to begin with.)
Anyway, this skit is perfect. Hashtag STFU. Yes.
4. “Are you as busy as you think?” The excessive whining of “OMG SO BUSY” has become a major pet peeve of mine and the WSJ nails it in this piece.
Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels.
Basically what it comes down to is this: you’re going to do what you want to do and procrastinate on what you don’t. You’re not busy – you just don’t know how to properly manage your time. Get your priorities in order and stop making excuses. Wake up earlier. Stay off of Facebook. Get shit done.
If you’re working 50 hours a week, and sleeping eight hours a night (56 per week) that leaves 62 hours for other things. That’s plenty of hours for a family life and a personal life — exercising, volunteering, sitting on the porch with the paper, plus watching TV if you like. Set goals — maybe three hours of exercise and swapping out two hours of TV for reading — and see where in your 168 hours you could make that happen.
To say I love this would be an understatement. In the past 12 years, I’ve cheated and been cheated on. I’ve stuck around in unhealthy relationships for all the wrong reasons. I’ve said ‘I Love You’ when I didn’t mean it. The way Brad and I ended up together isn’t a fairytale story: it was scandalous chain of events which ended up with me cheating on my live-in boyfriend. We’ve now been together for 8 1/2 years and my ex just got married last weekend to the girl he started dating shortly after we split. I’m not advocating cheating by any means, but it’s kind of crazy the way things work out sometimes. Moral of the Story: if you aren’t 100% happy, get the hell out of there. Life is too short to be spent unhappy in a mediocre relationship hoping that someday things might get better. “Unless it’s mad, passionate, extraordinary love, it’s a waste of time.”