NEW YEAR, NEW (AND EXCITING) ME
clearing my head (and phone)
I've noticed myself being distracted by a notification and that I've been using it as a reason to give myself a break. I'm always thinking of 3-4 things at a time and my mind is cluttered.
"I loved that backsplash on apartment therapy this morning! I wonder if my face a good shape for bangs? What kind of dog was that in the lift? Do I really have to get this done by 3? Oh no, it's 2....focus...wait."
I think it's been happening for years now and that I've been distracted for the entire time.
Disconnecting is amazing and I love it, but that zen feeling being offline seems to be forgotten as soon as I turn my phone on again. We can't avoid technology, unfortunately, but how do we disconnect while still being connected?
I took a day to myself and got rid of EVERY SINGLE NOTIFICATION on my phone. All of those red dots and numbers are gone. This means:
- every single email I've been saving for later is either flagged (because it's important) or deleted, because honestly, did I care that much since I left it for 5 months anyway? I take 10 minutes when I wake up to clear up my new emails and respond to important ones from family, friends, or work. Finally, unsubscribe to all those emails you delete without looking!
- all my apps are updated
- the newest version of my phone software is updated
- my Social Media alerts are only for messages, so I don't keep buzzing and checking my phone to see if someone liked a photo. Watch Black Mirror...it'll change you.
- all texts & messages are answered as soon as I get them/the nest time I'm available
My slate is clean. There's nothing to check and now I can focus on the things I want to. I'd love to hear feedback on how you keep a free headspace!
We should all be more like Tom and Donna (go watch this clip I linked from Parks & Rec if you haven't been delighted already) in that we should treat ourselves to thing things we love most. The things I love most are family, friends, food, and art.
Call them more. Send a text saying hi and I love you. The holidays were a great time for me in that I skyped at least one member of the family every week. Being abroad has brought me closer to my family, in a sense, but I miss the bear hugs from dad, girl time with mom, annoying my little sister (and borrowing her clothes), and playing with Gretchen the pup. To the left is one of my favorite photos together.
I hope it doesn't take moving abroad for most of you to find your closest friends, I've found my real friends now. They've dwindled from the masses in high school and university, but I know now that they're the ones willing to send you snail mail from around the world (despite the excessive shipping fees) and say "we should Skype" and really mean it. I've put more effort into those relationships now that I'm so far from them.
When I talk about friends, I do also mean my best friend and partner in life. He's the reason I left my roots in Southern California and he's the person who supports me when I have doubt about myself. He's my biggest cheerleader (along side my family) and that's more than I could ever ask for. Valentine's Day is coming, so I'll leave the sap for later.
Anyone who knows me can attest to my love for food. Korean food, ramen, steak, anything with noodles, fried chicken...if I listed all my favorites, you'd probably stop reading. The holidays were glorious and we ate our share plus a couple other's. We've since tried to limit our intake of simple carbs (goodbye pasta and rice) and replaced them with lots and lots of veggies. So far, so good.
The treat yo'self portion of this category lies in both our healthier eating and our cheat days. I LOVE that I don't feel bloated after a nice Carbonara and the few less pounds I've dropped are a nice bonus. I'm learning, slowly but surely, that I'm not getting any younger and the easy way to a long and healthy life is to start now. I won't be cutting out the occasional Hungry Jacks for life, but I'll appreciate the occasion treat as such, a treat. I'll start listening to what my mom said about moderation now. *sighs* She was right.
If you're at my site now, you can probably guess that I love art and making things in general. As an architectural designer, I love seeing the intersections of different medias and how they can all be used in a variety of scales. I want to keep creating pieces I love and hopefully some of you will like it as well.
If you made it here, thanks for reading!
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Grumpy Goat Co.
Carolyn | Sydney, Australia
architect + designer + artist + blogger + graphic designer + always hungry
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