1.27.2015

the me i like


i've been painting in my journal and cutting inspirational words out of magazines for a vision book that i'm creating, which sounds soothing and even a bit zen like, but those things are almost always followed with the huge mistake of checking my phone and all of a sudden facebook grabs me in a chokehold of sorts, holds me hostage as i beg to be let go of, asks for a ridiculous ransom {like "turn off your phone and walk away and you'll never see me again"} and instantly my afternoon of simple pleasures has disappeared and been replaced with stupid cat videos and ten reasons why i'm actually more of an introvert than anyone gives me credit for. sigh.


this is me without my phone in sight and i like that me. i like the me that laughs when her feet get stuck in the wet sand pockets that feel like quicksand and imagines that that "quicksand" is sucking her down into an abyss where mermaids probably hang out when the sun gets too hot. i like the me that chases sand crabs around in circles, occasionally having to show off her extraordinary ninja like moves dance a bit because they get just a little too close for comfort.


and i especially like the me that takes jumping photos. in this group shot, their teacher raised her shoulders a bit and  said to me, "confidentiality might be a problem"  when i approached her about this whole classroom  photo and i said, "no problem at all. let's have them all jump backwards" and then she smiled, took my business card, gathered the kids all together and applauded their efforts. 

so the question of the day::
do you get easily distracted by your phone and/or facebook?
do you not get things accomplished because of getting lost in the instagram/facebook vortex?

or did all of that happen to you and now you have a solution?
please share!!!

14 comments:

  1. I have no solution...as I am supposed to be balancing checkbooks right now. sigh. If you find the solution, please share.

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  2. Being close by the ocean should help a lot with forgetting about the FB/Instagram vortexes...;-) I'm happy to see the You you like ... It's a very beautiful YOU <3

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  3. Ah yes, I definitely get easily distracted by the screen, especially since I spend so long on it pursuing genuine goals. Its easy to switch over to FB for just a second ... and fifteen minutes later drag myself off again! ;-)

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  4. FB is like beginning a diet over the holidays: "Oh, just one cookie won't be bad" and the next thing you know, you've eaten the entire batch. Trust me on this. ; )

    And you are cute as a button!

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  5. Now that I'm a Realtor, checking my emails and Facebook is actually part of my job - and I totally get distracted! But I do get so tired of being on my computer or phone, and I'll usually take at least one day a week where I'm mostly unplugged. But it is handy for keeping up with friends and clients (and finding new ones!) so I just keep an eye on the time and most days I don't spend more than an hour on Facebook. I've also heard of people setting a timer, but that didn't work for me. Good luck, Queen of the Jump Photos!

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  6. I am easily distracted by my phone especially if I have posted on Instagram that day :) Or posted on my blog :) Sad I know. I did have a revelation this weekend when I finished the book Wishcraft by Barbara Sher. I made a weekly schedule planning out creative time, time for writing and photography as well as house hold chores. So far, it is only Tuesday, it has been going great and I have accomplished so much. I work best with lists and schedules.

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  7. Yes, I get lost in the vortex of Facebook. It irritates me, then I turn right around and do it again.
    I like the you that dances on the beach and takes the jumping photos too. Keep on keeping on.

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  8. I like that you, too! Hmm. I have a stupid phone and it isn't even a good stupid phone, so I only take it when I'm traveling or in bad neighborhoods at night. It doesn't get used very often! That said, when I'm working on the computer or home and the computer is up, I stop by and get distracted by email. Less so, FB. I try to go in there only once a day to do birthdays and once for a look at whatever's on the feed. I can get pretty distracted by blogs except I really like those and am never disappointed, so it's not really a distraction but a happy choice! Keep having fun and being the you that you like!

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  9. First I love these shots of you; so happy and free. I am really getting lost in the FB/IG/ vortex right now as I am taking two of Kim Klassen's classes and both of them have FB, IG, and Flicker sites to post our pictures to and since I am loving the classes I am checking and posting all day. I have to set a schedule because right now I am out of control and I don't like it.....I love that you are spending time painting, etc in your journal...Have fun and soak up some sun for me....Hugs...

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  10. Love this and exactly how I felt at the start of the year and cut the cord of social media expect for my blog and it feels so good. Love seeing you Beth.

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  11. I am so glad the jumping photos are back! They make me smile like nothing else! Enjoy your time at the beach Beth!

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  12. And there is a huge collective sigh of relief at knowing we're not alone in the FB vortex... beautiful photos! The backwards jump is genius!

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  13. i like all of your you's! but i think that anyone who has a computer or a "smart" phone or a social media account of ANY kind can relate to the very real struggle to maintain BALANCE. i think the beach has a pretty strong pull of its own, and i'm pretty sure you'd agree with me ;)

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  14. I catch myself sometimes being utterly ridiculous.. like panicking if I left my phone at home and I'm just running out to do a few local errands. Or checking it two minutes after I last checked it. Imagine.. we grew up without ANY of these things. However did we manage?

    Lovely pictures of you -

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