Internet Intervention

unplug

I need to find a way to be much more productive with my time on the computer.

 

Do you ever find yourself sucked into the internet? It usually starts on my phone. I’ll check out instagram, read through my facebook timeline, read a few blogs, head over to Pinterest for a little browsing… and then all of a sudden I realize that I’ve been looking at a screen for well over an hour and I’ve accomplished nothing.

This makes me a little uncomfortable.

The internet is good for so many things. It allows me to connect with friends and family at home up north. It allows me to explore my interests, practice my photography, and find new knitting patterns. It introduces me to news stories, keeps me up-to-date with trending topics, and allows me to be a part of global communities. But as much as it connects me to the world it also takes me outside of the little piece of the world that I have right here. It takes me away from Dean, separates me from Allegra, and pulls me out of the moment.

So I need to be more conscious of the time I spend browsing.

Lately I’ve been itching to blog. I’ve had an impressive number of post ideas during my long work commute, but I have zero urge to write when I get home. I have good intentions, I swear! I open my computer, pull up my blog and stare at the cursor…. and then I flip over to catch up with other blogs, which turns into Pinterest, which leads me to facebook, which is usually where I get a little bored and finally realize it’s time to power down and go to bed.

So I need to find a way to be more productive when I’m on the computer.

Because my life doesn’t have time for hours of aimless clicking, and to be frank, I don’t want to have time for it. I want to go places and do things without having the urge to write about it or photograph it or do anything at all that could potentially drag me into the www. Because for as many wonderful gifts the internet has brought to me, I’ve also found double the number of time-wasters. So please excuse me if I haven’t been visiting my blog often. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s that I’m stuck in the middle of my little internet intervention.

 

MIA

silly faces

 

Guys- Blogging is HARD. It’s really fun, but sometimes it’s just tough to keep up with. Take the last week or so for example. My sister graduated from college, so Dean and I flew up to PA with my family to celebrate. We tried our best to make our rounds and visit friends before coming back and we completely packed out our schedule. When we finally made it home home I realized I had some major work to get done. Before I could even unpack my bags, I drove 4+ hours up to central Florida to take part in my cousins baby shower.

While I’ve been enjoying life, I’ve also been tired. And tired Jenn does not equal productive Jenn. But here are some posts that could be helpful. I promise I’ll get something new up soon!

college graduation seasonCongratulations, Nicole! Love you <3

 

 

Let’s Be Honest (and a quick survey)

survey

So it’s been a little while, huh? I didn’t mean to just drop out of the blogging world for a month, but sometimes life makes choices for you. Last week Nicole wrote a post about balance and blogging that made me stop and think about WLB, what the blog means and how we got here.

Blogging is a funny thing. Sometimes it’s rewarding, sometimes it’s fun, sometimes it’s neither, but it’s always time consuming. Back in PA I dedicated time specifically to blog because it helped me feel whole. It gave me something to focus on and a positive place to put some excess energy. Since our recent move I have found so many more outlets. Dean and I have given up cable and we’ve been living 2 months internet free. I play with Allegra, read and enjoy company as often as possible. We’ve carved out more time for travels and explorations and all of this has left me less time to blog.

The truth is that I miss typing out ideas, I miss taking photos and I miss you, but I don’t necessarily miss this space. I’m not sure what this means yet. Since we’re being honest, I don’t feel committed to revamping WLB but I also don’t feel interested in starting over. So that leaves me somewhere in the middle and that’s where you come in.

Before I commit myself to anything, I’d like to find out more about YOU! I have a 2-minute, 10 question survey here that I’d love for you to check out. I’d really appreciate it.

 

 

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Excess

 

cutting out the excess

Hi! I’m still alive and well, even though I haven’t been hanging out in the blog-world much.I don’t really have an excuse, I just haven’t been feeling it. Maybe it has to do with the New Year? I’ve been really trying to focus on what’s important. I want to spend more time with people not things. I want to get back to reading and photography and going on adventures with friends and family.

 

It’s funny though, because I still find myself thinking about blogging often. Posts I want to write jump into my head while I talk with friends or drink my morning coffee. But at the same time, I just haven’t been able to bring myself here to write it all down.

This space was always meant to be fun, and while most of the time it is, sometimes it’s not. Blogging is hard work. It’s  become a commitment and sometimes that means putting up posts that aren’t quite what I want. But where’s the fun in that? This isnt my job, it’s a hobby. So my new thing is only posting when I really want to. When I want to do the whole thing- the brainstorming, the writing, the photography (or sometimes the finding of the photography)…I think that’s fair, right? I’m cutting out the excess whereever I can and making the most of what is in front of me.

But as we all know, the thing I really like and miss about this space is YOU. So how is your 2015 going? Are you cutting back the excess, too?

 

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Happy November!

Happy Monday! How was your Halloween weekend? Ours was pretty uneventful. Dean and I fell asleep early on Friday, so a fun night out turned into a simple night in pretty quickly. Although we didn’t keep our eyes open long enough to dress in costume, we did get lucky enough to work together all day in highlighter yellow shirts… I feel like that’s kind of the same thing. The rest of my weekend involved lots of food, a large scale trip to Costco, a new book and some knitted goods. We’re super exciting, right? (you don’t have to answer that.)

 

the highlighter couple

 

 

Anyway, happy November! We made it to the holiday season! I use this term loosely because people get pretty upset when you use it too early in the year, but notice I don’t stop using it. I feel like Thanksgiving and Christmas go together, you know? This can’t just be me. It just wouldn’t be right to have one without the other! To me, November and December are both about giving thanks and showing love and I’m excited to find ways to do both of these things on the blog.

My plans include:

  • Recipes!
  • Style inspiration
  • Holiday crafts
  • Gift roundups
  • Goal check ins
  • And what ever else seems to fit 🙂

So let’s get this holiday party started, shall we?  You may notice that things look a little different around here. The updates aren’t quite finished, so let me know what you think. This new blog design started because I was bored and then ended because it was 4am and I finally felt like the design was something I could look at each day with a smile. While I am pretty happy with it, I also know that a blog design means nothing if it isn’t easy to navigate. So, if you notice anything funky or if you miss something from the old site, let me know!