November 10, 2014

Finding A Healthy Balance Online And In Life

Since my birthday passed a few weeks ago, I've been doing A LOT of thinking. Life has changed so much for me over the past year. Once a homebody - rarely going out, instead keeping to myself at home - I'm now out more often than not and struggle to remember the last home-cooked meal I actually made for myselfPlease, don't get me wrong. I'm incredibly happy with the changes that have come my way. I'm incredibly happy with where my life is. I have met some amazing people over the past year or so - and I couldn't imagine my life without them. But the one thing I've realized is that I rarely get to spend ACTUAL quality time with the people I care about.

Zaira posted an article title "Toronto friends plan to meet for coffee four months from now", on Facebook about a week and a half ago and it really got me thinking. Though a satirical piece, I think it hit home with a lot of people. We've allowed ourselves to get so busy that we literally have to schedule time to see friends and loved ones months in advance. 

As I mentioned - since my birthday passed a few weeks ago I've been doing a lot of thinking. And one of the things I have decided is that I'm going to make the time to see the people I care about. For example, I have a friend who has been one of my dearest, closest friends for the the past 12-13 years. Through all the ups and downs, moving across countries and so much more - we have remained dear friends...however, it had been months, almost a full year since I last saw him! I've been busy...he's been travelling (a lot!) and our schedules never meshed. Thankfully - we got together for a late birthday dinner a week after my birthday! As Justin mentioned in his most recent post - there was no hashtag, we didn't need to tweet about it (though I did post a pic of my amazing lamb chops LOL) - it was simply two old friends getting together and catching up - and it was lovely! 

In this day and age where everything has hashtags and we're constantly connected - every now and then you just need to disconnect. Take a step back and live your life. Not every sunset needs to be posted to Instagram. Sit back and actually embrace it, watch the sunset with your eyes...not through a camera. I'm the first to admit - I'm as addicted to social media as the next person - but I think there is a healthy balance we all must find. 

This morning I read an article titled, "The 12 Worst Habits For Your Mental Health" and it stated there have been studies that show people retain memories on objects they did not photograph better than the ones they did photograph. In the same article it mentioned that if you are primarily using texting, Facebook, and other social media to stay in contact with friends and family - you are not having meaningful contact. Pick up the phone, call someone you care about. You never know what someone else is going through - that simple phone call could mean the world to them, to be honest. 

So, that being said - I look forward to spending quality time with my friends and family and if you want to get together for a coffee and to catch up - shoot me a message! We'll schedule a time over the next 4 months! LOL

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