When Chris and I first started dating a few friends of mine said, "Oh my god, this makes too much sense." Well, they weren't wrong. Five years later (this April) we are still going strong. The last three weeks have been very busy for me with the powerlifting team competing in two separate meets, various snow storms, cancellations and reschedules, new clients, old clients returning, etc. However, Chris' birthday did not go unnoticed. His dear friends Veronica and Jordan sent him a delicious Kings Cake, complete with tiny baby hidden in the cake, and I honored his 37th year of earthly presence by watching a Nicolas Cage movie.
In celebration of the birthday boy, here are a few things that make him wonderful:
How many of you have tried to disconnect from social media?
"See ya later, Instagram!"
My favorite is when it's announced. I did this for a month last year and the world was very quiet. Social media is clearly back in my life, but it's different now. Do I occasionally find myself mindlessly scrolling? Yes. Ugh. Such a bad pointless habit. What's different then? I am learning how social media is working so that I can work with it. I need it for my job. That truth is something I cannot escape. It's "free" marketing and advertising, in a sense, and it is where a lot of us socialize.....or is it?
Are you socializing or are you stalking? I'll fully admit to stalking people. I mainly stalk cake blogs, though.
Now that I have used social media to my advantage by interacting with people, tagging, placing links in the right place, etc, my analytics are improving! AND THAT'S GREAT! That is what I need from a business perspective.
But what about personal? Well, personal is how Vacation Coffee started, my friends. Why? Because FitPOWER is not just Jess anymore. FitPOWER is now an us. Jess is a....me. I am a Jess. Some things you may have noticed about Jess:
This blog can tie in very well with a longer one I wrote the other day called Boundaries. I gave social media boundaries. That is what is different. It may be near impossible now to fully disconnect ourselves. As a society, we just aren't heading in that direction. But you can make it better by being clear about where and when you connect to the world, and when you decide to be fully present.
Watch the video below for an awesomely insightful vlog on this exact topic. When you get to minute 8 I suggest you really tune in and connect to what she is trying to say.
The thing is, I wouldn't/couldn't trade any of my life for something different. But, I'm getting tired and I am under stress. This means some things have to be tapered, and other things have to be temporarily shelved until I'm ready to handle it. I might have to say no more often, or be asked to be left alone. The people in my 1"x1" square should receive the best of me, and in order to do that there has to be some change.
Going minimalist is trendier than ever this year! Netflix hopped onto the band wagon by creating a series on Marie Kondo and her Konmari Method, which makes thrifters very happy because the shops are booming right now with rare finds. Someone else's trash is your treasure, AMIRITE?!
I will admit, I read the secret to tidying up book early January of 2018 and thought, Hey, this is a good idea, but I'm not talking to my clothes. I've also been living by these rules (truth be told, I altered them to my lifestyle) for the past year, and yes, it is a breath of fresh air. You don't notice it at first, but when you do your first cleaning session and you notice it only took you half the time because you didn't:
5 Jessaroo Tips
First and foremost, I am no expert at tidying. I personally like things slightly messy. Lived in. Real. My house is not a museum. It smells of candles, dogs, curry, and there are blankets everywhere. But because I do not have a lot of things, it just LOOKS more put together, or so I've been told. I've also been told it's very cozy. Anyways, here are 5 things I've done that have, if anything, given me great ammo for fun stories:
I'd like to have a moment of silence for the following little beasties:
Brownie's 6 babies
The 6 babies dad who I think Brownie actually killed in retaliation for him killing the babies (yes, I'm slightly traumatized by this)
6 or so green anoles
If I could go back and never have them I would. R.I.P.
I'm going to go hug my dogs and cats now. The dogs, anyways. The cats run in terror.
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