The world that we live in is more connected than ever.
Living in Melbourne means I'm a plane ride away from my family and my oldest friends. And because of this, I'm eternally grateful for the internet, social media, the ease of communication these days. It makes me feel much closer to home.
But sometimes - this communication turns into consuming. Over consuming.
It shifts from being a way to share our love, our news and our crazy tales, to being a somewhat unhealthy habit (read: obsession).
Social media is an integral part of my business, and again, I'm SUPER grateful for the opportunity to connect with so many amazing people in this way.
I've noticed when I start to unconsciously scroll, I lose 15 minutes, my breath is shallow and I come out feeling pretty .. blah. I've missed what's been going on in the REAL world.
I'm not one for all-or-nothing. I'm not saying let's give up the entire internet for the rest of our days and head into the forest and start a commune (although ... can we?). I'm just saying let's become aware.
I want to invite you to start noticing -- how does it feel to scroll mindlessly? Next time you are on the couch, phone in hand, 15 minutes deep, notice how it feels in your body. Are you a little more rigid? Are you breathing a little shallower? Are you more inspired or less inspired?
If we are lucky enough to live to a grand old age, we have roughly 50 million minutes of life.
Put another way, 50 million rich, invaluable, only-get-em-once minutes.
How are you choosing to spend these precious minutes?
I want you to look back on your life and know that you spent your years :::
Outside on the grass, reading the best books, buying fresh blooms, planning adventures, day dreaming, creating, sipping pinot grigio's in the sun, diving into the ocean, pashing your love, exploring in the forest, laughing too loud with your best friends, drinking delicious coffee. Or whatever living a FULL and glorious life looks like to you.
Not hanging out on Facebook - while the outside world ticks along.
Let's make a pact with ourselves (and each other) to be conscious of our behaviour. To notice when we have gone too far. When we have spent too long scrolling and absorbing and being removed from what is actually going on around us.
Let's devote to leaving our phones in our bags (or even sometimes at home - gasp!).
Let's devote to focus - only keeping the tabs open on our computers that we are actually using.
Let's devote to waiting for our morning coffee without habitually grabbing our phone and starting the never-ending scroll. Just wait. Look around. Just be.
Let's devote to looking UP.
Let me know you are devoting to this below in the comments, and let's do this thing together.