Jan 22, 2013

Living Life and Delayed Gratification {a serious post}

I was talking with a friend last week and realized quite a few things (listed below):
I spend way too much time in front of a computer screen
I spend way too much time on my phone
I spend way too much time on twitter/instagram & facebook...
instead of actually LIVING.
Now, don't get me wrong. I know that a lot of people work full time on their computers updating their blogs/shops etc. However, I work full time in a hospital and was then working full time on a blog. 
I absolutely love this little blog community and would never stop blogging, but may slow it down. I want to produce quality VS. quantity
I also want to wake the heck up and travel more, see family more often, make new friends - see old friends, and create what really matters - a life full of abundant joy. Abundant joy (to me personally) is having people in your life that make you laugh, think, and smile. I want to be able to say one day that I lived every second to the absolute fullest...and that, my friends, is not in front of this computer screen (or iPhone screen). 

Another topic that came up during our conversation was delayed gratification. 
I can relate this to many things within my own life, but will focus only on two.
{one} The fact that I buy many items to fill my closet (that I do not actually need), rather than saving for a wardrobe staple that will last a lifetime.
This is a delayed gratification that I need to work on. I have not bought a new item for the past 21 days. I plan on making it up to three months. After that three month mark, I plan to save my money and only buy what is necessary for my closet. I need to start loving what i have, rather than loving and wanting what I do not have.

{two} As Americans, we work and work...and work some more. When it comes down to booking that vacation or buying that boat - we think twice, saying that we cannot afford it, or that we do not have the time. 
I am telling you now.
Do not wait.
Do not wait to take that trip our Europe with your significant other that you have been waiting years for.
Do not wait to travel to New York City and see what all the fuss is about. 
Do not wait to buy your first ticket to that Broadway play.
etc.
Life is way too short. "Get busy living or get busy dying" (Shawshank Redemption - Morgan Freeman)

Now, I am not saying to go crazy and go broke doing all of these things. I am just saying that every few months of work, deserves one week of play. Treat yourself. Make memories that will last a lifetime. 

I wish I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours” ~ Bernard Bereson

Don't waste these years working every solitary day. Work some, play some. Less computer and iPhone screens and more lifetime memories. Get on it! :)

15 comments:

  1. Well said, I was just telling my husband the same thing last night, we have to stop saying and doing, our children are getting older and we need to go on vacations that they will actually remember - build more memories and enjoy the time we have now.

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  2. I love this post. It is really inspiring and true, you made me realize to think back about my goals and priorities in life and if I am really "living" the life I wanted. Actually, this is also my vow this year. To be productive all year round whether about the small things or big. :)

    Arra
    http://arraabella.blogspot.com

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  3. Love this. Love. I completely agree about not shopping (I am doing 30 days and will probably stretch it to 60.) I also have decided to be more present for my kids. I hate being the mom who has her phone out constantly. I want quality time with them. I am lucky to stay home with them and be able to blog at night/naps.
    Thank you for posting this and I admire your dedication to creating the life you want:)

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  4. Such an inspiring post and all so true! I spend way too much time in front of the computer or my phone, and lately I've been trying to disconnect and just enjoy the people around me. Great post! xo, Julie
    www.fromproseccotoplaid.com

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  5. I have been having so many of the same thoughts lately. I am behind a computer working from the time I wake up to the time I crawl in the bed (way too late) and feel like I am missing out on all the fun in life! Wishing us both the best of luck in living the purposeful life!

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  6. I have been having so many of the same thoughts lately. I spend all my waking hours sitting in front of a computer working (at both my day job and freelance) that I feel like I am missing all the joy in life. Wishing us both the best in living a purposeful and meaningful life moving forward!

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  7. :) This makes me feel so sane. I continue to perpetuate the same thoughts, specifically #2 among my friends (and myself), but some days it's just really nice hearing it from someone else too. I think it's so easy to keep saving (time, energy, money, etc.), instead of actually enjoying life. Thanks for the boost of inspiration!

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  8. Great post!
    For every Friday since the beginning of the year we have a "no computer night" meaning we spend time watching movies, playing board games, going out to eat, etc.
    Let me tell you it's so refreshing and I don't miss the computer at all for one night!
    I also agree, don't go broke just to fulfill your dreams such as going to Europe. Save up that amount and then go. It will be rewarding too! :)

    - Heidi

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  9. Im so glad you stopped by my blog. I ADORE yours!!! Cant wait to follow you! xo

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  10. GIRL. PREACH. You are speaking my mind and straight to and through my heart. I could not agree more.

    So happy to know you and to see you do so many awesome things. Enjoy every bit of life, you deserve it!

    xo,
    E

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  11. this post is 100% on point + I am right here with you. constantly I keep telling myself that I need to learn to enjoy all the little things and get off my electronics. thanks for the inspiration girl! x

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  12. hey, at least you've got a great vaca coming up to jackson hole where you will live. it. up!

    xo the egg out west.

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  13. I agree with every word of this 100% and am right there with you. I am totally guilty of always being plugged in. Thank you so much for the reminder to just do things now instead of waiting. I really need to listen to that. Wonderful post! (Bookmarking this!)

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  14. SO true!

    Just booked a minitrip for anniversary along the lines of we have NEVER gone on a trip anywhere... EVER. Never stayed over a night. Always day trips for hours. So I did it because of a special occasion and because I thought we needed it.

    zuleyb.blogspot.com

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