The Joy of Missing Out Update

Hello! Well, the experiment I decided to try out has been nothing short of amazing. I thought I’d give a little update and confirm that I haven’t gone off grid yet πŸ˜‰

Mom and daughter smiling in cold weather on a walk outside

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As I mentioned, I read How to Break Up with Your PhoneΒ and loved it. Using my phone less and analyzing my relationship with it led me down a pretty cool path and had so many benefits like…

  • Because I wasn’t staring at my phone as much, I was more present and focused on my actual life and the people in my life.
  • I’m pretty sure I read more books in the past month or so than I did in all of last year.
  • I had this huge burst of creativity. I’ve been crafting my little heart out–watercoloring, wood burning, card making, and more.
  • I’ve had time to pursue more of my passions and just think more. Baking, writing, creating, and simply daydreaming have been happening a lot more around here.

Husband and wife smiling outside

Reading more has been wonderful. I read two books that really sparked my interest. One was about being a mindful consumer and the other was about financial independence through simple living. Basically, the gist of what sparked my interest is that we as humans get to choose how we spend our time, attention, and money. I know, crazy concept, right?

While logically I have always known that, putting it into practice in our culture today is a lot harder. I’ve found it’s something I have to really think about. If I’m not considering how I want to spend my attention, time, and money, I’ll default to whatever our culture says I should spend it on.

Thinking about my values and goals and whether or not they actually line up with how I’m using my time, energy, money, and attention has been eye-opening. I’ve been working on making sure I’m living the life God would want me to live, not what our culture automatically dictates.

So, that’s the update on the JOMO experiment. I may be here on the blog a lot less, or I may not. I’ll see where this journey continues to take me πŸ™‚

I’ll probably be back with a regular ‘ol life update soon!

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JOMO

I read a really great bookΒ (<– affiliate link) recently on how to use my phone less and really analyze my relationship with it. I implemented a lot of changes on my actual phone, as well as how I think about it and what I use it for. The changes have been amazing and have left me feeling so invigorated and much more focused.

All of those changes had me thinking about social media and blogging, so I decided to embark on an experiment.

Have you ever heard of the term FOMO? It stands for “fear of missing out” and is a common thing with social media these days.Β I actually looked up the definition and this is what Google came up with for FOMO: “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.”

The book I read introduced the term JOMO, which the author states is the “joy of missing out.”

Since using my phone less and focusing on being more present in my life, I have really come to understand the joy of missing out.

So, I’ve decided to step away from social media and my blog for a bit and see if I find joy in missing out on those things as well. There are so many wonderful things about technology today, but there are also a lot of hard things about how it impacts our lives. I’m excited to learn and grow and see what I think about JOMO on this journey!

Thanks for reading πŸ™‚