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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 😉

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 Phone 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 🙂

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

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Currently: September 2019

We are somehow in the ninth month of 2019. How?! Here’s what’s currently going on in my life.

Sunrise in nature on trail in Pittsburgh, PA

Current book This book on how to improve your relationship with your phone. Man is it good! I highly recommend if you’re ever frustrated by how much you use your phone.

Current beauty product Can dental floss be considered a beauty product? I like how easy to use these mini flossers are. I’m beginning to realize I’m a bit of a dental nerd. I love trying out new toothpastes and all things dental-related, lol.

Currently feeling Behind on pretty much everything, lol. This sweet little girl keeps me busy!

Baby smiling in bumble bee dress

Current blessing Safety. My parents left their beach house in the Outer Banks just before hurricane Dorian hit and I’m so glad they made it back to Pittsburgh safely.

I forgot to mention in my last post that Jimmy and Sadie and I were walking on the beach one morning when we were interviewed about the evacuation and we actually made it on the news. We’re in the first video starting at the 1:18 mark.

Current baked good Brownies! I picked up this mix and was skeptical of it, but pleasantly surprised by how fudgy and delicious these brownies turned out!

Foodstirs Chocolate brownie mix

Current goal Organizing our basement. I just donated a bunch of items we weren’t using and now I need to organize the things we do have.

Current craving Doing something crafty for fall. I’m thinking some watercoloring or making a homemade wreath is in order soon!

Current fun Spending time with Jimmy and Sadie. Since we had to cut our vacation short, we decided to make the best of Jimmy’s time off work and have a little staycation here in Pittsburgh. We took Sadie on a trail walk and played at a few local playgrounds it was a blast!

Mom and dad at park with baby girl

Current baby product This adorable bath rinser cup that keeps water out of Sadie’s eyes while we bathe her.

Current food Salmon! I think I could eat it every day and never get sick of it.

Current drink Chocolate chia seed smoothies. I never thought to add chia seeds to a smoothie until I realized how thick they make them and now I’m hooked!

Chocolate chia seed smoothie

Current excitement Our neighborhood has its annual fall festival in a few weeks and I can’t wait to go with Sadie and Jimmy! Last year Sadie was still in the womb and this year I have a feeling she’s going to love the petting zoo. What a difference a year can make 🙂

Tell me something current in your life!