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JOMO

I read a really great book 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. 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 🙂

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Changes

As I’ve recently alluded to, there have been some changes in my life!

I have a new job. I’m now working for my family’s real estate brokerage. The business has become busier and busier as more agents have joined the team, so I’m now in charge of the company’s website, marketing, and social media!

At my first meeting last week!

One of the awesome things about this new job is that I’m working remotely, so my schedule is a lot more flexible. It’s also great to know I’m helping to further my family’s business. Some of my co-workers now include my brother, dad, and sister-in-law. Yay!

It sounds like that should have been an easy choice but it totally wasn’t.

First and foremost, I was bummed to leave the family I was working for. They have treated me so well over the past couple of years, and I’ve felt like a part of their family.

Secondly, the same day I received my family’s job offer, I received another job offer. The other job would have had similar hours, a different type of work, and was located in an office that’s about a 30 minute drive (without traffic) from our home.

I had to really think about it. I would have to give up pet sitting if I took the second job offer, and I’d be spending at least an hour a day commuting to and from work.

I can’t imagine giving up pet sitting.

Jimmy and I talked a bit and we both agreed that working for my family’s business seemed like a better opportunity. I’m really enjoying the work I’m doing so far and I appreciate not having to drive in Pittsburgh traffic every day. Can you tell I really dislike driving? 😉

Anyways, it has been such a season of change for me! I put in my two weeks notice for the family on March 1st, so my last day was the 15th. I’ve been working for my family’s business for a week now, and it’s awesome. The creative aspects of web design and marketing are especially fun.

Malcolm makes sure I’m getting my work done.

I’m sure I’ll have more to say as time goes on, but I just wanted to update everyone on the big change!