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“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” ~ Robert Frost
Wow. How has more than two months passed since I last wrote!? I'll tell you how- my entire life turned upside down. Here's a little peak into my emotional state:
This morning I woke up in my very old/new house in my new town where I have chosen to make a home for my daughter, pup and myself. Last night I slept with the fan on and windows wide open and was awoken by glaring sun through my bedroom window and a very snuggly dog on my chest. If I haven't succeeded at describing this picture, I will iterate that it was perfection. And the icing on the cake is that it was 7:15 and was only then hearing a little voice calling "mooooommy" from the next room. 11.5 hours of sleep for my 2-year-old. z Z Z Z
I jumped out of bed at the singing of my name and threw on some leggings and a tee. I walked into Mads' room and asked if she wanted to go to the coffee shop and she popped right up. So we packed a sippy, hopped in the stroller, harnessed the dog and were on our way. 70° and sunny.
Mads, D, and I sat outside on the patio with our coffee and breakfast: a scone for her and a bagel for me. Then we meandered home to get ready for the day. Nothing like a little exercise and QT all before 9am.
I have never taken for granted the small yet magical moments in my life. Sometimes you have to work a little harder to find them while other times they pop up when you least expect.
I do hope to get on a more regular writing schedule at some point in the near future. I look forward to documenting some of the home projects at the new digs and life adventures of the future. See you soon!
Don't let the title fool you- I have NOT banished all social media from my life. What I have done is eliminate the most toxic and time-consuming of the platforms from my life:
good ol' FACEBOOK.
I had a difficult time being a casual Facebook-er. I have friends that have accounts and do not even have the app. Instead, they login through Safari. What a pain in the ass! I suppose it is only a pain if you are logging in 20 times a day.
I am now over a month out from deleting my Facebook account and I do not miss it in the least. Here are the thoughts that led to my decision to erase FB from my life...
Hobby or Habit? Perusing Facebook truly became a habit- not one that I particularly enjoyed and I sure wasn't proud of it. I kept in touch with so few of my "friends" on facebook so I was essentially providing life details via social media to those who don't actually want to know.
Politics. I can't tell you how many "friends" I deleted during the last election. Not because of differences in political views but because of the keyboard cowards looking for a fight. When wrapped up in an issue it can be easy to forget that there is a person behind ideas. I don't force my views on anyone else (except my family, sorry guys) and I don't want to be forced to hear yours.
Negative Nancy. It goes without saying that everyone has problems and some people take to social media to express their frustrations. I, for one, have been guilty in the past of venting through the blog. It is really difficult to filter feelings but self-preservation is important.
SO here is the deal. I think social media is a really important part of blogging and, actually, in writing in general these days. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube etc. all help send a message. It is a free promotion! ...I just checked Insta while writing.
My ultimate goal in life is to create my own happiness. I want to create a GREAT life for my daughter. There are so many wonderful things to experience but these great and positive experiences come with sadness, heartbreak and hard work.
As a culture, we have become obsessed with the lives of others. I have decided to take one step towards a simpler life where I feel, truly feel, every moment that passes. I don't ever want to take for granted the goodness in my life.
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About the Author
I am Dom. A mom, teacher, novice writer, cook, wine drinker, and so much more- filling the internet with unsolicited stories, questions, dreams, recipes, and advice. I'll be the voice that tells you what everyone is wondering but no one wants to ask!