It’s been a busy week, I can’t even express how happy I am it is Friday. My plans for the weekend include building a blanket fort, frolicking in the sunshine and hopefully finding a scenic hike to unplug from the digital world and recharge in nature a bit. I am totally one of those people that is always checked into social media and lately I’ve been really allowing myself to unplug over the weekend. Last night I was feeling so overwhelmed by staring at a computer screen all day I left my phone at home and just ran/walked for almost two hours just to release myself from the feeling of “constant connection”. It sounds so dramatic, especially since I honestly love social media, but occasionally it overwhelms me. I’m not one of those people that really gets caught up in curating the perfect Instagram feed or always showcasing Pinterest worthy photos (I know I can’t achieve that standard and rarely try) but I do get caught up in the urge to always connect.
As I ran/walked my mind was racing (thanks caffeine). I began to wonder what I thought about before I was constantly dreaming up my next blog post or attempting to condense my thoughts into a witty 140 character tweet (still failing at that one). I wondered about the way I viewed the world before I was searching for the best angle and lighting for Instagram and Facebook and SnapChat photos…and I couldn’t remember. I don’t feel sad by the integration of social media into my life I occasionally have to step back from the digital world and just breathe. I appreciate the perspective social media has given me of the world. Some people say social media has caused us to loose sight of the current moment and causes us to devalue the beauty around us in exchange for the world inside our phones. I do believe those arguments hold bearing but personally, I respectfully disagree.
I believe as a whole social media has enhanced my view of the world. I look for beauty everywhere and capture small moments in high definition square frames. I connect with wonderful women from all over the country and this space gives me room to express my most introspective reflections and to feel heard in a world that has always made me feel misunderstood, like an outsider. I’m an advocate for social media, but even I need to turn my phone off for the night and push away my laptop and to-do list in favor of a walk accompanied by my thoughts alone.
Do you ever need to unplug that way too?
Now onto this post’s intended topic, what I wore this week:
I like to start the week off stylishly. I think we all can get into the habit of dreading Mondays (loved this post by Chelsea about appreciating Mondays) but as Chelsea mentioned Mondays constitute for 1/7th of our lives. I’m one of those people that really can feel my mood adjust based on my outfit. I try to pull myself together and dress cheerfully to hopefully impart a positive outlook onto my day.
I threw this outfit together last minute because I was feeling lazy and wanted extra time snuggled up with Jordan in the morning. I felt like it looked bad all day but looking back I really like how it came together. Isn’t it funny how sometimes you think you look so cute and then in a picture you look awful and then other times you feel super frumpy and in a photo look pulled together?
Wednesdays are always tough for me! I felt like I was drowning in responsibility and wanted to counteract the negativity with a whimsical, girly-girl outfit. I feel the most powerful in puffy dresses! Though the world may not take me as seriously I enter total productivity mode in my most feminine attire.
Thursday I was bogged down with meetings and errands and responsibilities after work. It was so warm I threw on a hand-me-down embroidered top (thanks to my Aunt!) and casual pair of denim shorts with sandals for ultimate carefree comfort.
Last night Jordan stayed up really late working, so I couldn’t really wake him up and ask him to take an outfit photo of me without sacrificing my position as girlfriend of the year. So naturally, I decided to take my blogging ambitions into my own hands. I spent 30 minutes trying to photograph myself outside in the natural lighting with the camera set on self-timer. I stacked shoe boxes and books on top of our outdoor table as a make shift tripod only to discover that all of the photos were taken from a creepily low level OR cut-off my lower legs up to my knees. Of course every photo was overexposed and washed out. So I’ve settled on a mirror picture.
I think it’s time for me to just buy a tripod.
How was your week? What’s on your agenda for the weekend?