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Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015 Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around ...

05/06/2016

Living Life Through a Screen



A bit of a sociology moment here, but lately I’ve been thinking about this more and more and it has really started to concern me.

Do we spend too much time taking photos and recording things rather than living in the moment?
I’m definitely guilty of this myself even though I try not to. Yesterday when I was at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour I found myself framing perfect photographs of the sets and props but not actually looking at them with my eyes. I didn’t take in all of that detail that was put into those objects; all I cared about was getting a good photo. I wasn’t making a memory; I was just recording it to prove I’d been there.

I notice this mostly when I go to gigs, if you look into the crowd I’d say 90% of them are holding up their phone or camera recording the band. This completely baffles me, maybe because I’m one of those people that likes to push to the front and really take in the atmosphere, but how can you fully enjoy the experience if you’re holding up your phone the whole time?
Is it because of social media?

Probably, before social media photographs were personal and only really shared with close friends and family. Now, everything that we do is shared and we have to have the photos to prove it. You may well have the photos but do you have the memories to go with them? Can you remember the small details, the smells, the sounds, the emotions when you look at them? Are you living your life without actually living it – just recording the things you do to post them online and ultimately in order to gain more likes, followers, hits etc. That’s not what it’s all about is it? When we’re old and remembering our lives we’re not going to remember the times we took a great picture of Harry Potter’s bed are we? And we’re certainly not going to remember how many likes it got on Instagram.

So this is me, vowing to actually start experiencing the things I do rather than looking at them through a ‘tiny, glowing screen’. I’m going to switch off my phone and actually use my senses to capture the atmosphere around me. One or two photos to help remember the day is ok but that’s all; nobody needs 300 photos of the back of someone’s head in a dark, dingy gig venue even if you can see your favourite rockstar’s left arm in the background.

Let’s start living in the moment.


02/06/2016

Where have I been?

Me, my niece Eleiyah and my mum - May 2016
Hello, long time no speak! 

I haven't posted a blog post since October which is actually ridiculous in the grand scheme of things. I don't really have an excuse for my absence but just lately I've realised I really miss being a part of this community. 

So what's been going down in the last 8 months!?

I had a slight job change in October where I started working in a new department at the school I work at. I now work in the Expressive Arts department and it has been such a positive change for me, I have always been a creative person and this has provided me with the perfect outlet for this. I get to do a little bit of teaching and have been involved in writing and prop-making for the school production. We are also working on a small business using dye sublimation which is going very well. I can now say that I love my job and I don't loathe going to work every day.

I had been suffering with anxiety in various ways for over a year causing me to become very ill and physically sick. I have been working on ways to cope with this in my absence and finally have it under control. This has been a big breakthrough for me and I'm very proud of myself. Let me know if you would like me to write a post on this.

The wedding planning has been continuing, we have nothing set in stone yet but I'm thoroughly enjoying looking at all the options. It's going to be a few years away though as we need to save up some pennies first. I'm off to a few wedding fairs in the next couple of months so hopefully I'll get some more inspiration to decide on a theme.

We decorated the dining room in our house over Easter and it looks so much better than it did before. It was covered in floral wallpaper before we tackled it and modernised it. We've gone for a grey and teal colour scheme and although it was hard work the result is worth it. I love spending time in the room now and can't wait until we can tackle the other rooms in the house.

I can't think of any other major updates right now but I will be posting more regularly now (I promise!).

What have you been up to lately? 
Feel free to link to posts in the comments as I need to catch up with you all.