Hello Friends!

I am finally back home after a wonderful two weeks in Europe. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip with a better man. It is such a humbling experience after traveling to places that are so incredible. However, I still miss the comforts of home and the people I share it with. I’m not gonna lie though, I’m definitely ready to go back. I slept for like twelve hours yesterday and now I’m feeling recharged, refreshed, and ready for a round two. Someone please fund me (I’ll pay you in Protein Snicker’s Bars from Scotland–it’s a thing) to travel the world.

I think the reason why I am SO ready to go back is because I seriously took in every experience around me. It felt like school in a way, and I absolutely loved it. Sign me up for that type of learning! Bryce and I also stayed in Airbnb’s the entire trip, so we were truly exposed to the culture around us. I highly recommend doing this if you ever want to see Europe from a different less tourist view. Speaking of this, I will be loading posts next week about the places we visited and how we planned everything out…stay tuned!

While I was in Europe, I made the decision to go on a social media detox. I pretty much stop looking at social media and went cold turkey. I’m not gonna lie, I tried to stay on it the first two days of my trip, but I just couldn’t keep up with it. I was having too much fun in the moment and realized that not everything I do needs to be displayed on social media the day it happens. I also didn’t have a phone plan while I was there, so I basically had two choices:

A. Find Wifi at every place I go to (which is annoying after you sign into 5 different data websites and fill out all the surveys and questions)

B. Put my phone AWAY and enjoy who and what’s around me

Obviously I picked option B. There is nothing worse than someone being on their phone all of the time and worrying about not being able to post or stay in the know. Think about going to dinner and your date being on their phone for the majority of the time. It absolutely sucks and I used to be this person…

Cutting out social media for a little over two weeks was the best thing I could have done for myself.

Before my trip, I was spending countless hours scrolling on social media. I would waste so much time looking at it that I would literally get bored looking at it, but still continue to scroll. I think a lot of us have that problem nowadays. We forget that we don’t have to be constantly paying attention to what others are doing. It’s actually easier to live your own life when you aren’t busy trying to keep up with someone else’s.

That was the hardest thing for me to learn because I tend to compare myself based on what others are doing or how busy they are at the moment. It’s such a stupid thing to do, but so many of us do it. I was at the point where I had to stop, and take in what was going on around me. To truly not care what others are doing or feeling obligated to post to your instagram story or snapchat is a DREAM. I was Free, FREE AT LAST. Living in the present is much more valuable and rewarding than scrolling through social media and wasting your time on things that do not care about you.

Enjoy living’ in the present Hun. It makes life so much more fun and way less stressful.

I will leave you with this…

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” ― Henry David Thoreau


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