Sometimes I wish that I could live on an island somewhere in a cute little cottage, with zero technology, and simply a giant stack of books. There are times when I am just so sick of being “connected” all the time. I love my job, but there is a certain expectation that you’re available all the time. And the time when you’re not available (like in air during a flight) is typically when everything goes wrong. (Turning on your phone to 37 frantic emails completely erases whatever tranquility you had before.)
It’s exhausting to simply try to keep up. Getting ahead? Nearly impossible.
I treat my inbox like a temple; I try to keep unwanted emails out.
I read paper books as often as possible.
I take technology breaks whenever I feel my patience wearing thin.
But at the end of the day, most of my life (for better or for worse) is tied to one type of screen.
While I find my frustration levels from time to time escalating, I think I forget about all the wonderful aspects of technology.
Technology connects, democratizes, and educates. Technology heals. Technology advances. Technology builds and grows and magnifies.
Your voice can reach millions around the world. Your art can show up anywhere and is accessible by anyone. Your ideas can impact the masses and make real social change.
Technology is revolutionary.
Yesterday, I was reminded of the true wonder that technology can be. It came at the most perfect time. I had spent the entire weekend trying to balance visiting with my family (and sister who was leaving for Australia!) and completing seemingly endless Google hangout meetings, emails, Photoshop files, and blog posts. I tried my best to stay present with my mom, dad, sister, and friends… but then I was up well into the night and awake before the sun to squeeze more things in. I was ready to switch my flight back to Manhattan to the best island I could find to fulfill my cord-free fantasy.
working from home in Florida was a nice change of scenery.
At work yesterday, I was balancing an iPad, my Macbook, and my iPhone staying up to the millisecond on all things social for Levo League’s Office Hours with Warren Buffett. To say that it was stressful and overwhelming would be an understatement. But then, between responding to Tweets and sending out favorite quotations, it kind of hit me how amazing technology is.
Women (and men) around the world were tuned into a video chat with one of THE most influential people in the WORLD, Warren Buffett. He was answering real people’s questions and sharing real anecdotes and real successes and real emotion. The mere fact that his charming personality radiated through a screen was remarkable. His physical being may have been in Nebraska, but his energy was exuding through every single pixel. He was in the office right with me, even though he wasn’t.
Technology can be good.
I think we should realize this and make sure that we’re using it for good. It’s easy to waste technology. We might spend one too many hours a day watching pointless Youtube videos. Or use the ease of communication to talk poorly of someone. Or simply not use the power of it to our full advantage; to spread our voices, our art, our ideas.
The next time I feel like technology is suffocating me… I will remember the good, the true power of it all. Because dealing with 203 unanswered emails is kind of worth it in the grand scheme of things.
📌 Save this post! Can’t get over the MAGIC that is @backtonature.nj’s Christmas Market during the holidays! 🎄🌟🎅🏻🧣The decor this year is on a new level. If you need to get into the holiday spirit (or pick up speciality gifts or more decorations for your home), 100% recommend making the drive! It’s worth it ❄️
When you don’t actually feel cute but then kind of end up feeling cute because you put a bow in your hair, slipped into a dress that fits, and swiped on your favorite red lipstick 💋 @hillhouse @annmashburn 🎥 by @carterfish, maybe I’ll post the video without music so you can hear her hyping me up, because you can’t imagine the crowd the bore witness to the making of this Reel
And then there were three ❤️❄️🎄🌟⛸️ Needlepoint stockings are a huge undertaking… they take hours (and hours and hours) of stitching. The final results are more than worth the effort though. These will hang on our mantle every Christmas and I can’t think of anything more special than that. I finished Mike’s stocking at the end of the summer after stitching almost every night for seven months. I am taking a little break and then I’ll start on the baby’s stocking for next Christmas!!
This tree feels extra special this year. 🎄💫⛸️❤️🕯️ Jack is fully embracing the magic of Christmas (“kiss miss”) and his enthusiasm is downright contagious!
Not one of my best qualities, but I typically feel immense pressure trying to make things feel extra special and perfect and then I get disappointed when the reality doesn’t live up to my (unrealistic) expectations. I wish I could blame social media for this.... but I know the call is coming from inside the house.
This tree seems perfect to me, though, just the way it is. It was a true group effort getting it here. Another one of my not-so-great qualities is that I’m terrible at asking for help when I need it.... this year, I can’t ignore it though. I needed help, and a lot of it. Mike got every holiday storage box up from the basement (no small feat) and hoisted the into the house and got it up in the stand within minutes (then redid it twice to get the angle of the tree just so); my mom and I took multiple trips to the hardware store and drug store for the “right” colored lights (in case you’re wondering, “bright white” is warm yellow and “warm white” is actually bright white... make it make sense); my mom wrapped the tree in lights a second time when we learned the hard way that when the box says you can’t plug in more than five strands together they mean it; and Jack was there to help and hype us all up to say how “boo-full” the tree and lights are– and keeping us in line by scolding and reminding us that we aren’t allowed to touch the ornaments 🤭
I feel a little pang of sadness that we aren’t celebrating a first Christmas with a baby who was supposed to be here, while also struggling through a third trimester (just feeling physically tired and exhausted), while also cherishing our last Christmas as a family of three, while also getting excited knowing our baby will be here before we know it. Sure, it’s a lot of pressure to put on one single tree, yet here I am. ⭐️
Spent the weekend decking the halls 🎄 the garland is up, the tree is up, the wreaths are up! Fueled by three peppermint mochas, one bag of Milanos peppermint slices, one batch of chocolate chip cookies, and one loaf of zucchini bread… my mom and I got it done 🙏🏻
These boots are TOTALLY made for walking! Taking a spin in @stuartweitzman’s iconic 5050 Bold Boot and feeling like an it girl, who happens to value both fashion and comfort! ⭐️ Take advantage of #StuartWeitzman’s Black Friday sale with an extra 25% off full-price and sale styles with code FORYOU25! (Select exclusions apply; through 11/27) This *rarely* happens!! I’ve linked this exact pair of 5050 Bold Boots in the @shop.ltk app! You can shop the boots and a couple of my other sale picks here #liketkit https://liketk.it/4oWbB #fallfashion #swpartner