The Challenge of Staying Present

The Challenge of Staying Present

There is a lot of noise in life, Social media being one of the main ones. Social Media can be an all-consuming vacuum. As a blogger, I am on it all the time! I am constantly, tweeting, Instagramming, and blogging. I love to share – that’s why I blog, but this blog has also evolved into a business and a brand for me. Finding a balance between work, blogging and just living life can definitely be a challenge. My blog has really grown into something that I am so proud of but it can be all-consuming at times.

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That is why staying present and really enjoying the little moments is so key.  I try to be mindful and make sure that I step away and have my own dedicated “Whitney” time. It’s important to remind yourself that you have earned this time away from work or social media to spend time with family or friends. So that is what I try to do – stay 100% dedicated to that moment and enjoying my time with them. There is nothing worse than hanging out with someone who is constantly on the phone. It makes me feel like they want to be elsewhere.  I try to really avoid any of the behavior when I am with my family and friends. Here are the 3 tips I use to stay in the moment:

 

Tell Yourself Its Ok – I use to feel guilty that I should be working or that I was neglecting my blog, but I realized I needed to carve out time for myself or I would burn out

Be Efficient With Your Time – I schedule social media posts or I dedicate a select amount of time to getting the photos that I need and then I put my phone down and focus on the person across from me.

It’s Not About You – sometimes it’s not about you, but it’s about those around you. Others need you to be there, to be supportive or just to listen. Make sure you are present and connecting with them.

 

How do you stay present and in the moment?? What are your tips and tricks??

OUTFIT DETAILS: L’Academie Button Up Dress via Revolve, Kate Spade Sunglasses, Lucky Brand Wedges, Cuyana purse

photography by Michelle Moore

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17 Comments

  1. August 20, 2018 / 11:20 am

    Being present is something I really struggle with. Lately, I have made a point to put my phone in my purse and leave it! I may have less pictures of an event but I made more connections and memories with my friends and family.

  2. August 20, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    Timely post! It’s so important to be there for the people around you and not be “phone absorbed”. I”m guilty of this. The downside of a blog being your business is that you are always on!

  3. August 20, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    I can definitely relate to this post. Blogs are time consuming, rewarding but time consuming. Loved your tips. Btw that dress is perfection. Loved it!!

    XO
    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

  4. August 20, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    it is hard to be ever present but giving yourself grace definitely helps!

  5. August 20, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    Love this post babe! Trying to work harder and remind myself that it is okay!! & cute outfit!!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  6. August 20, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    Love this post! I’m constantly reminding myself to stay present. I’ve tried keeping my phone usage to a minimum — especially when I’m out with friends or family. Being a blogger comes with its challenges, though, and being glued to my phone and social media can be a bit distracting! I’m trying to set aside time for it and shut out social media during certain hours. Hoping that helps!

  7. Stephanie
    August 21, 2018 / 6:16 am

    This is something I’ve really had to cultivate over the years. In the past 6 months I’ve especially had to take time to just turn off my laptop, leave my phone in my purse, etc. so I can enjoy living in the present. Whether that’s when I’m with a group of friends at a baseball game, or just going to get coffee for myself. Bringing a book instead of pulling out my phone is great – and knowing that those are moments I’ll never get back is really helpful to remember! Thanks for the reminder!

  8. August 21, 2018 / 7:06 am

    You totally nailed this. I need to tell myself I’m ok sometimes!

  9. August 21, 2018 / 8:00 am

    Gah, social media really sucks my mindfulness out the window sometimes. These are all great tips to stay in the moment! I also am really loving that dress you’re wearing! SO pretty! The stripes are perfect!

  10. adriana
    August 21, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    Being time efficient is easier said than done but it really is a huge game changer! Love your tips and love that outfit!

  11. August 23, 2018 / 7:04 am

    I can relate to this 100%! Being a blogger definitely makes it difficult to stay present, but it really is so important to find a way to!

  12. Sharon Wu
    August 23, 2018 / 10:44 am

    this is such a great post and reminder to stay present! i spent the last couple days offline for the most part to try and be more present 🙂

  13. August 27, 2018 / 5:46 am

    Great photos. And what a great reminder to stay focused on the here and now!

  14. August 27, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    It really can be so tough to stay present! I try to make a conscious effort to put my phones away when I am out with friends! Trying but definitely still a battle!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

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