Fighting to be Present

I started my career in the outdoor industry, where people were applauded for having a flip phone and deleting all social media. Most of my peers did not know the benefits of LinkedIn.

Now I work for a web design and video production company. All of the constant notifications, messaging, emails, and videos are hard to navigate. How am I supposed to focus on what a coworker is saying in a conference call when someone else is messaging me about a different project at the same time? Every time my phone buzzes I flinch, and my mind starts racing on who it could be and what they said.

As a new mom, a friend gave me the adage “the days are long but the years are short”. That seems to apply to more than just motherhood. My hours at work seem to creep some days, but the weeks are over before I can blink, not to think of the months, and years.

How can we take back today? This life is a vapor, our days are numbered and how are we living in the present. Purposeful practices help keep me grounded: playing with my daughter, taking slow mornings, and going on walks during lunch to surround myself in nature. My desire is to keep my interactions with coworkers and clients more than just transactional. Spending a few extra minutes to hear how a coworker is doing personally. I hope giving my full attention adds value to their day.

Let’s create things that matter, and take the time to appreciate the people and experiences we have.

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"I often forget that these, too, are the days … there are memories in the making. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it - running around, juggling roles, balancing side projects, balancing the budget, being a friend. In pursuit to be present, I often find myself pre-occupied. Distraction is at our fingertips. I get drawn into the digital lives of others; Their adventures, their projects, their products, their mission, their momentum. Is it even real?
We are a culture that consumes. We are so FULL of inspiration, but we’re complacent. We get so lost in the lives of others that we lose the unique identity of our own.
We’re not invested.
The thing I realize about memories is they’re most impactful when I invested myself, whether financially, physically, or emotionally."

-Robyn Bardall

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