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What I learned from 21k photos on my phone.

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What I learned from 21k photos on my phone.

After many years, I recently decided to take back my maiden name. It's a pretty intense process if you own anything, have any memberships, have a passport, etc etc. Even with the visit to the court and having to request from a judge that I be allowed to take back my given name, nothing compared with the pains of moving my photos away from my apple id email address. This is off topic, but I got that email address in 2004 and every song, movie, app and photo was attached to it. I thought I'd be able to just change my apple id, but no luck. If you started your account with a .me you're stuck with it and you can never change it and so you lose your purchases which is a super bummer. The moral of this story is that Apple is not sensitive to a gal who wanted to change her name.
What am I going to with hot dog photos in 20 years?

Why do I do this? I guess I really love hot dogs.


ANYWAY, I really ONLY want my photos so I was going through them to see if I could dump some. I found that I could dump some - most in fact. I had so many useless and meaningless photos if was laughable. Did I really think that I'd reflect on that latte or that lunch I ate in the years in come? It wasn't that I had one latte picture - I had hundreds and countless pics of my food. Such a waste of time documenting something so meaningless. (As you can clearly see, I f***ing LOVE hot dogs.) I wish I would have put my phone down MOST of the time. I wish I would have enjoyed the moment and really been present instead of trying to get some silly photo that was literally going to become a waste of cyberspace.

People and experiences are more fun to look back on

When we are sitting in our rocking chairs in Boca Raton, we'll remember the good old days of being together and having fun. Lace Dress by:


My favorite photos are the ones with my closest friends and family. I also found the pictures that I once thought were terrible now looked pretty damn ok. Those are the important things. The memories of the ones you love and the experiences you have. My sister is pictured above and we recently got to have a little getaway together. It was the first one that we've even had just the two of us. Those are the photos I want to look back on, the fun ones, the good memories and when our legs still looked that good. When we are sitting in our rocking chairs in Boca Raton, we'll remember the good old days of being together and having fun. Below, even though I have a zit trying to take center stage (I could have photoshopped before I posted it but who cares? I don't.), I still love this photo with Jocey and our favorite Christina McNeill from Snippet & Ink

Who cares if you look perfect?


Next time you're out take a look around. Sure take a picture or two, but then be present!

Next time you're out take a look around and be there, really be there. Sure take a picture or two, but then be present! Talk to people, it's just so much more fun! I'm just saying that if you live your life behind your phone you're pretty much missing out on everything and everyone around you. If more people start putting their phones down, then MORE and MORE people will start putting their phones down. That would be pretty cool. There's definitely a time and a place for documenting everything around you, but it's not all the time.

5 GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPEN WITHOUT YOUR phone

1. Turning your phone off at dinner will make others feel important and like you are really present.
2. Putting your phone away when with your partner will make them feel like a priority.
3. People will notice your positive behavior and could likely begin to to the same when they're with you.
4. Forgoing the phones will give you space to have meaningful conversations.
5. Nothing is that important that you can't leave your phone untouched for an hour. 

5 GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPEN WITHOUT YOUR PHONE