This is what morning looks like for me in Baltimore. I took this picture as I was walking the few blocks from where I am staying now to XS, one of my favorite restaurant/cafes, for french toast and coffee.
I needed to work on a few writing projects and I needed to be out of the house, away from the cozy warmth of my room and my bed. I’m seeking to avoid distraction as much as possible.
Sometimes, the familiar can be distracting.
So can inspiration.
Are you on Pinterest?
I just discovered the site a few weeks ago. Many ladies use it to post links to things that inspire them or things they wish they had in their lives – furniture, fashion, recipes, products. But less than 24 hours of setting up my little pinboards, I knew I had to hightail it out of there.
Pinterest and all the other sites like it can take away precious time from pursuing the life you’re “pinning” about. Even this site can become a time suck if you let it. If you find yourself spending too much time here (or even on Facebook or Twitter), it’s fine to take a break. Unsubscribe. Unfollow. Leave your account dormant for awhile. It will all be there when you get back.
As a social media super user myself, I’m not saying to swear off the internet. No ma’am.
But what I am saying is that it can be counterproductive to sit online day after day wishing you could have this, buy that or replicate this or that person’s style. We only have so many hours in the day, and if several of them are spent coveting someone else’s life, you’re not really doing what you need to do to maximize your own.
I mean, think about it. It would take quite a bit of effort, focus and time to earn the extra money to purchase any of the lovely things you “pin” about wanting. So the time to get started is probably now.
Do you really want the life you’re pinning about? If so, when are you going to start doing what it takes to get the things you want?
How about now?
What are you waiting on? A permission slip? Good luck with that.
No one is going to give it to you.
And you’re not going to find it on Pinterest.