Wednesday, March 29, 2017

4 Things I've Stopped Doing

I'm a big supporter of reevaluation. In all aspects of life. If something isn't working for you - change it. If you're not happy with something - change it. I strongly believe that we make our own luck, and as such are the creators of our own lives. Things don't just happen to us. We bring them about by a series of thoughts and decisions. 

Here are four things I've stopped doing to either effectuate change or because they no longer serve me. 




Using iTunes
We are fully immersed in a digital world. Everything is digital. Photos. Music. Shopping. And I for one use it to make my life easier as much as I possibly can. Still, there are some tech advances that are now a hindrance and iTunes, for me, is one of them. I use Spotify exclusively and I can't tell you the last time I synced a playlist to a phone. Probably 2011-ish?


Buying stickers
Did you just gasp? I know. I can hardly believe I'm even saying it because I'm a planner girl to my core. The thing is, when I started last fall I went a little very overboard in buying stickers and now I have a TON that aren't being used. I've RAK'd a lot of stuff but it really just ends up being a waste of money and I'm not having that anymore either. There is one sticker shop I buy from monthly, and this is fine. All the rest, I'm shopping what I have.


Taking pictures
This is both true and untrue. I still take a lot of photos but I'm more selective now. I used to take pictures of everything I saw/liked/thought was funny/wanted to share. It made for tons of pics that were taking up space in my phone or on my hard drive, all to never be looked at again. Then I decide to clean up my photos and I have all this nonsense to go through. Honestly, I have a ton of pics on my phone (1,379 as of this drafting) and some are from Cancun (September 2016) that I haven't even gone through because  THERE ARE SO MANY. Point is, I'm a lot more selective about what I'm taking pictures of so that I don't have to clean up later on.


Shopping at Target
Blasphemy, I know. This isn't to say that I don't still shop at Target, it's just that I no longer hit up Target every single weekend. There was a time (circa 2010) when I would get really bored on Sunday afternoons so I'd head to Target and walk the entire store just to get out of the house. Of course I would spend no less than $40 every trip on who-knows-what. A book here, clearance top there... it added up quick and going every Sunday really started screwing with me financially. Once I realized what I was doing I quit Target cold turkey and haven't looked back. 


What about you? Have you cut something, or someone, out of your life because it no longer serves you? 












10 comments :

  1. I"ve started doing the taking selective pictures thing and it's so freeing!!!!! On vacations, I spend more time enjoying than worrying if I have cameara and batteries and did I get a pic of this and that.. it's all in my head and that's all i need.

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  2. Target is such a black hole...a wonderful black hole, but still a black hole. I've kind of done the same thing with taking photos. Especially in situations that I really want to enjoy...I'll take a photo or two, but not obsess over documenting every little thing.

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  3. I make my own stickers because I'm too cheap to buy them LOL.

    I only take selective pictures as well (when I remember) and of course, that includes sweaty selfies that i sent to my ahole bros group

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  4. Oh how I feel ya on the Target thing! Ooooof money suck!

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  5. I take way pictures than I used to which sometimes makes me sad. However, I also live a lot more in the moment because of it.

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  6. I've been trying to avoid Target too and it's really been helpful for my bank account! I don't use itunes either -- I never have!! I do love Amazon music too.

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  7. Same with Target and taking pictures. I actually used to take pictures way more in college when we had... wait for it... Kodak disposable cameras. LOL. Now that my phone and therefore camera is at my fingertips, I rarely take pictures of anything. Blogger fail.

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  8. Hah I'm hoping this whole thing came out of our conversation this weekend about Spotify vs. iTunes!

    It's funny you mention pictures, because I've done the same. I rarely take photos anymore because I don't care about organizing and storing them properly, and if I don't do that I will lose them, so I only want to take pictures I will actually care about sorting and storing. We went to a museum a few weekends ago and I took a couple of pictures before realizing that it was pointless. I won't forget the experience (I saved one picture and Instagrammed it, just in case) but even so, pictures of pictures without the context are pointless. I see something beautiful and photo-worthy every damn day in the city. I don't need photos of it all.

    Also, I haven't been inside a Target since I moved, and have only gotten one online order, omg. This is so freeing.

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  9. i stay away from target unless we specifically need something, and with KC there, I don't wander/buy all the things.
    i stopped taking pictures when my mum had her stroke - taking pictures of my food or something stupid just seemed so ridiculous, you know? i've since started taking photos of random things again, but like 10% compared to my previous 90% of the time. it's weird.
    i don't use itunes except to sync playlists.. but only because i don't use data, so spotify is useless to me when i'm out and about, only when i have wifi. i have downloaded my spotify playlist so it *should* work without wifi, but it works about 50% of the time, randomly stopping or not playing some songs at all. if i used data that wouldn't be a problem!

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