Look Up.

“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller


Africa awakened something inside of me. Okay, lots of things. But one thing I guess I wasn’t really expecting was a greater longing for adventure. You may think that I had a pretty good sense of adventure already since I up and moved to the other side of the world and all, but I’m not just talking about seeing the world – I’m talking about every day adventure. About saying “yes” to making what could be a mundane day a little more exciting.

Maybe its because I spent a year of my life car-less and unable to ride public transportation so every time I wanted to do something I had to talk someone else into doing it with me. Or maybe it is because I had a community of people I love around me 24 hours a day 7 days a week and I loved every minute of it. But nowadays, given the choice between staying home and driving 45 minutes in 5:00 traffic to meet friends, I want to take the drive. After all, I will not remember those nights at home alone watching Netflix and Hulu as much as I will remember those nights staying up too late on a work night with friends. And Nick Miller and Olivia Pope are not my friends, as much as I wish they were.

It’s about choosing community. It’s about experiences. It’s about leaving your house and doing something new. It’s about more than just doing that something because it will make a good Instagram. Do it without telling the world. LIVE. Don’t just pretend to live via social media, but actually put the phone down and talk to the people around you.

Having a phone that screamed “No Service” all day every day really helped me realize how little I needed it …and how easily I tried to find my sense of worth in it. Instagram likes do. not. equal community. In fact, they are a pretty crappy substitute for it.

“We’re all traveling through time together, every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride.” – About Time


    • Make a phone tower at dinner and the first one who picks up their phone pays for dessert.

    • Designate a “Quality Time Basket” for people to put their phones in when they enter your house.

    • Walk out of your office and go talk to your co-worker instead of sending an email.

    • Turn off the television and call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.

    • Put your phone on the counter, walk out the door, and never look back.

    • LOOK UP. 



One thought on “Look Up.

  1. Thank you Hayley. Well said about cell phones. Look up and greet one another for a change!

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