This week I wanted to do something a little different.
I’m a pretty big fan of Jenna Marbles. A few years ago, she made a video about several things that were ruining her life at the time. It was both hilarious and relatable.
I recently hurt my shoulder. I think I actually just exacerbated an old injury. Like normal when this happens, I took it easy. No arm movements, definitely no weights. Well, I woke up one morning last week to a sharp pain in my other shoulder.
So, I’ve been taking it p r e t t y easy this past week, even modifying my yoga and poses for my yoga challenges.
As a result, I’ve had a lot of extra time on my hands.
With this time I could be working on my spring cleaning (which I am doing, albeit slowly) or getting ahead with my writing projects, product campaigns, etc..
Instead, I’ve found myself increasingly interested in the following things. All I want to do is engage in mindless fun and entertainment.
So, as I was cleaning yesterday and mulling over ideas for this week’s post, I thought about what I’ve been doing the past week. Why not share my latest obsessions and all the things that I want vs. tackling my actual responsibilities.. because the reality is, we all get like this from time to time.
It’s a struggle.
The first thing that is ruining my life is….
Do you play this game? If you don’t, don’t start.. it’s super fun and super addictive. If you do play it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
It’s similar to candy crush, but so much better. You get these cute little fiends and you try to take down the slugs by completing your missions. Each level is different and there are side missions you can do to gain prizes. One such prize is 2hrs of infinite energy. I love those. But, when I get them, I’m committed to my fiends and taking down the slugs – 2 hours of staring at my phone, playing this game. Also, I like to level up faster than my Facebook friends. (I’m very competitive.)
Now I’ve been playing this game for a few months, but it’s only recently that I’m completely obsessed with it.
And where did I learn about this fun game?
Which is subsequently also ruining my life.
Back in the day, I used to get on YouTube for music. I had a bunch of playlists and would jam out to my favorite songs and get to watch the music videos. (You know, back when music videos were awesome!) Occasionally, I would have a friend recommend a funny video or a cover and I would watch that, but I wasn’t into all the creators and such.
Fast forward a few years…
I have my favorite YouTubers and I will watch their videos while I’m doing random tasks around the house.
But now that I can’t do my typical workout, most mornings I’ve been traveling down a YouTube rabbit hole. Watching video after video.. some from my favorites, others that I find along the side of the screen. Yesterday, I watched Vanity Fair’s Celebrity Tinder Take-Over playlist. It was hilarious! But it also took up all of my morning. Also, Vanity Fair, please make more of these videos because they are awesome!
And last, but certainly not least…
Social media has its pros and its cons. I personally think it all comes down to mindset, attitude, and choice. It’s very easy to buy into the toxic energy, but you know what? You have a choice.. you can follow people who inspire you, people who are encouraging, people who are just awesome human beings.
So, with that attitude, why is Instagram ruining my life, you ask? Because it’s just so much fun!
You all know I’m passionate about health and fitness.. Since I created a new profile this past June, I’ve been all about the yoga challenges. There are so many and they all look like something I’d like to do… and that’s why 99% of my posts are me in random yoga poses. But it’s not just about what you post.. you also want to take time to scroll through the hashtag and see other’s posts. Give them some likes. Leave encouraging comments. There is so much inspiration, and when I let it, it takes up a good chunk of time.
Instagram is simultaneously ruining and bettering my life. haha! And don’t get me started on Insta stories. Seriously? I LOVE them! It’s actually one of my favorite parts of the platform. I don’t want to make full YouTube videos.. it’s very intimadating. But a few minutes of an Insta story? Okay, sure! It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.. and Phil DeFranco actually made a comment on one of his recent videos about people who make super long Insta stories. Basically saying don’t do that, just make a YouTube video.
Haha! But I really love just watching my friends’ stories and seeing what they’re up to. One of my friends always posts movements from her workouts, another friend posts snippets of wildlife from her new backyard.
And then all the beauty inspiration! I follow a lot of beauty gurus and make up artists. I won’t ever be able to do my make up as well as they do, but I love seeing the different looks they create!
I could probably write an entire post on why I love Instagram.. but I think you get the idea. haha!
So those are the things that have been ruining my life.. or rather, the things I’ve decided to do rather than other things that I should be or could be doing.
But now that I’ve written this post, of course I’m back to my typical routine of chasing that mythical utopia of finding a good balance between getting what I have to do done and making time for the things I love to do.
How about you? What things are ruining your life right now? Share them in the comments. I’m always looking for suggestions on fun new things to try! haha!
In all seriousness, I hope you enjoyed this more light-hearted post this week. Next week we’ll be back with more fitness and lifestyle inspiration.
Have a great week friends!