Be Present

Jared and I have talked a lot lately about "being present" after a message we heard at our church. It really hit home for us and now like using "be present" as a catchphrase of sorts and a daily reminder of how we want to live our lives.
Too often it seems that many people, are either living in the past or the future. There is obviously nothing wrong with looking back on fun memories, or looking forward to things ahead, but you can't constantly live in that zone. I know too many people who are always just counting down until the next holiday, next day off work, next night out, etc etc. I'm guilty of this too, but I've become more aware of it! I don't want to wish the days away because I'm excited about a particular event. I want to enjoy EACH day. Make EACH day some type of celebration. Life WILL pass you by if you can't live in the moment.

This is hard for us bloggers ;) We love to tweet our every move, Instagram every meal we eat and sometimes feel like we have to take pictures on the weekends--- just to have a Monday morning post! I'm assuming I'm not the only one with a significant other who just doesn't want pictures of us shopping at Lowes sometimes (Yes, we lead an exciting life!)

Am I saying quit all these things?! Heck, no! I love social media as much as the next gal! But I've learned there is a time and a place. I want my husband to know I'm present, not just in the same room, glued to an outside world but really present- spending that quality time together.

So take pictures, blog, share, tweet! But also play in the rain, wear party hats, put flowers in your hair, host game nights, have real-time fun.

Remind yourself that "being present" is more than a physical nearness. It's engaging with the people you love who are enjoying this beautiful life with you.

40 comments

  1. Love this! And it is so true, I get caught up thinking (or stressing!) about things in the future and forget that every day has the potential to be AWESOME. Even a cold rainy tuesday :)

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  2. Well said! I often think about this especially with the kids. I don't want to ever regret not doing things with them and enjoying every single day because they are going to grow up so fast! This was a good reminder to stop and be present!

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  3. I love this! It gets more real w. kids cause before we know they will be teens and wanting nothing to do w. us. Thanks or this reminder :)

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  4. I couldn't agree with you more on this post. This is something that has been on our hearts too as we prepare for the next big life step. I'm trying to remind myself to enjoy what I have instead of rushing to the next thing. Thanks for the reminder!

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  5. I love this post. I wrote about this earlier this year. http://www.jvkom.com/2012/02/live-in-moment.html I have been so much happier now that I am aware. When John is off I rarely even pull out my phone. He has such a grueling schedule that we don't see him much anyway. And sometimes I "forget" our camera on purpose bc I want to soak up every second. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Love this post! I have to remind myself of this alot, especially when it comes to blogging and taking a break from social media to ACTUALLY live my life.

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  7. Thanks for the reminder, Erin!

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  8. I love this post! It's so true! I'm definitely guilty of being on my phone too much, but I've been trying to be better!!! :)

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  9. Just love this. I love that we make some of the most fun memories together :) you're great!

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  10. Great post! Definitely a reminder I needed today!

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  11. love this, sooo true!
    So glad I am not the only one obsessed with weekend pictures for my Monday posts!

    great post my dear!

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  12. I didn't know that anyone else had ever heard of Quelf!!! Haha! That game is hilarious! I love what you are saying though. It is a great message!

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  13. I 10000% agree with you about letting life pass you by:( I admit I get caught up in countdowns, but in general I DO try to enjoy the day to day:)

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  14. This is some great advice! I've actually been trying to "be present" for the past few months, but it's nice to have a reminder. :)

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  15. Oh Erin... I just adore you!! This is some amazing advice! I've really tried to make it a point to put the camera, phone, lap top, etc down when my hubs is around! Especially since nothing can start a fight faster than the "stupid camera/blog pictures" ha ha! And once baby girl is here time will fly by that much quicker and I'm going to want to enjoy every single moment!!

    Quelf is hilarious!! I forgot about that game!

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  16. I LOVE this post!!! :) You are right, we do need to live in the moment. Hugs to you!

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  17. love this post girl! so much!

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  18. You're preaching to the choir girlfriend! I am so guilty of always looking forward to our next fun thing that I so often miss out on the amazing little things in our life that truly make it amazing! And I agree, blogging can totally get in the way of living because you feel like everything has to be perfectly staged and prepared for an epic post! Great post love!

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  19. I totally agree. I find lots of people (including myself) to say...well I can't wait until.... or I wish it was still...we need to love the moment we are in!

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  20. This is so important to remember - and such a fine balance with social media! Thanks for the reminder!

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  21. love this post. so true! i think sometimes as bloggers we can get so caught up in capturing the moment that we don't end up enjoying the moment.

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  22. such a cute blog!

    new follower
    joanna-dan.blogspot.com

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  23. This is a perfect blog post! I am actually saving to go back and read when I need reminders. I try very hard that once Z and I are home to not be plugged into everything except each other. It's very hard with us both addicted to twitter and his fantasy football going on but it is something that is a work in progress!

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  24. I love this and feel the same way. Sometimes we need to put away our cameras and phones and just BE with the people we love. I love that last picture of you and your husband. So cute!!

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  25. I absolutely LOVE this! Being present is such an important thing to remember, and so easy to forget sometimes!! I adore that you and your husband say "be present" to each other! Miiiight have to steal that! ;)
    And, I am a board game LOVER and definitely need to get this Quelf you speak of. Looks hilarious!

    xo

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  26. What a great reminder! Especially with children who grow up so fast!

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  27. This is a great post! And oh my gosh - I LOVE quelf!

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  28. Love this post! Being present is the only moment that does matter. Some people need to be reminded of this :)

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  29. LOVE this blog post!! I have been a "bad" blogger lately because I have been trying to be more present. I love keeping track of all of Olivia's moments, and documenting them so I can look back on them but sometimes the best memories are the ones you see or live and don't have pictures or videos.

    Social media can def taint you. It is SO SO addicting!!

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  30. Love this! What a great reminder!

    ~Tiffany
    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

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  31. Thank you for the great reminder and message!

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  32. so true!!
    there's seriously a huge difference between just being in the same room and being present. some people do not get that at all, it's crazy sad.

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  33. Good stuff, girl :) I'm totally guilty of counting down until I get off work. I've been trying soooo hard not to wish my life away. It's hard sometimes!

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  34. Love this, so true!! Thank you :)

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  35. This is so important! ONe of the things I hate the most is when I am at the playground with my boys and there are parents who spend the entire time glued to their phone. Get off it, go play with your kids! Or at least enjoy watching them play and grow. It kills me! Thanks for the wonderful reminder. I just found your blog and look forward to reading more!

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  36. Great post!! Love your blog, new follower :)

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  37. Such a great post. Thank you for the reminder. :)

    New follower.

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