Time To Turn Off Your Phone

Time To Turn Off Your Phone

"You used to call me on my cellphone."

How many of you take your cell phones everywhere? It’s like you can hardly be away from your phone without wondering what is happening on Facebook or what your best friend posted on Instagram.

It’s 2016 and everywhere you look, cell phones are there. We are walking, they are in our hands, We are eating, they are in our hands; anywhere we go, we have our phones attached.

So what would it be like to not have our phones on us? You would think it would be hard, almost like a drug addiction. But I did it, and it was amazing.

I went on a hike with a couple friends last weekend. We obviously needed our phones in the car for directions and, of course, music selection, but once we got out of the car I turned mine off and put it in my bag.

If you ask anyone who knows me they can tell you I am the worst when it comes to being on my phone, but more recently I realized I should spend more time off it and look at what is around me.

During our hike I didn’t feel the need to take out my phone to see who was texting me or what Kylie Jenner was posting on Instagram. It was nice to take in what was around me and the beauty we don’t get to see when we have our phones shoved in our faces.

If you think you can't stay off your phone, I challenge you to do it. Just think of all the notifications you are going to have when you turn it back on.

Not only are we just on our phones at home, but we are while driving. Texting, talking, Snapchatting, you name it, it has become the latest trend with driving to the point where people are losing their lives. Just yesterday four cars passed me and they all were on their phones, one guy was even checking Instagram — not kidding. He seriously couldn’t wait until he got home to check it out? That’s not just wrong, that's dangerous.

When you’re hanging out with your friends, 9/10 times you're probably on your phones for a portion of that time you're together. I can say this happens to me sometimes. I may not always know what to say, there is silence. We spend so much time scrolling social media and texting other people we forget we’re even with someone.

It is sad how our phones affect us so much in our society. Back in high school, I remember how it was so cool to text during class, but now being in college I realize how rude it is to the teacher who is trying to help you learn. I’m not going to sit here and say I have never done it because, believe me, I have and do. It's just something I am trying to stop.

If we go to school to get an education, why are we so worried about using our phones?

It’s time to put the phone down and live in the moment. Actually, live. Breathe it all in. Remember how you’re feeling in that moment and not spend the time documenting every second of your life. Frankly, no one really cares that much anyway.

Cover Image Credit: https://ehssafetynewsamerica.com/2013/05/14/texting-and-walking-maybe-this-is-a-solution/

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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7 Thrifty Reasons You Should Shop At Flea Markets

Pop-ups and vendors have a little bit of everything.


Shopping is not always fun, especially when it is for the same things you wrote a list of. Week in and week out, you find yourself frequenting those commercial brands and store chains all too often. There are better outlets to check out and the best part is, they do not require any prep time. These are the reasons to go shopping at flea markets.

1. Special finds.

Price tags can make your wallet cry bloody murder sometimes. Rather than buy that name brand collection that costs the same as your rent, buy something that fulfills the same value. Flea markets have something unique to offer and for fair prices too. The owners and vendors may even be so willing and friendly enough to negotiate costs. Whatever you buy, it will be worth every penny.

2. Bang for your buck.

Sion Dana (left) of Steampunk Curiosities and myself holding his typewriter statue.

The amount of creativity, ingenuity, and variety behind the vendors and pop-ups at open markets is hard to find anywhere else. You never know what to expect and it is something different every time you go. You may even become a loyal customer to the makers and small businesses out there.

3. Shopping without the chore.


Shopping does not have to be a chore or a listed aim. The whole point of window shopping is to daydream about something you find of value and to humor the thought of maybe purchasing that item. Now imagine window shopping but without the window. That is what shopping at a flea market feels like; no lists directing you, just an open curiosity.

4. Shop on the go.


Most flea markets are open during regular business hours but that does not mean you have to be the first one there come sunrise or the last one there sundown. Plan your day around it, make it a ritual to visit your local vendors and attend special events in your area. It is a good experience to spend some of your time and money on or just to share with friends and family..

5. Start small, think big.


Small businesses are nothing short of inspiring. Their commitment to quality goods and services is unmatched compared to faceless, nationwide corporations. When you shop small and local, you get to see familiar faces you can trust and come back to without hesitation. They know their products and people intimately, and that is priceless.

6. Go for the pop-up, stay for the Gram.

Discovering something or someone new is an experience you will not forget. Capturing those moments and saving and sharing them lets you relive your market day experience. You have a good time shopping for curio while the shops and small business owners gain some new customers. Flea markets offer the best of shopping and entertainment.

7. Support local and small business.


The dollar does not stop here. With your purchase at a local shop or small business, you are supporting the owners and quality that they can deliver, time and time again. Not only is it convenient for you as a shopper, but it is helping the community grow culturally and economically through these local, small, but unique shops.

Flea markets make up more than vintage items. They are the place where commerce and culture create better communities.

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