Hello Friend! I have missed you!
It has been quite some time since I have written a blog post. Literally months…
I originally planned to post a blog on Friday and then the day got the best of me aka trying to fix my phone.
I already had content planned but then that became something so much better which is the story I will be sharing with you today!
Over the past few weeks I have been “living” and working without my beloved iPhone! Me? I know!
It’s been quite the ride and there were of course a few lessons learned along the way.
However, half of this time I was super sick so I think that is honestly how I was able to survive so long without it.
We live in a world of constant communication. Most of us are on our phones all day long.
When was the last time you went somewhere and everyone was truly engaged in conversation?
No phones out! Just humans conversating.
A few days ago I was at the beach to watch the sun set and I noticed an entire group had come out of a restaurant to take selfies. They weren’t interested in a group photo. They were all about showing their friends, families and followers their beautiful San Diego selfie pics. I too am guilty of course!
Isn’t that the world we live in now? I was going to get up out of my beach chair and offer my photography skills. That was until I witnessed a few selfie sticks come out.
My schedule is always planned to perfection. I schedule all of my social media posts and use a number of apps for myself and my clients that will truly attempt to make our lives easier.
I store all of my passwords as contacts in my phone. By the way I learned that is not smart at all. I somehow manage to back up my entire life on clouds and external hard drives but don’t give the same attention to my thousands of contacts in my phone. What the hell was I thinking? Three days later they have all been found and safely stored. Thank you to all of my new friends at Apple Support!
I am a firm believer of “everything happens for a reason” but this time something felt different. Something in the universe was telling me that I was going to survive without all of my god dam notificatins going off all week long. I just knew I would be ok!
I just want to mention that all of my clients and friends were already aware of my phone troubles so that was a weight of stress that did not exist! Just the piling of work I only do from my phone.
Ok so onto Friday…
As I was ready to head to the Apple store at the Westfield UTC Mall La Jolla I realized that since my phone was still frozen getting an Uber was not in the cards for me. I literally had to message a friend on Facebook so that he could get one for me!
Cut to spending a few hours at the Apple store and another iPhone repair kiosk I still had a phone that could not be repaired. By this point I was frustrated and needed a little happy hour lovin’ in my life! I needed a glass of wine while I decided who I was going to give a lot of money to for a brand new phone.
I ended up stopping at True Food Kitchen because a few of my friends had been there before. They said it was grear! I also noticed that they had a great happy hour. Ironically happening at the very moment I needed it the most!
I sat down at a table all alone. And without a phone. I did have my planner and notebooks with me so I was able to get a few tasks completed. This is actually when I started writing this post. This is also when my outlook on life changed for the best. No more phone…
Since the realization of my phone not being able to get repaired I decided to just roll with it and live my best dam life without it for another day!
Once I was sat at my table I told my server Stephanie the “short” version of my phone drama and that we would probably become best friends before I left because I had nobody to talk too! lol
She suggested a Rose; so I went with it. Two minutes later a bottle arrive? The women delivering the bottle looked a bit shocked as did I! Apparently, there was an error in the system so they brought a bottle over a glass. For a split second I did have to question myself! I was so stressed out. Maybe I did say bottle! lol
Someone else came over with that bottle. The General Manager Jeremy. He too wanted to see who the hell ordered herself a bottle of Rose! I mean I know I am a bit high maintanance sometimes and LOVE a good deal but that was a bit excessive. Even at Happy Hour!
All of a sudden I am having a full blown conversation (this lasted the few hours I dined in) with my other new best friend Jeremy (the GM of True Food Kitchen).
We chatted about the philosphy behind the restaurant and brand which by the way created by Dr. Andrew Weil. Based around an Anti-Inflammatory diet. This definitely peeked my curiousity as I have NMO. When trying to live your best life with an Autoimmune Disease you really need to be careful with the foods you eat. So basically it was great that I stopped to check out True Food Kitchen.
Jeremy and I ended up chatting about so many other things other then food and illness. Service, sales and running businesses. Obviously things we loved and so much more…
This is by the way in between my exceptional salad and dessert that the Chef prepared and Jeremy had sent to my table with perfectly poured Rose’s.
This is where I would like to add that I went into this restaurant a sweaty mess with no makeup on, a hat and wearing my basic workout clothes. Not even the cute ones!
I was immediately greeted, sat and served (in my opinion) by some of the best in the biz. I honestly had one of the best experiences since moving back to San Diego.
I just wanted to find a fun new atmosphere to have a glass of wine in and to figure out what the hell I was going to do about my phone. Instead I had some of the best conversations that I have had in quite some time.
Do I need my phone on me all the time? Yes!
Did it scare me that my device has been frozen on and off for days? Yes!
Am I living my best dam life without it? Hell yah! And that was without any pics taken for the Gram!
Moral of the Story…
Try to live in some silence every now and then. I promise you will notice that your world doesn’t have to revolve around selfies, social media and the constant notification. Even if it is your job!
You can follow up, you can email, you can delay responses. What you cannot do is delay life!
Go out alone. See the city you live in, meet the people the Universe wants you to meet today and be sure to report back to me. I’m telling you this break feels amazing at the end!
Not having my phone over the past few days was a great reason to get out of the house and meet the new people who had come into my life at True Food Kitchen.
You should always give yourself goals. Personally and Professionally. I say this all the time…
As for myself, I am always striving to learn more, do good and give knowledge.
Two things I learned on Friday…
Appreciate all of our “precious moments” and of course love the “perfect chaos” that we live in every single day. We all go through our own version and craziness of life. Just make sure and take a moment to appreciate the small stuff. I promise it will really change your outlook on a lot!
You never know who you are going to meet or what life has in store for you each day. What you do want to do is make sure you are always living your best dam life.
Every. Single. Day.
Friday was definitely a day to remember. I love seeing the surprises that the world has in store for me every day. I hope and wish that you have one of these unexpected experiences happen to you. Why? Because you deserve it and I know that you will appreciate it and need it at this very time of your life.
Special thank you to Jeremy (GM of True Food Kitchen La Jolla) for introducing me to my new precious moments and explaining my perfect chaos to me. And of course Stephanie! You know we’re going to bump into each other at Trader Joe’s finding our wines right? Thank you so much for keeping me company and being one of the best experienced and knowledgable Servers out there! I appreciated it more than you know…
As for my iPhone it has been repaired for now. I am currently mainfesting a brand new model to fall into my life or lap…
Thanks for reading today’s blog. I know it has been forever since I’ve posted. I have been so focused on The Happy Workaholic Podcast.
I would love to know if you have had an amazing service experience like this lately? How about living without your phone for a bit? Let me know in the comments below…
PS Chapter Two of The Happy Workaholic Podcast has now begun.
You can find Episode 81 right here.
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