How to Live in the Moment 

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different. – C.S. Lewis

Lately I have found, I’m either counting down the days until the weekend so I can go and live my best life, or I’m pleading with time to slow down so I can be as productive as possible – I hate wasting time as time is precious and I always want to be doing something valuable with it.

You will be used to very much fashion orientated content on my blog however I felt a personal post about general feelings and woes, and of course some inspirational quotes and reminders along the way may be overdue.

As we get older, time seems to go by so much faster than it ever has before. I remember the summer school holidays felt never ending, or at least 3 months long in child time but in reality they were only 6 weeks. Now, the days, weeks and months fly by in a blur and I find myself constantly asking how it is this month or how are we in this year. For example, how is it September already & just over 3 months away from Christmas?!

Does Social Media Stop us Living in the Present?

I often wonder what life would be without social media – one of the main reasons I get this guilty feeling that I am sometimes not living in the present. Countless hours I have spent scrolling through social media channels going in a loop from Instagram to Twitter to Facebook and back to Instagram again to see if anything new has been posted in the last few minutes, because of a feeling I’ve missed out on something – #FOMO

This endless scrolling takes place in the precious time of day that I have with my boyfriend after not seeing each other all day, the last few hours at work spent waiting for 5pm so I can go to the gym and enjoy my freedom. This is a reoccurring pattern and the same question plays in my head – am I living in the moment or just waiting for the next big thing to happen?

How I get Around Negative Thoughts

I mentally list all of the good things I have in my life at the moment and think back to a time when those things were exactly what I wanted. At the same time, I set somewhat realistic goals of what I want to achieve and the steps needed to make my plans a reality.

I recently read something online about how we live our lives thinking things will be better when we get that job we have always wanted, or we are married or we have kids. The person that posted this actually has a house, is married and has children, which really stuck with me. It reminded me that life isn’t always perfect and probably never will be. Since then I have made a conscious decision to remind myself that you have to live in the here and now, and not just constantly think about what you don’t yet have. In turn, I have noticed this has resulted me in worrying less about the future than I used to. Previous experience has taught me that most things happen for a reason and the things that didn’t work out, meant better things fell into place. Cliché but true.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for – Epicurus

I can’t deny that social media and the online world plays a huge part in my life. At least I can admit that ha! It is an endless stream of information and is my main source of learning, feeling inspired and connecting with people that are on the same page as me.

If you are on social media, and you are not learning, not laughing, not being inspired or not networking, then you are using it wrong. – Germany Kent

However, time spent away from social media every now and then and switching off is probably one of the best ways to live in the moment. In the evenings I try to switch off a couple of hours before I go to sleep and when I’m with friends I hardly use my phone.

Social media is one of the biggest factors that plays a role in this ‘world of blogging’ which has literally become one of the most time consuming ‘activity’ in my life, although I love it and now can’t imagine not doing it, and what the hell did I do with all my spare time before?! It gives me a great sense of pride and motivation that you can truly do anything you set your mind to, and if you want to change something in your life, start making those small changes daily to achieve your ultimate goal. I honestly believe with hard work and dedication you can eventually get to where you want to be.

Do something you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius

What are your best tips for living in the moment? I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to always do what makes you happy in the moment!

What I Wore

Top – Primark

Shorts – Vintage Levi

Mis-matched Earrings – Accessorize

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  • Swikriti Dandotia

    nice article amy.

  • Alicia

    Great points! I especially agree with social media taking away a lot of present moments. I find myself wasting time watching too many cat videos!
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    • amybaldwin91@hotmail.co.uk

      Haha no time is wasted spent watching cat videos 😂😂 x