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Being Social vs Being

I am about three months behind on my social media posts!

If you follow me onΒ  Instagram or Facebook, I’m posting photos from Oregon. From the end of September. Eep!

Then again, who wouldn’t want to live in these images?

And you know from the blog, too, that it’s been hard to maintain anything like an up-to-date story here.

It is SUCH a double-edged sword.

Brain-cation

I am really proud of myself for taking the summer off, and not increasing my cell phone’s data package from 2G – on a family plan. With my parents! And using GPS semi-frequently.

Sure, I could’ve gotten more followers or engagement in the moment. But, part of this trip was that I was really burnt out on all the “glued-to-a-screen” connectivity of modern life and of my job. Especially my job.

And I really started to notice all the mindless scrolling I did when I did get back on wifi. Reddit. The latest SNL videos on Youtube. Facebook.

I’ve seen marked improvement in recent days. I think it’s because I started getting curious about the value add. And because I actually have things to do, like finish my novel and increase my Instagram followers – see below!

Moment vs. Memories

Plus, sometimes it takes a LONG time to craft posts. You have to drive to the place that has wifi, connect to wifi, download the images, sort them, edit them, log in to the social accounts, upload them, hope the wifi doesn’t crash in the middle of this (which has happened more than once!), caption them, hashtag them. THEN, you have to “engage” with people online by liking and commenting on their stuff. I mean, this is like a full-time job in some companies! ::shakes my head::

Meanwhile, I’d been sitting at a screen for the past 15 years. There’s an entire natural world out there to explore, and I want to make the most of the time that I have. This is a big country, and some of the destinations are far apart. The drives are long. The hikes are tiring. So sometimes it’s hard to have the brain power to want to buckle down and sit behind a screen.

Instagram Social Boost

I’m also proud of myself for figuring out a way to finally increase my Instagram following. In the last seven days, I’ve increased my followers by about 160 percent. Woo hoo! It’s taken some concentrated effort, and regular wifi access. But not very long per day to do. Which was awesome!

And, hey! If you’re not following me, go do it. Right now! www.instagram.com/laurenalism

The Majesty of Yosemite

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Grand Tetons: Hiking String Lake and Rockchuck Peak

#nationalparks #nationalmall #monuments #dc #dmv #nationscapital

#nationalparks #nationalmall #monuments #dc #dmv #nationscapital

First major load went to Salvation Army and FedEx! #movingon #moving #trip #thetrip #changeverything #packing #saturday #errands #todones

Why thank you, @wholefoods. #offthegrid #survival #wholefoods #wilderness #wild #camping #travel #trip #thetrip #changeverything #books #book #bookstagram #bookshelf #reading

LAST DAY!!! No more bland views. No more grey Office Space! #bye #travel #changeverything #update #trip #adventure #quittingmyjob #newlife #lifeupdate #lifestyle #vanlife #camplife #camping #roadtrip #bringiton #lastdayofwork #lastday #permavacation #ontheroad #usa #us #america #fyeah #whee! #tuesday #tuesdayvibes

Oh, if only you knew @astrologyzone! #taurus #celebrate #astrology

Happy birthday to me, indeed! #birthday #mayday #changeverything #roadtrip #adventures #travel #trip #nationalparks #bye

Happy birthday to me, indeed! #birthday #mayday #changeverything #roadtrip #adventures #travel #trip #nationalparks #bye

Happy birthday to me, indeed! #birthday #mayday #changeverything #roadtrip #adventures #travel #trip #nationalparks #bye

For my trip, Courtney got me the #cardelier. I always wanted "#chandelier for my #tent when #glamping ," and now I have one! #trip #travel #adventure #adventures #roadtrip #changeverything

For my trip, Courtney got me the #cardelier. I always wanted "#chandelier  for my #tent when #glamping ," and now I have one! #trip #travel #adventure #adventures #roadtrip #changeverything

For my trip, Courtney got me the #cardelier. I always wanted "#chandelier for my #tent when #glamping ," and now I have one! #trip #travel #adventure #adventures #roadtrip #changeverything

New shoes for the #trip! @keen Whisper sandals and @mizunorunning Wave 19s (same as before, just more brilliant colors ;)) #pink #wine #burgundy #shoes #sandals #hiking #hikingadventures #nationalparks #travel #adventure #fashion #shoegame #gear #packing #changeverything #neon #hikingshoes #hikingsandals

New shoes for the #trip! @keen Whisper sandals  and @mizunorunning Wave 19s (same as before, just more brilliant colors ;)) #pink #wine #burgundy #shoes #sandals #hiking #hikingadventures #nationalparks #travel #adventure #fashion #shoegame #gear #packing #changeverything #neon #hikingshoes #hikingsandals

New shoes for the #trip! @keen Whisper sandals and @mizunorunning Wave 19s (same as before, just more brilliant colors ;)) #pink #wine #burgundy #shoes #sandals #hiking #hikingadventures #nationalparks #travel #adventure #fashion #shoegame #gear #packing #changeverything #neon #hikingshoes #hikingsandals

Some people know you, and @robylaur85 KNOWS ME. 🏻🐿 #breakingbad #jesse #bitch!

Some people know you, and @robylaur85 KNOWS ME. 🏻🐿 #breakingbad #jesse #bitch!

Some people know you, and @robylaur85 KNOWS ME. 🏻🐿 #breakingbad #jesse #bitch!

"Don't look back, you're not going that way." Signs in the @hm window, on the eve of major changes. #MAYJAH #hm #quotes #change #changeverything #onward #onwardho

"Don't look back, you're not going that way." Signs in the @hm window, on the eve of major changes. #MAYJAH #hm #quotes #change #changeverything #onward #onwardho

"Don't look back, you're not going that way." Signs in the @hm window, on the eve of major changes. #MAYJAH #hm #quotes #change #changeverything #onward #onwardho

I am staying in the most amazing room right now.

I am staying in the most amazing room right now.

I am staying in the most amazing room right now.

My favorite spot in the whole joint. #dc #dcnightlife #hiddengem #fountains #love #favs #video #water #night

My favorite spot in the whole joint. #dc #dcnightlife #hiddengem #fountains #love #favs #video #water #night

My favorite spot in the whole joint. #dc #dcnightlife #hiddengem #fountains #love #favs #video #water #night

Best friends know how to keep you fueled. (Everything in this photo contains Nutella.) #nutella #sweets #sweet #baking

Best friends know how to keep you fueled. (Everything in this photo contains Nutella.) #nutella #sweets #sweet #baking

Best friends know how to keep you fueled. (Everything in this photo contains Nutella.) #nutella #sweets #sweet #baking

The only four pics I took from the most awesome-filled birthday farewell. Love you guys! 🏻

The only four pics I took from the most awesome-filled birthday farewell. Love you guys! 🏻

The only four pics I took from the most awesome-filled birthday farewell. Love you guys! 🏻

So much significance in a coincidence. #xo #forgiveness #blessed #gratitude #holycow #wow #saturdaynight #signs

So much significance in a coincidence. #xo #forgiveness #blessed #gratitude #holycow #wow #saturdaynight #signs

So much significance in a coincidence. #xo #forgiveness #blessed #gratitude #holycow #wow #saturdaynight #signs

Strolls down memory lane. #dc #dcnightlife #capitolhill #saturdaynight

Strolls down memory lane. #dc #dcnightlife #capitolhill #saturdaynight

Strolls down memory lane. #dc #dcnightlife #capitolhill #saturdaynight

Home for 11 years. Four years this was the view from my office. #blessed #love #home #friends #dc

Home for 11 years. Four years this was the view from my office. #blessed #love #home #friends #dc

Home for 11 years. Four years this was the view from my office. #blessed #love #home #friends #dc

It is always beautiful. #uscapitol #america #dc #capitol #capitolhill #dmv

It is always beautiful. #uscapitol #america #dc #capitol #capitolhill #dmv

It is always beautiful. #uscapitol #america #dc #capitol #capitolhill #dmv

Another cool thing about D.C. is the halls of history around every corner. #igdc #dc #washingtondc #skyporn #city #cityscape #citylife #6thstreet #builidings #street #architecture

Another cool thing about D.C. is the halls of history around every corner. #igdc #dc #washingtondc #skyporn #city #cityscape #citylife #6thstreet #builidings #street #architecture

Another cool thing about D.C. is the halls of history around every corner. #igdc #dc #washingtondc #skyporn #city #cityscape #citylife #6thstreet #builidings #street #architecture

DC nights. It was perfect out last night, and the sky put on a show. Won't miss these obstructed views, but I can still appreciate this city! #dc #dmv #sidneyharmonhall #shakespeare #skyporn #sunset #sky #twilight #dc #dcnightlife #igdc @shakespeareindc #shakespeareindc #macbeth #sunsetonmytimehere #memories

DC nights. It was perfect out last night, and the sky put on a show. Won't miss these obstructed views, but I can still appreciate this city! #dc #dmv #sidneyharmonhall #shakespeare #skyporn #sunset #sky #twilight #dc #dcnightlife #igdc @shakespeareindc #shakespeareindc #macbeth #sunsetonmytimehere #memories

DC nights. It was perfect out last night, and the sky put on a show. Won't miss these obstructed views, but I can still appreciate this city! #dc #dmv #sidneyharmonhall #shakespeare #skyporn #sunset #sky #twilight #dc #dcnightlife #igdc @shakespeareindc #shakespeareindc #macbeth #sunsetonmytimehere #memories

Who … who hangs this over their bed? #decor #dexter #bedroomdecor #bedroom #poster #tv #eep (yes I took it down and faced it away from me.)

Who ... who hangs this over their bed? #decor #dexter #bedroomdecor #bedroom #poster #tv #eep (yes I took it down and faced it away from me.)

Who … who hangs this over their bed? #decor #dexter #bedroomdecor #bedroom #poster #tv #eep (yes I took it down and faced it away from me.)

Some people know you, and some people KNOW you. Yes that is "kittens spitting rainbows" and a CARDELIER necklace attachment. (Technically it's a rear view mirror attachment, but it PERFECTLY MATCHED MY NECKLACE.) #besties #cats #rainbows #fashion #cardelier #necklace #jewelry #outfitoftheday #outfit #wearing #wardrobe #bling #friday #fridayvibes #kitteh #kitten #kittensofinstagram #rainbow #tshirt #catsofinstagram #catoftheday #catstagram #kittenstagram

Some people know you, and some people KNOW you. Yes that is "kittens spitting rainbows" and a CARDELIER necklace attachment. (Technically it's a rear view mirror attachment, but it PERFECTLY MATCHED MY NECKLACE.) #besties #cats #rainbows #fashion #cardelier #necklace #jewelry #outfitoftheday #outfit #wearing #wardrobe #bling #friday #fridayvibes #kitteh #kitten #kittensofinstagram #rainbow #tshirt #catsofinstagram #catoftheday #catstagram #kittenstagram

Some people know you, and some people KNOW you. Yes that is "kittens spitting rainbows" and a CARDELIER necklace attachment. (Technically it's a rear view mirror attachment, but it PERFECTLY MATCHED MY NECKLACE.) #besties #cats #rainbows #fashion #cardelier #necklace #jewelry #outfitoftheday #outfit #wearing #wardrobe #bling #friday #fridayvibes #kitteh #kitten #kittensofinstagram #rainbow #tshirt #catsofinstagram #catoftheday #catstagram #kittenstagram

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