I LOST THE PHONE! – Day 4-8

Time is flying by and here’s an update on how the last 5 days have been living without social media and with some seriously limited phone usage. It didn’t help this week as I lost the replacement phone I had – my only tech-contact with people. Oops! At least I had face to face contact still (phew).

However, all is found now, and I’m (slightly) more contactable now.

I would love to hear what you think about how much social media and access to the internet at the immediate time is enriching or spoiling your social interactions? What are your thoughts and opinions on this?

Mindless Mondays – The Baking King

It’s been a while since our last Mindless Mondays. I decided one Saturday morning to bake some Apple Danish Pastries, and was playing about with the camera so captured it! I know this didn’t happen on a Monday (therefore can it count as a ‘mindless Monday’ video?!), but you can watch it on a Monday and I’m posting it on a Monday, and so hopefully you’ll have some enjoyment from my rather mediocre baking skills.

Take me to the Bake Off!

 

6mins Of Video You Won’t Regret Watching.

Take 6 minutes out right now to watch this video. It's been filmed (and is used as a bit of a promo) for GoPro video cameras.

I'm a bit of a video/YouTube and obsessee, so I tend to watch a lot of videos. So when I watch one that makes me stop, turn off every other media form and actually focus on it for over 5 minutes then I know it must be good.

The way this has been filmed, and what was captured is simply beautiful in my opinion. It's also fascinating narration also. Take the time for this one, and let me know what you think below in the comments section, I won't give anything else away, just watch.

 

Mindless Mondays – Daily Vlogs

I love Mondays. Whilst the rest of the world haul themselves out of bed and get to work, I have Monday's off work each week and its when I relax before my week's tend to begin on Tuesday. So, with that in mind I've decided that on Mondays I will seek to post blogs that feed that little part of us that loves the mindless, aimless, procrastination-filled bits of life that we simply need in order to relax and stay sane.

I'm calling these posts 'Mindless Mondays', and whether or not I post each Monday will depend on how mindless I'm feeling at the time.

Today I thought I would share a guilty pleasure of mine, Youtubers who post daily vlogs. Taking 15 minutes out of my day to watch somebody else's life may seem like a huge waste of time to you, and at times it does to me too, but I simply can't stop(!). There is something powerfully absorbing as you watch 15 minutes of somebody's yesterday, as they take their dogs for a walk, film their kids say stupid stuff, and generally think out loud with a camera infront of their face. I think if we admit it, there is something we all love about real life

The family dynamics and impact of these vlogs also enthrall me. Many vloggers now make a living through what they do. Many have hundreds of thousand of views on each vlog they publish on youtube, and through advertising and various other things, have come to a place where they have quit their day-jobs and film their life for a living. How surreal, but fascinating! Whether or not I could do it I just don't know. In honesty, I wonder whether I would have much to say at all in one video, let alone a daily video, but I do find some of them brilliantly engaging, through the mundane simplicity of sharing their life with the world. I'd also be interested to know about any pressure it puts on the family. There are a couple that I regularly watch currently and enjoy, and I know there are many more around, but if you have a spare 15 minutes, then why not try one of these out and see what you think…

sacconejolys

The SacconeJoly's – an Irish couple currently living in London, a couple of young children and seemingly tons of dogs.

samandnia

Sam and Nia – the 'good looking parents' from Texas who made that Frozen lip-sync video in their car are now vlogging daily. They are Christians too which is great to see.

What do you think about this idea of daily vlogging? A waste of their time making the videos and our time watching them? Or a fascinating gaze into the lives of others, and a modern way to make home videos of your family for the future? Do you have any other suggestions of vlogs I could watch?

Anyway, happy procrastinating!

 

How to approach strangers.

I recently blogged about a photographer called Brandon Stanton. He has a blog called Humans of New York, on which he take photos of people on the streets of New York, and asks them about themselves, and their life. Take a read of that post here.

Today a video popped up on my news feed, a segment from a lecture he gave at a university in Dublin, about how he approaches strangers, the importance of helping people feel at ease and how you can draw the most and best out of people in a loving, caring way. Interesting video, worth 15 minutes if you have it 🙂

At church most weeks I'm approaching strangers who are first-time visitors to our church. Stuff like this video is really helpful in helping me get better at it, maybe it's helpful for you too.

Assertiveness Lesson #1

 

I know this video has been up on YouTube for a good 5 years or so now, and apparently this girl is now 17 years old(!), but I've only just seen it, and I love it. We have some stuff to learn here! We all need some good old fashioned assertiveness, thankfulness, and speaking goodness over ourselves!

I don't think I'll stand on my sink though, might cause some damage.

Nice one Jessica, thanks for the lesson.