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  • spring has come early to my valley and diminutive  pink and white wild flowers have bloomed all over  

  • the forest floor I tread lightly these days  and with great reverence as there are so many  

  • Treasures yet to behold I like to snatch  away a few minutes on these cool mornings  

  • before the busyness of the workday sets in  to Express gratitude for all that has been  

  • renewed I don't have much time but what I do  have I value deeply and that has made all the

  • difference in this video I wanted to share  something that I've been working on for a  

  • very long time and that is fixing my attention  span as a child I could become deeply absorbed  

  • in things that interested me even just watching  the sun through a car window engrossed in an  

  • imaginary world of my creation everythingexperienced I did so in the present moment  

  • even if my curiosity took me somewhere elsemoment later but something happened to me as  

  • I got older and my brain got more muddled  and at times I've had to take inspiration  

  • from the better parts of my younger self and  wonder how I want to spend the time I have

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  • I'm out here just enjoying a little bit of  the breeze and the Sunshine and later this  

  • afternoon I'm going to a hair salon for the  first time in a very very long time I finally  

  • decided that um it was time to cut my hair  to give my hair a chance to grow out again  

  • so that is the plan today to work to get some  time outside to take time to enjoy the spring  

  • beauties that are growing everywhere to look  out for yellow bells and blue bells cuz I'm  

  • sure they're about to start blooming and to  say hello to the honeybees I'll probably get  

  • a little more work done but after that I'm  going to go to the hair appointment and I'm  

  • a little bit nervous so wish me luck the  spring beauties are always one of the very  

  • first flowers that come out this time of year  they're very interesting actually at the very  

  • base there is a root ball called a corn and  you can eat them and I've eaten them before  

  • in videos they are absolutely deliciousdescribe them as floral essenced potatoes  

  • and it's it's a a beautiful flower with such  delicate colors I love the little tiny hints of

  • pink as I got older I started to become more  impatient focused on productivity of saving time  

  • to get more done I was introduced to a much faster  pace of Life partly through starting to use my  

  • phone lot more I grew up with limited internet but  once I entered University and started realizing I  

  • was way behind on that front I threw myself into  the online world and got my first smartphone and  

  • don't get me wrong I think this has added to my  quality of life I've connected with other kindred  

  • spirits and learned new things been exposed to  ideas and inspired but I also found how easy it  

  • was to misuse the tools at my disposal to get  to the point where I gravitated to my phone at  

  • every dull moment scrolled for hours without  even knowing what I was doing half the time or  

  • being able to remember what I watched or learned  so easily it became a way to disconnect from the  

  • world uncomfortable emotions boring moments where  I would otherwise have to spend sitting with my  

  • own thoughts the more I used these tools in an  unbalanced way the less I enjoyed being without  

  • distractions over time my mind started to struggle  to concentrate on less stimulating tasks I found I  

  • was Finding less joy in things I used to love as  a child I didn't find things as interesting as I  

  • had I felt less peace in general often Fired Up by  the latest controversial post i' had seen over the  

  • years i' had been spending less and less time with  just me and without even realizing it I had lost a

  • friend my ability to pay attention to  things to be present and hold my my  

  • own Focus was increasingly fragmented and  unstable my mind became a buzzing bee of  

  • activity that was relentless and constantly  distracting sometimes I wanted to avoid it  

  • all together to be clear I don't blame my  phone or anything else for this change I  

  • noticed I still love using technology of all  kinds I love making videos here on YouTube  

  • I need to connect and I enjoy every moment  as long as I'm using these tools in balance

  • that was the key not to look at things from  a black and white perspective but wonder how  

  • can this serve me better and that answer for  me was to become more intentional with how I  

  • interact with my phone to challenge the idea  that I needed to keep up with what was going  

  • on every minute of the day and I'll be honest  the more addicted I was to living online the  

  • more distractable I became the more short my  attention span I decided I needed to rethink my

  • lifestyle every time I get to this stage in the  painting process I just feel like quitting to be  

  • honest um and I don't really want to do anymore  and um I just want to stop and never finish it  

  • um but I'm going to try to persevere there's  still a lot to do so I'm going to keep going  

  • I did get my hair cut it is not as short as  I was going to cut it but it is still quite  

  • short I think I cut about 6 in off it um which  is a lot cuz I have not cut my hair you know  

  • drastically for many years um but yes I was going  to go shorter but then the woman that was cutting  

  • my hair reminded me that when you still have  very wavy and thick hair and you cut it very  

  • short it has a tendency to mushroom out I was  inspired this week to think a little bit about  

  • attention spans and how my ability to focus and  more than that more importantly than that simply  

  • my ability to be comfortable without huge amount  of stimulation uh with just being um has been such  

  • an important part in healing and thriving for me  it's not perhaps the most exciting thing to do  

  • with your life to just cut out highly stimulating  things at certain portions of the day and training  

  • yourself to do kind of more mindful hobbies and  more boring lifestyle choices at times it's all  

  • about balance for sure I think that technology  has a wonderful and important place in our lives  

  • if used well but I have not always used it in  a healthy way at the time I think over the long  

  • term it created this habit of not observing not  looking outward as much and that was something  

  • that was very unhealthy for me and did not  lead to my long-term joy and fulfillment and  

  • that may be completely different for you I'm  not saying this is everyone's experience and  

  • that this is an unhealthy thing for everyone  um I just can can only speak my experience

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  • okay well I have procrastinated long enough it  is time to finish this project if uh you want  

  • a wonderful challenge for improving your internal  dialogue and your inner life I recommend doing a  

  • big painting project without any distractions  because boy you are going to have to come to  

  • terms with all those thoughts going through your  head because you are literally watching paint dry  

  • I'm going to get back to work but I also wanted  to let you know I do have my Etsy shop open I am  

  • not going to have it open for too much longer  I am expecting baby soon so I will be closing  

  • in several weeks and I appreciate your support  there if you are interested in my art or on my  

  • patreon where I make extra videos about simple  living there of course is never any obligation  

  • but I always like to share it as a way to support  my work as an artist and this channel thank you  

  • so much for being here I'm sending you so so  much love and I'm going to go and finish this

  • goodbye

  • now many years later I'm continuing to learn  how to do things differently and have made  

  • enormous progress I've learned slowing down  isn't about what's happening outside we don't  

  • always have control over that but a shift within  I'm continuing to develop a balanced relationship  

  • with the internet not to fuel unhealthy mindsets  in comparison and consumerism once I made a few  

  • small changes I started to become more aware of  what triggered unhelpful feelings and wanted to  

  • weed that out even more and I think the best part  of the process was that as I distanced myself from  

  • the online world and balanced it the world started  to seem less angry and my mind stopped feeling  

  • exhausted all the time and I liked that taking  Tak a break from information overwhelm helped my  

  • brain reset and become more quiet more attentive  it became easier to find Wonder again obviously I  

  • love the internet but I do think it can be helpful  to consider our relationships with the things we  

  • use most in our lives and make sure they align  with how we want to use the very limited time  

  • we have this personal inquiry started me on  a journey perhaps it will do the same for you

spring has come early to my valley and diminutive  pink and white wild flowers have bloomed all over  

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