Tootles, Facebook.

You may know the story, a mundane Monday night starts with what seems to be a casual Facebook stalking binge. Before you know it, your eyes are watering as they squint at the screen, staring at the profile of the roommate of a mutual friend of a girl you used to go to camp with.  

After having a shameful and unspeakable amount of these kind of nights, in addition to other reasons, I have decided to go Facebook free and I am absolutely loving it for two reasons:

a.  I don’t have to pay for premium PicMonkey.com to get airbrush/teeth whitening/virtual weight-loss for all 763 of my profpics.

b. I have a lot more time to dedicate to Twitter now.

c. You automatically seem cooler if you say, “I’m not on Facebook.” [See HBO Girl’s, Season 1’s Jessa for details]

 

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All jokes aside, kind of, the superficiality of Facebook is remarkable.  Facebook has made it possible for people to orchestrate an entirely new life and identity. And what may be even more remarkable, is how easy it can be to buy into it.  I mean, do you really “like” CNN?   Does anyone?  Or do we like it so among Katy Perry, ASOS, Top Shop, and Glamour Magazine we can look semi-educated and wordly?

I’m not sure of the answer, asking for a friend.

Even Sir Zuckerburg himself has mocked us Internet mortals for handing over our personal and private information, without question or hesitation.  And I’m telling you, he loves it.  He loves all that power.  Look at him, he probably owns half of wherever it is he lives, I don’t feel like Googling it.

So as a friend, I am urging you.  Get off of Facebook.  Give your advertising cookies and data to Twitter instead, they have such a cuter layout.

XOXO Kathryn

Growing Girls Guide To: Handling Summer Stress

Stress-Free Zone

Stress-Free Zone

Gone are the days of having weekday visits to the pool and mall trips on the weekends. We’re at the point in our lives where internships (paid or unpaid, though usually the latter), relationships, jobs, and even sleep take priority over summer soirées. Keep a mental cool during these never-ending dog days of 90% humidity by remembering these tips when your stress level is higher than the heat index. All of these de-stressors only take about 5-15 minutes, but feel free to extend them for as long as you need.

1. Give your eyes a rest. Screens, reading, writing, driving, all take a massive toll on the windows to the soul. If a nap is out of the question,download a quick Podcast to listen to on the commute home. Some of my favorites include The Moth and True Story.

2. Stop and smell the roses. Or the patchouli. Find a scent that brings your energy to a calmer level. Maybe a first date perfume, or a lotion you used on a beach vacation. Focus on breathing in the notes of the scent and its accompanying memories and you’ll be in a mental Tahiti by the time 5:00 rolls around.

3. Walk it out. Whether it be to the coffee shop around the corner, your living room couch, or down the driveway to the mailbox, make a move. If your mind is wandering, let your body accompany it. This also helps out with the first two tips. Catching on to the whole “senses” theme yet?

4. Meditate. I thought meditation was for desert hippies until I went to a class taught by one of my friends and fell in love with it. Whether you’re a meditation master or going through your first reflection, it is a great tool to have in your mental toolbox. Need help finding the concentration? There are millions of apps and guides online. Free spirit? Even a 10-minute walk around the block can serve as your daily meditation.

xxLucy