Human (Dis)Connection

printed-blazer-and-jeansHuman (Dis)Connection | Natalie Dressed

Human (Dis)Connection | Natalie Dressed

Human (Dis)Connection | Natalie Dressed

Yesterday, I had a sudden realization that many of my human interactions lacked real connection.

Most of us are constantly on our phones, myself included. But I’m actually not talking about being distracted by electronics, although that’s a whole other problem.

I noticed my lack of connection in the simple, automatic, in between moments – most noteably, anytime I’m paying for something. Especially if it’s something quick like coffee or groceries. I realized most of the time I’m just kind of running on auto. I’m good. How are you? Swipe card. Here’s your receipt – have a great day. Thanks, you too!

The interactions are pleasant, but not present. Too often, I don’t look them in the eye and take genuine interest in them. That doesn’t mean I have to get their life story, it just means I need to pay attention…

Now, I’m not always a brain dead zombie. I do have great, connected interactions from time to time. They’re just not as common as they should be!

It made me think about how many opportunities we have to infuse a little kindness and happiness into someone else’s day.

+ Make eye contact with the checker and ask how their day is going with genuine interest.

+ Say hi to the people we pass when we take a walk.

+ Offer to take a photo of the couple trying to take a selfie in front of the sunset.

+ Ask the mail man how his route has been that day.

+ Wave to the neighbor and wish them a great day.

We have so many opportunities to put good into the world. It’s easy to get lost in our own worlds and block out everything else. I’m challenging myself to look up and really see people for the rest of the week – to do what I can to make people’s day better.

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 Photos by Crystalin Marie

BCBG blazer (old) | Gap jeans | J.Crew tank

Good Things | Natalie Dressed

Good Things

Good Things | Natalie Dressed
Good Things | Natalie Dressed
Good Things | Natalie Dressed
Good Things | Natalie Dressed
Good Things | Natalie Dressed
Good Things | Natalie Dressed
Good Things | Natalie Dressed
Good Things | Natalie Dressed
Good Things | Natalie Dressed
Good Things | Natalie Dressed
Good Things | Natalie Dressed
Good Things | Natalie Dressed

Let’s take stock of the good things in our lives this week. Here goes…

These jeans. When I shot these on Crystalin last week, I fell in love as soon as I saw them. I bought them, hoping they’d fit me okay and I’m completely obsessed. They’re now on sale for $39.95!

This top. I love a good white blouse. The scallops, long sleeves, and slightly cropped cut make it really fun. It’s great for spring!

The floor in my office is getting done today. Because we were limited on time when we moved in, the carpet in my office didn’t get torn out when we did the rest of the house. My dad is here today putting the new floor in (he’s the best!). So excited to get everything set up and decorated!

We’re having a BBQ this weekend. It’s the first time we’ll be formally having people over since we moved in. I’m so excited to hang with friends and family and fill the house with all sorts of fun and goodness.

I shipped out High Vibe Livin shirts to Melissa Ambrosini and Tara Bliss today. What a dream for the ladies I so admire to wear my stuff. So stoked.

It’s March. Which is all kinds of craziness, but that means spring is close, daylight savings is around the corner, and we have a fresh new month to accomplish whatever we want!

Okay, your turn!

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 Photos by Crystalin Marie

American Eagle tomgirl jeans (on sale for $39.95!) | Forever 21 blouse (short sleeve version) & clutch (almost identical but better) | Zara pumps (similar) & jacket (old)