Look Up From Your Phone

Hi all! I don’t normally post on Wednesdays, but I wanted to get my post out so that it wouldn’t go live on Thanksgiving Day (thankful for all of you, family, friends, health –  and that’s what matters)!

I’m going to dive into a different topic here today, one that isn’t necessarily directly correlated to personal finance. Yet, I felt a bit inspired. I believe this is an incredibly pertinent topic, especially during the holidays when we are surrounded by the ones we care about, the people we value.

I think every once in awhile we can all use this nudge, this reminder. I feel an ache when I fall guilty to this considering technology is so prevalent in life today. I would like to inspire at least a few of you to take the time and…look up from your phone.


Look up from your phone.

The beautiful world, your life, encompasses you.

Look up from your phone.

Your friend is across that sturdy mahogany table hoping that you will look into their eyes and give them a sense of hope to support them.

Look up from your phone.

Your beautiful baby boy is finally beginning to take his first steps.

Look up from your phone.

There are real people from all walks of life passing you by that aren’t trying to sell you something.

Look up from your phone.

Because in approximately 2.6 seconds you’re about to trip over that ridiculous curb causing you to stumble on the concrete.

Look up from your phone. 

There is much to learn from nature, scenery, passing clouds in the sky.

Look up from your phone. 

This key note speaker could be the one impetus that allows you to take charge in your career.

Look up from your phone.

Because people value your time, your love, your consideration.

Look up from your phone.

Verbal words provide more fulfillment than social media likes.

Look up from your phone.

The gaze your lover is giving you is one in which if connected your souls will align.

Look up from your phone.

Your parents are providing words of encouragement that will be more everlasting than what someone is tweeting.

Look up from your phone.

When you visit a foreign place take it in, because those memories will fulfill you where instagram pictures lack.

Look up from your phone.

Or you won’t notice the silent tear that’s rolling down your daughter’s cheek.

Look up from your phone.

This may be one of the memories you have left to hold on to as a legacy of a loved one.

Look up from your phone.

There are incredible individuals making subtle or overt choices to make the world a better place.

Look up from your phone.

Because you’ll see the reflection of your amazing self as a whole, and not in comparison to anyone else.


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Take some time to look up from your phone & feel gratitude for everything around you.

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17 thoughts on “Look Up From Your Phone

  1. This is beautiful! So wonderfully said and I love the format you wrote it in. I hope you have a beautiful long weekend with the people you love 🙂 Happy (early) Thanksgiving, Alyssa and thanks for the gentle reminder to be present.

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  2. Belated Happy Thanksgiving, Alyssa! I’m now cramming to catch up on blogs because… I took the long weekend off from screens almost entirely, and it was so wonderful! My phone stayed in the other room most of the time, which I don’t think I’ve done in years. But it was so worth it, and made the time with friends and family that much richer. As usual, you are so wise. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, ONL!! 🙂 I am so glad to hear you got a nice extended break from screen time to spend the weekend with family & friends! I hope you feel refreshed, it is such a great feeling to get unplugged here and there.

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  3. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Nice message! Maybe I’m an old miser, but it does annoy me when people are on their phones during dinners and other more intimate gatherings. I get that can be acceptable to most people nowadays but I don’t think it would hurt to sit in a restaurant with your phone in your pocket for 1/2 hour. 99% of the time the world won’t crumble if you don’t answer a tweet or text right away!

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    1. Thank you, Vic!! I hope you did as well. 🙂 I can be completely old school when it comes to technology! When you are spending time out with people, it’s wonderful to fully engage. It saddens me when I see people out to dinner and they’re both just on their phones. Isn’t the point of going out to enjoy one another’s company? It’s completely true, the world won’t crumble if you aren’t responding instantaneously. 🙂

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