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JOMO: The Beautiful Joy of Missing Out

August 27, 2015

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I love being home.  Being surrounded by scented candles, my iPad mini, and a great home cooked meal cooked by yours truly is a perfect day to me.  And did I forget to mention undisturbed?  I am sure it seems quite odd because if you follow me on social media, it seems as though I love to be the life of the party, and am always out and about.  And sometimes, my life is definitely non-stop – I am an ambivert.  BUT, most of the time I prefer saying no to social obligations and being home doing the things I love and that bring me joy.  So if you feel the same way I do, I am here to tell you there is nothing wrong with that.

I was inspired to write this after reading the following E. Jean column in this month’s issue of ELLE magazine.  And I completely identified with her question.  I realize as I get older, that I want to toss my phone out the window.  I feel like it’s a tether.  The constant text messaging, notifications, and feeling the pressure to respond immediately– it’s too much and it prevents us from being in the present moment.  I get the question all the time, “Did you get my text?”  As the reader mentions, “I don’t mind seeing friends” is a true statement.  I love spending time with friends and family (it truly brings me JOY and I feel blessed to have so many wonderful and true people in my orbit), but there is nothing like being home and doing ME.

JOMO: The Beautiful Joy of Missing Out on TheDailyMonarch.com

 

As I scan my Instagram and see incredibly delicious (and filtered) looking meals eaten al fresco from the latest restaurant in LA, or snapshots from cool events most people only dream of a chance to attend, I don’t feel like I am missing out at all.  I am one of the rare ones that doesn’t suffer from FOMO.  Here are the following reasons why more often than not I catch a case of the JOMO:

It gives me a chance to reboot

I can be more reflective

I put myself in a  place to be inspired by freely browsing the web

I can enjoy my creative hobbies like MONARCH and paint

It saves gas, money and energy

I am able to spend more time with furry friends

Look, I love a night out and a chance to get dolled up.  But most of the time,  I am not missing out anything, except “one less evening in–and to myself.”

Please share your thoughts with me on Twitter @itsjennrose!  Do you find yourself mostly catching a case of FOMO or JOMO?

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