So I Do Have Friends and How Technology Connects Us

 

(*I actually wrote two posts in less than 24 hours. What is with me? Ha ha. If you missed my last one, it’s got some deep thoughts on the whole life after STUFT Detox and such since some of you have been asking. It’s here.)

 

Yes, I do have friends.

Sometimes.

Not just my boys, although they are my best friends and make me laugh every single day.

Like this guy last night.

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Can’t remember his exact comments, but they went a little something like this:

“Like my mud mustache?”

“Master mud power.”

Then, when I asked to take a picture, “This really isn’t for anyone to see.”

He’s got to know though, if he’s going to do that, then it’s going to be on the internet somewhere. Ha ha.

 

 

So, hey, turns out I wasn’t making it up the other day. I really did meet Tenley.

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Um, yeah, although now that I see the picture I’m a little embarrassed. Nice Halo Headband line from my hat on my forehead and hey, don’t mind me all sweaty and gross hanging out in just my bathing suit. Oh man.

How cute is she though? She is the nicest person ever. She was at the beach with her cute parents so I got to chat with them for a bit too.

It was very nice that they took time to talk to me looking like that and all. I did mention I was a mom of twins and that I had run to the beach, so hopefully they kind of understood (or felt sorry for me, who knows).

I knew she lived somewhere locally and I figured we’d bump into one another at some point as I run at that beach every now and then and teach at a gym close by. I was hoping I would look a bit better when it happened. Of course not. Isn’t it always the case that you run into someone you want to meet when you’re not at your best?

Smile

 

Anyhoo,

I was just thinking this morning about how technology connects us in so many ways.

Whether it’s just through social media or through all these easy to use technological devices these days, it really helps us connect with family and friends. Not only that, but because of social media and technology, I’ve gotten to experience some pretty darn amazing opportunities (and have a few more in the next few months) and discovered a whole new career path.

 

STUFT Daddy just got an iPhone for the first time the other week. He has twice the amount of storage than I do and doesn’t use any of the extra applications, nor does he have a Facebook or instagram account or anything. I asked him if we could trade and obviously he said no way. What a nice guy. Ha.

But really, how cool that we all carry phones with cameras and can access Facebook, twitter, instagram, email, etc. anytime we need to or want to share something. Some of the best videos and pictures are always random ones on the go.

And heck, even my toddler knows how to be a good camera man with my phone. Yeah, remember this little workout video?

Have you done this stair burpee challenge yet? Nice still shot by the way. Ha.

 

He’s got talent behind the camera. Ha.

 

And while I still dream of having a really cool video camera so I can make some great kitchen videos and more workout videos, everything we’ve done this far has just been on my phone or my little cheapo Bloggie camera (usually propped up on a bar stool).

But for now, that’s all I need and I’m very thankful for my little camera phone that even my mom can use. I mean, how awesome that we can catch precious family moments like this one?

Yes, Mom needs a little work on her camera skills.

 

On the other hand, yes, I know there’s definitely a time and place to be on your phone and it really shouldn’t be all day, but that being said, I’ve met a whole lot of wonderful people, learned so much and have come across some life changing events and opportunities because of connections I’ve made through technology.

Case in point.

All my “dates” with my boyfriend Bob were because I just happen to be on Facebook at the right time and send an email to the producer.

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And again, thanks to my phone I have a couple videos with him as well. This one is really old, but it’s my favorite.

One-Armed CrossFit Snatch Lesson From Bob Harper

 

Oh and hey, did you know this guy is also FitFluential. He he.

Oh Bob, how I miss you and our workouts together.

 

 

And, just the other weekend I got to attend IDEA World Fitness Convention with FitFluential and Reebok. Not only did I get to use my phone to document the experience and finally take pictures and make videos so I could remember the awesome moves and workouts, but I also got to meet my blogging friends face to face.

We make so many connections through media, that when you finally get to meet in person it’s just awesome. You’re already connected in a special way with love of fitness, running or you know, kabocha squash or obsession with roasting vegetables. Ha ha.

It was so great meeting all these ladies there.

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They are all such inspirations as we’ve connected through the blog and fitness world and finally got to hang out in person.

 

The same thing happens with running and racing. You follow and connect with other runners, through their races (the good and the bad), their injuries, their comebacks, etc. You develop relationships, get inspired, learn from each other, etc.

Hands down, my favorite running events so far have been the Runner’s World Half and Festival last year where I got to hang out with the amazing Michele

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and a lot of other fun running FitFluential bloggers.

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Not to mention I got to run with Shalane Flanagan. Amazing.

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Not to mention the amazing friendships I’ve made with these two ladies (Sarah and Janae) who also inspire me on a daily basis.

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We finally met in person at Nike Women’s Marathon last year and have gotten the chance to meet up and race together a couple times since then.

 

You know, you really get to connect with people though technology and social media. It’s a whole world out there that a few years ago I never knew existed. And now, well, my life has changed and I’m so very grateful for not only how it’s brought our family together, but for the friends, amazing opportunities and the career it’s brought me.

You know what else? If it wasn’t for technology and social media, I would have never discovered roasted kabocha squash. I can’t even imagine……….. Ha ha ha.

 

How has technology or social media changed your life?

Have you been more inspired, gotten new opportunities, connected more with family or met some really great friends because of it?

Any other thoughts? (My brain is all over the place on this topic now.)

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Comments

  1. 1
    Tracy Carson says:

    It’s so funny that you posted this today because I was JUST having a conversation with my husband about how I think I need to take a social media break! Clearly I haven’t started yet…I agree with you on how easily accessible it is to capture sweet moments with family and connect with strangers but the dangerous slippery slope of comparison is crouching just on the other side. For me it really is hard for me not to compare myself (like to super fast mama runners who put my runs to shame ;), put myself down (especially when viewing pictures), and/or put others down to make myself feel better when I am feeling particularly low. Gross, right? As women, I think we all long for community but we are afraid to be real and especially vulnerable, so we put our best selves forward on FB or IG. We also long for affirmation. Social media gives us a false sense of that community if we just stop there. If we are able to translate the internet relationship into the real deal then I think we serve ourselves so much better. Sometimes being a girl is hard! Being a girl in social media land is even harder! Love that you have been able to meet people in real life.

    And, Bob Harper? ohmylordyday! I have the biggest crush on him, insanely jealous of that!

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    I actually just got my first iphone about a month ago too!!!! I love it eventhough I am still figuring it all out.
    This is a great post and it really is amazing all the people you meet through social media. I just got my blog started about 3 months ago. I had been following several runners blogs and just loved getting to know people. I was also finding myself leaving all the super long comments and I could have kept going.! I really wanted to motivate and encourage others through a blog of my own…so I started it. It has been great! I have been able to meet via computer a lot of great people, and one day hope to meet some in person at races (I did meet chicago runner girl at a race but I didn’t know that was her till I got home and saw her pics :))!
    Well anyways….I love doing my blog and thus far social media has been good to me!

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    meredith says:

    I totally agree- the internet, our smart phones and social media has changed our lives in so many wonderful ways. it is so interesting and amazing to realize how we can talk and connect with people all over the world and make so many friends we may never have known, especially in the blogging community! I have been unplugging a bit more though, at least in terms of my personal facebook/social media accounts. It actually has become a bit much and I realized I don’t need to know so much about so many people that I really don’t talk to on a daily basis. Sometimes technology gives you may more info than one needs!

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    elizabeth says:

    I looked at her facebook page, but I’m still not sure who Tenley is, an actor? Will have to do more research.

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    SkinnyRunner says:

    I follow tenley on the IG.
    thanks for the shoutout, friend! 🙂 made me smile.

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    LOVE this & I still loving the video that your son took! 🙂

    I know – this love & hate relationship with video!!! BUT is has so many good things too!

    We were burglarized a few years back. All the family stuff – the kids growing up, my parents & relatives now gone were on video tapes – They in the case with the cameras… they did not even have the decency to leave these behind.. all gone except a couple – in the days now, we can back it up….

    Love all your shares!

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    Laura says:

    Pretty cool videos with Bob Harper, I love him!

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    Oh my goodness that video is SO cute your kiddo recorded.

    And I seriously just can’t imagine your instagrams/blogs/tweets without squash! Imagine that! 😉

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    I’ve been a blog reader for years, but finally took the plunge to start one myself this summer to take advantage of all the connections that can be made over social media. I’m still pretty new to all of it, but it is really fun to connect with others who share similar interests and to share info/get info from other health and fitness nuts. It is interesting to read about what professional athletes or top trainers do, but I think it is more inspiring to read about how everyday people fit in exercise and healthy living and balance it all with work and family!
    So cool you met Shalane!

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    I’m having a blast getting to “know” people by social media. I agree there’s a time and place to shut it off, but it’s SO fun! Can’t wait to hear about the upcoming plans.

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    Social media and blogging have let me meet internet friends who have turned into real life running buddies. Oh and the Wave Sayonara video with your little camera man in amazing!

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    Laura says:

    Agreed- technology does connect us in many ways, and it is awesome. It is truly amazing how things have changed in just a few years. It is so easy to connect with far-away family & friends. There are many blogs/bloggers (especially yours!) that inspire my running greatly. I look forward to hopefully meeting many of my favorites in October!! 🙂

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    Diana says:

    I’m a beginning blogger and beginning runner, and I have to say that blogs like yours, where I can see normal people getting this stuff done is so inspiring. Without social media’s push, who would have known if I would have even signed up for a half mararthon?!

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Right? Diane- I’m so excited for you that you signed up for a half marathon. Which one?

      • Diana says:

        I’m doing the Disney World Wine & Dine half marathon. But best friend is doing it with me. I’m still in the training and am slowly running farther every week. I feel like I finally might be able to make it those 13.1 miles.

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    I agree…I don’t want to be on my phone all day either – I want to make sure I actually *live* – but I have a lot of friends online now that I’ve met because of blogging and they’re important to me, too!

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    It’s amazing to see and read how technology has connected you to the world around you! Amazing opportunities you have lived and experienced as a result of tech. and social media!

    Technology has powered my connections to my family, friends and the world around me on so many levels! If it wasn’t for technology, I wouldn’t be here, right now 😉

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