Sometimes I wonder if technology is taking over my life.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those early adopters of technology, at all. I don't have any desire to own the latest gadget and I resist technological advances as much as possible. So much so, in fact, that one of my friends seems to think I may as well live in a cave as I don't have TV or the internet at home.
|Dress: Handmade (Mortmain skirt and Bette bodice, in this fabric) // Bag: Primark|
I was reading Kara's post this morning and a lot of her early morning routine resonated with me. I guess what I mean is, it got me thinking of all of the things which weren't around when I was growing up, but which I'd struggle to imagine trying to live without. Social media, and just generally being more connected to the world no matter where you might be. I still haven't really decided how much I like that part.
I mean, sure it's great to be able to look up information at the touch of a
button screen. Finding directions, catching up with someone you've not spoken to in a while whilst you're cooking dinner, tracking your run or cycle ride. All of that stuff is great; leaps and bounds in the quest of making our lives easier. But does being that connected have a lot to answer for in terms of adding to stress levels, too? I'm starting to think it is. Things like parents who can't cut the apron strings when it comes to allowing their kids to go to guide camp, and have to speak to them / text them every day to make sure they are okay? When I was a kid, my parents would wave me off with a "see you next week" and that would be the end of it. If it's not there, you don't miss it. Technology and kids is a whole other kettle of fish - I often say that I'd hate to be growing up with the social media we have nowadays. I've seen far too many school-aged kids who have been victims of cyber bullying and that's something which doesn't stop when you leave the school gates at 3pm.
|Necklace: Accessorize // Blazer: George*|
Another thing which drives me made is work emails. One of my friends mentioned that she'd been reprimanded at work today because she hadn't replied last night to an email she'd been sent. Outside of work hours. At 22:30pm in fact. Seriously? If you work a 9-5 office job, I'm surprised that anyone would have that expectation, but they definitely do. And trust me, owning a business makes these things even worse. I've lost count of the number of times I've had a day off and a work email has come through and caused me to either cancel my plans and go into the office, or at least let it ruin my enjoyment of the day as I'm too busy worrying.
This weekend alone I've had out-of-hours emails and calls about meetings with my bank manager, a change of deadline by a client and disciplinary issues to do with a recent theft at work. Crazy but true. Something I'd never really given a lot of consideration to before, as I'd always assumed it was larger businesses who suffered things like this, but apparently it's quite common, so now I'm looking into possible solutions and deterrents.
|Tokyo shoe boots: ASOS // Tights: H+M|
Ugh. In other, happier news, I wore one of my new dresses from the weekend. I had quite a productive time and got on top of my commissions and also managed to make three dresses for myself. This is a mash-up of the Mortmain skirt with the Sew Magazine Bette bodice, as I'm favouring sleeveless dresses at the moment and that's the best bodice shape and fit I've found. The Mortmain skirt is pleated which worked much better than my usual method of gathering the skirt, for this cotton/linen blend fabric.
Yes, more patterned tights and some amazing bright pink boots which I received for Xmas a few years ago and haven't worn enough of!