Mlle Fab

2014: The Year of Real Connection

January 17, 2014

Last year, I lived in Europe. Unlike North America, they rarely used their mobile devices. People actually spoke to one another. Albeit over wine, BUT they had REAL LIFE conversations.

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Hello. My name is Ksenia and I’m a texter. I have a problem.

Texting.

It’s so easy to send off a sentence frag in less than 15 secs. Plus, I DO NOT LIKE talking on the phone, hence I abuse the little electronic missives like Miss Bynes with a twitter account. That said, I knew I had a real problem when my petite soeur would answer my once-in-a-blue-moon phonecalls with a panicked, “Are you okay?! What’s wrong?!” Oui. Time for a change.

So, my 2014 is dedicated to really connecting with people SANS MOBILE. This is not an easy feat for moi, but I have 3 ideas.

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1. FaceTime & Skype:
Ma famille lives EVERYWHERE. (CA – US – UK – EU – DK).
Keep in touch + not break the bank = one delighted frugal fille! AND, with a baby nephew & niece in my life, I want to be more than Auntie Mobile Message. Plus, it’s simply nice to see a dear one’s face. Word to the wise, even with a poor connection one can always be seen. ALWAYS. Learn from my multi-tasking-straddling-mobile-while-chatting-with-ma-mère catastrophe. Wish I was lying.

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2. Letter Writing:
I adore words. As one ami said, “you’re verbose. To the point of, you could have said that much simpler, but you’re not happy until you have a War and Peace on your hands”… He’s right. I have broken out my seal, cards and stationary: BRING ON THE WORDS! The bonus? Perhaps I’ll even receive a letter in return? OUI, SVP!

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3. Literally Put Mobile Away:
Sitting in café. Feel uncomfortable/bored & pull out the trusty iPhone to appear busy/‘fill’ time? GUILTY IS MOI! Definitely my ol’ standby. From now on, I will ‘fill’ my time with something more productive – reading an actual book, writing in my journal, studying music, etc. Side note: with one’s attention back in the real world, who knows what adventures one will have…
Park Promenade + Moscato introduction + Kiss Goodnight under an umbrella = Ah, la vie!
That actually happened, so BE PRESENT! And, if serendipitously, I meet someone in said situation again, I will NOT check my emails, texts, etc. Same goes in my own home. Mobiles will be checked at the entrance for the evening. That’s right, we’re going to have FUN D*MN IT!
*Mlle Fab frantically sets up Twister & opens 3 bottles of petite syrah*

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Mr. Fab & I often speak about the idea of being free from the little electronic friend. Don’t worry, cher readers, I would NEVER suggest to give up THAT specific petit ami. My suggestion: Out with papa? Do not check mobile until you say au revoir. At an event? Unless for work, I DOUBLE DOG DARE you to not tweet or instagram about it. Be in the moment. Try it for a week and see what happens…

2014. The Year of Real Connection. Ring my doorbell. We can talk about our days or play Twister ; )…

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Bisous,

Mlle Fab ack to Basics
xo


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