Start Saying Yes!

*Before we start this blog post, I just wanted to say, yes, my name changed from KissesNYC to Kisses From Jess! It was a huge change but I am so much happier with it! No more changes will be made to the name from now on!*

Summer is coming up and I know some of us are looking forward to sleeping in late, watching Netflix all day, and having no homework. I know that’s what I did last year, but I really want to change that. I recently came across this blog post from Eventbrite and I wanted to share their campaign with you guys to end FOMO (fear of missing out) and replace it with GOMO (going out more often)!

Approximately 56% of social media users experience FOMO because we are constantly checking Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/etc see all the updates our friends posted. It is rare if we don’t post a selfie of us hanging out with friends now. It’s time we put our phones down and just enjoy the things around us. At least for a few hours at a time.

We are four (almost five) months into the year already, and I know I wasted so much time indoors, instead of out doing some things I’ve always wanted to try. So in honor of kicking off this idea, I decided to spend an evening in a local park with my family. We made a pact not to touch our phones until we were home, and we all succeeded (ok, I may have snapchatted once before we started). It’s amazing how much you miss when you’re looking down at a tiny screen.

Below I included some pictures that I took (using my camera, not phone!) and I think they are so amazing. The world around us is incredible and we need to pay more attention to it. It felt a lot more satisfying to actually be working my body than sitting in bed. I went for a walk on the trail, and my sister and I explored the little river flowing through the park.

So, this summer I encourage you to say no more to FOMO, and spend as much time as you can away from your phone. Go out and do things you’ve never done, and see the world.

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You can also check out Eventbrite’s website to find different activities and events in your area to participate in. Or, if you want to start an event, you can plan and advertise using their website as well.

This summer, I hope to participate in a color run, go to a concert or two, and go hiking/camping as much as possible. What are some things you are doing, or hope to do, this summer? Let me know in the comments how you plan on ending FOMO.

I hope this post inspired you to make new experiences as soon as tomorrow! You can also tag me in any tweets or Instagram posts, or use the hashtag #endFOMO. Make sure to come back next Sunday for a new post!


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