Hey Jealousy. How Do You Deal?

Guys: let's talk about something real quick. This is something that, if you're active online or on social media, probably happens relatively often. If not well then mazel to you and please share your secrets with the class.

The something I'm referencing is online jealousy, and it's a total jerk. It seemed like that whole 'high school popularity contest' thing had ended, but apparently it's back and in full force, but this time it's all in my head. 

Say you're sitting down on your couch one evening. There's a nice glass of vino in your hand, maybe a little My Cat From Hell on in the background, and you're scrollin' through bloglovin'. So far, everything is gold.

Suddenly, you come across what feels like the best pictorial, co-branded partnership, article, whatever you've ever seen and get a stab of panic. My blog/Instagram/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/deargodeverything will never be this good.

This jealousy is new, unnecessary, and dare I say unique to this day and age. Of course, artists and writers have been comparing themselves for, like, ever, but never before has high-quality content been this readily available. 

So, I'd love to ask you: if you have a blog or are active on social media, how do you cope with jealousy or just plain ol' feelings of inadequacy? 

P.S. - I've spoken on this topic before in  "Do Blogs Make You Feel Bad?". Clearly I should just get off the internet.

Lately in London

I'm now approaching my 6-month mark of living as an American expat in London, and the whole thing feels like a flurry of emotions. Some have been good, and some have been bad, but on the whole I'm so glad to be in this city and doing what I'm doing. And what has this expat been doing in London?

Travelling!

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

My former co-workers and forever pals, Regina and Jorge, came from New York to hang out...

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

and we all went to the New Forest...

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

...and saw some ponies...

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

After rollin' with the ponies, we had some beers at a very English B&B

Second Floor Flat—London

We found a lovely new flat (still Second Floor, natch) around the corner from an old cemetary...

Second Floor Flat—London
Second Floor Flat—London

..and did some really good eating, English-style...

Second Floor Flat—London

...and American-style

Second Floor Flat—London

And last but not least, I discovered the The Observer has a weekly New York Times pull-out. This makes me happier than you know.

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

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