Friday, February 28, 2014

Pause in 2014 {March}


If you're anything like me, you spend too much time staring at a screen. Computer, phone, TV, it all adds up. To focus on my word in March, I want to scale back from all the screen time, and to gently remind myself, I've created wallpapers for both my computer and phone.

We took my parents out to dinner a couple of weeks ago and as I got out of the car, I noticed the beautiful sunset, so of course had to snap a picture. That photo is what I've used for both screens, but created the wallpapers in different ways. For my phone, I cropped my photo to a 3-inch by 4-inch portrait and used the app, Over, to simply add my text using the font Vevey in a rich coral. You can read more about Over and other photo apps I use, HERE.


For my computer, I used Photoshop Elements to quickly crop my image and add text. I used the font, olivier, simplified the text layer, and then applied a gradient at 50% opacity. It had been a while since I'd changed the wallpaper on either device and focusing on my word provides the perfect motivation and reminder to step away from the electronics.


If you've chosen a word for 2014, has it had any impact on your year so far?

12 comments:

  1. You always take beautiful picutres Elise, love the sunset. Great idea to use it for wallpaper.

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  2. Beautiful wallpapers. I need to focus on my word more because I kinda forgot about it..

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  3. Love how you added your word to that beautiful photo :)

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  4. Lovely, Elise! You're very smart to do all of that - I would be at a loss - lol.

    Great job!

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  5. This is a stunning picture and a perfect way to reflect on your word.
    I too need to step away from the computer more and have been pretty successful this past week.
    I love the idea of putting this on your devices, genius.

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  6. Love those photos & great way to make your background. My word for 2013 was balance & I started to balance things & I made great strides, but I just didn't get to where I want to be so it is also my word for 2014! I am doing really well so far and making great strides- cutting back DT. Assignments , etc.

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  7. I need to do the same...
    And I don't remember the word I chose !

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  8. Beautiful photo, and what a great way to gently remind yourself and keep the motivation up!

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  9. What a wonderful idea and such a beautiful photograph!!! and I am so laughing at Saolnge's comment! my word has constantly been reminding me to come back to my center, as I get very distracted at what everyone else is doing. it is so hard not to though, lol!! :) Evie

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  10. Such great ways to remind yourself to slow down and enjoy the world around you!

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  11. Great idea!!! I am trying to reduce my screen time, too and it isn't easy.
    My word is Focus, and I am trying to keep it in mind at all times.
    Especially when I feel my mind wandering. Or I start a task before finishing another.
    It's not easy! LOL

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Thank you so much for taking your time to comment, I truly appreciate all your kind words!