Thursday, September 22, 2016


I know we've all heard of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). If you haven't heard of it, you probably have a case of FOMO right now! In this age of social media and play by plays on other people's days (guilty as charged), it's easy to feel like you're not having as much fun as the next guy. It's no secret that being envious of the shiny (albeit, staged) lives of others isn't exactly mentally healthy, we can use it to inspire us to get out more, see more, do more, play more, experience more (My sister even wrote about this very topic this week). I present you with GOMO: Get Out More Often. 

When tragedy stuck this summer, many an afternoon I would look at AJ and say in desperation: "We have got to get out of here." We went on looong walks everyday and many many many long drives too. Getting out is good for our souls. Even if it's just to the Pop Shop down the street for a sugar cookie and lime diet coke. In college I would grow restless studying at home and the campus student center, Crosby, became my home away from home. The baristas at my neighborhood Starbucks in Chicago had a small farewell for me the morning I moved away. All this to say, getting out, being out, sipping, savoring, socializing is good for us. We need it!  In the era of "Netflix and Chill" (however you decide to define the latter in that phrase), let's all GOMO. Banish FOMO from your vocabulary and get out there, girlfriend! 

   Here are some items on our/my Bucket List this year. There's no pressure to hit all, or even most of the items on the list. After all, GOMO should not feel like a chore. GOMO also doesn't have to cost a lot of money or involve elaborate plans. Sometimes we like to go for FroYo and listen to a free local band play. Easy peasy and it's a date night under $7 (well, $8 if I get nuts or berries, that stuff ain't light). 

-Get a spa facial 
-Downtown Farmer's Market
-The Leonardo Museum 
-Hike Mt. Timpanogos
-Try a new restaurant dinner
-Try a new restaurant brunch
-Stay the night in Park City
-Try a new workout class
-Visit a new coffee shop
-Go to Top Golf
-Go to a play or concert
-Drive the canyons in the fall
-Take a cooking class
-Go to a Jazz game

What are some things you want to get out and do?

Here's the thing, though. While wandering aimlessly could lead you to stumble onto some cool stuff (wandering aimlessly was pretty much AJ and I all last summer), sometimes you have to do some research to actually GOMO. That's where the awesome site Eventbrite comes in. I just recently heard of this site and you can plug in your city and see tons of cool events and activities coming up. If you are really ambitious and hosting your own event, Eventbrite's Event Management Page  can help you with that too. There's tons of free events to choose from (holla!) AND you can use the Eventbrite site to research fun stuff in a new city when vacationing. Check out what's happening in and around SLC here. So it's time to Get Out More Often! I promise Netflix will be there when you return. 

Share your GOMO ideas in the comments! I can't wait to read your plans! 

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