First of all, I bet the title above makes ya think I’m about to go drama on this post. Or deep. Neither are true. Although I AM on pain meds right now, so ya never know.

I have a love/hate relationship with Oxycodone. It makes my ankle feel like it’s not on fire, BUT it also makes me want to vomit up the salad + donut I had for lunch a little while ago. I’m so thankful that everything about surgery went so SMOOTH…so far at least. We arrived at the hospital at 5:30 am, and I was home from Greenville and in bed by 11:30 am. The nurses were the nicest I’ve ever had, and I’m already so thankful for Dr. Womack. I also heard everyone was really cool and laid back about my apparent outbursts I had in the recovery room too. Apparently doc told Daniel that my achilles was mostly scar tissue – and actually very little tendon at all. Dan then told me what he said after I woke up, and he later told me that I had some choice words for the entire recovery room after the fact — about “what a bad@&& I am for having a lack of tendon over the past several years.” So, now everyone knows how I really feel about myself. 

Shoutout to Daniel for loving me, despite not having a shower in a couple of days. He drove me to Tropical Smoothie straight out of surgery yesterday, picked up my meds while I slept, watched The Office with me (last achilles surgery was Parks And Rec. This time it’s The Office), and put up with my needy self. Also, thank you to everyone out there for loving me, texting me, calling me, and even stopping by. I have pretty great people in my life, and I really am thankful for all of you. 

Having alllll the still time/ free time has led to me being very productive today. And when I say productive, I mean a lot of time spent watching The Office and looking at Instagram. When it comes to social media, I’m not about to tell you anything you don’t already know. But lately, it seems like it’s been even more negative and divisive than ever. 2017 has been a rough year for our nation and world, and social media is there to showcase it all, and leave room for people to share how they really feel about it. Social media gives us an opportunity to use our voice, and that’s not wrong at all. In fact, it’s great. But here is your reminder, and my reminder, that we can either use outlets like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to inspire other people, or to drive people apart. 

And with that, I wanted to tell all of you about something I learned today! I’m usually pretty late to the game on these things, so this isn’t NEW news. If you already knew this, than good for you. But Instagram Collections, guys! A long time ago, I would screen shot random posts on Insta if they included something I needed to remember. But that’s a little disorganized. So, awhile back I learned that you can “flag” posts to save them. Just click on the flag at the bottom right of the pic. Then, when you go to your Instagram profile, you can click on that same flag icon on the far right above your pics. There you can see all the posts you’ve saved. I know this is old news, but it’s pretty helpful. 

Well, today I learned that you can actually organize those posts into categories, kinda like Pinterest. I’m not a huge Pinterest fan, mostly because I can find all I need on Instagram. So, for me, this is BRILLIANT. To do this, hold the flag down, instead of just clicking on it. Once you hold it down, it will let you select a folder to add the post to. If you don’t have any custom folders, it will give you the option to add them. 

These folders are great for saving POSITIVE, INSPIRING, TEACHABLE posts. Those are the posts that personally inspire me. I can obviously break these down even more, but this is a good start for me. 

And look at that, maybe you just learned something new. Maybe you didn’t. Maybe you’re like “Ok Alison.. stay off drugs.” But either way, no matter how big or small your influence, or perceived influence is, you have a voice. You don’t have to agree with everything you see or read, and sometimes you may even feel like you need to respond. The good news is you CAN choose HOW you respond. Shoutout to everyone out there using social media for good.