Howdy friends! I’m on my way to Maryland today to visit my family and friends- and to support my friend Kelly for the release of her new book! I’m sure I’ll be talking about that book more later on here- I have to read it first!
Greg’s staying in Colorado and I have to admit- I have mixed feelings about returning to Maryland for the first time since I moved back in April. Don’t get me wrong- I’m definitely excited to see everyone. It’s just going to be… weird. This is the longest I’ve ever been away from Maryland in my life (even the college I went to was less than an hour from home) and just think it will be surreal to see everyone and everything. I have some plans to visit with friends and family (I’m staying with my mom) and to hike some of my old favorite trails, go to a couple favorite restaurants and shoppes and even plan on taking a cycling class at the gym I formerly taught at (it will be so great to see my old early morning crew!!). It’s also just a bit… overwhelming. But I’m just going to try to relax and remember that I can’t see everything or everybody in the few short days that I’m there.
Moving on. Last weekend I made the decision to tackle one of the 33 While 33 goals and unplug. Since we were going away to hike Quandary Peak, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to step away from the cell phone.
And really- I should’ve broken down that goal a bit more. My real issue is social networking on my phone- namely checking Instagram (first and foremost) followed by Facebook. And email- I check my email at least 20 times a day!
I knew that any work-related email could wait until Monday (they knew I was away for the weekend anyway) and anything else could be dealt with after the weekend. I did have my phone with me during the weekend- solely for the purpose of using it as a camera. (And I would’ve brought my small digital camera and left the phone at home entirely, but the battery charger is somewhere with the 50 other things I can’t find since we moved.) I set my phone to “Airplane Mode” on Friday around noon and tried to forget that I even had it with me. I took one photo that evening, but that’s it.
When we went hiking on Saturday, I used the phone for picture taking. I have to admit- I was really tempted to Instagram one of the incredible photos from the hike… but I waited. I did also use the “phone” function to make a call/text later on (because one of my friends was picking up something from the house later on). Again- the “phone” is not my issue (I actually rarely talk on the phone)- it’s everything else.
Sunday was pretty easy. I was so busy and exhausted from being gone Friday and Saturday that I didn’t have time to think about picking up my phone and checking Instagram/Facebook/Twitter etc. When Monday morning came, I picked up my phone, checked my social media vices, and moved on. I’d like to say that I’ve been checking my phone less ever since- but that’s not true. It’s something that I’m working on and will continue to work on. Paige told me that when she finds herself looking at her phone too much she puts it away in a drawer and forgets about it- that’s a trick I’ll have to try! I also need to get in the habit of keeping it in my purse when I’m in the car (and not within reach) so that I’m not tempted to check it at every red light.
Have a great Thursday!
Have you ever moved (and gone back to visit)? What are your most “addictive” apps?