Day 3026 – Unplugging For A Weekend – How Did It Go?

We returned yesterday from two nights away. I put my phone on airplane mode for the drive up to listen to music, and then turned it off when we arrived. The first night at the fire was a little weird, because I couldn’t read or write since it was so dark. And when I was the only one at the fire, I was left with only my thoughts. The second day, I didn’t really think about my phone at all. There was something that happened that required getting in touch with us, but thankfully Bret had his phone on. This led me to turn on my phone the last morning, otherwise it would have stayed off until we got home.

I learned a lot about myself this weekend. I have a totally unhealthy attachment to my phone, and coping mechanisms of playing games and obsessively checking different apps. It was a great reminder that I don’t need to be attached to my phone 24/7, and I really want to bring this into my day to day life. Maybe doing things like, only checking it a few times a day, and getting back into only going on social media two times a day. We’ll see how it logistically fits in. But I have to say, it felt SO good not being attached to my phone.

While I was there, I read a really great book, The Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life: A Mindful Approach to Achieving More by Doing Less* by Laurence Shorter. It really broke down what it means to process what happens in our lives. There was a whole section on the “shoulds” that sometimes rule our lives. It talked about how to stop, process, and let things go. It was filled with pictures, and I loved it. I really wish there were more books like this. Big ideas broken down into easy to process and understand sentences….with pictures. If you know of any books like this, let me know!

Since I didn’t have my phone, I didn’t take any pictures. Again, thankfully Bret had his phone and did. 🙂

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About 365 days of marriage

I started this blog in April of 2011. At the time, Bret and I were wedding photographers and it was a way to share how marriage is more about the day to day and so much more than the wedding day itself. For about 5 years, I blogged about the joys and sorrows of the Christian walk, marriage, work, family and friends. I’ve blogged every day since a few weeks after I started. In May of 2015, we photographed our last wedding. Now, I have become passionate about simplicity, particularly in marriage, Christianity, business, travel and life. For a number of reasons, we have become minimalists. I’ve found that having simplicity makes life so much deeper, refreshing and joyful. I hope that this blog will help others see the benefits of living simply.

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