thoughts by Annie Leavitt at 9:12 AM
I will admit, the first month without my iPhone was tough, tough, tough. I second guessed my choice several times, I mourned, I was angry, I bargained, I was in denial. All of it.
After a month things started to get better and better, and they just haven't stopped. I knew I had a lot of addictive behaviors when it came to my phone, namely INSTAGRAM, pinterest and TEXTING. But I never realized that life was moving faster than I could keep up. Which kept me in a constant flustered state. Like a camera that can never focus until you slow down, that was my daily life.
I've had some time to reflect and I would say the top 5 bonuses of not having a smart phone are these:
1. BETTER MEMORY. my memory is getting better. appointments, phone numbers, dates. no joke, after several weeks the digital cobwebs are clearing and i feel more present every day. my brain clouded with social media in my pocket all the time and my face in my phone. now i feel the temperature of the room differently, the sunset, my children's faces, people's voices, my clothes, even reading is different.
2. SLEEP. I sleep sounder. I wake up more alert. I am less cranky. What's not to love about that?
3. TIME. I have SO MUCH FLIPPING TIME ON MY HANDS. I'm not even joking. Laundry? Yes, I have time to fold and put away. Talk on the phone with a good friend? Yup, I have time for that and can fold the laundry at the same time. Manage emails, write on the blog? Yes and yes. I would say without my smart phone I have at least 1-2 extra hours a day. Yikes. I'm reading about a book a week holla! That makes my heart so happy.
|some of my favorite reads lately, obviously in a self help phase.|
4. FREEDOM. I am not a slave to technology. I can run errands, drive on vacation, watch a movie with my kids, take a walk, go on a dinner date without thinking about posting it, or thinking about what other people are doing. Is that a cute photo? I hardly ever think that anymore. Selfies? No more my friends. Just doesn't work with a nikon lol. But guess what? More people died this year from SELFIES than from SHARK ATTACKS. When will we wake up? Sharks, that eat small dolphins for snacks are SAFER THAN SELFIES. What the hell is happening to our society?
thoughts by Annie Leavitt at 3:54 PM
|these were the fluffiest marshmallow clouds against a pure blue sky, |
a pure maynard dixon painting
on the other hand, for the majority of the time we don't wait long enough for a project or undertaking to fully ripen. we bail because it is just taking too long and seems like it will never work out. we quit because, heaven forbid, it is too hard. we want the easy route. we want to fit in, we don't want to stick out holding on and working on to something that is different, undesirable by the masses or doesn't even look like fruit at all.
Somewhere a place for us.
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us
There's a time for us,
Some day a time for us,
Time together with time spare,
Time to learn, time to care,
We'll find a new way of living,
We'll find a way of forgiving
Somewhere . . .
There's a place for us,
A time and place for us.
Hold my hand and we're halfway there.
Hold my hand and I'll take you there
thoughts by Annie Leavitt at 7:15 AM
It was still a great trip for the kids. I didn't get any good photos of the camping spot or going to Cave lake (which was sweltering by the way) or their off road trip, but the highlight for our kids and what they can't stop talking about was riding on the steam engine train in Ely, Nevada (again...HOT). We meandered throughout the HOT museum and then rode the train for a little over an hour. The kids loved it, especially the open air car with benches. Ty's favorite part was the 2 bucks they saw, I think that was Grandpa Rod's favorite part too. Here are some photos I snapped along the way:
I thought Ely was fascinating. I had only visited before for high school soccer games, seeing the older parts of town and the train row houses was fun. We even spied a few brothels (go nevada!). The train passes by many old mines (Ely was a mining town) and one where it collapsed and around 100 chinese migrant workers were lost and never found. Apparently Stephen King was doing a cross country Nevada motorcycle trip and was fascinated so much that he filmed and based his book "Desperation" on. Interesting factoids like that totally excited me. Thanks mom.
thoughts by Annie Leavitt at 11:40 AM
but we are excited for order and routine and to start ballet next WEEK. gahhhh.
thoughts by Annie Leavitt at 4:14 PM
thoughts by Annie Leavitt at 12:59 PM
disgust, shock and confusion. those are the universal looks i receive when i tell people that i am no longer a smart phone owner. yes, i did it. something i have been contemplating since the first initial "high" of having my iPhone wore off, and i realized what had changed in my life, and i wanted my old life back. just thinking about writing down all of my thoughts and emotions like this has been a little daunting, so i am just going to vomit it all out in one quick post.
a little over two weeks ago, i finally went in for my long overdue upgrade at verizon. the line was quite long, so i meandered and perused all of the options. i already knew i was getting the iphone6, but it was fun to check everything else out. some other people wanted to touch and ogle the iPhones so i scooted over to the iPads, which were directly across from the basic phones aka dumb phones. when the sales associate started talking, i asked him to price out the iPhone 6 as an option, or the iPad mini and a basic phone. i thought 'what the heck, i'm going to do it'. i've wanted to get rid of my smart phone for years. i love it dearly, but it has complete control over me. i can pick it up to answer a text and 15 minutes later pull my head out of trivia crack or pinterest. i had tried and tried to be the "master" of my phone, and not the other way around, and yet...i always lost the battle. over and over and over again.
i am starting to teach ballet again this year, and i knew that i need to be more organized and efficient at home. i don't have the spare time to meander all over every app and check fb twenty times a day. i want to dedicate my family time to family, my home time to my home and work to work. drastic measure were needed. i had a lump in my throat, and as my stomach flipped and flopped i stood there and purchased a basic phone and an iPad and watched them take my little iPhone away. and i was devastated.
my iPhone was amazing. i might be a little biased, since purchasing my first cute turquoise mac for college (and not one university class program was formatted for anything other than pcs by the way, i just want the young hip college kids to understand the struggle for Mac lovers in 2000). the design is minimal, sleek, genius, beautiful. apple products understand me, it's always been a symbiotic relationship.
but here are a few things i noticed about my relationship with my phone, and the things that i could still have on my iPad. considering i spend about 90% of my time at home i really didn't need a portable smart phone. i would have the iPad.
- the calendar kept me organized...yet i still would forget or confuse birthdays and appointment times and dates. guess what, my iPad has this.
- my menstrual calendar helped me understand my food cravings and sudden disgust with all of humanity, including my beautiful children and handsome husband. it also helped me diagnose my ectopic pregnancy, very grateful for that. again, iPad.
- texting! TEXTING! so fun and easy to text. i could keep in touch with friends and siblings with a quick touch of my fingers. enter picture messages and emoticons and i was in heaven. i also would ignore my kids and to-do list to endlessly gossip on my phone. and did i mention my husband doesn't text...at all? my iPad has iMessage, but it is infinitely less alluring and fun than on my iPhone.
- INSTAGRAM. beautiful beautiful instagram. pictures in my palm of friends, family, strangers. instagram helped me find my favorite trainer/friend Marisa! She saved me after my ectopic pregnancy, I can always be grateful for instagram. i count the DAYS of time added up spending time stalking people on instagram...and judging them. same thing with the iPad, instagram has completely lost its allure. i check every few days on friends and family, but it is just not the same as on a smart phone.
- email. my iPad is much easier for email actually. i have a little keyboard, and when ty and i watch tv at night i can catch up on everything quick and simply.
- camera, oh. i will miss that camera. so easy to take pics, videos and send and share to everyone. guess what though? no more temptation to take a selfie lol. iPad selfie, bwahahahaha. i have a brand new nikon and i took it on our vacation, and compared to everyone else snapping away with their cute smart phones, i felt like a polygamist with full on tidal wave bangs and leggings and reeboks poking out under my tarp dress.
My iPhone addiction was making me a terrible mom
a few steps to manage smart phone addiction (i've tried all of these steps HUNDREDS of times)
thoughts by Annie Leavitt at 11:15 AM
sarah flew into las vegas on a wednesday night and we straight up partied like crazy mormons for two weeks! this looks a lot like, playing board games, making food, watching chick flicks, swimming with the kids, talking...talking...talking! it was so great to see her, it's been hard not living close anymore. shopping with her is more fun, eating out with her is more fun, laughing about how dumb I can be is more fun with her.
we loaded up the kids and drove down to see Aunt Danna, Uncle Guy and Spencer and Tyler. They moved to a new cute little home in Riverside, California and the kids had a total blast. Lots of tackling and mangling their dog and cat for 4 days. haha.
our first gorge fest was at Farrell's ice cream parlor! Holy experience!!
our first big outing was to the BEACH! We hadn't gone as sisters in two years, and we hit up corona del mar again and it was heaven. we ended up staying for 7 hours. what? a world record in our book. no one was in diapers. or needed a nap. it was crazy easy! not to mention Rodney is deathly afraid of the ocean, so no need to worry about him at all. he happily played in the sand and chased seagulls all day (and ate).
the girls decided to pull in this massive pile of kelp and even recruited a new friend to help. i just sat and watched, it took them a good 20 minutes to get it onto shore. hehehe.
very happy girl
very happy girl
thoughts by Annie Leavitt at 2:48 PM