As I near my 26th birthday, I’ve been thinking a lot about where I am in life and how happy I am with my family and relationships. My kids bring me more happiness and joy than I ever thought possible, my marriage is thriving, my family members are healthy, and I am fortunate enough to spend a whole lot of time with everyone I love. But I have also discovered that I have a little bit of a problem…
I’m addicted to my phone.
I know I’m not the only one who feels this way or suffers from being overly attached to social media. On car rides, when we’re sitting down watching TV, when the kids are playing by themselves quietly, I find myself constantly checking my phone and refreshing my pages – and I all too often find myself not present in the room or not contributing as much to conversations because of it.
My phone has become less of a device and more of a distraction, and I have decided that during the month of October, I’m going to make a conscious effort to break the habit.
My goal for myself is to “ditch the device” on the weekends. No social media. No checking emails. The only thing I’ll be using my phone for during the weekends will be to check in with my family via text/phone calls (you’re welcome, Mimi!).
I want to pick pumpkins without worrying about getting an Instagram-worthy photo and take in the fall foliage on car rides instead of pinning fall decor ideas on Pinterest. I want to get down on the floor to build castles out of blocks and have meaningful conversations with my husband when the kids go to bed instead of looking at Facebook. I want two days a week to be free of my phone and everything that it entails.
This past weekend, my “wireless weekends” began. I put my phone away for (almost) the entire weekend and spent good, quality, un-interrupted time with my family. We celebrated Thanksgiving at our home (another post on that to come!), watched football together, read books in bed with Marleigh, had an afternoon bonfire at my in-laws’ house, and Luke and I indulged in meaningful conversations. It was refreshing and much-needed, and I am excited to keep up with my new endeavor again this weekend as we celebrate our Huckles turning ONE.