Living Unattached and Freely

by Brittany on May 13, 2014

I have great news!

Baby D has learned to swat at things!!

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I have some not so great news… Baby D has learned to swat my phone out of my hand!

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Ouch.

But honestly, how can you get mad at that cute face?

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Until I get my replacement mailed to me, I am unreachable by phone calls.  I can text from my ipad or facetime from the ipad, but that’s it.  There won’t be any instagramming, tweeting, or reading blogs on the phone for the next few days.

I won’t be checking my emails during the day, or looking to see what time it is.

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Honestly, it is less stressful.  I’m going to have real “office hours”.  I’m going to unplug and enjoy it.

I’m going to live… unattached and freely.

I never want to be tied to my phone, but I think I rely on it more than I should.

Social media for me is fun, but it should never take the place of face to face interaction.

For the next few days, I’m going to enjoy being phone free… or at least try to enjoy it!

It does kind of drive me bonkers that I can’t tell what it means every time my phone dings… but I found a solution to that!  I turned the ringer off.  :)

So far, I have enjoyed not having my phone.  I haven’t checked IG, twitter, or emails since this afternoon.  Plus, I went to the gym and enjoyed my workout without checking the clock 30 times. I just went, took my time, and enjoyed it.

I feel less stressed, less anxious, and more free without my phone.  Who knew???

Have you ever had to go without your phone?

Do you feel like you are tied to your phone?

Do you feel like you live more freely without your phone always being around?

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Linz @ Itz Linz May 13, 2014 at 5:25 am

i do feel tied to my phone.. not necessarily in a bad way…. i prob would appreciate the break too if it happened to me!

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Jessie May 13, 2014 at 6:16 am

It’s funny, ever since moving to Kuwait I rarely use a phone. I actually told Joshua I didn’t need one. However, I guess he was worried about a silly thing called an emergency? Haha!

Can we please skype soon? We have lots to catch up on my dear!

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Brittany May 27, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Yes! PLEASE! Email me when?? I’m free Saturday afternoon… or monday or tuesday??

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jill conyers May 13, 2014 at 6:31 am

My over attachment to my phone has been on my mind a lot lately. I’ve even tried a time or 2 to leave the house without it. At first, I felt like I left the house without my pants but I did notice I’m more in tune with life details without it.

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Brittany May 27, 2014 at 10:56 pm

YES! Crazy to think that we used to not have cell phones at all!

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Carla May 13, 2014 at 7:10 am

I miss a lot
a lot lot
but I SHED THE PHONE/TECHNOLOGY at night.

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Maureen May 13, 2014 at 8:42 am

I definitely think as a society we’re more attached to technology than we should be…but I rarely do anything to stop it on my end. I do try to focus on people and events rather than my phone, but when I’m at home I am almost always on the darn thing!

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

Honestly, there are times when I leave my phone at home accidentally and I do really like it. I’ve pulled way back from all forms of social media recently. I really needed to focus on life in the here and now. Enjoy your time with work and your beautiful family. Enjoy being unattached! :)

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Brittany May 27, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Yes.. I’m pulling back too. My family is too important. Kudos to you friend! xoxo

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. May 13, 2014 at 9:05 am

I definitely feel like I rely on my phone a little too much sometimes… especially since it’s basically the first thing I check in the morning and the last thing I check at night. Oops :oops: But then there are times where I completely ignore it, so I guess it balances out?

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen May 13, 2014 at 9:39 am

This is a little gift wrapped up in a temporary annoyance. I remember when having a phone was legitimately for safety purposes (when I learned to drive) or only used to connect with people when you were meeting out somewhere (my use for it in college)…or ‘free’ long distance. :) I was just talking to friends this weekend about how much less I use social media in some ways–at least blogs–and that the phones can become a crutch and an annoyance. I do love instagram–as you know–but I try to still be present, and don’t need to post photos immediately after I’ve taken them. I, however, do get annoyed when I see a hundred phones popping up in the middle of classes, events, or even WEDDINGS. I have a strong desire to live in the moment coupled with this weird urge to know that I’m not missing anything elsewhere.

Huffington Post just published an interesting pictorial about the rise of smartphone obsession: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/07/smartphones-are-hideous-and-sad-kind-of_n_5234216.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living

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Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat May 13, 2014 at 10:24 am

The thought of living without my phone actually sounds really, really nice! I feel like I rely on it too much sometimes.

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Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. May 13, 2014 at 11:06 am

Oh my goodness. YES. I wrote about it in a post a few months ago. I had to get my phone repaired since the screen cracked – and I was ONLY without my phone for a few hours, but it is INCREDIBLY CRAZY how many times in those few hours I went to reach for my phone to do something.

I rely on it too much. I need more “mandatory disconnects” in my life.

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Brittany May 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm

it is crazy.. right? I mean, when did we get so reliant on a phone??

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) May 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

Sometimes a forced break is just what the doctor ordered :) Enjoy your unattached time! And how cute is baby D’s swatting picture?!

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Tori May 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

During the summers in college I was a counselor at camp and spent 3 months with no internet, phone, television, etc. and I loved every minute of it! So much more time to focus on the here & now & enjoy the moment :-)

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Kim May 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Oops on the phone!!
I’m more attached to my phones now than I used to be – especially our business phone. My personal one I can let go more often.
And, I took a page from your book and completely stayed away from all electronics (except that work phone) for the past 3 days – it was exactly what I needed!!!

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Emily @ Glitz Glam Gluten-Free May 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm

That first picture of Baby D is pretty much the cutest thing ever, he just looks so, so content! Sounds like this forced phone break has been a good thing so far! I admit that I’m totally phone-reliant and feel lost without my phone but so often it does get in the way of more human interaction! I’m going to try and be a little less phone dependent too!

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 13, 2014 at 5:04 pm

What a great way to force that time to be unplugged. :)

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lindsay May 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm

blessing in disguise. enjoy it. let me know if you need anything!

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Kim May 14, 2014 at 12:22 am

He’s so cute!!! If we ever meet- I have to tell you about my uncle and aunt adopting their boys (now 30 and 25). Just a reminder! I’d actually love being away from my phone.

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Brittany May 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Oh girl!! I would LOVE to hear that story!!

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purelytwins May 14, 2014 at 9:56 pm

we are trying hard not to be on phone that much!!

love seeing his cute little face

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