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The Unwired Mom 14 Day Challenge

How many times do you hop on the internet to check email or other social media outlet really quick, and two hours later you have forgotten the reason you got on your computer in the first place?

How many times a day do you check your smartphone?

I’ll be the first to admit that I am on my phone WAY too much. Sometimes it’s an escape from a day that just isn’t going well. Other times it’s just a way to pass the time. A really quick check of email turns into checking Facebook to make sure there isn’t anything I need to respond to, then checking my Beauty in the Mess page, Instagram, who has pinned my pins on Pinterest, and if I have any new followers on Twitter. Seriously. Can we say obsess much?

More than once I’ve thought about trading in my smartphone for a flip phone. But my phone is how I document the lives of my children. Pictures, videos, little snippets in the note section.

But it’s gotten out of hand. The first step of breaking an addiction is admitting you have a problem, right?

Hi. My name is Whitney, and I’m addicted to the internet.

But that’s going to change.

It has to change.

I’m missing out on real life as I’m catching up on everyone’s best life they portray online.

So for 14 days I’m becoming an unwired Mom. I’m really excited about this! This will look different for everyone, but for me, I will only be using my phone for phone calls. I will use the navigation feature if I need it while we’re out, and for taking pictures and videos of my kids. But I won’t be using my phone to check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

This doesn’t mean I won’t use the internet. But it will only be from my laptop. Being that I have littles who like to practice their letters on my laptop and love to press buttons, they will be in bed for naps or bedtime when I’m on-line.

Will this be hard?

Um, yes. Yes it will.

Will it be worth it?

You bet it will! I’m looking forward to making memories with my children that don’t include Mommy on her phone.

I’ll also be reading Sarah Mae’s The Unwired Mom. Have you read it? It’s so good so far.

Do you want to join me? I promise it will be so worth it.

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Sarah Mae

Friday 9th of August 2013

You can do it! So glad you're joining in!

Gabrielle

Thursday 8th of August 2013

Glad to be on the Unwired journey with you!!

Allison

Thursday 8th of August 2013

I love unplugging for a while. My husband and I just got back from camping last night and while we were gone I checked my phone twice a day (in case our son texted from camp) and used it at night as a clock. No internet at all. It was so wonderful!

Whitney at Beauty in the Mess

Thursday 8th of August 2013

That sounds wonderful! It's become so much a part of our lives. I don't think that's a good thing. I'm really looking forward to this challenge!!

Emily @ My Love for Words

Thursday 8th of August 2013

That's a great idea. I also spend too much time online. With my pinterest my online productivity has skyrocketed... real productivity maybe not so much.

Whitney at Beauty in the Mess

Thursday 8th of August 2013

The internet sucks you in. Hours will go by and I won't even notice. I don't want to miss out on life. Especially when my children are young. It's not going to be easy, but so worth it!