Nor sure what’s going on? Read Part 1 of my 31 day days of LifeUnplugged here.
A little reminder of what the 3 Rules of my LifeUnplugged challenge were:
Rule #1: No Facebook. Zero. Nadda.
Rule #2: No phone time or texting if someone else was in the room with me.
Rule #3: Gmail could be checked once per day, for 20 minutes, and once that time ended, ALL emails had to wait until tomorrow.
I just had to make some rules to soak in my Utah Summer with these fine people:
One of the greatest things I learned was…
#2: I noticed MORE while plugging in LESS.
This was not only life-changing for my little family, but also for my photography! Read on…
The days of meditation, pondering, self introspection, seem to be dwindling with the constant battle for our attention.
With those entrapping devices left out of sight, I noticed more things. Important things.
I am a mom. I am also a wife, a sister, a daughter, an in-law, and a BYU football fan. Go Cougars!
With Dr. G fully invested in medical school right now, there is no shortage of time that Miss M and I get to spend alone together. I am a master at pretending with Lightning McQueen and Mater down the racetrack, I feel like an awesome mom as I make weekly cookies with Miss M by my side, and Miss M hasn’t missed a night of flossing since age 1.5.
In theory, I am pretty darn fabulous and I’m doing a lot of things well. I was doing things with her. Good things. Even GREAT things on those particularly “good mom” days. But…
I was missing something.
I was missing NOTICING HER as a person. A sweet little person. I was taking care of all of her needs, giving her fun experiences, but I wasn’t taking that time to ask myself questions like:
What are her needs?
What are her strengths?
What does she struggle with?
How can I empower her in this tricky world?
I have had many conversations with a great friend of mine, about how we want to be moms who take mothering seriously. Like, Dead Serious. It needs time of meditation, assessment, and pondering to get those ‘gut feelings’ all sorted out as we try to do our best for those sweet babies we have. How is it possible to have those quite moments or reflection alongside all of those other temporal needs that need immediate attention? Oh yes, www…we Unplug. Darn it, I am trying to hard to be better at this!
While living LifeUnplugged, I had many moments of being with Miss M. At the park. On a walk. Playing outside. Many, if not ALL of these moments would have been spent texting my friends or checking email as I ‘monitored Miss M’s safety’ (sounds SO robotic….), yet these moments turned into quiet moments. Those enlightening moments of reflection.
In a crazy way, I’m addicted to them. Even though I am ‘off’ of my fast from technology, I have still kept Rule #2 in effect because of how it’s impacted my influence as a mom.
Hmm..is it possible that rules and restrictions actually give us Freedom? Sounds oddly….true!
On a light note, my photographer side LOVED being unplugged. I noticed more beautiful details in the seemingly normal creations around me. It makes me KICK myself for the times I have hiked while texting on the flat stretches. Heavens..I am SURE those THINGS can wait.
Challenge: Be someone who Notices things. :)
Part 3 coming Thursday.
Amazon.com Gift Card Entry:
Go 1 day with really trying to NOTICE someone close to you. (Spouse, child, co-worker, self). Comment below on what you noticed (Maybe you noticed a strength in yourself…cool!)
For an extra entry:
LIKE my facebook page. and comment below that you did :)
For an extra-extra entry:
Post a photo on my facebook wall of something beautiful around you that you NOTICED. Be sure to tell me where you’re photographing from! Don’t be shy! Comment below about it!
Drawing will be held for after Part 4 is published. All entries will be entered from Part 1 through Part 4 for the Amazon.com Gift Card.