Happiness Series: Digital Detox!

Technology has fundamentally changed how we live our lives and not entirely for the better. The dangers of texting while driving and cyber bullying become more apparent every day. As a society we have started putting laws and policies in place to protect us from these dangers. What about the more subtle dangers that we don’t think about? Each of us should also consider within our own daily lives, how is technology affecting our happiness?

I had to ask myself a very uncomfortable question recently. “What brings you more happiness, Facebook, Instagram and Game Apps? Or reading Dr. Seuss and dancing to baby shark with your toddler?” The answer is easy, playing with my daughter brings me more happiness than anything else in the world! So, the real question is why do I spend so much time absorbed in my phone instead of doing what makes me happiest? Why can’t I make it through one movie on the couch with my husband without checking my phone?

I am a millennial, but I didn’t grow up in the same environment as most people I know my age. I didn’t grow up with technology in the same way my friends did. We had one TV in the house, and it was a turn dial TV (You might need to Google what that is). We never owned a video game system of any kind. Once I was a teenager, we had one desktop computer with dial up internet that was kept in my Mom’s room and only used for homework. I was basically the last person in my generation to discover social media. But now as an adult I’m just as addicted as everyone else…

I decided to commit to a 48-hour digital detox! The days preceding the weekend long detox I was more anxious than I had expected to be. I am so glad I stuck with my commitment! I learned a lot from this experiment, and I encourage you to participate in a digital detox of your own!

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Starting a Blog!

My very first blog! My name is Stephanie and I have created this blog to share a glimpse of life as I see it.

As my husband and I work on starting our family the urge to document and share our experiences has been growing in me. There are so many amazing and significant milestones in my life that I look back on and can’t remember much about how I got there. Having a family has been my biggest dream since I was a little girl. It’s going to be a rollercoaster of a ride (as anything worth doing in life is) with challenging and painful moments but more importantly miraculous and joyous moments. When my husband and I look back on the start of our life together and the building of our family I want to be sure nothing gets forgotten. My goal in writing this blog is a purely selfish one, I want to write about our life for my own pleasure and perhaps for my kids to read one day. If someone else happens to stumble upon it and enjoys it then wonderful. Continue reading “Starting a Blog!”