No Phone November.

Friends. I have to be honest with you about something.

I’m addicted to my phone.

Like, for real.

I know most of our generation is also addicted, and it’s a millennial thing, yadda yadda yadda. But I’m sick of it. I’m sick of NEEDING my screen. I’m sick of it being the first thing I look at when I wake up, and the last thing I look at before I go to sleep.

Last week I was recording Knox jumping in puddles to post on my Instagram stories and in the midst of it he said, “put your phone down mommy!”

Literally.

He said those exact 5 words.

And they broke my heart.

Those 5 little words made me realize something significant needs to change.

So I decided to do No Phone November.

[No I’m not giving up my entire phone…I’m not CRAY. It was just easier to say than “No Social Media November.”]

Starting tomorrow, I’m giving up all social media for the month of November…deleting Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat from my phone. [So if you get engaged, pregnant or another hippo is born in Cincinnati, PLEASE TEXT ME!!] I’ll still post anything I write for Our Grand Life or Dayton Mom’s Blog, so be sure to keep an eye out for that if you’re one of my many readers my single, loyal reader…hi mom ;)

I’m going to look up from my phone and watch my life. I’m going to watch my sons play, watch them laugh, watch them grow. I’m going to be present, be in the moment, be in my life. And I can’t wait!

Now I should probably add, I do not believe that social media is WRONG. I love how social media has been able to connect me with friends I wouldn’t have kept in touch with otherwise. I love how it’s given me glimpses into my friends lives, seeing their kids and their families. I love how it allows me to share my boys with family and friends who live too far away to see them in person. But I’ve allowed myself to get addicted to it and I need a break. Not everyone who uses social media gets addicted to it, and I hope that by taking a break from it, I can get to a place where it’s an occasional activity, not a habitual fixation.

It might not be a problem for you…I hope it’s not! But if you’re like me and you feel like your life is passing you by while you stare at your screen, join me! Let’s take our lives back from our phones! Let’s live the life we’ve been given, not the one that is in constant comparison of everyone else’s high light reel. If you’d like to join me, comment below, email me or message me! I’d love to company and accountability!