The Joy of Missing Out Update

Hello! Well, the experiment I decided to try out has been nothing short of amazing. I thought I’d give a little update and confirm that I haven’t gone off grid yet πŸ˜‰

Mom and daughter smiling in cold weather on a walk outside

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As I mentioned, I read How to Break Up with Your PhoneΒ and loved it. Using my phone less and analyzing my relationship with it led me down a pretty cool path and had so many benefits like…

  • Because I wasn’t staring at my phone as much, I was more present and focused on my actual life and the people in my life.
  • I’m pretty sure I read more books in the past month or so than I did in all of last year.
  • I had this huge burst of creativity. I’ve been crafting my little heart out–watercoloring, wood burning, card making, and more.
  • I’ve had time to pursue more of my passions and just think more. Baking, writing, creating, and simply daydreaming have been happening a lot more around here.

Husband and wife smiling outside

Reading more has been wonderful. I read two books that really sparked my interest. One was about being a mindful consumer and the other was about financial independence through simple living. Basically, the gist of what sparked my interest is that we as humans get to choose how we spend our time, attention, and money. I know, crazy concept, right?

While logically I have always known that, putting it into practice in our culture today is a lot harder. I’ve found it’s something I have to really think about. If I’m not considering how I want to spend my attention, time, and money, I’ll default to whatever our culture says I should spend it on.

Thinking about my values and goals and whether or not they actually line up with how I’m using my time, energy, money, and attention has been eye-opening. I’ve been working on making sure I’m living the life God would want me to live, not what our culture automatically dictates.

So, that’s the update on the JOMO experiment. I may be here on the blog a lot less, or I may not. I’ll see where this journey continues to take me πŸ™‚

I’ll probably be back with a regular ‘ol life update soon!

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12 comments

  1. I love that you’re doing this!!! AND I love that you sporadically may pop in here once in awhile, because I love updates from you! πŸ™‚ I’ve been blogging a lot less myself and trying to get off of using social media as much; and it really has been freeing. If the kiddos are asleep and I feel like blogging, then I go for it. But it really does happen only a few times a month right now, and that’s the place where I am as well. It really is freeing! πŸ™‚

  2. I’m so glad that you have found so much joy in this time of being away from your phone. So much joy in real life! ❀

  3. I’m glad your experiment was a success! I’m trying to be more mindful with work/relaxation balance. I used to work 7 days a week (even if I wasn’t in the lab I was doing something related to work…) and while I think it truly helped me get to my degree faster and keep me focused, I’ve realized in the past few months that I NEED those weekends to be my time…even if I feel like doing work, I try not to, because I want to give my mind a mental break whenever possible

  4. Nice to hear from you!! Glad you haven’t completely ditched the blog but, happy that you’re enjoying life away from technology & social media so much. ❀

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