Diaries of a cellphone addict

It’s Saturday night and a 7 day challenge of No phone and social media day is here.

As I turn my phone off – I panic. Wait, I need it!  What about the alarm? I don’t own an alarm. I’m one of those crazy people that wake up at dawn, way before everybody else in order to stretch 24 hour day by an hour or two. So I settle for an airplane mode, set my alarm for Monday morning and let myself sleep in tomorrow.

As I wake up, I compulsively reach for my phone to get my morning updates. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.. you know.?! Then I realize, none of this is available to me, not for the next seven days.  Panic sets in but I try to move on.
Still sleepy I brush my teeth and make my way to the kitchen and have my morning glass of water.  As I’m preparing breakfast I think to myself, what am I going to do?

So I grab a book and park myself on the couch to eat my breakfast.
Hmm, this is actually enjoyable I think to myself. I got into the book so deep that I just might finish it before getting on with my day. This is amazing!
You see, I love to read. A lot. But never ‘have time’ for it.  I am so obsessed what everyone is doing, saying, participating in and the need to update my family and friends that live worlds and coasts away with what I’m doing, saying and participating in. That I forget to enjoy and take advantage of what’s in front of me and to cherish the present moment.
As I mentally plan my day I decide to go for a run, without my phone, equipped with a Garmin instead. To my surprise it was so relaxing and that much more enjoyable. There were no distractions. No ringing, no buzzing, no texts or email notifications – just silence.  And then I realized something, phone heightens anxiety and stress for me – I just know it.

To tell you the truth. I struggled.
Day 1 and 2 were sheer torture. I couldn’t get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. Getting out of my comfort zone is not easy, but absolutely essential for personal growth.
By Day 3 I started to surrender. I found myself reaching for the book on my lunch break, enjoying the peace knowing that no one can reach me, distract me, or pull me away from the present moment. I happened to have no watch on me either and that made me slow down a little. I’m still on my regular schedule and ticking things off my to-do list, it’s just done in the more mindful way.
It’s the end of Day 4. I pick up my phone to set an alarm for the next day – I feel repulsed by it. The thought of dealing with hundreds of emails, texts, and notifications makes me anxious. So I put down the phone, take a deep breath and remember, it’s only the end of Day 4 – Thank Goodness!
On the Day 5 I noticed myself getting more creative. A lot more ideas, future challenges and positive thoughts fill my head. It’s all about me and the present moment. I must admit – I love it!
Day 6 and 7 effortlessly flew by without the thought of needing my phone or social media to connect. I learned to have old fashioned home phone and one-on-one conversations instead, be proactive and enjoy what’s in front of me.

Now I watch TV and actually pay attention, read and submerge into the book, have real connection and conversations with my spouse and have my days planned out to be a little more productive than they were before. I also learned that there is so much more to life than social media, texting and the rest of virtual world.

In my eyes I succeeded. And not because I endured 7 days of no phone and social media but because I learned something in the process.

How will YOU challenge yourself today? Share your most proud moments here and let’s continue this awesome circle of Inspire me to Inspire you!

Rocking my goals

GoalsOne of my 2013 goals was to train and complete Super Spartan in Vegas. First thought – terrifying!

After researching few local gyms, CrossFit ‘boxes’ I found the one that’s perfect for me! That training and mental preparation that I was afraid of disappeared in the first class. I learned that with great fitness community, accountability partners and determination anything is possible!

Seeing all those goals written on the piece of paper seem so real.
I’m committed. I shared my goals with the world. Keep me accountable!

It’s been an amazing journey so far. I’ve learned so much about myself. What I am capable of. What I was made of.
It’s an incredible experience to be able to commit to something 100% and get rewarded for the hard work. I was able to make new friends in a fitness community, be pushed to the limit by my trainer and to feel ‘at home’. Everyday I can’t wait for that 5:30/6:00am class to reunite with my new friends and to see how far I can push my body. Rocking goals – ROCK!

I would like to inspire and challenge you! Commit to one thing, not just anything – something that sounds terrifying and exciting at the same time. Because if it is, it’s a good idea!

Now, go, rock your goals. I’m keeping you accountable.

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Wow! 2013 you’re here.

January 1st I sat down, wrote and shared with the world my goals for 2013. I’m proud of myself for taking the risk to move away from my comfort zone and find success on the other side. There is one ‘but’ – I’m scared. The dreams and goals are BIG!

Am I afraid of failing? Yes, I definitely am! But not trying will be the ultimate failure. And on that note, I remind myself ‘If your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough”

 

#getafterit #succeed

Random act of Kindness

Hello world!

To spice up the holiday season I created new, monthly challenge ‘RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS’  that will run from November 26th-December 26th, 2o12

Here are the rules:

To perform at least one Random act of Kindness per day

Here are few examples to get you started;

-Slip a heart or a piece of paper (under the door of a neighbor, on a windshield of a stranger’s car) that say ‘It’s a random act of kindness week. Have a great day! :)

-Organize Charity Day at work. Co-workers/employees bringing non-perishable food items to donate to your local food bank or grocery store

-Leave a note for mail delivery person, know you appreciate them and all their hard work

-Purchase a couple extra bags of dog/cat food and take it to the animal shelter

Are you getting excited? I know I am. So what are you waiting for? GO!

‘Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.’

-Kevin Heath-