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#FlipPhoneYear Week 2

Updated: Jan 30, 2018

Trying to figure out where I fit in now that I'm not staring at a screen.

OK, I made it to Week 2! I thought I'd have more withdrawal symptoms from ditching my smartphone, but it hasn't been as bad as I thought. It am still getting used to the flip phone. The first time I tried to make an outgoing call on it, I spent about 5 minutes trying to figure out how to do it! It turns out, you just dial the actual buttons and then hit the green button to call. That might sound like common sense to some people, but for someone who's always had a smartphone (me!), getting used to "old-fashioned" technology definitely takes some practice.

I didn't feel as isolated without a phone this week at lunch. My best friend and I definitely talked a lot more than we used to when we both had our phones. She still has hers, of course, but she doesn't look at it as much since I don't have mine. I am lucky to have her support.

But I'm not gonna lie ... THIS IS HARD. I miss Snapchat the most, because I communicated with a lot of people through that instead of texting. I miss my streaks. And the filters. There are definitely times I feel like I need Snapchat Anonymous. In those times, I recognize that I'm sad (because I am, and there's nothing wrong with that) but then the feeling passes and I suck it up and move on.

I'm still doing a lot more things with my family and friends since being off my smartphone. My dad and I watched "Lady Bird" this weekend and I really can't remember the last time we saw a movie together before that. (Great movie, BTW.) I went shopping and to Little Tokyo with my BFF. I went for a run with my brother. I walked my dog. I'm feeling more positive, because I'm less occupied with what other people are doing/wearing/saying. The FOMO (fear of missing out) is starting to go away slowly.

I want to be the star of my own story instead of wasting time and energy comparing my life to everyone else's. Getting rid of my smartphone and social media is a HUGE change for me, and it's a super hard one to make. But I know that my life and my happiness is worth it. Is yours?