How To Survive A Broken Phone

*Disclaimer: This blog post is just a bit of fun and I’m well aware it’s not that deep that my phones broken. Had to throw this in here after my Dad mocked me for the title of the post *insert eye roll emoji here**.

Urgh, so this morning I broke my phone. How annoying. I woke up, the sun was shining, I was in a fab mood then bam, I ended up dropping my phone. You know I thought it was fine because the screen wasn’t smashed but alas I was wrong, the touch pad wasn’t working. I couldn’t swipe right to unlock my phone, I couldn’t press ‘stop’ on my alarm, I couldn’t do anything. It was so frustrating and I spent the best half of this morning in such a foul mood because of it, however I am truly blessed as this afternoon I met up with my besties for a picnic and a walk and they really helped to cheer me up and put me in a positive mood, plus Chantal was also kind enough to give me her old phone to borrow for the next couple of weeks until I can get mine fixed. Literally what a hun. I am so lucky to have such amazing, helpful, and positive friends who make me feel so happy whenever I’m with them.

14089234_1042299795865228_1205311395862795495_n
These gals tho.

 

As¬†today I haven’t been able to use a phone (until Chantal so kindly lent me hers this evening) I had to find other ways to keep myself busy until I met up with the gals for our picnic this afternoon. With this I came up with the brilliant idea of creating a list of things to do when your phone is broken…

So voila, if you ever find yourself with a broken or lost phone, if you’re unable to use your phone or if you simply want a little social media detox, here’s some ideas of what you can do in those rare moments you’re not glued to your phone.

NUMERO UNO. Learn something!! As I couldn’t use my phone to listen to music whilst waiting for my fake tan to develop today I thought why not listen to a Spanish language tutorial on YouTube. I used my laptop to do this and I know technically this required technology but even so, I know for sure if my phone had been working I wouldn’t have been bothered to put on a Spanish lesson and I’d have just gone with the easy option of listening to my music. Whenever my phone is working and I intend to listen to a Spanish tutorial, I always get so distracted by twitter/ Facebook and Instagram so using my laptop was a welcome way to keep me interested. Plus you don’t need technology to learn, you may have a couple of non fiction books at home you never read and when better a time to pick one of those up and immerse yourself in knowledge than when your phones broken?!

NUMERO DOS. Read. Personally I love reading but lately I’ve just not been doing it enough. Last year I read twenty books and this year I’m only half way through my fourth. As much as I’m super busy lately, I know if I swapped Facebook for an actual book I would be getting through my to be read faster than you could say bookworm! I’m currently reading Pride and Prejudice and today has been the perfect day for me to get involved further in the novel since I haven’t been distracted by my phone.

19141541_1330089543752917_255094973_n

NUMERO TRES.Watch a TV show/film and¬†give it your full attention.¬†Does anyone else sit down at home to watch a TV show and spend the whole time with one eye on the screen and one eye on your phone, messaging friends back or tweeting your opinions on the show? A lot of the time when I’m ‘watching’ TV my phones still firmly in my hand and its very rare I give a programme my full attention unless I’m at the cinema or I’m watching my fav show Pretty Little Liars. As much as I love social media, TV and films are so much more enjoyable when you’re not constantly getting distracted by your phone and I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed of my Vampire Diaries re-watch because I’ve been so busy scrolling through social media. I don’t even know what’s going on half of the time so¬†without a phone in hand,¬†there’s no better time to really immerse yourself in your current Netflix binge or your fav movie you haven’t watched in years.

NUMERO CUATRO. Spend some quality time with your loved ones. How many people sit at home with the fam of an evening with phones in hands, barely glancing up to talk to one another? I’m not that bad as I’ve always been one for phones away when with friends and family but even so, I’m gonna admit that I’m more than guilty of it at times. A broken phone is the perfect opportunity to take the time to sit down with your friends and family and have some really great, uninterrupted conversations really listening to what one another’s saying. Even without a broken phone I think its so important to be more aware of spending time with your loved ones with your phones tucked away on silent, but that’s a thought for another time…

NUMERO CINCO. Write a gratitude list. Ah gratitude. Is there anything better? When you’re annoyed about something¬†really quite trivial as a broken phone, there’s no better way to lift your spirits than to write a list of the things you’re grateful for. Writing a gratitude list with no distraction of social media is the perfect thing to do if you’re without a phone, as you can fully immerse yourself and consider all the things you have to be¬†thankful for and really focus on all the blessings you have received in your life, so your feelings of gratitude become stronger than ever and your frequency is at it’s highest.

19096087_1330099110418627_210360105_o

Thankfully my bestie Chantal has now lent me her old phone for the time being, so I don’t have to worry too much about being without a phone but if there’s anything I’ve learnt from my stress this morning is that there is so much more to life than technology and there are so many more activities to get involved in that don’t revolve around social media. Even though I have a phone I can use now, I’m going to bare my ideas I’ve shared with you in mind and live more without my phone.

What do you like to do when not busy on social media? Let me know in the comments below.

I hope everyone enjoyed this post,

thank you all for reading,

love,

Jennie.

‚ô•

Social Media Thoughts.

Hey!

I was doing just fine before I met you, I drink too much and that’s an issue but I’m okay.

Nah just kidding, this isn’t a Chainsmokers sing along post, but it should be. The Chainsmokers are babes.

the_chainsmokers-15674-759x500
Look at them huns.

 

I thought I’d do a spontaneous little diary style post tonight, as sometimes they can turn out to be the best of them all.

I’ve become a bit obsessed with blogging since I got my laptop, it’s so easy to just sit and type up a post, edit it to perfection (or close as) and publish it as soon as it’s done. It’s bliss! Thank God I was able to purchase this wonderful new laptop which enables me to blog with ease.

Having said that, I’m being careful to balance blogging life with the real world. I’m not a fan of the whole spending your life glued to a screen type of thing, and this is something I’ve wanted to talk about for a while.

Social media is a blessing and I feel so happy to live in a world where things like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and of course WORDPRESS exist. I love social media. But sometimes it’s too much.

When I watch some people’s vlogs, or even snapchats, I think wow. That looks amazing, jet skiing, skydiving, Ferrari driving. But¬†wouldn’t it be more¬†amazing¬†with the camera turned off?

I’d rather live in the moment, maybe take a couple of pictures and then get on with having real life in the moment fun.

I watch some people’s vlogs where they’re on a banana boat in the South Of France but they’re just talking to a camera about how amazing it is. That to me isn’t amazing. I would rather just enjoy the banana boat ride (despite getting sea water in my mouth), I wanna throw my hands in the air, feel joyful and free without thinking about the camera that’s in my hand.

When I look back on my life I want to remember a life truly lived, not a life lived through a lens.

I’ve been to concerts where I’ve just seen people with their phones in their hands, snapchatting the whole thing and rather than watching the performers, they’re just looking at their phone screen. Why? You spent all of that money on a concert ticket to watch it¬†through your snapchat? Might as well have stayed at home and watched it on youtube!

I know of someone who missed their child’s first steps because they were too busy sat scrolling¬†through Facebook… Now in fairness maybe she’d been playing with her little one all day and the one moment she checked Facebook was the one time she wished she hadn’t, but still these things happen.

I’ve seen friends on Facebook uploading around 100 vacation photo’s a day whilst they’re still on holiday. Who has the time? Why don’t you just enjoy your holiday and upload your pictures when you’re home?

Sometimes I watch someone snapchat story and they’ve virtually filmed their whole day. How are you really¬†living when you’re too busy pouting for snap?

Each to their own and I’m not judging anyone, live your life how you want to and whether you take 1000 pictures a day or just¬†1 picture a day, as long as you are happy that’s all that matters in this life¬†but personally for me I’d rather just live in the moment and focus on making memories with my heart.

For me it’s all about the balance.

I will always love a cheeky Instagram, and I love getting the perfect picture for my feed and raking in those likes.¬†But when I’m cycling through Prague, bowling with the family, watching J Bieb’s live in concert, I wanna live that for real.

7f7a4ea1c616049c7fe28f5848f99d65

These are just my thoughts on the subject, and whether you’re a Selfie Queen, Camera Shy or somewhere in between, I’d love to know what your opinions are on social media/ snapchatting / vlogging so be sure to drop me a comment down below.

Thank you all very much for reading,

much love,

Jennie.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx