Oh YES! We are so excited for this Sunday we can’t even stand it. And, the entire state of Colorado seems to share in our sentiment. From the Broncos logo made out of cases of pop at King Soopers to the Denver airport lit up in blue and orange, this city and the entire state are united in orange all… the… way.
I am really going to do it…I am sooo going to take a break from my iPhone. I mean it. I am thinking 24 hours of a cold-turkey-no-texting-no-emailing-no-facebooking smartphone break. Siri’s frequent inaccessibility is beginning to get on my nerves anyway. Am I crazy, you ask? Well, if you took a minute and calculated how much time you spent a day on your smartphone you might be tempted to join me. (I’d love the company except we couldn’t text each other about how great we were doing.)
My inspiration to go on a break with my phone stemmed from a coffee date I had with a friend right after the holidays. We spent some time on the usual conversation topics between two working moms…work, kids, crazy schedules, laundry, etc. And then, she dropped the bomb…she was taking a break from her smartphone. Now, this particular friend founded and operates a successful company on top of all those
other daily life responsibilities we all have so I couldn’t fathom how she could go one day without being constantly accessible. But, she could and she did and nothing in her life suffered…in fact, she found more time to be creative and productive since she wasn’t continuously beholden to her phone.
Sweet! If my brilliant and crazy busy friend could do it so could I. And, really, how much time did I really spend on the phone anyway? I could walk away easily…I am not dependent at all. Yeah, that’s what I told myself until I sat down and really calculated how much time I spent in 24 hours on my little iPhone friend.
Whoa, this thing took up a lot of my time…A LOT of my time.
If you really want to scare yourself, try to calculate how much time you spend a day on your phone. Five minutes to check email here, 10 minutes on Facebook there, three minutes to text a friend what you read about Tori Spelling’s husband in Us Weekly. It adds up and it adds up fast. But, what is scarier is how much our professional and personal lives have come to depend on these little devices. After estimating my personal time drain, I became inspired to spend less time on my phone and more time in life.
All those wasted minutes zoned out over a little screen when I could’ve been making more memories, finding new adventures, just living the heck out of life instead of using the heck out of a phone. And, now that I am more conscious of my phone addiction I am going to make some serious changes.
So, I am making a pledge to all in blogdom that I will go without my phone for 24 hours (baby steps). And, I challenge you, the Vela faithful, to calculate your daily smartphone use and join me in the pledge. I guarantee with the time we aren’t on our phones we will be doing something creative or productive or simply simple. Taking a walk around the block, reading another book, enjoying a glass of wine, really talking to your child, friend or partner…things we can really feel good about doing.
Baby steps. Put down the phone. Step away from the phone. Step into life and join me!
PS – we can totally text about how awesome we did on our phone break after it’s up!
As we started to think about the New Year and what we’d resolve as a company, we couldn’t help but think about the resolutions we as women tend to make. The tired, old standbys of dieting and weight loss or of clocking more gym time or becoming more organized always appear at the top of most of our resolution
lists. And, most of the time, after a couple of months, these resolutions become lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Vela Adventures challenges you to make a stronger, fiercer, more meaningful year-long resolution – one that will benefit you from the inside out. We challenge you to stand at the end of 2014 braver, stronger in mind and body, more resolute and more empowered.
And, we are going to provide the perfect vehicle for to achieve the best you in 2014…through the Vela Adventures “Bring on Your Bucket List” Challenge.
The Bucket List Challenge is a list of 14 adventures for 2014. All you have to do is complete 10 of these 14 adventures, and then enter your completed bucket list sheet for a Grand Prize drawing by December 28, 2014. Vela Adventures provides the support to keep you going all year long, we plan the outings to help you complete your challenge and we reward you for all your awesome achievements at the end of 2014.
Joining our Bucket List Challenge is free-of-charge and there is no commitment (except to yourself). You can download your bucket list on our website and there’s even space for you to customize your own adventures. For our fearless ladies participating in this challenge, we will offer a support network called the
“Bucket List Brigade.” Through this network, participants will receive special discounts on Vela Adventures outings, access to free Vela Adventures outings, special updates, progress reports, continued encouragement and more.
Each of these exciting and challenging adventures is designed to help you achieve more mental and physical power than you ever thought possible. Empower yourself, challenge yourself, push yourself and then…surprise yourself.
Click here to download your bucket list, to learn more about the challenge and to sign up for our “Bucket List Brigade.” Imagine how you will feel this time next year after accomplishing exhilarating and rewarding and mentally tough feats all year long. We can’t wait to help you achieve the best year yet!
Vela is all about fun and adventure!