Thoughts: The Minimalist Podcast

For the next few weeks, in between other blog entries, I will be sharing some of the podcasts that I have been listening to that I feel would add some value to your every day life. From self-help podcast to mystery podcast, I will share how I feel about them and what has each podcast brought to the table. 

So let’s begin!!!

The first podcast that I will be sharing is the The Minimalist. I binged listen for two weeks to finish and I’m finally caught up! I was over a year late into the party when I started listening, but was instantly hooked after episode one! 

This became my go-to podcast and one of the reasons why I started this blog and how I’ve transitioned into becoming a minimalist. Josh and Ryan, the hosts of the show, are two childhood best friends who now live in Missoula, Montana, originally from Dayton, Ohio. 

Their weekly discussion talks about living their lives as minimalists. They share essays from their site as well as tips, advise and a thing or two on what they believe has added value to their lives and will share with their listeners. 

They have paved the way for people like me to realize that there are other templates in life that we could choose from which doesn’t involve keeping up with the Jones’. I have learned a lot from them and my life has truly changed for the better! 

They are currently on a tour this year called ‘Less is Now’ and I am hoping to go this December when they come to Tampa! Josh and Ryan are also co-owners of this coffee shop in St. Petersburg, Florida called Bandit Coffee, co. I went there once a few weeks ago and met the owners who seem very kind! Not to mention, the coffee was indeed delicious too! 

I recommend this podcast for anyone interested in becoming a minimalist. They also have a documentary out on Netflix called Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things. I have also read their book Everything That Remains and it has opened my eyes which behooved me to start a blog!

 Without this simple, yet life changing lifestyle, I think I would have been drowning in consumer debt! 

Feel free to share any podcasts that you would like to recommend! I hope this was informative and helpful! I have plenty more podcasts in the upcoming weeks to come, so stay tune! 

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to shoot me a message in any of my social media platform! 

Phase Two: Away from your phone in the evening

Since I have been spending less time on my phone, I have not been blogging as much! But the show must go on!

It has been easier for me to disconnect with my phone a few more hours a day. At night mostly. Almost the whole evening! 

Again, more time with my son and nephew who have recently started playing together since the age difference is now appropriate. My rambunctious son is almost 16 months and my nephew is almost four years old. Both boys are wild and free and can wear you out to the bone! I definitely get my daily work out when I’m with these two goofballs. 

Going on longer without a phone and challenging myself was easy peasy lemony squeezy! I didn’t have to worry about emails, follow up on my social media platforms, check out the latest gossip on the news media or even browse through Pinterest for “more ideas” on our new home-to-be as I normally would. I didn’t even get FOMO! Why? Because it was all there when I got back. My phone didn’t whisper in my ear (no pun intended) and said: “Hey Sheena! You’re going to miss out on the Facebook, instagram and twitter likes if you don’t check your phone!” 

So absolutely zero issues without technology for a few hours a night. It didn’t kill me! Since my son is only a toddler, I wanted to cherish these moments with him without constantly taking photos of him on my instagram and later realize that I’m deep in my phone liking and browsing through people’s photos when I could have used that time to spend with my son playing, walking to the playground, or even eating a coo coo together! (Cookies! 😉 ) 

That was the mentality that I had and kept telling myself in the beginning when I was feening for my phone! I will thank my son one day for this! It wouldn’t be the first time that he has saved my life. 

At night, after my son is put down for bed, I get on my phone for a little bit and browse. By then, I am exhausted from my evening and seriously have no energy to continue being on my phone. I catch up on some reading on my iBook app and then call it night! I enjoyed reading this children’s book called “Wonder” by R.J Palacio. Such a well written children’s book for truly any age genre! 

I didn’t get a chance to do any yoga or meditation this week. I am hoping to do that next week as I continue to manage my time properly without my phone attached to my back pocket!

I have so much to dish out on my next blog and will soon start blogging a few times a week! Being a mommy is not easy and blogging from time to time is such a privilege, that I don’t take it for granted one bit. I enjoy writing and hope that you find value in each and every one of my blog post!

I hope this was informative and helpful! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to shoot me a message in any of my social media platform! 

30 Minutes away from your phone

I spent one week away from my phone for 30 minutes. Can you do it? Can you start off with just 30 minutes a day for a week without counting down the seconds to reconnect back with your phone?
Spending 30 minutes to just unplug from the social media is not only gratifying, but it’s also good for the soul! Can you commit to this 30 minute phone free challenge? 

Between 6-7pm is when I’m on my phone the most! It’s after I get home from a long day and it’s before dinner. 7-10 I’m feeding my son, giving him a bath, playing with him, reading him a book or two and then putting him down to bed by 9-9:30 and between all this, with any given chance that I get, I manage to get on my phone like glue! Then the full time cycle starts over from 9:30-11pm, sometimes 11:30-12am! 
Ok- I have to admit: this was difficult at first and I did lose the challenge. It was my drug! I needed my phone.. NOW! So on Monday I failed the challenge from 6-6:30. I lasted 15 minutes! I started over from 6:35-7:05 and I barely made it! I watched the clock on the wall (sadly not my phone) as the big hand made it to that 5! 

Tuesday was not so bad because I ended up distracting myself with a book to read which I ended up finishing by Friday. I survived the set time of 6-6:30 and more! 

I read “We’re all damaged” by Matthew Norman. It was very engaging which distracted me from grabbing my phone to check Pinterest and instagram (my two go to apps!) 
Wednesday through Friday I lasted one hour without my phone. I went for walks with my son, watched my husband fish, had an awesome conversation with my mom and my sisters face to face! (Yes, this still exist!) I also sat in silence which literally cleared my mind!

At one point, I thought I lost my phone, but surprisingly did not panic like an overdramatic teenager that I am sometimes. 

So can you handle this? Share something that you’ve sacrificed and what you did to accomplish your end goal! I’m moving on to phase two (I’d like to call it) and trying two hours without my phone. Let’s hear it folks!