Monthly Happiness Report: Penny Disconnects From Technology And Connects To Happiness –June 2017

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Dear Rich,

Oh, time is flying by fast here. Summer is upon us. We are outside all the time. Swimming. Playing. Having fun. The only downside to this month is that I am on call to take pictures at a birth. This means that I have to be married to my phone. I have to take it with me everywhere, and check it constantly to see if she’s called. I do not like this at all. I don’t understand how people carry their phones with them all the time as a way of life. I cannot stand this!

I’ve mentioned this before, but the more I live, the more I want to disconnect myself from technology. I like taking pictures at births and stuff, but I don’t enjoy being on call, and I don’t enjoy editing the pictures on the computer afterward. I don’t really do birth photography anymore, but she was a friend, so I’m coming out of retirement for her. But I don’t want to go back to doing photography any more than I’m doing now.

I also had plans to market that documentary I made in 2013. I read all this stuff about Pinterest marketing, and I had ideas for guest blog posts I could do and so on and so forth, but I don’t want to do any of that stuff anymore either. Too much computer time! Too much technology use required!

So, where does that leave me now?


I’m happy I’m not on the computer very much. I’m happy that I get to go outside whenever I want. I’m happy with the quiet moments and being unplugged and enjoying life without being distracted by what is happening on the internet.

My happiness rating for this month is:

Despite being tied to my phone for this month, I am doing well. I was even considering a 5.0 rating, but I don’t think I will ever give myself a 5.0 because that seems like bragging for some reason (I don’t know why). Plus, being tied to the phone does bring it down a notch anyway.

But here is my plan for when I am off-call: I am going to be technology free for the rest of the summer. No computer. No streaming shows or watching movies. No extraneous phone usage. It’s going to be so great.

I’m not sure how this will work with writing on this blog. Maybe I’ll work a couple of writing days into the month. Maybe I’ll handwrite it and have my husband type it up. I’ll figure it out and keep you posted.

Until then,


5 Replies to “Monthly Happiness Report: Penny Disconnects From Technology And Connects To Happiness –June 2017”

  1. Wow!
    I was listening to the minimalist’s podcast the other day & one of the guys mentioned leaving his phone in a drawer while at home.
    I live far from my parents. While my grandfather was alive, as a diabetic who didn’t always monitor his blood sugar carefully, my mom would get the calls of his friends found him passed out when they came to take him to dinner etc.
    My dad unexpectedly had a heart attack in December, and I’d turned my phone to silent, to avoid messaging dings from friends, so I missed the call, and woke up to my sister’s panicked voice. If I wasn’t staying with her for the holiday week… Dad’s ok now, but we were at the hospital in under an hour from getting the call.
    I just don’t know that I can leave it far after that. I live 4 hours away, and having instant access to leave if something happens, I don’t know that I can give that up.
    I probably should do less other technology though. Thanks for starting the thought process.

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