• Lara Flanagan

Day 32 - 360 days

Day 32 – 360 days

Non-essential purchases: none

Weight: 64.9 kg – 5.9 kilos in 32 days

Calories: Under 1200 calories

Alcohol: none (day 32 of 32)

Exercise: 60-minute walk. 20-minute yoga. 23-minute yoga.

I dropped my phone today. I was so gutted as sometimes it feels like one bill after the other. It was not salvageable either as the crack travelled up from the corner before I lost the screen. There was not much I could do about it, as I have to have a phone for work so I went and got the cheapest known-brand smart-phone I could find.

One thing about getting a new phone is that you can start afresh and only load what you need. So all I downloaded onto my phone is my Gmail accounts, my Instagram, my drone app, and my golden hour verifier. I decided to do without things like FB and FB Messenger. I also deleted some Samsung apps that I am not likely to use. So starting afresh with a little less.

We should do a little less of everything to be able to listen more – part 2

A 360-days musing......

Archie had his first soccer training yesterday. It was a hard time – 6.30 pm QLD time so 7.30 pm NSW time. I am fine with the kids staying at home on their own now but didn’t really feel comfortable with Rissie being on her own at night and while I was spending a substantial amount of time on the road. So, I told Rissie it was going to be our girl’s time.

I am making a concerted effort to be with my kids. Every time I drive down the main street or drop the kids off at the bus stop, I struggle with those bowed heads fixed on devices. I am also trying to leave my phone for old-fashioned things like phoning and texting or when I am using it for work.

When Rissie asked me what she should take, I said nothing. She looked a little surprised and I told her that we were going to hang out. When you actually make a concerted effort to not use your phone, you realise how much you use it. So in the car, when we stopped at the countless traffic lights due to the road works, I didn’t check my phone. Instead, I just talked to my kids.

After we dropped Archie off at Ballandean, Rissie and I headed to Stanthorpe. I heard about her friends, her crushes, and her anxieties about her netball trials. I also told her a few stories from my wilder days that I had forgotten I even had in my head. When we got to our favourite café, they told us that the deep frier was off so we could not do the hot chips and gravy that we had planned. So we went and got some takeaways and sat in the park with the dogs.

45 minutes later we went to Ballandean and watched the end of Archie’s training. I got out of the car and sat on the sidelines next to Rissie. By the time we got home, I had not checked my phone once. I was also painfully aware of how many times I would have normally checked my phone. When I kissed Rissie good night she thanked me for spending time with her.

Arrow to the heart and note to myself. My kids are growing up so fast and I want to miss as little of it as possible. A little less of everything from here on in, so I can see and hear my kids. I mean really see and hear them.

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