good life – by brandi nielsen
Part of cultivating a good life is stepping away from technology once in a while.
We have 3 young kids. So two years ago, when my husband decided to head up our church family campout, I thought he was crazy. In our 10 years of marriage at that point, we had never been camping. Now we wanted to drag all 3 kids on a two-day campout? As you can imagine, I dragged my feet the entire way up there. I just knew it was going to be misery.
Fast forward two years and camping is my all-time favorite family activity. We camp year-round, averaging once a month. While camping, we have a rule that we turn off our phones. The iPads don’t make the trip with us. We disconnect from the world of technology unless we’re taking pictures. And you know what? It is lovely.
Our kids play. Play like the way I used to as a kid. No TV, no Wii. We’re just outside all day – exploring, building, catching bugs, getting dirty. And the kids don’t fight! It’s a miraculous affect that the fresh air has on the kids. They are happy.
Our little campouts away from the world are just as fulfilling for my husband and for me. We have “campfire discussions” about pretty much everything. It has become such a wonderful way for us to reconnect – to discuss topics with each other and our kids – that are important to us. With no bedtime rush, we are really able to open the lines of communication.
I will be the first to say that I am grateful for technology in so many ways. I wouldn’t want to live a life without it. But every few weeks, it is nice to step away from technology and reconnect with nature. Reconnect with my kids. Reconnect with my husband.
Note from Becky
Isn’t this such a good reminder for so many of us? Setting technology to the side from time to time is so good for the soul. I completely agree with Brandi on that and I so love that she chose to address this in today’s “good life” message. Brandi was my personal friend before she “unintentionally” ended up becoming a member of our team. For the past couple of years she has been representing the customer service portion of our company, so many of you will recognize her name for that reason. She has addressed countless emails and questions on my social media – and I am forever grateful for her dedicated work.
If Brandi has been helpful to you at some point and you feel inclined to leave a note of thanks, this is a great time to do that (in the Comments below). Brandi will always be a part of the Project Life® family (and she’s a very devoted customer, too), but she’s no longer managing customer service for us. Her sweet family moved away from Arizona last year and as our company grows, our need to have our team here, local to us in Arizona, is ever-apparent. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. We recently added Toni Chase to our team to take over customer service and she’s already diving in and very excited to serve our customers. Brandi – we adore you so much and for a hundred reasons!