Internet is officially BACK!

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Hey everyone! It has been a long time. Apologies. But I have to say…this is worth posting about because I officially went an ENTIRE YEAR without internet in my home. I am really quite proud! It was tough. I went through major withdrawals, mini tantrums, accumulated ridiculously large cell phone bills, and became the ultimate library dweller to feed my movie addiction. I may or may not have watched every movie the library has to offer…BUT that being said, I didn’t give into the ultimate temptation of getting that convenience of in-home WiFi back for a whole year and that in itself is a big accomplishment in my eyes!

The things I learned during the process are as follows. I am the ultimate movie junkie. Working all day on a computer can be very mentally exhausting and so movies are a great mind numbing way to unwind every day after work. And I didn’t let not having WiFi at home stop me from feeding my addiction! Although I will say, with the library and video store being my only real source of acquiring movies, I did watch less than I would have if I still had WiFi and access to the ever expanding Netflix library. But I mean, I am a movie junkie to the core. Not just for mind numbing purposes. I truly love and appreciate the art of film and always will, WiFi or not! So it was pretty interesting dealing with that kind of withdrawal. The convenience of WiFi certainly affected my habit in different ways over the course of this year long experiment; and I was able to fully come to this conclusion about my movie addiction. (Unashamedly so)

I learned you need WiFi for almost everything! Checking our bank account, looking up recipes online for meals, paying bills, asking Siri questions about life…checking movie times, emails, Facebook (since the majority of my job is social media based, this was a struggle, because I had to always be checking notifications), I mean the list goes on. So I had to up my cellular data package in order to check certain things on the regular during time at home. Because it’s not always convenient to have to go and track down a restaurant or library with free WiFi.

I learned that there were some days, I literally did not know how to function without WiFi. I knew there were other things I could be doing. Painting, drawing, working out, cleaning, cooking, baking, going for a walk…and tons more. Although I did do all those things…some days I just wanted to do mindless Facebook scrolling, Snap chatting, playing my stupid online games, browse Netflix…I went so far as to driving to a Tim Horton’s at 9PM to use their WiFi so I could get caught up on my Fashion app. Stupid things like this happened on the regular.

So all this to say is, I am glad I went through the experience, because it was eye opening. And I did learn to unplug and pull out a book, or draw on the balcony, I worked out more regularly, started going for runs, and even played a few board games with the Mister now and then. But the cyber world is very much a necessary part of life now and being without it proves many struggles (whether for selfish purposes or basic needs). And if I’m throwing it all out there? Internet is NOT cheap, and it should be. It IS a necessity and people should not have to be spending upwards of $150 or more a month to have it in their homes. That is something I will never understand.

We decided to get it back now, after all this time, because there was a smashing deal available to residents of our apartment building, $100 a month for high speed internet AND cable for 2 years. Which is awesome considering we were paying $90 a month just for basic internet (which was terribly slow) before we called it quits. So only because of that deal did we decide to get it back for right now, and we’ll keep it for the 2 years that this deal is available and then we will reconsider our options.

So there you have it! Proof from an internet junkie that I went a year without internet in my home, and the struggles that came with it along with the positive benefits from it! What I would conclude from this experience is that WiFi is a necessity, but it is definitely extremely important to unplug once in a while and remember the good, simple things in life, like a walk in the woods, exercise, enjoying the company of people, the simplicity of a canvas and a paintbrush or a sketchbook and a pencil, all without technology’s distractions. I hope you will be encouraged to try this experiment for yourself and see how exactly life at home without WiFi affects you! Until next time….

…Miss Blue…

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My Experience with NO INTERNET at Home – Entry #1

Happy Tuesday everyone! The last few posts I made have been a little on the depressing side…going through some stuff in my life, and venting it on my blog has been something new and different for me. Sometimes going through hard times can spark some of my very best creative writing pieces, believe it or not!  But I’d like to lighten it up a little bit today with something really new, challenging and kind of exciting for me.

My Mister and I have decided to cancel our internet! The reason behind it is a few different things. First of all, we are currently going through a bit of a Money Makeover together. We’re trying to pay off debt the fastest and most efficient way possible, which meant cutting back on a lot of indulgences and frivolous spending. So we cut down the amount of eating out, we budget everything out each month, split every expense up into different envelopes and stick to the budget as best we can, and putting all extra funds into our debt. Which, surprisingly, you can come up with quite a bit of extra money each month to put on debt when you really watch your spending. It is crazy how much the little things added up.

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Anyways, ages ago we had cancelled our gym memberships (an extra $80 a month) and we cut back on our phone bills somewhat. Then we started shopping at grocery stores with discounts and sales like instead of Sobeys or Superstore (which are ridiculously overpriced) we would settle for Wal-Mart, or local markets for discounted prices. I have always loved supporting local businesses so this was a great way to support local markets and save money at the same time! It’s crazy the amount of money we were saving. Plus once or twice a month we would stock up on certain foods at Costco, foods that we go through quickly, and it really works!local

So we were doing really well, but suddenly our internet bill decided to jump from $60 a month to $90 a month. Hooray!! Not…we weren’t pleased. Now, we are the type of couple that watches a lot of Netflix, and we are on our phones a lot, because we work really long days. So our evenings tend to be laid back and lazy after a long day. I take the bus to and from work, and it is normally a 45 min bus ride both ways. So its like having a 10 hour work day. And Mister works 10 hour days not including travel time. So needless to say, we are pretty exhausted at the end of the day. But we soon decided, paying $90 a month for internet (and this is like the lowest package, not including cable or land-line or anything) was just a waste of money. So after a lot of thought and major procrastinating, we finally cancelled it.

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This is our third week of having no internet at home, and this is what I have discovered so far. First of all, it has been difficult! Not being able to check my Facebook or Snapchat my friends in the evenings was hard. I found myself using my phone data way more than usual just so I can check Facebook or emails and whatnot. I also found it really difficult not to have Netflix on hand to watch our favourite shows. BUT the good things that happened were, we ate at the dinner table for supper, instead of in front of the TV. We ran errands one night that normally get done on weekends, which no one really likes using up their weekend running errands, so that was nice getting that out of the way early on in the week. We spent one night drawing in our sketchbooks, which is something I love doing but found myself never having time or motivation for it being so distracted with the TV or my phone. We got out some books from our book shelf that was gathering dust, and started getting in bed an hour earlier so we could read together quietly before going to sleep. Which, I have always loved to read, but honestly technology totally took over that part of my life for many years, and I hadn’t really sat down and enjoyed a good book without distractions in a long time it seemed like. AND the other cool thing we did, is we went to an ACTUAL movie store and rented ACTUAL movies. It was really fun planning legitimate movie nights instead of having a movie night like every night. So we rented movies so that we could have a movie night on Friday night. I’m actually loving going to the movie store. Its very nostalgic. Mind you it costs alot more than $8 a month for Netflix. But it helps us to just minimize our movie/tv time by knowing we have to spend $6 per movie. It definitely adds up quick, so we know to plan out our movie nights carefully for when we have that extra entertainment cash.

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So all in all, it is going well. We rented several movies the last couple weeks, but that won’t be a habit. We found ourselves trying to ween off the movies/tv time haha. But I can see us being so much more productive, and finding new hobbies, going out on little dates together instead of sitting in front of the TV, having more quality time together, and all the while SAVING money. So this is a super cool experiment and I’m super excited to continue with it. I mean, we have free wifi almost everywhere these days, so if we really need it, a library or a coffee shop is only a short drive away.

I definitely recommend anyone to try this out! See how it works for you! I plan to keep you all updated through my blog on how this process is going and all the different and new things I find myself doing without being stuck on my phone or TV 🙂

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Biscuit Eaters Cafe in Mahone Bay – Coffee & Chess date 🙂

…Miss Blue…

(quotes images found on pinterest, Chess in Coffee shop image taken by me)