One thing… – #Blogtober14 Day 3

One thing before we get started – Happy, Happy Birthday to my best friend Katie! I promised her I wouldn’t tell you she’s 30 now. ūüôā

It’s #Blogtober14 day three! I’m still going strong. Today’s prompt: One thing you can’t live without.

To be perfectly honest, I had to make a list – not because there are¬†so many things I can’t live without, because I obviously would survive without any of them. I didn’t want to go all philosophical and say “love is all I need”¬†or cheat and say a bag of holding or that cute little beaded thing that Hermione Granger carries in¬†Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows so I could¬†keep everything.

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Seriously, that bag holds EVERYTHING.

I also didn’t want to get tied up in thinking about people I can’t live without, because that’s just one rabbit hole I would¬†rather avoid.

Rabbit hole

Spoiler alert: I couldn’t come up with one thing. I came up with three.

One thing I can’t live without:

My phone.

Is anyone surprised?

Last month, I drowned my Galaxy S4 in a sink of water thanks to a backed-up drain and a pesky dog. I obsessively tried to dry it out and let it sit in hopes of a second magical recovery (we do not learn lessons in our house very quickly). Unfortunately, it was not to be. So, I spent a week using my 4-year-old Droid X while I waited for the time and funds to pick up a replacement phone.

It. Was. Tragic.

Pictured: tragedy.
Pictured: tragedy.

This phone could do¬†nothing – it barely called and texted, and even though it¬†is only 4 years old that’s like 85 in phone years and, admittedly, my grandmother of the same age probably moves faster. Apps? Forget about it. I was nearly hyperventilating by the time we went to the Verizon store for a new phone and I would have paid that awesome sales guy almost anything he asked just to give me a new working device.

But wait Рthis one thing does so many things and therefore covers most of my original list. The other things I had written down were:

  • Books/Kindle –¬†This thing has my Kindle, Scribd,¬†and¬†Audible apps downloaded. I have enough reading material at my fingertips to last the next hundred years.
  • Bible – Check. I use the amazing Bible Gateway app for reading plans and verse look-up,¬†much to the chagrin of some people I’ve met.
  • Notebook – While it’s not quite the same, my LG G3 has a Quick Memo app to take notes. I also use Evernote.
  • Calendar – Ohhhh, don’t get me started on the calendar.¬†You’ll have to pry my Simplified Planners¬†from my cold dead fingers, but I also use the Cozi family planner app to keep us all on track. (It also has a grocery list and to-dos right in the app.)

I was hardly exaggerating when I told family and friends that my entire life was on my phone. I may rail against being a slave to the smartphone, but the best I can do is be intentional about how I use it. There is no unringing the digital bell.

I mean…I could¬†probably live without it.


One thing more:

Coffee. Sweet, sweet nectar. Proof that God is good and wants us to make it through the day.

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Wait, there’s my Starbucks app! #problemsolved


Now, if I could figure out how to get chocolate from my phone…

Join the fun! What one thing can’t you live without?

Helene in Between