Pen for your thoughts?

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© Amy Lynch

After breakfast this morning, the husband saw me scrolling through my newsfeed and asked, “what did you do before your smartphone?”

I laughed and kept quiet.

Not because I didn’t have an answer (I usually always have an answer), I was trying to give him some peace and quiet as he went about his morning business and prepared to study.

The truth is, I do use my smartphone quite a bit but it suits my lifestyle. We don’t have a car, so it’s how I pass the time on public transit. When I don’t have time to blog, email, tweet or post from my desktop, I use my mobile device. With the 14-17 hour time difference between friends and family across Canada, it’s how I keep in touch with the northern hemisphere from Down Under.

I love my phone, but don’t let that fool you. My coworker teases me for always turning my data off to conserve my battery and my budget. I am a fan of the WiFi hotspots, so what!? I update my Apps quarterly, I just don’t get as excited as others when there’s a new patch or system update, ok? And this morning as I reached for my transit card, I fumbled around coming across FOUR pens in my bag, jostling around my notepad. Maybe it’s the former print journo in me, the constant list maker or my forgetfulness – you can’t find me anywhere without a pen and paper to spare. I still write postcards and love letters to friends and family, since snail mail is always welcome and not sent enough.

When travelling or in a rush and you forget your phone, those old school habits come in handy. When I first moved to Brisbane I used a cheap Nokia, the backpacker’s best friend. Drop it on the pavement? No worries, it takes a lot of abuse to break one of those bad boys. While the constant clickity-clack of the chiclet-sized buttons are now a distant memory, there’s something to be said about a phone that lasts you through multiple road trips, beach excursions and nights on the town, remaining intact.

But what would I do without my smartphone, you ask? Spend more on postage than data, I’m sure.

Published by Amy Maureen Lynch

Over the past decade, Amy Maureen Lynch has negotiated remote work arrangements, freelance client work and validated business ideas, in between living and working in Canada, Europe and Australia (and having three kids). She writes about travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work on her blog, where you can read about her experiences bringing her children into business settings and access flexible and remote work resources to help you navigate the future of work: She produces and hosts the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast, parent-friendly professional development events, digital resources and advises others on creating inclusive and flexible work solutions at: Amy’s first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, is based on her journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

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