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Ok does anyone else feel like they need to unplug from social media sometimes? A few Rodeo Famous wives agreed to share there thoughts and life experiences for the next few weeks. This cute book ‘Unplug Every Day’ has some cute ideas that we will be using for talking points. 
Follow along and leave your thoughts too!
Kate Mote, wife to 4X World Champion Bareback Rider and Professional Team Roper

Kate Mote, wife to 4X World Champion Bareback Rider and Professional Team Roper

Practice Patience – while waiting in line resist the distraction of a phone

That is a good one. I like to people watch when I’m in line. Most of the time the people I am watching are very impatient. It always throws them off when I go ask if I can help them or smile and ask how they are doing. I think one simple thing like that will help ease their day or help them to remember people care out there. It also helps me keep myself in check to not be like that.

Take 5 deep breaths

Taking 5 deep breaths, now that could change your mood in a matter of 5 seconds. I went to a bible study yoga class once and she said it best that when you breath in imagine light coming into your body and darkness going out, untill it is light in and light out. Anytime I am feeling anxiety, worry, or in just a plain bad mood I do this. It is also good before you pray or spend time with God to help clear your mind.  

 

Go roller-blading or ice-skating and practice your inline (rather than your online) skills.

Yes I need to do this more. I owned Roller Blades when I was younger, and just loved them. I would go every where in  them. I will have to find time to do this again. During Houston Rodeo last march we took the kids Ice skating at the mall. It was a fun time.

Go to a farmers market – talk to a farmer about the produce

This I need to do. My grandmother ran a stand at her local farmers market and my sister and I used to help out. We had our own aprons and had so much fun. I now have a small garden that is growing brocoli, spinach, lettuce, onions, garlic, snap peas, cabbage, collards and herbs.

Take a technology sabbath – on the weekend don’t use any electricity from sundown to sundown.
 This is probabaly a good idea but I try to post daily about my new buisness – Rodeo Grounds and so Im not sure I could do that.

Marissa Muncy, wife to World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Taos Muncy

Marissa Muncy, wife to World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Taos Muncy


  • Practice Patience – while waiting in line resist the distraction of a phone
I am HORRIBLE at this. I am a little embarrassed at how quick I am to just grab my phone and start doing something on it when I am slightly bored.  I currently just gave up facebook, mostly because I realized I was forgetting the positive things it provides and beginning to get myself bogged down in the negative, but also because it consumed up a lot of my time when it wasn’t necessary.  Instead of using my time productively I was turning to a mindless wonderer.  While you are waiting it is really easy to want to pass the time quickly and just get through the day, but as I write this I think of how sad that is. We have ONE life to live, and if I spend part of it trying to just get through it quickly pretty soon it will all be rushed through. Even a wait in line can become a valuable moment, I have a little girl who is almost ALWAYS with me, what if I taught her just one thing every time I was stuck in line with her or made one person smile because I looked at them? I admit this is not currently my strongest point but soon I hope it will be.
  • Take 5 deep breaths
I LOVE this method.  Its amazing what this simple little step can do to center your spirit and change your outlook.  My little girl is currently 3 years old and after having her I cannot tell you how many times I have gotten frustrated due to my time schedule changing.  Everything is a MUCH longer process. Good bye quick trips in a store or just running out the door.… Hello spills, last minute clothes changes, broken valuables and so much more.  But in the end, SHE is the most important and amazing thing in my life.  If I didn’t take the 5 deep breaths to get centered my emotions would (and sometimes have) get the best of me and I would do/say something I never meant to.
  • Go roller-blading or ice-skating and practice your inline (rather than your online) skills.
As I said before, I recently gave up facebook for lent. (A catholic tradition the 40 days before Easter).  I was ABSOLUTELY AMAZED the difference it made for me in the things I got done outside at my house.  So amazed in fact that I have yet to get back on again.  I planted flowers, and had all my spring cleaning in my yard done within just a few short days. I swang on our swing set with Marley and played hide and seek. I was able to fit in more quick rides to get my horse in shape and just my overall feeling and self esteem was immediately impacted for the better!!
  • Go to a farmers market – talk to a farmer about the produce
Now I have actually never done this! But I am excited to try it out. I am not saying I am old or anything but I have found the older I get… the more picky I am about the freshness of my food.  I am definitely no health freak but there is something slightly gross about seeing a fast food hamburger 3 years later(slight exaggeration I know) and it still looking the exact same!! WHAT?!?!? I am not a gardener and have the brownest thumb you can probably find (the only plant in my house is a plastic floral bouquet someone else put together for me), but the farmers I do know have a passion for what they do and in my eyes, it is an art in itself!
  • Take a technology sabbath – on the weekend don’t use any electricity from sundown to sundown.

First reaction to this… HUH???? ummmm I don’t think I could do this. Crazy how dependent I have become on electricity!!! Now I will say I have gone a day without electricity, not because I wanted to, but when the sun went down things got pretty uneventful.  Its so good for the soul to go outside.… get your hands dirty and feel the joy of accomplishing something.  Sometimes getting caught up in the hum drum of laundry, ironing, dishes, etc etc can drain the battery but it must be done! Unless you live where I live, in which case you could probably get away with wearing nothing… but in case Google Maps happens to be scouting you out its best to maybe not. Techno detox is always good… but I would still miss my electricity ruled vices! Hows a girl suppose to know who the next person to get kicked off the voice??? Besides I am still trying to find out who the mother is in “How I met your Mother”.

Sydney Asay, wife of  Professional Bull Rider Kanin Asay

Sydney Asay, wife of Professional Bull Rider Kanin Asay

  • Practice Patience – while waiting in line resist the distraction of a phone

I feel like this is one that I need to work on for sure! It’s so easy when you are waiting, even if it’s just for a minute or less, to pass the time by faster by checking your phone. Looking at Facebook or Instagram to check your notifications or to scroll through your feed to see what everybody else is up to. Even making a quick phone call or sending a text. I do this daily and I know this is causes a loss of interaction with people, and a lost opportunity to visit and share with somebody who might need it. It might even be you who is the one with some time to gain or pick up from the conversation. What if you are the only Bible that the people around will read that day? What kind of light are we if we don’t hardly look up from our phone to interact with people. Even though great things can come through technology, all of our devices are definitely a distraction. I feel like at times they take away from our lives more than they add to it.

  • Take 5 deep breaths 
I think this is a good step when it comes to unplugging from our devices. I think a lot of us, including myself, reach for our phones whenever we get a chance without even thinking about it. For me, it’s definitely a habit. I think I would be shocked if I knew how many times a day I get on my phone to check social media, emails, etc. Slowing down by taking five deep breaths would make us embrace what’s going on around us, instead of gadget that seems to be glued in our hand.
  • Go roller-blading or ice-skating and practice your inline (rather than your online) skills.
This sounds like fun. I have done both, but it’s been awhile. I probably was in elementary school the last time I went roller skating. It’s been about five years since I have gone ice skating. I wish we had an ice rink or skate rink here in Powell. I think this is something that would be fun to do with our kids once they get a little older.
  • Go to a farmers market – talk to a farmer about the produce.
  • Surprisingly I have never been to one. I think I would enjoy it because we LOVE produce! It’s now on my to do list 😉
  • Take a technology sabbath – on the weekend don’t use any electricity from sundown to sundown. 

I have taken a technology sabbath from all social media for a week. It was so refreshing. I had a lot more extra time in my day without it. It helped me break the habit of constantly checking it..for awhile. I need to do another one!