Is There An App For That?

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What’s app, y’all? I’m going down the app hole today and it’s not pretty. I’ll start with a confession.

I am a digital hoarder. My poor little iPhone is lugging around nearly 12GB of data and totes seventy-two apps. Is there an app for that? A twelve-step program? Probably not.

This problem boomed with every new phone equipped with more and more memory. And the app store promised a solution to every issue.

Want a better body? There are apps that will count everything from your heartbeats to the calories you scarf down after a run.

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Want to keep up with current affairs?

Don’t. It’ll make you crazy.

But if you do…There’s an app for that.

Want to socialize? There’s party in every social media app.

I can never be bored with my world in my purse. Social media, books, podcasts, research, horoscopes, photos…an app for everything is just a click away.

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But if there is always a screen to read, a video to watch, or a podcast to hear, when do you find the quiet space for your mind to play?

When our minds play they take us on wonderful adventures of what ifs. That quiet space is where problems are solved, big and small. The lull in life is where ideas speak to us in a whisper of what if. In that white space, our dreams take shape. In the still of our soul, we create.

There is no app for that.

Right now, I’m on a deadline and a digital diet to give my muse a quiet space to create. If I’m in a noisy place during my writing time, I put on my noise-canceling headphones and listen to Rain Rain’s ocean waves. I’m on the beach and my mind is ready and willing to hear the whispers from within.

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2017-10-24T21:15:22+00:00

15 Comments

  1. Priscilla Oliveras March 8, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I’m with you, Pamela, app overload on my phone! 🙂

    I even have the Rain Rain app, but only think to use it as white noise when I’m napping or sleeping on the road if needed. Your idea to use it as a way to take you back to the beach when you’re writing is fabulous!

    Thanks for the tip!

    • Pamela Kopfler March 8, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Thanks, Pris! They have one with seagulls that really captures the beach sounds.

  2. Kay Hudson March 8, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Good thoughts, Pamela. I’ve only had my smart phone for a year, and I’ve avoided loading it with apps. It spends most of its time in my purse or on the kitchen counter. But it sure is handy when I need it!

    • Pamela Kopfler March 8, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Thanks, Kay! You’re smart to resist the app addiction.

  3. tamrabaumann March 8, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Okay, now I’m going to have to get the Rain Rain, app. That sounds like the perfect app for finding creative space! Great post!

  4. Carol J. Post March 8, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Great post, Pamela! I’m going to check out the Rain Rain app and imagine myself in that picture you posted!

  5. Sharon Wray March 8, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Beautiful post, Pamela. I can’t imagine having so much space on my phone to hold that many apps! And I totally agree with you about digital overload. There are days when I shut down the wifi in the house just so I can hear myself think.
    I’ve never heard of the Rain Rain app and am off to find it now!

    • Pamela Kopfler March 8, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Thanks, Sharon. You’lol love Rain Rain. It really calms my mind enough to think.

  6. dawn chartier March 8, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Hi Pamela,

    I’d like to find an app that knows when I’m not writing, (say if I’m goofing off on social media or on some wild research chase that has me way way off topic.) and an alarm starts blaring until I start writing again. Yes, I need that.

    Dawn

    • Pamela Kopfler March 8, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Lordy, we all need that app. Unfortunately, that one needs to be wired into our DNA for access.

  7. T. L. Sumner March 8, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    I’ve never heard of Rain Rain. I am totally checking that one out!! And I hear ya about phone overload. Sometimes you just need to disconnect. Good luck with your deadline. I’m woefully behind schedule on mine. 🙁 Sadly there’s no app for that!!!

    • Pamela Kopfler March 9, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks! Good luck with your deadline too.

  8. jushaw March 9, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I have so few apps, but now I’m going to check out the Rain Rain one. It will probably put me to sleep.

    • Pamela Kopfler March 9, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Joe uses a rain app at night! It works to cut out background noises for light sleepers.

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