I am a phone addict. There is no denying it. I am on my phone ALL the time, whether its for work, blogging, giving advice and responding to messages, googling how to cure a hangover and cope with a 4 year old or just simply watching 176,986,556 you tube videos. Unfortunately my daughter at the tender age of 4 has become exactly the same!
If you have spent the 10 years in the western world there is no doubt your life has predominately been computer orientated. From homework to TV, video games and mobile phones – our faces have been planted on screens for the last decade and I am sure with the developments in tech it will only get worse.
A few weeks ago I was asked to attend an evening about a new product being launched. I kind of had an idea what it was about as it had been explained to me by one of the creators prior but I wanted to see it in action and get an idea of what it was truly about. Apparently it was going to help me cure my addiction!
I am always dubious with events and product launches as I always imagine the creators are these uber smart, complex, business mad Alan Sugar types who are just pushing products to get even more rich. When I met Calvin, George and Ed I realised they were nothing like I imagined (don’t get me wrong they were uber smart) but they were regular men. They were fathers, they were husbands, they were pub goers (my fave kinda people) but ultimately they just wanted to make a positive change in peoples lives.
They have spent so long developing this amazing product because they have been affected with the same screen addiction as me and they finally wanted to get away from the screen. They wanted to #bepresent because they needed to feel #thehumanconnection and understand what it meant to them again.
TOME is a beautiful, sleek and dare I say it, sexy product. It is something that I think it needed not only in homes but board rooms, dinner tables, weddings, CHURCH – I mean anywhere you go to connect with other people there needs to be a TOME.
The concept of TOME is to (in the most basic sense) lock your screens away for a set period of time to allow you to be in the moment. Completely. Not a little bit (checking your phone every so often) but completely in the moment; and if I am honest – apart from my recent wedding where I didn’t have my phone with me, being in “the moment” is something I haven’t been in for a long time.
I am not sure because I use my phone for my blog that I am on it more than others, wanting to capture a moment not because of how wonderful it is but because it looks great on Instagram, but I know I am certainly on it far too much and I am not the only one. I have tried leaving it upstairs, turning it off, putting it away or just leaving it at home (haven’t managed this one yet) but just trying to be away from it and bloody hell, IT IS HARD. It often can feel like your whole life is in your phone – I am sure I have even said that out loud before when worried I might loose it.
But its not is it? I have lost or broken several phones over the years and yes the initial panic is scary and I worry how I will function but of course…I do. We do, don’t we? Because they may play a huge part in how we function day to day and manage our lives but they are just a tool. Simply a tool.
The internet is a great place and I am fortunate I have made so many fabulous friends on it, It has given me the platform to talk freely about my self love journey and inspire others but I have also had my fair share of negativity on there too.
TOME for me is about reconnecting. It is about having the ability to truly #bepresent with my family and friends and learn to disconnect from the digital world even if it is temporary. It is about remembering that life goes on even if the digital world stops just for a moment. It is about allowing myself that time to be grounded, understand the core of who I am and refresh my mind before I dive back into “Best winged liner” videos.
Price wise TOME is reasonable. I will be honest at first I wondered if it was “worth it” and considered really if it was something I would use. Then I remembered all of the above and realised that you cant put a price on being connected, you cant put a price on love and you certainly cant put a price on time.
Discover TOME. Find out more. Order yourself one and ask yourself what does TOME mean to you?