Join The UnWired Mom Challenge! - Sarah Mae
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Join The UnWired Mom Challenge!


“Because this business of becoming conscious…is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be?” –Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Do you say you’ll only pop online for “5 minutes” but end up being on an hour (or more)?

Do you have trouble going to sleep because you keep checking Facebook?

Do you wish you could be more disciplined with how you spend your time?

Do you want to be fully present with your life and the lives of those around you?

Do you want to not regret your life?

I have heard from so many of you about the lure of the Internet and how you just want to be free of being on it all the time. You want to live a full, in-the-present, intentional life, one that you won’t look back on in regret. I hear you! Most of you know that I struggled with being online too much, and I’ve had to make major changes in order to live the life I really wanted to live. And friends, I’m doing it. I’m living true, and I love my life now.

I wrote The UnWired Mom to encourage others to kick their online addiction habits to the curb and start engaging and enjoying their real, in-the-flesh, lives. The goal wasn’t (and isn’t) to stay offline and never use the Internet. The goal is to use the Internet for what is is: a tool. I am thankful for the Internet, but I control my use of it, it doesn’t control me.

And it doesn’t have to control you or your time.

If you want to make a change in your life, if you want to put the Internet in its proper place so you can be free to really live your life true and without an arc of regret, than consider joining me in the two-week UnWired Challenge. It is not a stay-off-your-computer-for-two-weeks challenge. It’s a challenge to help you try and break some habits and come up with a vision for living free and whole and un-addicted while still enjoying the benefits of the Internet.

How the Challenge Will Go Down

The challenge is 14 days long and will start tomorrow (Thursday).

Each day there will be a small bit of encouragement along with a challenge, an “embrace your life” idea, and a journal exercise. These are all in the eBook (I won’t be blogging them each day).

I will put a linky up on my blog tomorrow for those who are joining the challenge and have a blog. You may link up with it only if you write a post about being a part of it (link directly to your post, please). I have found that if I just let people link up their blogs and not a specific post it gets confusing.

We will journal each day in a notebook (paper!) and on Friday the 16th and Friday the 23rd I will have a linky where you can you can link up a post about your experience. If you don’t have a blog, just leave a comment those days on how it went, what you learned, best parts, worst parts, etc. Sound good?

If you don’t have a copy of The UnWired Mom – Choosing to Live Free in an Internet Addicted World, you can get it as a PDF for 50% off (making it only $2.50) by going HERE and using code: CHALLENGE. If you don’t want a PDF, you can get the eBook on Kindle for only $4.99 HERE.

My husband is going to make a cute little button for us bloggers that you can, if you’d like, put on your blog to share the challenge. He’s so great.

Okay, any questions? Did I about cover it all?

See you tomorrow!

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31

Love, SM

Related: Why I’m Giving Up My iPhone

P.S. You don’t have to be a mom to take the challenge! 😉

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  • Hilary @ KatrinkaJane

    I assume the book is what tells us the how/what/when/etc…?

    • Sarah Mae


  • Liz

    Hi, the click HERE button isn’t working for me-link just says shopping cart empty and then prompts me to close the window. Thanks.

    • Lisa K

      There is a link in the comments on facebook that works.

    • Sarah Mae

      I fixed it! 🙂

  • Iva Miller

    If I don’t have a blog, is there a way to keep up with the challenge? Do I just subscribe to your blog through email?

    • Sarah Mae

      Yes, you can do the challenges that are in the eBook and on the Fridays listed just come back here and leave a comment with how the week of challenges went! 🙂

  • Sara

    Starts tomorrow. You’re not kidding around! 🙂 So need this, can’t wait (in that way that you know you need something but don’t really want to do it even though you do.)

  • Marissa

    Thank you! I need this kick start as I’ve been complaining about my lack of self-discipline in my time management, this is perfect See you tomorrow!

  • Sarah Peloquin

    Perfect. Due to pregnancy sickness and just overall miserable feeling during the rainy weather, I’ve spent far too much time developing bad habits on the internet. I want my time there to be intentional, but more so, I want my family time to be the priority and intentional as I build into my children’s lives. This is the perfect time for me to take this challenge! 🙂 Thank you so much for making it an accountability thing! 🙂

  • thewilkinsiv

    I’m in! So excited about this – been planning on doing it myself after reading through part of the book, just haven’t (of course) managed to do it yet. Tomorrow’s the day!

  • Ashley Ditto


  • Jessica Smartt

    I’m in! My post is already live! You had me at the title! 😉

  • Ronice Sceski

    I am VERY interested in this but as a photographer I must use the internet daily to do work. Is there a way I can do this challenge as well?

  • delicatefade

    I think I’m in. I need to go and read through the challenge again.

  • Elizabeth P

    I’m in! I was just going to have my BF change my Facebook password and not tell me so I could cut myself off for a while….

  • Kristen

    I’m in!

  • Chandra

    I’m in! Got the e-book and will read it the next couple of days. 🙂

  • victoriacreativehomekeeper

    I’m in, I’ve have been looking for some motivation to help balance my online time. Thanks for the accountability!

  • Debby Bain Whitsitt

    I am a blog reader and have become a Facebook junkie. Ready for positive changes and a challenge~

  • The How-to Guru

    What a GREAT idea and a fun challenge Sarah!


  • Michelle

    Joining you! School starts (home/cyber-school) for us on Monday and I need this! 🙂

  • Karen Mikkelsen

    I´m in! great idea 🙂

  • April

    Oh! How I need this! I’ll be joining in!! Thank you:-)

  • Natasha Simmons

    I’m in! 🙂

  • Heather

    I’m in for sure! I’ve been meaning to pick up your book since I first heard about it, and this seems like the perfect time.

  • lucrecer

    I would like to give this a real go.

  • Ada Handley

    Can anyone teach me how to link up? My post is already live. And how do I use the button?

  • Lisa

    This is great! Got the book.

  • Jennifer Siggins Reed

    Totally in!!

  • Amie

    I’m in 🙂

  • Lily George

    I’m in! Thanks for the challenge.

  • faigie

    That is why I still only have an old cell phone and not a smart phone. I refuse to be connected when I am not sitting down to the computer to actually be online. My old sprint phone wasn’t working and I had to buy a replica of that one on ebay since its almost impossible nowadays to get a non smart phone

    • Sharon

      I purposely use an older cell phone too so that I won’t be tempted to be online no matter where I’m at. I am already on my laptop pretty much all day, and it’s got to stop! Glad I’m not the only one who purposely has an older phone.

  • Terri

    I’m in!

  • Lisa Matthew

    I’m in. Got the book.

  • Kris

    I’m in! How do we sign up though if we don’t have a blog?

  • Amy a.

    I am in. Thank you for the book and the challenge.

  • Exceptionalistic

    I’m in! Post is up. Excited!!!

  • L

    I don’t have a blog. Can I still participate?

    • Sarah Mae

      Yes! Just get the eBook and go through it and leave a comment on the Fridays we link up! 🙂

  • Meghan Sawdon

    I’m in! Downloaded your eBook awhile ago and have been waiting for this to start! Just read through the first 30 pages and wanted to highlight every other sentence – its all so spot on!

  • Tracey Bruton

    Count me in. I’ve read your ebook at least twice and have already started to unplugged -I have not logged into FB during the school holidays – 5 weeks. I cant wait to take this challenge to another level. I want to live an intentional life and I want to spend more time with my girls.

  • Kathy Charest

    I just bout the book, so I may be a little behind, but I’m in. 🙂

  • Jennifer Tanis

    I’m in. I’ll start reading the book today. I’ve developed a very bad habit of being online throughout the day. I really need this!

  • Beth Leatherman

    Just downloaded the book and am excited to start ‘unplugging’ myself from all my technology!

  • Amy a.

    I have been reading the book and the daily challenges. I have not found a good control app for iPad. Does anyone have a suggestion? Self controled doesn’t work on iPad and stay focused got poor reviews. Any others out there? I want something that gives me limited time on the Internet especially Facebook. Thanks!

    • mamakittykat

      I couldn’t find any site specific apps, but I did find an app that is meant to be a parental control that sets how much time your ipad can be used, period – so that you can control how long your kids spend on the ipad. It’s 99 cents, but it might be a small price to pay for those of us that need to really crack down! 🙂

      • Amy a.

        What is the name of the app? Thanks

  • Becky A

    I’m in – I need this! Thank you!!

  • des

    Have been feeling Gods nudge lately so when this challenge came through, I knew I had to be IN
    I guess I don’t know how to log in 8)

  • Amy Brady

    I’m going to do this! Just started my newest blog and it is at times consuming posting, linking, FBing, trying to learn it, get it out, etc. I feel like its slowly creeping in on my REAL life at home with the fam. A little balance learnin’ in the beginning could be my saving grace!

  • Kimodified

    I’m in, a day late … I’m not blogging these days, so I linked my twitter.

  • apheartsong

    I would like to give it a try. I think I have the book. I assume I need to print it out. I have been addicted to the Internet and computer games for 20 years. I hope I can break free and learn to engage! I find when I am off, I don’t know what to do other than be very task-oriented. My kids really need me to engage for more than minutes at a time.

  • Kristy Tolley

    I’m in, too! I downloaded your book, and printing it out. I’m a highlighter/note-taker girl. Hopefully, I’ll get my post up today. If not, tomorrow, for sure! I’m in the process of re-vamping my site, but my posts should be fine. Thanks so much!

  • Jolene

    I’m in!

  • Krista

    I’m in. Downloaded the pdf a while back, but didn’t get a chance to read it over. I know I need this. I just don’t know how. Thank you for being a guide.

  • Cecily Butler

    So excited to joint and have all of you with me!!!

  • Meghan

    I’m in! This is just what I need – loving the book!

  • HBabich

    I’m in! Down loaded your book a while back and am half way through!! Very convicting and needed badly!

  • Amanda Chance

    How long will the book be 2.50 ? I just transferred money into my paypal but it will take 3 to five days.

  • JennyMac

    I tried to get the PDF for 50% off, but it’s not accepting the code. Am I too late?

  • Patricia

    I’m in!

  • Liz DePalmer

    I’m in… Late, but in!

  • Sarah

    I’m in!

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