Goodbye TV!


It’s been 3 MONTHS since I’ve watched TV…

A few months ago I decided to stop watching TV. I realized that I was a little addicted to that large black screen and to the relaxing (and honestly lazy) hours I spent gazing at it. I used to watch Netflix every evening after a long day of busy-ness. I felt that I deserved the break from reality and that I needed the ‘time off’ from life in general. 

But I soon began to realize just how much of my day was spent in front of a television. I justified it because I had just finished the busiest semester of my college career. Between classes, homework, nannying, and long commutes I usually came home EXHAUSTED and I just wanted to be entertained for a couple of hours.

Then my class load changed dramatically- I went from full time to part time and I switched to the University’s city campus (which is much closer and offers once a week classes). My busy schedule became a lot less busy and I realized that I no longer had an excuse to waste so much time on TV.

So I cut it out- COLD TURKEY. Hear me out, I’m usually a very ‘balanced’ type of girl… I try to seek the middle ground and I always avoid extremes… but since cutting TV out 100%, my life has definitely improved!! 

I’m naturally an extrovert and now I’ve replaced all that ‘solo TV time’ with quality time with my friends. Instead of plopping down on the couch after work, now I go out- usually to our favorite coffee shop to get a tea and share some yummy dark chocolate. My friends and I like to color, or just chill. We talk, laugh, and make the most of our time together. Spending time with them gives me more energy and allows me to be fully present (<<another thing I’ve been working on) in my own life.

The point is- cutting TV out of my life has made my life SO much better! I feel closer with my friends than I ever have before and I feel so much more conscious. It’s been 3 months and I’m not looking back! I may start watching movies every once in a while with friends- but Netflix all alone? NO THANKS!

How about you? Have you ever tried a TV fast?? (<<you should!)



  • Reply Claire B.

    I haven’t really watched TV in years! I’ll watch a documentary or an episode of “Sherlock” here or there–and last trimester my roommates and I watched most of the current Bachelor season together–but it’s always in a social context and I doubt if I’d ever watch anything by myself. You are SO right that TV can eat up so much time without you even realizing it, just like social media (which I am not as good about, oops haha)–I’m glad you’ve noticed an improvement in your life since giving it up! 🙂

    March 31, 2017 at 8:52 pm
    • Reply Cailee

      Claire I love your balanced approach to watching TV! I’m ALL about that. It’s definitely SO different when you watch it in a social context- it’s like an event that way! I’ve actually been wanting to watch a movie with a friend or something lately! And same same babe- I spend a decent amount of time on social media too! Thanks so much girl! Hope that you had a lovely Sunday!

      April 9, 2017 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    I’d love to quit TV – but for Jesse that could NEVER happen! I don’t actually really like watching tv that much (except Supernatural, haha) so I will usually play on my phone/read/colour/whatever as well because I know that’s how Jesse likes to wind down.

    April 1, 2017 at 8:35 pm
    • Reply Cailee

      One of my friends is trying to watch less TV, but said they’re hooked on Supernatural!! Must be a great show! And yes to coloring! I love it too! And for sure- it’s all about balance! If Jesse loves it there’s no need to cut it out 100%!! That’s just what worked for me. Hope you have a lovely day Kristy!

      April 9, 2017 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness

    Wow! Good for you, and I think that even if you start watching TV again, you’ll be more mindful of how much you’re watching and if it’s making you less social. I put TV on as a background pretty often – while working out, working on blog stuff, answering work emails, etc., and I also like to watch it to unwind right before bed. My hubby is a big movie guy so we watch a lot of movies together, which I like because it’s one of the ways we relax together on the weekends. But I definitely don’t feel like it impedes my social life or makes me lazy 🙂

    April 3, 2017 at 4:28 am
    • Reply Cailee

      That’s awesome Nicole! Sounds like you found a really great balance! And I’ve been wanting to watch a movie lately with a friend! And sounds like a great way to relax on the weekends with your hubby!

      April 9, 2017 at 6:53 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    How wonderful! I don’t watch a lot, but feel more rested when I pick reading instead.

    April 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm
    • Reply Cailee

      Yay for reading! Thanks Julie! Enjoy your afternoon!

      April 9, 2017 at 6:51 pm

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