I gave my heart to another this weekend…and learned a valuable lesson. Maybe you can relate?

Here’s the truth: I am cheating on my iPhone. I have adored my 4G since I got it last year; I feel totally naked without it. Sure, it has its drawbacks, but we are so good together. Never thought I’d look at another phone again. 

And then I got an email a few weeks ago from Verizon. They wanted to fly me to Chicago, put me up in a nice hotel, feed me yummy food, send me to the Brands & Bloggers Summit…oh, and give me a new “surprise” device to play with and maybe write about. At first, I turned them down, saying “thank-you-very-much-I-already-have-an-iPhone.” But they were persistent and sweet-talked me into going anyway.

Honestly, I was most excited by the chance to meet more bloggers and attend the conference. And I kinda {okay, really} hoped the surprise device would be something like an iPad or Xyboard. But on Friday, as the Verizon people handed out devices to a dozen-or-so of us, I found myself holding another phone: a Samsung Galaxy S3. Some of the women squealed with delight, clearly aware of its bells and whistles and thrilled to replace their basic phones {apparently, it’s quickly become the bestselling smartphone ever}. I, on the other hand, felt like an idiot. I knew nothing about it {I couldn’t even turn it on!} and I already had a phone I loved. I wanted to crawl under the table and sneak out the door. 

Luckily, a Verizon expert came in to teach us about the phone. I felt like I asked all the questions. But once I got the hang of it, I have to tell you: the thing blew me away. It has a huge screen, cool apps and it’s crazy-smart. I get to keep it for a few months and let you know what I think. That is, if I can pry it away from my family {Brad and the boys are quite enchanted by it!}. Don’t worry – I’m not abandoning my beloved iPhone. But I also can’t ignore all that sparkles on the gorgeous Galaxy. A lucky girl, I am.

This has been a good lesson for me; a reminder that even when things are going well, it’s okay to dream bigger. We usually hold that wishful thinking for our worst moments, when it’s natural to long for something better. But imagining something great when things are already good? We’ve been preconditioned to believe that such daydreaming is downright selfish…or it might even jinx our success. How silly is that?! Why limit our joy and fence-in our worth? I nearly passed up this opportunity with Verizon because I thought what I had was already as good as it gets – or, at the least, good enough. That realization is helping me look at the rest of my life – the really good parts – to make sure I’m dreaming of and embracing all the ways they can get even better. Think you’re ready to do the same? I hope so. Greatness is calling…

I’m part of the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Moms program, which means they gave me a fancy pants phone, six months of service, and the freedom to honestly share my thoughts about the device with you. How fun is that!?