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CHFA is proud to be the voice of the natural health industry. As CHFA President, I am proud to be our organization’s voice. From the latest updates on issues affecting our industry, to my personal insights on professional life, my blog, "The Long Story", is a collection of thoughts and ideas that will give you a unique perspective into our industry.




Third Rate Romance

On November 24, 2016

A few months ago, I wrote about the end of my long term relationship with BlackBerry. It was sad and painful, but it’s over now and I’ve moved on. A few people have asked me about the new phone in my life so I thought I’d share an update. 

When I decided to make the switch, I was frustrated by my BlackBerry and if I’m honest, I made a bit of an impulse switch, jumping on the iPhone bandwagon without doing as much homework as I could have. Would I have made a different decision, if I had? I don’t know. What I do know, is that next time I will take more time to consider my options before starting up with a new phone.

So what do I like about my iPhone? Well it does take fantastic pictures. They’re clear and high quality, they practically never have red eye and there are lots of options to use. And, on occasion, when I ask someone else to take a photo for me, they know how to do it. Plus it’s easy to share your photos quickly.

The apps are amazing. There is literally an app for everything. No, really, there is. I have apps for cabs and restaurants and travel. I have a metronome and meditation tools, a tracker for my cycling, a library app and an app that sends postcards (for my elderly aunt overseas). Apps for shopping and apps for business and apps just for fun. 

I even have an app for emoticons that lets you create a person just like you and then makes emoticons with your image on them. Super fun when you have a teenage daughter you text with. And there are hundreds more apps that I haven’t even realized I need yet.

There are still BlackBerry features that I miss. I miss the hub and the way all my emails, messages and texts landed in one convenient spot (the hub) where I could see them together if I wanted to. I don’t like having to open all the different applications to check texts and emails separately. 

And I don’t love that often when I get an update or I add something to my iPhone I have to go back through the settings and make sure that I’m not using more power than I need to. And that’s a bit frustrating.

At the end of the day, my iPhone is fine. It does the job. And I like it okay. But I don’t love it. Am I committed to a long-term relationship with my iPhone or is this just a rebound relationship? Only time will tell. 

Yours in health and happiness,