Almost all of us could benefit from a little less time with our phones, tablets and computers. But, there are a few apps out there that aren't like the rest and make our lives even richer. Here are 5 apps that I am totally in love with.
At the very top of my list, is One Second Everyday. This app allows you to easily crop 1 second of video from each day and string the videos together. In the end, you get a whole year that can be replayed in about 6 minutes!
It's a stunning way to capture something that we all treasure but have a hard time keeping: memories. What could possibly be more beautiful, more touching than a video of our own lives?
One Second Everyday makes you really appreciate your daily moments. It makes you realize that even mundane things like that hole-in-the-wall, crazy-cheap but insanely-delicious sandwich shop will be heart-warming years down the road. And, it also inspires one to have an epic day. Seriously. This app is better than any meditation or relaxation app that I have, and I've got plenty!
The only regret about this app? That I didn't find it earlier. Some people have uploaded their 2016 year online, and it's amazing how much a second captures. It makes me feel so grateful for life. We all have so many priceless seconds!
Whether you're trying to get pregnant, avoid pregnancy or just monitor your period, this app is extremely useful. Even though I have another period app that I paid for, this free Ovia app is way better.
Simply put, it is extremely user-friendly. My lazy butt never keeps track of my cycle, but this app has helped me avoid surprises for a year now! Every woman who is menstruating will appreciate this app immensely.
Left to my own devices, I can get less than 200 steps a day. YIKES! I used to have a FitBit bracelet, but after a while, I grew tired of wearing it, and remembering to put it on.
But, I pretty much ALWAYS have my phone on me. Pacer has significantly increased my steps every day and has been more effective than the FitBit. Anything that can inspire me to leave the computer is pretty awesome.
Btw, this app also has other features like hiking tracking, weight monitoring, etc, but I'm only writing about the pedometer feature, as it is the only feature that I use A LOT of!
I have some of the most acclaimed game apps on my phone (examples: Don't Starve, Monument Valley), but I always tire of them within 10 minutes. I just can't get into games. Oddly enough, Duolingo, a language-learning app, is what I consider the most fun "game" on my phone.
There are a couple drawbacks to the app. First is that they don't have certain major languages like Chinese. However, there is a lot to choose from, so chances are there is at least one language on Duolingo that you'll be interested in.
Dream about the next country on your bucket list, and play a game that teaches you how to communicate there. How awesome is that?
Netflix SAVES me when I'm on an airplane flight. Download movies or shows beforehand, and then when you're on a flight where you're too exhausted to read yet can't fall asleep, enjoy that entertainment from the convenience of your phone or tablet. Just don't forget to pack a good pair of headphones!
Whoever thought of this feature at Netflix needs a raise! :D
Hope you enjoyed my list of favorite apps. If you've got one that you really like, please share it! Please! The stuff that people create on apps can be so awesome. Thanks for reading, and if you share an app, thank you for spreading your discoveries.