Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Unplugged

I have got to be honest here - I just had the BEST weekend. Yes, that sounds pretty full of myself, I know. But why did I have such a great weekend?

It wasn't the location. It wasn't the hotel. It wasn't the activities. It wasn't the food, or the wine, or any other obvious things...

It was the lack of technology. Earlier this year I felt challenged to switch off a little more often, to not be so attached to my phone and the internet. It's a work in progress - something I definitely feel I'm getting better at, but still have room for improvement. This past weekend we went away to Yosemite National Park and as soon as we hopped in the car, I put my phone away. It went in my handbag and deep into the boot of the car, far from my sight.

And... It was liberating. It was so refreshing. We had no phones. No internet. No distractions. There was just me, my boys and the beauty of God's creation. We hiked, we drove, we picnicked, we got up close and personal with some deer, we watched our boy run wild in the forest, we stood at the base of breathtakingly tall waterfalls and got drenched from the mist.

Did I miss my phone? Not once. It felt so good to be switched off from technology and fully switched on to my family. I don't think technology is a bad thing, not at all - in fact, it's helped keep me sane as a stay at home Mum. I wouldn't want to get rid of it; it can be such a great tool & form of communication. It's just sometimes technology irks me. I'm a country turned city girl (*gulp* - I think) and I love my modern conveniences. But sometimes I still find myself longing for a more simple life. Some days I blab on to Mitch about how great it will be when our kids are past the eating dirt stage (please tell me it ends?) and we can pack up our lives for a month or two and take off to Nepal again, this time as a family. Live simply for awhile.

But that is just a daydream, one of those ideas that even if it comes to fruition, it won't be for a loooong time. So what can I do in the meantime? I'm going to keep challenging myself to be more present & more hands free. I'm going to keep striving to find that balance of being both switched on & unplugged.


Do you also find yourself wanting to unplug from time to time?

6 comments:

  1. I absolutely feel the same way. I have days that I seriously consider deleting my blog, my Facebook, twitter, Instagram, just all of it and focusing on my family. I know that's a little extreme, but I just get tired of them. What keeps me here are the relationships I've formed, and wanting to stay in touch with old friends, but I still go back on forth on what I want to do. Even after I stopped blogging as often, it still didn't feel like enough. So yes, I totally get you. :)

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  2. Love that you did this! I have felt convicted to do the same. It's so easy to get caught up in always having to stay connected, but I think we really do miss out on real life when we do that. Thanks for sharing your heart. (and glad you had such a wonderful trip!) xo

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  3. I try to stay offline on weekends too. But sometimes I fail and find myself looking at IG photos, FB updates etc. Weekends are made for family and/or friends and we should all rmbr that. :))

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  4. A break from technology would be awesome. I am glad that you are having great time with your boys. Awesome photos!

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  5. I totally agree- and I don't really mind going without my phone, but people get mad at you if you don't answer their messages right away. Also it's difficult to run an online business without using the internet all the time, not to mention anytime I want to know where something is or what time or what something means, I google it. I'm waay too dependant, but it is so handy... Clearly I dont have it figured out

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