I realize that sounds a little drastic. Don't worry, I'm not going away.
Today is June 1st however and I promised to write a bit about my experience unplugging from technology last month. I chose to unplug, on my birthday. It was my gift to myself. I have to be honest. I REALLY liked it. I liked walking away from my cell phone and my computer. The hardest part by far was not being able to call my mom or my sister as I was driving around–I couldn't listen to any of my podcasts either. Initially after getting into my van (each time I got into my van) I felt a little bothered or antsy. Within a minute or two however, I was deep in thought, mulling over topics I've been reading about or projects I was working on. When I arrived at each destination I felt more relaxed and prepared to "do the next thing."
I met my friend Kerry for facials and it was a bit of a bug that I couldn't call her when she was running late. She of course tried calling me too.
But guess what I was doing while I waited?
I was writing in my journal — would love to do this more often. Interestingly, we still got to the spa and everything worked out.
Not surprisingly, I didn't miss my email.
I did have a couple of urges to tweat on Twitter (wanted to share birthday details) but they too passed without much notice.
It got a little crazy later in the day when I missed a couple of calls from Clark (he was told, but I'm sure it didn't sink in) and I couldn't get a hold of Geoff, who had a groundbreaking ceremony with his medical practice for a new surgery center they are building. Here again, everything worked out and no one seemed particularly annoyed.
This experience, and the things I am learning in the book, The Power of Full Engagement have prompted me to be more intentional about my managing my energy and incorporating deliberate recovery into my routine …
"We live in a world that celebrates work and
activity, ignores renewal and recovery,
and fails to recognize that both are necessary
for sustained high performance."
I have decided that I will totally unplug every other Thursday. I already try and set aside Thursdays as my creative day–the day that I do my hands-on "work." But starting today, I'm going to completely unplug at least twice a month. If you want to read more about unplugging. Visit Jodie's blog.
And in the spirit of unplugging, let me explain my post title, "Unplugged in June."
I am working on some pretty cool projects this month. Projects that will require both lots of time and focused energy. You might have noticed that I'm "renovating" the old blog — and that I've given it a new name. My blog update is part of one of my projects. In order to buy me the extra time and energy I need to meet my production deadlines, I will be simplifying my posts in June — in fact, I'll simply be posting GREAT quotes from one of my most favorite quote books.
This book was given to me by Richard Young. We lived in Lewiston, Idaho for one year (1999-2000) and while we were there, Geoff worked with Richard. I don't remember how I found out that Richard was, like me, a lover and collector of quotes — but I do remember the day he brought me a copy of the book he compiled for his children. I thought, "What a thoughtful gesture." I didn't know at the time, that Richard's collection would be so relevant and inspiring to me. This book has become one of my personal treasures and I am so grateful for it. I want to begin creating my own book of quotes — something I don't intend to finish for 20+ years, something that I too will give my children someday.
Anyway … If I am able, I will add a few posts here and there. In the meantime, enjoy the wise words that I'll share and maybe even take my challenge (if you haven't already) to start a collection of meaningful quotes that speak to you.
There are BIG things happening and I can't wait to "show and tell" you more!
Be sure to visit the ALL NEW Inspiration Collective at Write. Click. Scrapbook. There will be a new challenge every month and the chance to join in the sharing.
Shimelle is also doing something very cool (and colorful) this month. You can check it out here.
Life is good.