It’s amazing how much we rely on technology every minute of the day. Have you left the house and gotten down the road only to have to turn around and go retrieve your phone that you left on the counter? Always afraid of missing a call or text or a Facebook post? It’s really sad when you take a look at how dependent we are on all this stuff and how much we miss everyday because we are too busy to just take a moment to be present in our lives.

In February I was able to unplug from technology as we know it and get back to some basics. No smartphone, limited internet, no television…many people wonder how I survived twelve days without these “necessities”.

I replaced check ins with a pen and paper…yes these items still work. It’s amazing how much creativity flows when you begin writing down little notes and stories! I actually filled a small notebook with ideas, observations, and lists. These have become reference points for this blog and more.

I rediscovered the joy of reading again! Unwinding at the end of the day with a good book is such a beautiful thing. Getting lost in a story is so relaxing. Summer is coming and I will be making a point to relax in the yard with a good book daily.

Allowing yourself to let go of the “need to know” what’s going on every minute is empowering. It allows you to enjoy YOU. When was the last time you watched the sun rise or set?

I challenge you to turn off your technological necessities for just 10-15 minutes and enjoy the quiet. Make this part of your day and you will surely feel more alive.

While I am grateful to have so much at my fingertips, a part of me longs to remain “off the grid”. For now I will enjoy my 10-15 minutes each day, some great books, and look forward to my next vacation.

Have a beautiful day! ~Pamela

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