Take the Risk, Get Away, Unplug

By Shannon Boatwright

Sometimes a break from the routine is the very thing you need. taking-a-break-quotes-2

As adults, we do indeed catch ourselves all too often thinking or saying, “I wish I could just run away…”, escape the stress of our busy days. I’ve most definitely had that thought, that desire, much more as an adult than I ever did as a child.

When it comes to tech issues, a last result is to always just unplug the device to get it working properly again. But do we think about applying that theory to our own lives??

I recently had the opportunity to get away. And I’m at my very busiest right now – which I know I’ve said that before, but like I’ve also said before, I always seem to manage to top myself each year in the busy department. It’s quite an amazing feat actually. Each year I think, I’ve got it this go-around, I’m not going to overwhelm myself! Ha! Boy do I never cease to amaze myself!

This school year, as I prepare for my big honors drama production, (which is always my busiest time of year, when I feel like I practically live at the school doing production work and rehearsals), I’m also in the middle of a move. I have my show one week and then 4 days later, the next week, I close on my house. Yep. Let’s just say that when someone made an offer on our house and requested the closing date, I literally almost had a heart attack. Dear goodness gracious alive…

So…that being said, to say my life is insanely busy, is definitely NOT an understatement. Let’s just hope that come mid-November I still have some sanity left.

Now getting back to the taking a break, getting away, and unplugging. My precious little sister traveled home from Texas to celebrate her 30th birthday and her request was that her closest girls get together for the weekend at the beach to celebrate.  This special weekend fell right in the middle of the time that I would normally spend an entire weekend working, packing and cleaning. The planner/organizer in me panicked, thinking, “OMG I cannot risk time away just to relax & play, I have too much work to do!” But, the big sister in me thought, “Wait a minute, I only get to see my sister maybe twice a year and we haven’t spent quality time together in years!”

This family getaway opportunity was way more important and special than all my busy-ness!  Though it was indeed very hard for me not to think about everything I should’ve been doing that weekend, at the same time, my heart was full because I knew I was doing the right thing. And now that my ultra-special, rejuvenating get-away is over, I’m back into my incredibly overwhelmed world of to-do lists, must-do tasks and little sleep, but I am ever thankful and grateful that I allowed myself the escape. I am proud of myself for putting my family first and realizing that I’ll cherish that special time together forever.

UnPlugAs adults, most of us don’t do it often enough – we don’t unplug, we don’t escape our busy lives and allow ourselves the opportunity to regroup, refresh and rejuvenate our mind, body and spirit. I was blessed with the opportunity to do a little bit of that with my get away weekend to celebrate with my little sister, and I am so thankful.

Take the opportunity to run away. Allow yourself to unplug. Make quality time a priority. I challenge you to get away from the busyness of your daily life and freshen your body, soul and spirit. It’s so good for you! Take the risk. 😉

Unplug Every Day

By: Mary Pat Baldauf

I’m a fan of social media, but one day recently, I became quite annoyed at Facebook. After only about ten minutes, I witnessed hostility amongst local business competitors, insincerity in the form of a birthday wish and negativity from the “Debbie Downer” friend we all seem to have. It was a Friday afternoon, and I pledged to stay off Facebook for the rest of the weekend.

UnplugI was wandering through a new shop at Trenholm Plaza the next day and found a great book: Unplug Every Day, 365 Ways to Log Off and Live Better. Finding it was truly kismet, and I quickly grabbed a copy and made a beeline for the checkout.

This inspiring and cheerful journal lists 365 fun and easy ways to unplug from electronics, appreciate your surroundings and connect with those around you. With a year’s worth of prompts, I’m hoping it encourages me to take small steps to refocus my attention on life’s simple joys.

My first step? Unsubscribe from excess emails. This step is more than a “done in a day” step, but I’m loving it. Today, I unsubscribed from Shutterfly’s emails. I love Shutterfly, but when I need their services, I know where to go. I don’t need what seem like daily email reminders to use them. It felt GREAT to take an extra 30 seconds to simply unsubscribe.

I’ll be sure to report back on my efforts to unplug more, but in the meantime, how do YOU unplug? Do you have any family rules about using electronics? Any personal goals to limit social media? Please share your tips!