I’m spending the week with my family on vacation. We are on the coast of North Carolina, our condo is right on the beach, so each day is filled with sun, salty air, and sand in my toes. The first day we spent here, I woke up early in the morning with the sun shining right into our window. I rolled over and grabbed my phone, per my usual morning routine. I checked my notifications, scrolled for a few mindless minutes on Instagram and Facebook, then checked my email. I read the Skimm (my snarky news outlet,) then daily dose of wellness and perspective which comes in the form of an email called the Present Tense Daily Brief (PDB,) written by my friends and trainers at Present Tense Fitness.
This particular PDB was about taking the opportunity to get out of town as a means to disconnect from the norm. This also means taking the time to unplug from your phone or your computer and (gasp!) enjoy to the people around you.
This was exactly what I needed to read to start my vacation off on the right foot. I could very well spend my entire vacation on my phone, rather than talk to my family. I could have my tablet in front of me 4 hours a day, rather than stare at the ocean. I could sit in front of the TV instead of taking salty walks down the beach with Tim.
With the exception of staring at the computer screen to write this blog, I have made a very conscious decision to unplug from my normal daily distractions and enjoy my vacation. This is hard earned time away, a time to connect with my parents, sleep in, wake up next to my gorgeous man and not have anywhere to go.
This is a time when I get to cook for pleasure, enjoying the fresh North Carolina seafood. A week off doesn’t come around very often, so I will not spend it on my phone. I can save that behavior for when I get back to rainy Ohio. So for now I’m signing off, putting on my ‘out of office’, and hanging up the proverbial ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. I hope you too can find some time to enjoy the summer, unwind, and unplug. Cheers and Ciao!