On Slowing Down, Unplugging and Living in the Moment

This summer I spent lots of time offline.

Partially because my husband was gone all summer and with handling everything on my own something had to give. Partially because I was completely burned out from juggling family and professional work for way too long without any serious break. Partially because I wanted to rediscover the joy of just living in the moment, without having to think about schedules, to-do lists and posting status updates.

Even though I really needed to, I didn’t completely unplug. I’m a one-person show so I had to skim through emails once a day or so to handle any client’s questions or emergencies. I didn’t take on any new projects, however. As a result, I was able to stay away from computer/mobile most of the day.

On Slowing Down, Unplugging and Living in the Moment

It was so wonderful to redirect my energy to doing simple things, enjoying the moment and just being there with my children.

Living in the Moment

This summer I…

  • enjoyed the magic of a campfire
  • read a book from start to finish
  • star-gazed
  • cuddled and tickled the little ones endlessly
  • run through sprinkles
  • spent hours soaking in a kiddie pool
  • laughed until it hurt
  • chased an ice cream truck
  • reminded my family how much I love them
  • spent weekends completely unplugged
  • hiked, biked, swam, strolled, played
  • ate lots of salad greens, tomatoes and cucumbers straight from our garden
  • appreciated how lucky I am
  • sipped coffee while enjoying the morning sun
  • spent time evaluating where I am and where I’d like to go next

Unplugging, though not completely, was exhilarating. Not only did I have more time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life like watching my kid’s face shine when he finally nailed a skateboard trick he worked so hard on or enjoying a quiet evening with my husband (when he WAS in town).

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It felt great to just be in the moment, taste the world, clear my head. I felt in control of my time, my day, my life.

Now refreshed, I’m ready to make some changes that will help me grow and move forward in the direction I need to go.