Hi friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve popped any new content up on the blog. The end of the year was such a mad rush of party planning/attending, finishing up work, packing and so on. Afterwards I was so exhausted and had three places to spend my 11 day holiday break.
Long story short I missed a flight to Florida for New Year’s and ended up spending the last bit of my vacation in snowy Canada with my partner and his family.
Now I am on a train heading back to the city to do some laundry and get myself ready for a gruelling (half-kidding) four day work week before I fly to Las Vegas for a quick work trip.
Side note: Does anyone have any Las Vegas recommendations? I have meetings from 7 am – 8 pm most days but will try to sneak off to try In N Out in the evenings before crashing. I know I’m very lame but I imagine I just won’t adjust to the time change. Anyways I’ll keep you up to date.
What I really wanted to talk about today is New Year’s Resolutions. Over the past week I’ve taken some time to really detox from always being plugged out. Something I tweeted about the other day.
My partner suggested that to get the New Year off on the right foot we delete Facebook and Twitter off of our phones. I immediately took action and the apps are gone but he has yet to follow through so I’m out here on my unplugged island all by myself as of right now.
I wasn’t fully unplugged for a week but I would leave my phone in another room for 8 hours at a time, not bothering to check in and you know what? Everything was totally fine. I found myself incredibly stressed any time I picked up my phone but if I left for hours the feeling went away.
I could get back to anyone within a couple of hours and most of the time it really wasn’t that urgent. When I started to pick up my phone more, not having Twitter and Facebook there meant I spent way less time on it and I really wasn’t missing anything.
I still have Instagram and Snapchat. Snapchat I mostly use as a picture messaging app so it’s just another version of texting and often forget to check it anyways. Instagram I don’t seem to get as absorbed into and can close the app after seeing 3-4 pictures so I’m not as worried.
I’m not saying that spending less time on my phone will somehow make me a better person or cure me of anything. But it will give me more time to get lost in a book, focus on my work, be fully present for hours and hours of Liar’s Dice with my family, not say ‘wait what?’ when there’s a twist in Black Mirror.
Small incremental changes that may just make me a happier person, isn’t that the best kind of New Year’s Resolutions?
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Are any of you attempting to unplug in some way?
Don’t forget to follow me on bloglovin’ as I’m going to be talking about New Year’s Resolutions all week and I’ve got a lot of fun content coming your way this year including travel posts.