I have been dipping in and out of the blogosphere lately. Elusive on social media. Deliberately avoiding the trap of the inbox.
It’s definitely not you – it’s me 🙂
I have been trying to live my life a little more. Take a breath. Make the conscious decision to relax.
At first I found it hard to let go.
OMG, not blogging on a Tuesday or a Friday? They are my biggest page view days, I couldn’t possibly just not link up!
Leaving emails unread in my inbox for more than a day? Unheard of. Not posting at least a daily status on Facebook – no, couldn’t do it. Leaving Twitter to it’s own devices for days on end – are you kidding me?
However, the last few weeks have shown me that I can do these things and the sky won’t fall. I am happier and less stressed not being “on” so much. I’m also very lucky that you guys continue to stick around even when I’ve gone AWOL for a few days!
Consciously living more and being online less has led to a few firsts in my life lately. Nothing earth shattering – I am still yet to have my first parachute or bungie jump (never!). Instead, these firsts are little reminders that I am making progress.
That I am taking chances. That I am on the right path.
Some of my firsts include:
1. Trying new food – cinnamon coated almonds. Have you tried these? I hadn’t until recently but they are highly addictive. OMG – so good! Pity our stash is already wiped out…
2. Trying new TV – we started watching spy/comedy Chuck. If you are able to find it online (we are watching it on Netflix) give it a go. It is a funny and entertaining show, the perfect way to unwind after a long day. Seriously, worth a look.
3. Trying a new device – I vacuumed for the first time with my Mum’s old vacuum cleaner. I don’t have a good track record with vacuums and this was no exception. There is a very good reason I rarely give the carpets a good vacuum. (Vacuum karma – I ignore the vacuum for months at a time and it hits back by falling apart in a fit of pique on those odd occasions I try to use it again).
4. Trying a new way of working – I worked from home with remote access for the first time a few weeks back. Now I am regularly working from home two days a week and it’s like a weight has lifted from my shoulders. On those days I don’t have the stress of the commute or making myself office-ready – it’s just me and my trackydaks, in the comfort of my own home!
5. Trying a new genre – I was lucky enough to receive The Hunger Games trilogy for Mother’s Day and I’ve been relishing the books. After years of reading trashy romance novels, it’s refreshing to read a well-written and well-thought out story. I’m nearly at the end of Book 2 and will then be entering unknown territory when I start Book 3. Exciting times people!
Have you stepped back and had a ‘first’ recently?
Do share, as I am for IBOT with Jess!