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…

Cinnamon coated almonds

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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.


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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!


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Have you stepped  back and had a ‘first’ recently?

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10 Responses

  1. I’d noticed you were quiet! I had a bit of a digital detox over the weekend, I was around fleetingly but mostly not. Instead I caught up on all the chores I’d been avoiding, and spent time hanging out with the kids. We even went bush walking! I’ve made the commitment to do it more often.
    Emma Fahy Davis recently posted..A Teacher, A Story, and A Lesson Learned

  2. Once June it’s and I stop blogging every day I might just slip underground for a little while, I’m sure it will do me a world of good, and will make my hubby very happy! Love your new things 🙂
    Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me recently posted..A candid talk with Have A Laugh On Me!

  3. Good for you living less online. I try to cut it out in the evenings but most days I waste time I shouldn’t …and I LOVE those nuts! Soooo good!

  4. I’ve been cutting back on screen time too, and I’m loving it. I just feel so much more refreshed and present.
    And how good are The Hunger Games? Some of my most favourite books there!
    EssentiallyJess recently posted..Back In My Day…. The Dilemma of a Snap Back Cap #IBOT

  5. Nathan says:

    You ate all my cinnamon coated almonds! I only had three – LITERALLY THREE! I’m not sure I like you trying all these new things. I’m not sure at all… Though it has been nice to be unplugged a little more.
    Nathan recently posted..Today’s Life Affirming Moment

  6. I also have been a bit absent from social media – mainly due to hubster being home on Long Service Leave. I work from home and am struggling to get all my work done, let alone “play”, on the computer!
    Janet @ Middle Aged Mama recently posted..What I Wore: May

  7. Tegan says:

    I’ve been cutting back on online time over the weekends and have instead been scheduling a lot of my social media posts. It feels pretty great to have the posts done for days in advance so I don’t have to worry about them. I managed to get my ‘talking about’ to 800 this week so I was pretty chuffed about that!
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  8. Good on you Kirsty! Sometimes you just need to step away from the screen, don’t you?
    As for cinnamon coated anything….YUM! x
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  9. iSophie says:

    Its great to get offline a bit more I think. Trying new foods is hard for me, I seem to always pick things that I hate anyway. Like seaweeds crisps… blergh!! #teamIBOT
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  10. Me says:

    I have also cut down on the amount of time I spend on social media and putting more time into actually living and I am really enjoying it although I do miss my regular contact with my friends who live in my computer – at the end of the day, it’s all about choices isn’t it ?
    Have the best day !
    PS – I would love to be able to remote in to work – what bliss for you !!! ENJOY !
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