Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Unplugged.

On Friday, I posted about how my husband and I were jetting off for a little getaway weekend in the mountains. Well, we had an amazing weekend of perfect weather (78 and sunny), beautiful mountains, and making memories together. And even better, our amazing weekend was uninterrupted by emails and phone calls.


Being "unplugged" from our devices for the weekend really reminded me of how major a distraction they are in our daily lives. For example, when was the last time you pulled out your smartphone to send a text, check your email, or look something up on the Web in the middle of dinner with your family or friends? I'm trying to break this bad habit myself.

We get so few opportunities these days to truly disconnect from the rest of the world. Cell phones mean that you can be reached anywhere, anytime. Smartphones, iPads, and laptops mean you can hop online anywhere, anytime.

And we do. Because we can.

But when I was disconnected from these things all weekend, I didn't miss them. I didn't miss Facebook, Twitter, or blogging (no offense). I didn't miss checking my email or keeping up with the latest news.

And instead, I got to enjoy talking, laughing, experiencing things, and making memories with my husband. By disconnecting myself from those distractions, I was able to feel much more connected to him. And isn't that what really matters?

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12 comments:

  1. I am so glad you were able to take time to unplug. I need to do that more often.

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    1. Thank you, Krysten! It's amazing how much of a recharge you can get by NOT being plugged in.

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  2. That's great!

    When I'm having a meal or doing something fun, I never take out the phone, and I don't miss it at all. :)

    I am always on it the rest of the time though haha

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    1. Good for you for leaving your phone in your purse! I'm working on that one.

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  3. Yes, it is. I try to unplug on the weekends, but it doesn't always happen. So now I've moved on to Friday nights thru Sat night. 24 hours.

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    1. Wow, 24 full hours? That's great! I usually stay away from the computer on the weekend because I get so burnt out being on my computer at work for 40 hours a week.

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  4. Yes it is what matters. We've got a bad habit of listening to each other when the other one is talking but surfing the internet at the same time. The thought of being 'unplugged' does unnerve me but when the times comes like you I'm OK with it.
    p.s. been meaning to stop by and take a look at your blog for ages - sorry it's taken me so long, there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day anymore.

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    1. Ugh, exactly. My husband sometimes "listens" to me while keeping an eye on the TV, or I "listen" to him while checking my email on my phone. Not good!

      P.S. No problem, and thanks for visiting!

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  5. That sounds awesome! I'm going to need to plan our next vacation in a place where we unplug. I'm glad y'all had such a relaxing time!

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    1. Thank you, Becca! It was convenient that the mountain didn't have the best cell service. ;)

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  6. I try to unplug as much as possible because it really is a big distraction from quality time with the loved ones!

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    1. You're so right. I need to remind myself of that!

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