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Inspired Living

25 Days of Cheer (Day 2)

Sarah Stanley

Give Yourself the Gift of Unplugging
I’m not one of those people who use the internet occasionally for looking up recipes or chatting with
friends on Facebook. I actually live inside the internet. I am connected from the moment I send out my
good morning tweet to the second I hit send on my last client email at night. If they made a belt buckle
that kept me up to date on all the social media and news happenings in the world, I’d buy one for every
pair of pants I own. That being said, this holiday season I’m taking a day to step away from all of it.
I’ll be spending the day trying to focus on the people around me instead of spending the day focusing
on the rat race that the internet can be. I plan to slow down, and maybe even roll back the clock a bit.
Here’s how I plan on filling my time.
1. Writing Thank You Cards – Now as much as I love the convenience of the eCard or the ability to
send real cards via the internet with a semi-personalized message, there are few things I value
more (gift-wise) than a handmade card with a very personalized message. I am the worst arts
and crafts person alive, but instructables.com has step-by-step guides that even I can’t screw up
(just do a search for ‘Greeting Cards’).
2. Calling Old Friends – Facebook is great for staying somewhat connected to old friends but it’s
on a ridiculously superficial level right? I mean, reading about your cat’s intolerance to its new
diet only tells me so much about how you’re really doing. This year, I plan to call some of those
friends who I haven’t talked to in a few years and just shooting the breeze. No timer, no logging
in or out, just listening to how they are and learning about them on a more personal level. You
know, like real friends do.
3. Taking My Wife Shopping – Now while this one might seem a little odd, the main reason
it’s pretty much monumental is because my iPhone will be left at home. Yeah, I KNOW! I’m
arranging the babysitter, the phone is staying at home, and it will just be her and I spending
quality time together and truly connecting. I may even spring for dinner first!
Can you give yourself the gift of unplugging this holiday season? How would you spend your time?

Day two of #ProjectCheer! Thanks to Ryan (@nomorebacon) for a wonderful article. Cheers!

Day 2: Unplug

Give Yourself the Gift of Unplugging

I’m not one of those people who uses the Internet occasionally for looking up recipes or chatting with friends on Facebook. I actually live inside the Internet. I am connected from the moment I send out my good morning tweet to the second I hit send on my last client email at night. If they made a belt buckle that kept me up to date on all the social media and news happenings in the world, I’d buy one for every pair of pants I own. That being said, this holiday season I’m taking a day to step away from all of it.

I’ll be spending the day trying to focus on the people around me instead of spending the day focusing on the rat race that the internet can be. I plan to slow down, and maybe even roll back the clock a bit.

Here’s how I plan on filling my time.

1. Writing Thank You Cards – Now as much as I love the convenience of the eCard or the ability to send real cards via the Internet with a semi-personalized message, there are few things I value more (gift-wise) than a hand-made card with a very personalized message. I am the worst arts and crafts person alive, but instructables.com has step-by-step guides that even I can’t screw up (just do a search for ‘Greeting Cards’).

2. Calling Old Friends – Facebook is great for staying somewhat connected to old friends but it’s on a ridiculously superficial level right? I mean, reading about your cat’s intolerance to its new diet only tells me so much about how you’re really doing. This year, I plan to call some of those friends who I haven’t talked to in a few years and just shooting the breeze. No timer, no logging in or out, just listening to how they are and learning about them on a more personal level. You know, like real friends do.

3. Taking My Wife Shopping – Now while this one might seem a little odd, the main reason it’s pretty much monumental is because my iPhone will be left at home. Yeah, I KNOW! I’m arranging the babysitter, the phone is staying at home, and it will just be her and I spending quality time together and truly connecting. I may even spring for dinner first!

Can you give yourself the gift of unplugging this holiday season? How would you spend your time?

By Ryan Sullivan. After you have unplugged, you can find Ryan on Twitter at @nomorebacon or visit his website

Photo by: KIUKO