I have a German friend and I make her say things all the time.
Hey Karina, say this…..
Hey Karina, say this….
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She humors me and doesn’t laugh when I try to say it back to her in my perfectly non-German way. Anyway, she would be proud of this title…because I read it back to myself perfectly.
Its like one of those things where you know its the right thing, but its kind of unnerving too. I have thought for several months now that I need a long, serious unplug from social media. Besides some pretty amazing silver linings, like my Vera, 2013 was the hardest year I’ve ever had. I talked about it pretty in-depth every day in the month of October, and I also talked about how I felt like I needed to share and share deeply. And I’m glad I did that. But I feel like to start the new year, I have to do some things differently…because I so want 2014 to be a different kind of year. So to start things off differently, I’m completely unplugging…which means no Instagram, no Facebook, no blogging, no blog reading, and no Pinterest. I’m going to use my phone for talking (gasp!) and my computer for Googling. I need it a little quieter right now, a little slower, and a lot more focused.
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I have such a long list of goals this year: to start learning a different language, read a million books, lose 15 pounds (I don’t even care if that’s cliché), figure out my faith-life, find myself again, be confident in my 13,000 ideas and then do them, get strong again in more ways than one, stop looking at the world for advice and follow my gut instead, stop yelling at my kids, become a homeowner once again, and most of all: find peace. Its a long list, I know this. But after two years of expecting nothing, I’m done with that jazz. I have so much brewing in my head right now…I know so much is ahead for me…for us. But in order to get there, I know in my gut that I have to unhook the steady stream of outside messages and side trackers.
I can’t say how long this unplug will be…maybe a month…maybe four months….maybe six. Its a little freaky because there’s a very small part of me that wonders if anyone will be here when I get back….but its too small to change my mind. There will hopefully be some loyals here when I get back…and when I do we can sit down with some coffee and wheat-free shortbread and have a long sweet talk about life. Right now I’m going back to the days of using books for ideas instead of Pinterest and emails and phone calls to communicate and reading books instead of blogs. I love sharing my life. I love sharing my photos and projects and thoughts…and I will again. But for now….