On Wednesday, I fly to Sweden for a 10-day vacation. I’m going to attend my baby sister’s wedding (where did the time go?) and to see my (almost) 17-year-old daughter, who is an exchange student in the Stockhom area. But I’ll also have time for a quick trip to the island of Gotland to see my brother and his family, an overnight visit to my mom’s place, and a couple of other family gatherings.
(I’m so excited!)
As I thought about this trip, an idea started forming in my head. What if I could unplug completely for 10 days? Would it be possible? No email, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn. No blogging or working on my book. No weekly letter…
The more I thought about it, the more excited I got. So I decided to make it a reality. Of course, it will require some prep:
- Turning on out-of-office notifications both at work and on my personal email account.
- Getting somebody else to monitor our web request queue at work.
- Letting our accountant know to call my husband with tax preparation questions.
- Informing the communications committee at church (I am the webmaster).
- Printing out maps and other information that I need during my travels.
- Writing this blog post so that you’ll know not to expect anything from me until April.
And most importantly: leaving my laptop behind when I take off on Wednesday.
Whenever I unplug for even just a day, I feel more alive and connected to the world around me. I don’t know why—I just do. I’m excited to see what 10 days of being unplugged will do for my overall wellness. (It’s possible that I haven’t been unplugged for this long since we got our first computer in 1995!)
I’m very excited to be planning an (hopefully) epic post about what it means to “eat healthy” based on years of study of nutritional theories and mindful eating. It will be coming out sometime in early April. Maybe I’ll even draft it on paper while I’m on vacation—the old-fashioned way.
I’m curious to know what you think is most confusing about food/eating in the modern age. Let me know in the comments below or shoot me an email (ideally before Wednesday!).
Enjoy the rest of March, and I’ll see you on the other side (spring!).
P.S. My husband and dog are staying at home, so don’t be trying to break in to our house. :)
P.P.S. I didn’t send a weekly letter this week because I have a corneal ulcer and it hurt to keep my eye open (especially looking at screens) most of the weekend.