I had the extreme privilege of going to Hawaii for a week with my family. It was a once in a lifetime trip, although my girls are already asking when we can move there! I had made the decision before leaving that I would set myself up to unplug completely. This was a difficult task especially because I’m a one woman show and yes I did have to take my computer. However, for the majority of my time in Oahu, I kept my phone put away.
The truth is, since switching the focus of my biz, I’ve been more connected than ever. Having clients and being the only one behind the scenes to trouble shoot or meet deadlines has increased the amount that I’m needed and it has been pulling me away from the ones who matter most: my family.
I knew I was too plugged in but didn’t realize how bad it had become till we got to Hawaii. It was like a tick that first day. I SO badly wanted to check all the things even though I knew there was nothing waiting for me because I had put all kinds of things in to place to say “I’m not here!”.
I realized that changes back home were needed. I really needed to stick to my work hours and unplug in the evenings and those in between times with my kiddos. Did I mention how much happier my oldest was in Hawaii? It was like a light switched on in her smile and I know it was because my husband and I were her’s 100%.
I can’t replicate exactly what happened, but I can keep that “Aloha” spirit here at home by remembering that people can wait, Facebook can wait, but my family can’t.
I also deleted several apps from my phone and I don’t miss them at all! It is such a freeing feeling. My encouragement to you is to do the same and remember that our lives are happening in front of us, not in our phones.