Switching off in a switched on world
I recently read “Thrive” by Arianna Huffington and it has inspired me to make some small changes to my life. She talks about switching off devices to spend quality time with friends and family, saying that even though she works in a 24/7 news world she makes sure she takes time out from being “on”.
We live in such a switched on world, where social media moves so quickly that it’s easy to feel that you need to be “on” all the time. Particularly in the world of blogging.
But I have taken the decision to switch off, as of tomorrow afternoon, for 2 weeks.
We are going on holiday en famille to France for a fortnight, and as much as I love working on this blog and Franglaise Cooking I do need a break from them. From emails. From social media.
I need to switch off.
We recently went on holiday to Bluestone National Park in Wales, and it was a fantastic family holiday. But I stayed connected. I blogged about our time there, at the time. I tweeted. I instagrammed and I facebooked. And I came home feeling like I hadn’t really had time out.
So this time I will be going old school. My phone will only act as a traditional mobile phone – for phone calls and text messages, oh and it will be my camera too of course 😉
I’m looking forward to quality family time, with Hubs and with our girls.
So don’t expect any blog posts over the next two weeks. There will be scheduled tweets and Facebook updates with old blog posts you might like to check out, but I won’t be online. And you know what? I really can’t wait.
If you want to know what I’ll be up to it’ll be something like this:
- Eat (cheese, charcuterie, fresh bread, croissants and other numerous French treats)
- Drink (wine mostly with a pastis or two thrown in for good measure)
- Play (with my girls, mostly in my MiL’s pool I’m guessing)
- Chat (with Hubs, with my in-laws, with our friends in France, just chilled out chatting)
- Read (book after book after book, I have been known to get through a book a day on holiday, and I can’t wait to lose myself in my Kindle)
- Switch off 100%
And when I come back I intend to carry on what I have recently started, which is switching off completely from the internet by 9pm every evening, and earlier if we have guests or if Hubs and I are having a date night.
So what do you think? Do you/can you switch off from your phone/tablet/computer? Or do you feel the need to stay connected even when on holiday?
Whatever you do, have a lovely time and Bonnes Vacances!
P.S. If you have any idea of where I live and are considering burgling us whilst we’re away, be my guest, I hope you enjoy getting round our menagerie of 1 dog and 3 cats who are house-sitting while we’re away, in order to steal a 6 year old TV which is the only thing of value we own that won’t be with us 😉