Hag, Unplugged

Today’s photo is a still life of what I consume at work: Organic Greek yogurt with Manuka honey, a pear (slightly brown but oh so sweet!), green tea, and rooibos tea. It looks so nice, I just had to take a picture! I especially like this because it contrasts so beautifully with what I ate last week – we had a quarter end with stress, hectic, and overtime, and I compensated by stuffing myself with horrible processed food I don’t even enjoy. This week, we got a chocolate Easter egg from the company, but I haven’t even touched it – my body craves clean food after all the rubbish it had to deal with last week.

It’s all about balance.

I’m very aware of the truth of this, although my life is anything BUT in balance these days. I’ve written about it before, and I don’t think I need to list all the details of a full-time office job plus evening work on my business, most of it online, sitting on my backside and staring at a monitor. The point is that I don’t FEEL unbalanced these days, I feel wonderful, glowing, happy, and grateful. I have this overwhelming sense of purpose and bliss.

At the same time, I’m aware that I lack exercise and fresh air, and simply peace. And that’s why I came up with something special for the Easter weekend. Three days off work calls for celebration and so I worked only a few hours a day on my new Coaching program and implemented the following:

Lovely-people therapy. I met with my wonderful friend Rachel and a friend of hers and spent a few beautiful hours at a cafe and walking along the strand in Bray. Then we all moved on to the Pagan Pub Moot at the Harbour Bar and met even more lovely people for a great evening.
Lazy hag therapy. I did only the minimum of housework and spent a lot of time talking to my budgies and watching Harry Potter movies, as well as reading. I read almost three books over the weekend! Remember how I told you that it takes me months to finish one book these days? It felt so good to change that for a few days.
Social Media abstinence. I love Social Media, Blogs, and Forums, but they can become draining after a while. I decided to take a 3-day break and it’s done me a world of good! Lo and behold, you guys were still there when I got back, and you don’t mind me reading your blogs a few days later. Lesson learned: From now on, I’m going to limit my online time to an hour every evening and leave the browser closed (except for research on what I’m creating) otherwise.
I LOVE communicating, and that’s exactly why I need to conserve my energy. You deserve my full attention and energy, and so do my e-course students and Coaching clients! It’s staggering how much energy I’ve gained over this weekend, and how much calmer I am.

Now before I close, I’d like to introduce a new feature on this blog! Now that we can talk to each other properly, I’d like to do what I can to encourage more communication among the Tribe. When someone posts a comment on my blog, I follow the link to their blog and website and it gives me so much joy to experience what you are all up to. And so I’ll introduce random members of the Tribe here in the blog, to introduce all of you to their wisdom and experiences. So here goes:

News From The Tribe

Laurie posted a deeply insightful blog article on the Three Of Clubs this week, about boundaries and too much “well-meant” advice from others. Laurie is an intuitive spiritual advisor and offers readings as well.

Charissa posted Easter greetings on her artist blog, and I can’t recommend her work enough, it’s so striking and beautiful! I’m especially in love with the colours. I’m also the proud owner of two of her illustrations, and I love them so much. 

So much for today! Let me know what you are doing to unplug sometimes.

17 thoughts on “Hag, Unplugged

  1. Patrizia

    That's lovely that you are posting about members of your tribe. I do understand about the socail media bug. My writing partner and I left off blogging b/c we spent more time stressing about posting a blog than on writing! But I still spend too much time online. (:

    I also have been feeling out of balance. This feeling has persisted for some time and I'm not sure how to address it or change it. The university term starts on Monday, so maybe as my schedule gets going it will improve. I can hope!

  2. I hear you! It takes all the fun out of communicating if it's compulsive and ever-present.

    You know, normally when I am looking for balance, I use coaching tools (basically, I list every area of my life and then I evaluate which ones are neglected at the moment and think of ways to incorporate them into my schedule). It's just, right now there is no way – the day only has 24 hours! But then again, the imbalance isn't so bad that it would sabotage me, and as well it's only temporary. So it's all good 🙂

    Have a lovely start of the new term! I'm sure it'll give you lots of openings for introducing more balance.

  3. I'll unplug when I go to the ing in May and the Viking market in June. Other than that, I'm going to have to check in. If it wasn't for the program I'm trying to launch, I'd have more opportunities for unplugging for days at a time. I must admit to being slightly hooked as well 😀

  4. I guess that's a case of “all in its place and time”! I did keep up minimum service during those three days, by checking my emails once a day. After all, I promise my ecourse students that I'll get back to them within 24 hours if they email me, so to keep that promise I had to make sure.

    Other than that, Sundays will be Social Media free from now on, no exceptions! 🙂

    I'm looking forward to new pictures from the Viking Market. I loved the ones you showed me last year!

  5. ahhh thank you so much!! Blush blush! I am going to draw this weekend. I so need it. It has been too long. I have just been sketching and thinking of ideas! I am so tired and out of balance (crying spells) and am so in my head, I cancelled all my weekend plans and I am going to draw, paint and listen to music. AND DANCE IN MY LIVINGROOM! And I need to make plans with myself to make one day social media free (and email free)…I guess Saturday for me is perfect for that! I just hope I don't spent double the time the next day …knowing mysefl 😉 Have a great and relaxing evening!!x

  6. You know what, the three days “off” have significantly lessened my addiction. I am actually fine now only checking Social Media once every few hours.

    The weekend you're planning sounds heavenly! Have a beautiful time, and I'm already looking forward to seeing the results of your “painting time” :-)))

  7. Wow! 🙂 I'm all smiles that you mentioned my blog post on your blog:) 🙂 🙂 Thank you Sibylle!

    Its funny but I was actually forced into being unplugged during this last weekend. First we lost our Electricity for nearly a full day. Then we got it back, but the internet went out on its own for another several hours. I have to say though when that happens its amazing HOW very silent it is. The buzzing that is always around because of all the appliances and computers etc, suddenly isn't there anymore and its just SO quiet.

  8. Sounds like you had a lovely Easter weekend! I am so due for a few days unplugged. Lately I have felt overwhelmed by the amount of information I take in over the internet. My brain feels so full of everyone else's thoughts! So unplugging is definitely on my to-do list.

    Love your new blog feature. What a beautiful way to share the love!

  9. I loved your post, Laurie, I had to mention it 🙂

    Completely understand what you mean with the silence! While I was working I was on the computer of course, but when I was reading a book it was turned off, and I was struck by the wonderful quiet.

  10. That's a great way of putting it – head full of everyone else's thoughts 🙂 I mean, that's a good thing of course because we learn and get inspired, but like everything else there can be too much of a good thing too.

    Much love! xx

  11. I do a fair bit of my “unplugging” by cleaning the house. Instead of a chore, i try to look at it as loving our home and keeping it nice.
    I also sew, and you cant do that and type!

  12. See, that's what I need to learn – to see cleaning the house as an act of love. I do enjoy having a tidy and clean home but I still haven't made the connection to enjoying the actual cleaning! I'll get there… one day… 🙂

  13. Congratulations on an unplugged Easter! I had 5 days 'off', but unusually I actually switched my laptop on for 4 of the days – I've been unplugging most weekends this year, and I'd actually forgotten how fun it is just to mooch around the internet for an hour! I noticed the key is to notice when the energy changes from 'fun' to 'toxic' (funny, I had a similar conversation on another blog yesterday…hmm, I feel a blog post coming on!) xx

  14. Sounds like you had a lovely Easter break 🙂

    You know, that's exactly it, the switch from fun to toxic! Inconveniently, when that happens I seemed to simultaneously lose my ability to stop, and I suspect many people have the same problem. I have to say though, that I am offline a lot more this week – I think I'm discovering a new work rhythm there!

  15. I love when we have time to rejuvenate! Lately I am really feeling the need to unplug. As I work on my computer more and more, I feel the effects. Only three years ago I did not even have half the technology I have now and I was unplugged more of the time.
    It's so exciting to have contact with so many amazing people and resources online but I definitely feel the effects of information overwhelm. Thanks for the reminder, I think this week I need to start a plan for half day or one day of no technology once again.
    Have a great day,

  16. Yes, it can get too much very quickly with the wonders of social media. The way I see it, us humans simply aren't equipped for that amount of interaction, even if it's all positive, loving interaction. And so we need to take it in small doses 🙂

    Much love! xx

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