I think the last time I legitimately shut down all of my devices was close to three years ago. We had gone on a trip to Virgin Gorda, and it was right before I journey’ed into the land of Instagram, blogging and Your Soul Style, making it easy for me to put my phone and computer away for the duration of our trip. For one full solid week, everything was off, and this was likely the last time I was completely disconnected. And it felt amazing. I was authentically decompressed and got to fully hear the ocean, truly feel the sand, and honestly absorb the sun into my bones. Since this vacation (and starting my business), every time we go away, I excuse myself from turning things completely off because “My work is my life and my life is my work. Photos, checking e-mail and social media sharing are a crucial part of my job”. And the reality is that it is. But I’ve decided to kick it old school again. It has been a very long and trying year, and being away without distraction is exactly what I/we need.
Tomorrow we leave for Turks and Caicos, for eight days of expected pure bliss, and in an effort to embrace a truly relaxing, restorative and refreshing experience, I will be completely unavailable. Sadly, over the past few years of being connected through the interweb, I have not been as present in life’s most beautiful moments. I have unfortunately looked at my experiences through a lens of how I will be sharing it with others, and have denied myself the ability to see things for what they are. I want to truly BE there and absorbed into my environment without thinking about how I am going to caption my next photo. Operating this way has been nothing short of self-sacrificing, and a huge injustice that I am not willing to participate in anymore. With that said, there will be no sharing on Facebook or Instagram for the entire time of our vacation and I will open up my experiences to you in hindsight so I can therefore take them all in, in REAL TIME. I cannot wait! I will meet you back here my friends, and I hope you all have a fantastic week. Happy Holidays!