monday motivation to unplug

This morning I woke up to birds singing, the sunshine peeking out behind a couple of clouds and a happy baby. Life is good.

I hope your Monday is off to a great start too!

I have a challenge for you and it's one that I made a commitment to this weekend that left me feeling stress free.

This weekend I chose to detox and turn off my devices. That's right, my computer and phone for the most part, were avoided at all costs. While I love all that technology has to offer, I am discovering that being constantly connected is draining and ultimately taking away my focus of being totally present with my daughter. For those of us who do most of our work online, this can be especially difficult.

If you receive my monthly newsletter {if not, sign up on the right hand side of this page :)} you might remember when I challenged you a couple of months ago to unplug one day a week. If you haven't done so already, try it. It feels good to walk away from these gadgets and be fully present in whatever you choose to spend your time doing.

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A typical scenario that drives me crazy and yes, I have been guilty of this too, is when you are out with friends or a family member and someone at your table is on their phone the entire time. Like holy geez! Other than being incredibly annoying, it is also disrespectful. Again, I know we are all guilty of doing this but I hope this challenge will help you be more mindful about the amount of time you are connected.

Another reason I want to challenge you to disconnect one day a week, is because of what our constant attachment to social media results in. Do you feel like your life seems less than perfect after seeing glimpses into the world of your friends and family? You know, those everyday "moments" that we all share on Facebook and Instagram that seem to ignore the real life chaos and the not-so-picture-perfect memories. We size ourselves up to everyone's highlight reel and forget that we all have the same challenges and struggles. I love this article called, "Stop Instagramming Your Perfect Life"

Your challenge this week is to UNPLUG at least one day a week. Focus more on what matters, being present and spending your time more effectively when you are connected.

I hope that when you disconnect from technology, you will free up some time to indulge in those things that are more productive and healthy! Get outside for a walk surrounded by Mother Nature or prep some healthy food for you and your family.

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Happy Monday and good luck unplugging!