Slowing Down

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am currently sitting on the couch with a cozy blanket while the food is in the oven and the rain is pouring down outside. Parker is next to me, getting a head start on Christmas by watching Tigger and Pooh Christmas episodes.

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time slowing down and off of the internet, so I apologize if I haven't been posting as much. I've actually become a little obsessed with the idea of slowing down, particularly because the more I do so, the more I'm realizing how badly I needed it.

Between work emails 24/7, blog posts, social media, and the moments where I'm just trying to cross things off my to-do list rather than be present... it is just so dang easy to get distracted these days. It feels like this constant state of overdrive. We live in a world now where it is so easy to get wrapped up in material and digital things, rather than moments and tangible experiences. We've lost site of the things right in front of us, only to look at things through a screen...

I don't know about you, but sometimes I fantasize about a life outside of the city, on a farm, or somewhere that life feels a bit old school. A place where the kids play outside all day, we can take naps in the middle of the day and dinners last all night long. And then I'm reminded that all of this is really up to me. Obviously some things will look different; my job still requires me to be online most of the day, my blog still requires content and social engagement, but it doesn't have to consume my life. That is something I can control.

Slowing down might look a little different for each person, but for me lately it has looked like logging into Facebook maybe only once a week, not reading the news except main headlines, leaving my phone upstairs and out of sight when I get home from work, deleting people who I'm not friends with or those that don't inspire me on social media, listening to more music, listening to more podcasts, reading more often, trying (I still suck) to meditate once a day, getting to bed earlier, spending more present time with my family and doing all things at a slower speed.

So, cheers! Cheers to a day of gratitude, slowing down, and doing what most great cultures do on a regular basis... feast and drink all night and spend time with friends or family, in person. : )



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