Beach Cottage Goes Unplugged
Tue 10th, Apr, 2012
G’day lovelies, I have something interesting for you today. I am taking up a challenge and you might wanna join in.
So here we are, three years of being online, 18 months of being plugged-in a lot of the time and recently, after getting an iPad for Christmas (which might I add has changed my life, not that I am addicted or anything) means I am able to blog right from the beach and turn my local cafe into my second study…so yes sirree you can safely say that I love technology, I love social media and more importantly it connects me to people who get me, who like what I am doing and more it allows me an outlet from my other life, the one where I am a mum, a laundry person, resident taxi driver and a cleaner.
The whole reason I got online and started a blog was for some me-time, I used the internet to have time off… as my blog grew I loved it more, and as social media grabbed me by the short and curlies, I found that being online gave me a lot….wow talking to people who like vintage furniture and white paint and the beach….boy it’s good!
However with all of that comes the question : when exactly then do I switch off?
…in my regular life I get that through, unless I really fancy it, not blogging at the weekend – but really the fact is we are all ‘on’ 24/7 these days…on line, on the phone, on call, on the go… we never switch off….and it’s now being said that for the sake of our mental health and our society, we should all take at least one day off a week to relax and unwind.
So when a challenge to switch off for a day landed in my inbox, I decided to take it by the horns
The challenge is to disconnect for 24 hours :
No blogging or posts.
No phone calls or texting.
So what would it be like to switch off for just one day? 24 little hours? What do you think? Could you do it? Would it freak you out or would it be like a rebirth for your brain?
I have seen a few other bloggers over the last few months take up the challenge and the results have been interesting to say the least, but what about me?
Could I go unplugged, could I not take a million pictures off my feet in one day, could I not whip out my camera while walking on the beach, could I not text my lovely daughter and see how she’s going at school, could I not Instagram a white vintage piece of furniture, could I not phone Mr Beach Cottage and express my undying love for him (cough cough)
You know what? I am not sure I want to in my everyday life, though for sure if I do switch off for the day or even for the afternoon I do get so much more done, I mean goodbye Instagram, hello ironing school uniforms…no in my everyday life, I want to connect, to be absolutely honest, I love being online.
But the more I play this game, the more I realise the downtime, the time away from the computer, the time when the phone is switched off is just as important…and how nice it is to just not be wired.
And so, in my little life I plan not being wired…I like to think about when I, and where I, will go and be unplugged, and where better would that be than on an Australian beach?
What about you, where do you think is a good place to get away from it all and where would you like to go to switch off from the constant noise of phones, the internet and social media?
Would you dream of an Australian beach for some unplugged me-time?
I would love to go somewhere like Kangaroo Island (come to me baby), it’s been on my list to visit for too long now…somewhere that is one of the Lucky Country’s natural wonders and somewhere that is dedicated to national parks, somewhere, though it’s only a few minutes from the mainland, is a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of life …a place where you can disconnect from the world and reconnect with the things and people that really matter…
Yes a place full of Australian sunshine, fresh coastal air and natural beauty would be a great place to pull the plug on all things wired.
Would that make me switch off? Oh yes, I do believe it would, Kangaroo Island could so be my Beach Cottage Go-To Unplugged destination, because we all know there is something about not doing a thing, nothing, when one is lying on the beach…the hardest thing you have to do if you are unplugged and on the beach is breathe and take it all in.
So, on the 28th April Beach Cottage Goes Unplugged for 24 hours, I am soooo looking forward to it…
… and I would lurve it if you joined me…plus there will be a chance to win a trip to Kangaroo Island and $50 worth of KikkiK stationary (yes the Kikki stationary you often see on this here blog and I about die-for, including the lovely little to-do notepad right here)
If you fancy joining in, (and there are a few other bloggers involved too) just note down the date 28th April 2012 and you can comment on here or let me know on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter if you are in…then we can all go unplugged and re-birth our brains together, sound good? On th blog that day there will be a little post to tell you that I am in the land of Disconnect, a link to a chance to win a trip to Kangaroon Island & a note to say that the Beach Cottage Unplugged Challenge has begun!
Where would you like to go for 24 hours unplugged… love to know?
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