On June 4th, I closed my office door and left work for the summer. I waved good-bye to friends as I got into my car. My heart skipped a beat as I drove towards the daycare to pick up Maddie and Katie.
I made a conscious decision that day to unplug. I would not spend my summer with my phone in my hand, distracted by my Facebook newsfeed and the bling of an email notification. I would give Maddie and Katie the attention they deserve. I would be fully and completely here with them, enjoying the moments of summer.
I logged out of my Instagram and Facebook accounts. I deleted the apps from my phone. I emailed my administrators and colleagues to let them know I would not be available via email for the summer, and I shut off the email notification system on my phone.
I love being unplugged. I am more productive, more connected, and more present. I do not lose precious minutes of my day scrolling mindlessly through my Facebook newsfeed. I don’t rely on Facebook for news of my family of friends. Instead, I pick up the phone and call. I am soaking in every moment of this summer. Maddie and Katie will never be this age again, and I haven’t missed a minute. I am here, and I am happy.
To that end, this will be my last Slice of Life Story until August. I will miss reading your stories, and I will miss documenting my own life on this blog. I am documenting our summer another way, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you when I return.
Enjoy the rest of your summer break! I hope you can find a small way to unplug, too!