Today’s guest poster is one heck of a woman. I began reading Chelsey’s blog, actually, after seeing her frequent comments here on STSL. As soon as I checked out her site I was immediately hooked. Chelsey is not only a phenomenal writer, but she also provides such an uplifting, positive take on healthy living and eating.
Chelsey recently wrote about her weekend away with her family, and everything in the post totally resonated with me. I figured that it would hit home for many of you as well, so I asked her to chat about her revelations from her weekend away again here. I’m sure you’re all going to enjoy it!
Hi Sweet Tooth Lovers! My name is Chelsey, and I blog over at Clean Eating Chelsey.
Any who, when Courtney mentioned she was going out of town and asked me to write a guest post for her, I practically jumped through my computer to give her a hug. I have been reading Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life for the better part of a year now, and I must say, I love Courtney.
Courtney is away beaching it up for the next week or so and is taking the time to reconnect with her family and to unplug the best she can.
Over the fourth of July weekend, I had the opportunity to get away with my husband’s family for a long weekend in Michigan. I went with the things I could live without: my bikini, my cell phone, and my laptop. Seeing as we live in such a technology dependent society, it is very uncommon for anyone to leave home without their iPhone, iPad, or computer for more than a day.
Don’t even pretend like you don’t feel naked when you leave your cell phone at home – I know the feeling.
However, when I arrived with my Husband at his family’s cottage where we were staying, I got my laptop out on Saturday morning, ready to read some blogs while everyone else was still sleeping. I sat down with my morning bowl of oatmeal, a huge glass of water (a morning staple folks!), and signed on.
Only, the internet wasn’t working.
It took everything in me not to start whimpering or to go wake up the Husband’s cousin to find out how in the world we were supposed to get wireless internet for the next three days. It turns out the wireless doesn’t always work (that’s what you get for mooching off of the neighbors across the lake), and this weekend was one of those times.
Instead of crying about not being connected to my lovely friends (that’s you!), I instead turned around in my chair to (for the first time) actually take a look at what awaited me outside. It turned out there was the most gorgeous sunrise happening right before my very eyes, and I actually almost missed it because I was logging onto my computer.
For the rest of the weekend, I vowed not to turn on the computer. In fact, I’m pretty sure I didn’t glance at my cell phone more than once or twice either (not that we got reception there either). What made me kind of sad was that it took the fact that I absolutely could NOT get access to my phone or internet in order for me to unplug from technology.
As a blogger, I rely heavily on technology. While it is such a great tool and has helped me mold so many relationships and has created a plethora of opportunities for me, sometimes a girl’s just has to shut the computer and take a good look around her at the beauty that is right outside the window.
Whether it’s for five minutes in the morning right when I wake up or a quick walk with Charlie (my fur baby), I have been trying to be more aware of the surroundings outside and in the real world, rather than just on the computer screen as of late.
It seems foreign to me that at one point people did not have the technology we have today, but guess what – they still went on living, didn’t they?
I know it is near impossible not to rely on technology – I love technology. What I’m challenging you to do is to take a short break from it each and every day to truly appreciate your surroundings.
Thanks again to Courtney for letting me invade her section of the blogosphere today – I hope to see you over at Clean Eating Chelsey!
Questions from Courtney:
Do you rely heavily on technology? Too heavy?
When was the last time you really “unplugged” from your internet/iPhone/etc…?