I'm ready for the new year to start, aren't you? January always promises a fresh beginning, a chance to wipe the slate clean. Its also a time for resolutions and diets, both part of my January agenda.
My goal for 2013 is to spend a portion of each week unplugged. I believe this will help me accomplish more through undistracted attention to the task at hand, as opposed to multi-tasking fragmentation. As much as I love technology too often I end up disappearing into a rabbit warren of interesting distractions and time wasters. At the end of the day I wish I'd spent more time painting, drawing or sewing instead of clicking all around Pinterest or Facebook.
One of the biggest reasons to unplug is it lets us live in the moment, to be present for our family, friends and ourselves. This results in feeling more relaxed and refreshed. Its a necessary counter balance to time spent online.
While it may seem odd that as a blogger I am seeking less electronic connections, it is a trend that is taking hold across the country. The unplugged movement is a reaction to our speeded up world and concern by those who feel we are becoming technologically isolated. The movement has spawned a National Day of Unplugging (March 1, 2013), digital detoxing (retreats without any devices) and Technology Shabbats (Tiffany Shlain).
As Jo Packham says about her lack of tweeting in Where Women Create (Aug/Sep/Oct 2012) "...why do I want to tweet about what I'm doing? From my perspective, those of us who work with our hands want to work with our hands, not tweet that we are going to work with our hands!"
2013 is my year to rediscover hobbies, to use my hands to craft goods, to expand my friendships with face to face interactions, to go outside more and feel a satisfying fullness to my days rather than wondering where the time went.
You will likely see a difference in my posting schedule and content on this blog. I may post more randomly, with a focus on crafts and discoveries rather than recipes (since I need to diet, this is a good time to take a break from food posting).
If you're interested in going unplugged for a portion of your week, google "unplugged movement" for suggestions. Or go low tech and read all about it in the January 2013 issue of Sunset magazine.
Here's to a fresh start for all of us. Happy New Year, everyone!