Making Unplugging Easier + Why You Should Do It


We might just possibly live in the greatest time on Earth: The Age of Technology. We have easy access to laptops, smart phones, and tablets which give us knowledge and power with the world at our fingertips.

Twenty years back many people would sit at their dining room table eating meals together and discussing the weather, what they had done that day, etc. But now many of us eat dinners staring at a screen, work staring at a screen, and spend our free time staring at a screen. We connect less with people and more with electronics.

You know when it's time to take a break from that colorful, mesmerizing screen and hit the reset button; you can feel when your life is being consumed by electronic devices and things are out of balance. If you don't feel it, but friends and family are telling you that you should unplug - take their advice! But when you shut off all of your devices for the first time in forever, unplugging may prove to be a lot harder than you assumed it would be.

Ways to make unplugging easier:

+ Start small.
The easiest way to accomplish something big is to do it little by little, changing one habit at a time. Don't suddenly ban yourself from every electronic device; allow yourself some limited screen time and slowly wean yourself off of social media, television, and websites. 

+ Turn off your notifications.
Everyone finds themselves constantly checking phones and social media because of all the notifications that sneakly distract you from what you really should be doing. When you stop waiting for your phone to buzz with the newest person who liked your Instagram post, you will find it much easier to focus on other things.

+ Surround yourself with people.
I find that when I am having a conversation with someone, I enjoy myself much more than I do when I'm on my laptop wasting time. 

Unplugging has many benefits, even if you keep up with it for only a little while.

The power of unplugging:

+ Get physical.
Lately, I have been feeling inspired to go on long walks around our neighborhood and to nearby trails. Bluebells have bloomed, making the woods seem like a silent blue and green wonderland when you enter it. It's so inspiring to simply take some time off from the busy world and relax.

+ De-stress.
Connecting with nature is just one of the ways unplugging helps you de-stress. Laying down to read that book I've been wanting to read for ages, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, and getting rid of my writer's block are all results (from my own personal experience) of unplugging.

+ Create.
As I just mentioned, I had writer's block for several months before I unplugged for a little while. Being online can put a damper on creativity and potential projects. Taking time away from my screen has returned a steady flow of inspiration and I once again feel motivated create things that are truly my own.

Will you try unplugging and experience it's benefits? Let me know!

There Is A Tree Outside My Window


I love trees. I used to climb this small little tree at my sister's house when I was younger, but eventually I outgrew the little branches and discovered another one in the front yard which promptly became my new play thing. I used it's branches as make-believe seats and built a pretend fire beside it's roots. I still climb it sometimes.

There was a lovely old pine outside my window. It wasn't strong and tall like the one I used to climb, but it's many branches overlapped and billowed in the wind. It broke my heart when that old pine fell down. Leaning against the glass from which I once looked out on it with it's roots up in the air so pitifully.

It's brothers and sisters looked down on it with woeful glances. It's branches snapped, it's core laying on the dirt when it should be standing tall and proud. It will be gone soon; dragged away to make way for a new tree to take it's place. I'll miss that lovely sight outside my window.

72 Hours In Athens


I returned from my most recent trip to Athens and Istanbul just a week ago and my experience there was so dream-like that I simply had to share it with all of you. The only negative thing about our visit was that we were only in each city for three days, but I think we made the most of our time there.

Our first day was the busiest; we took a walking tour of the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, and many other ancient ruins.

The Temple of Zeus
Hadrian's Gate (The Arch of Hadrian)

Odeon of Herodes Atticus
The Theatre of Dionysus
The Parthenon

The view from atop the Acropolis was simply stunning; it took my breath away. The climb looked more difficult than it actually was, and the windswept hilltop was filled with lonely pillars and blocks of marble from ancient ruins that no longer survive. There is so much history in each carefully carved stone, it simply astounds me.

The next 48 hours in Athens were spent touring the streets and soaking up the Athenian culture. People there were incredibly friendly and helpful and had such a positive attitude. 

As we walked the streets of Plaka and Ermou, we got a little lost and happened to stumble across a small flea market that was several blocks long. Normally, I love visiting flea markets and going antiquing, but the fact that everything sold there not only had it's own story, but was from such a different place than what I'm used to made the experience so exotic.