Pulling the Plug

Pulling the Plug

I have felt really overwhelmed lately. I have been working 7 days a week for quite a while now, working a full-time job, a part-time job, and working on my art and art marketing, and building an online business. Top it off, I am running to tee ball games, attempting to spend some quality time with the kiddo, trying to keep my relationship happy, and….well, you know, conquer the world.

This past Saturday was the first day I’ve had off in what felt like forever. I woke up and felt incredibly angsty. I didn’t like myself. I was frustrated and everything irritated me. I really couldn’t figure out where these feelings were coming from.

Then I decided to unplug. I fought the urge to look at my phone or computer all day. I didn’t text, I didn’t look at my social media networks, I didn’t play my electronic games, and I didn’t check emails. Everything could wait until the next day. It took a while, and I even had to fight a little self-guilt, but it worked. By mid-day my angst had went away and I was starting to enjoy my day. I went out and enjoyed the weather, fresh air, and sunshine. I rode a bicycle for the first time in 20 years and then drove a motorcycle for the first time in 10 years. By evening I had so many endorphins firing off from contacting with the “real world” that I could hardly sleep.

I’ve decided that I will commit one day a week to unplugging. To shutting off all of my technology and go enjoy real people and real experiences. To check back in with myself and see what I need. It’s important to refresh and fill myself back up so I can continue to be a quality person to those around me.


About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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2 Responses to Pulling the Plug

  1. I’ve been reading about pulling the plug for a couple of years now. It’s so liberating but so difficult to stick to.

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