I have just returned from two weeks in Guatemala with the love of my life. We've been frolicking amongst ancient ruins and jungles and exploring caves and volcanoes, and while it was a grand adventure, we are very happy to return to the comfort of our own home.
Two weeks in the jungle helped me unplug, de-stress, and become clear on my goals for 2015. In fact, I wrote them all down on the airplane ride home while my sweetie slept beside me. They took up four pages in my journal. (I dream big!) But while I have many specific personal and professional goals, my overall word for the year is: SLOW.
I realize that slowness is somewhat counter-cultural right now. I have certainly jumped on the technological super-speed train over the last 15 years and enjoyed much of it. I love my iphone and my macbook air - they make travel and writing much easier. I love Facebook - it helps me stay connected to loved ones all over the world. And anyone who's ever driven with me knows how desperately I need my gps.
However, I have come to see how a majority of the stress that I've allowed in to my life is related to my over-use of this wonderful technology. As a child, I was never without a book. I read for hours every day, earned a BA in English, and taught middle school reading and writing for seven years. Yet, for the past several years, I've only ready a handful of books. Why? Because I spend so much time in front of this screen. It's glow is compelling, never-ending, and so, so difficult to resist.
This year, things will be different.
I am putting some structures in to place to help me reduce my electronic time, increase my reading and real-human-interaction time, and help me make 2015 the year that Melanie slows down.
All of this means that my response time to texts, emails, and Facebook messages will slow down drastically. It may be longer than usual before you hear back from me. I still love you, I just love myself and my physical and mental health more!
What do you think about this? Have you ever put structures like this in to place? How did they work? How are you slowing down this year? I'd love to hear others' opinions on this topic.
Here's to a luxuriously slow and fulfilling 2015!
What type of wild woman are you?
Hello! I'm Melanie Munir, founder of Professional Wild Woman - a women's empowerment business dedicated to helping women who are tired of feeling either "too much" or "not enough" to connect to their inner wildness so they can create work that allows them the fullest expression of their unique voice. Welcome!