One Wild Life ~ Vacation With No Internet

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I love beach combing.

So I spent a week in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Just me & the beach & a coffee pot. What more do you need, right? 😀

Anyway, I stayed off the Internet the entire time (& didn’t have withdrawals or anything ~ lol). Here’s what I did:

  • Played with my digital camera (had a blast!)
  • Finished reading the books that have been sitting on my nightstand for the past two months (Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed & The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks ~ both excellent, btw, and worth your time)
  • Wrote a bunch of blog posts (coming up)
  • Finished up a concept project I’ve been working on: Encourage Yourself 21-Day Challenge (it starts on my blog next week, give it a try!)
  • Nearly finished the last draft of my own novel (which will ~ yay! ~ be going on to the editor soon).

Sunrise at the Outer Banks.

Here’s what else I did too:

  • Spent an afternoon at the outlet mall.
  • Walked the beach every morning and evening.
  • Spent a few afternoons shooting pictures.
  • Watched a couple of movies on DVD.
  • Went hiking on the sand dunes, twice.

You might think I’m Wonder Woman. Ha. I did. I couldn’t believe how much stuff I got done. And how much richer, slower, and more relaxed my life felt. I didn’t cram all that stuff in. I just had time. Plenty of time.

I encourage you to do the same. Unplug. And watch your life bloom.

Have you made your Life List yet?

22 Responses to "One Wild Life ~ Vacation With No Internet"
  1. Kate Frost says:

    That sounds like a wonderfully blissful and productive few days, Shelli. 🙂 I definitely need to unplug sometime soon!

    • Hi Kate! *waves*

      It really was blissful! And crazy productive (which really surprised me). I hope you unplug and take some “you” time soon. Cheers, darlin.

  2. Thanks for the beautiful images.

  3. Sandy Coelho says:

    Sounds blissful ~ (envious sigh) 😀

  4. Susan Evans says:

    I unplugged one summer, and that was the most restful summer I’ve ever had. I was so much more productive when I got back. Plus, I understood the direction I needed to go in my life. Stepping back to plan and rest is so needful; I wish I had done it sooner.

    • Hi Susan! *waves*

      Oh, I’d LOVE to do a whole summer. I could imagine that it’d be the most restful you’ve ever had. I love, too, that you realized where you wanted your life to be going. That short week did that for me, too. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. How awesome! I am duly impressed and hope to do the same this summer. I am especially impressed that you wrote your blog posts. I will follow your lead when I take my “sabbatical”. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. See, Shelli- that’s one of the pluses of having an OCD type religion. Every week, we unplug for one day. And, then, there are times like last week that wiped out almost 9 days (since the middle 4 were swamped with catchup) from our scheduled overload.

  7. Amy says:

    This is such a great encouragement to me. I try to unplug for all of Sunday, and try to get my kiddos to do the same, and my daughter and I try to only check our e-mail, FB, etc., twice a day. Without these “rules” I’ve made for myself, I tend to stop everything and check my e-mail constantly. The internet is such a lure. . . . and such a time-kill.

    • Hi Amy!

      I’m so glad you found this post encouraging! I know, I have to have “rules” too because I do the same thing: stop by my computer to check my email and get stuck in front of it and all of a sudden 2 hours have gone by. 😀 Cheers, darlin.

  8. Shelli, this is the most refreshing piece I’ve read all day! And very encouraging, too! I’ve been promising myself a retreat like this for quite a while now. I think I need to follow your lead! This post is right up my alley and in-line with my UBC theme: Clarity, Simplicity and the Basics!
    Thank you!

    • Hi Donloyn!

      Awww, thanks so much for the fab compliment. Made me smile this morning. 🙂 I hope you go on a retreat; you won’t regret it. I love your UBC theme & will stop by your blog. Cheers, darlin.

  9. I regret that I didn’t unplug last month when I spent five days on Sanibel Island, FL. I compare it to a comparable five days I spent there four years ago – the first time was restful – this time wasn’t – and the main difference was – no computer the first time. Aaargh!

    • Hi Alana! *waves*

      I’m sorry you didn’t have a restful time. I was really surprised by how much of a difference it made so no more Internet for me when I’m on vacation. Hope you get to go on a relaxing vacation again soon. 🙂

  10. Sounds like a heavenly vacation, Shelli–exactly my kind. And you went alone? How wonderful!

    BTW, very interested in your 21 Day Challenge.

    Take care and thanks for this your encouraging and uplifting post 🙂

    • Hi Joanna! *waves*

      It was fabulous. I did go alone, which was exactly what I needed to recharge. I’m so glad you’ll be doing the challenge (starts next Monday). Have a great day. Cheers, darlin.

  11. Gwynne Montgomery says:

    I think I’d hyperventilate without internet! I’ve become so attached to information LOL Maybe it is time for a break!

    And I think I’m going to get on making that life list during my downtime this evening 🙂

    • Hi Gwynne!

      That made me laugh. I thought: Get a paper bag … breathe … breathe! Yes, it’s probably time for a break. 🙂 That life list will change your life; it did mine, truly. Have fun doing it!

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