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? πŸ˜€

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 cameraΒ (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. πŸ™‚ 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) πŸ˜€

  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. πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚

    • 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 πŸ™‚

    • Hi Gwynne!

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

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