On Going Offline & Recharging

Last weekend, bf and I joined his family for a night up at their cabin a couple of hours outside of Seattle near Crystal Mountain. Close enough to civilization, but far enough out of range of phone or internet service. I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I "disconnected" like that, and to my surprise, it was more of a welcome sense of relaxation than a panicked anxiety that washed over me.

Fresh Jess Cabin Recharge

I've seen friends unplug while away on vacation or as a routine part of their week or month. As a blogger and social media consultant, that notion always felt unnecessary or impossible - until I actually did it. Last weekend I realized I need more disconnection in my life!

Fresh Jess Cabin Recharge

Social media has brought countless fascinating people in my life. Being in the game for over four years, I've seen Twitter and Facebook take off in popularity and "newcomers" Instagram and Pinterest grow huge communities of their own. With growth comes a lot of...noise. I still love social media as an information resource and to keep up with my family and friends, but there is a LOT of complaining, ranting, veiled condescendence, sometimes mean-spirited ignorance and just general negativity to sift through as well. It's easy to get caught up in absolute nonsense and other things that have nothing to do with me, and inversely, that much harder to stay focused on my task at hand or my goals.

Fresh Jess Cabin Recharge

Fresh Jess Cabin Recharge

Our night at the cabin reminded what it's like to truly be in the moment, from watching movies, taking walks through nature and playing board games. Being in the moment is one of the most fleeting, difficult things to master when you spend a lot of time in the digital space. With my 2013 theme "Be Responsible," being present in my physical space is one thing I'm spending a lot of time working on. I know I need to do this to focus better, be a better listener and to quiet the chaos fighting for attention in my mind. Finding that sweet balance between a blogger's life online and a girl's need to be offline is very high on my list of priorities!

Fresh Jess Cabin Recharge
Oh yes. Spike came too!

Fresh Jess Cabin Recharge


glam.spoon said...

glad you got the chance to unwind! I love the Bellingham area, and it's perfect for unplugging.

Jess Estrada said...

Yes, the Bellingham area is great too!

Kate Retherford said...

I live (full time) in an area where there is no cell phone service and only dial-up internet. As a blogger and social media professional it is difficult to disconnect and unplug every night. I fear that I will miss something important (work-related). I wish that I at least had cell phone service so that I could stay connected somehow!

But living far away from the hustle and bustle of the city is a beautiful thing. The evenings are quiet and peaceful, you can see the stars shine brilliantly, and it is truly a wonderful place to live. Though you'll normally hear me complain about living so far off the beaten path, I do love it very much.


Rachel Heu said...

Hi Jess, Your doggie, Spike, is super cute! Looks like you had such a nice time near Crystal Mountain. Beautiful! I agree that it can be hard to unplug and that it is so important to re-center one's self and to let yourself "live in the moment". I was just thinking about how I am looking forward to an upcoming vacation and I will unplug for a week. I need it! ...but at the same time, I'm thinking: Can I pull this off? It's strange how hard it to let myself unplug... But I'm gonna do it too!! Great post, Jess!