I don’t have much time today as I need to go jump in the shower and get moving. We are heading (way) up north today, to the shores of Lake Superior in Porcupine Mountain State Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
It’s about a 5 hour drive, not bad, and we’ll just be gone for the long weekend. It’s a place that we camped a bunch when I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted to take the boys, and Ivan who has also never been there, to see its beauty and remoteness.
However, in previous years we have never seemed to have time, because normal summers are jam packed with other activities or bigger, longer trips that take priority. This seemed like the right time to get up there for a little getaway. There’s usually hardly anyone up there too much even in a normal summer; I’m sure during a pandemic it will REALLY be just us and the bears! 🙂
I’m looking forward to some fresh air, some scenic beauty and just some time to refresh and recharge away from it all. Despite my overwhelming Monday this week, I actually don’t feel overall too stressed out currently or that I “need” to do this, but I have decided that I’m going to take a complete social media break for the next few days.
I do feel like I spend A LOT of time normally staring at a screen, be it just my work computer, writing this blog, paying bills or, as my previous post discussed, my phone! I also do have a pretty ingrained habit of checking and scrolling social media multiple times a day, often a bit more reflexively than I would prefer. As I said in that previous post about phone use, I am not opposed to phones or social media, really, and on the whole I enjoy many things about social media (within reason).
But I honestly don’t know if I have ever taken a complete, intentional social media BREAK (since I started using it back in….college, I think?). Even when on vacation, I typically still use my phone (and scroll!) a decent amount, even if it’s just quick checks here and there.
So I think it’s time! I’m not making any grand rules or anything, and I’ll definitely still use my phone for taking pictures and I’m sure I’ll check my email each day. But later today (after I upload some pictures of Ethan’s birthday tubing adventure to my FB page that I’ve been wanting to share!), I think I’m just going to delete Facebook and Instagram from my phone until we get home.
ALSO- I am planning to take my first ever blog break! As mentioned here, I recently hit 100 posts (which was kind of an unspoken goal). I’m not planning to bring my laptop along, and anyway, I’m sure you can all use a little break from me 😉
See you on Monday!!! Kind of excited to completely unplug from everything (especially negative and exhausting news articles and/or crazy comments online) for a few days and really just connect with my family, nature and myself!
I am grateful for this quote this morning. It made me pause, which meant to me that maybe I should share it. I feel like this is kind of what I’m all about lately- not being “exuberantly joyful” every second, but striving for an overall, increased level of happiness (which I believe ultimately stems from an attitude of gratitude). I feel I have been able to “bounce back” from things more easily than in the past. I hope this is a sign that I’m moving in the right direction on the happiness scale. 🙂