Beginning this Saturday, I will be creating a sort of “retreat” for myself. I will be stepping away from the interwebs for just a dollop over three weeks. There will be no email, no blogging, no online searching, no internet money managing, nothing nada.
I’ll be stepping into this dark season to be fully present with myself, my family, and the purpose of the season.
There will be snuggles and laughing, and a presence without any lure to the interweb-outer-world.
There will be Christmas morning. There will be a dance class where I’ll learn to striptease to Elvis. There will be homemade eggnog with nutmeg sprinkled on top. There will be a baking soda bath and an evening of pampering. There will be a lil’ tea party planned and hosted with my girls.
There will be watercolor painting and baking, history games with my son, reading, reading, reading, staying warm, and plenty of other standard and usual things.
There will be massive decluttering of mine and the kids clothes to donate to the local women’s shelter. There may be a little home hunting. There will likely be some hiking.
There will be pen to paper planning for the New Year vision I hold, and there will be dreaming and journaling with planners and a new stack of moleskins.
There will be tremendous gratitude as I reflect further on this year and all that was.
I’ll enjoy this time right through the New Moon/New Year (how cool that the new moon is the first day of the year – and next year the Solstice is a new moon).
There will be an auto responder on my email. (Email me Sat. if you wanna see : ))
I will upload photos on Instagram, because it has come to be a beautiful space to hold memories, though I won’t be communicating or checking my feeds during this time. However, that’s a lovely place to follow the weeks if interested.
I am sighing as I write this. So ready to turn in. Ready to break myself from the screen brightness and the needs in my inbox.
Obviously three weeks is quite the commitment but I challenge you to a day (or a few days) that you too can step away completely as you close out this year. Give yourself permission.
Thank you, dearly, for being here. Always. I’ll look forward to greeting you in the New Year.
Sending you warmth and seasonal spirit.