I’m stepping away from social media for the month of July. A month-long tech-break has been on my want-to-do list for a long time, so I put it on my 30-before-30 list and now I’m finally making it happen. There are a variety of reasons I’m doing it, and a range of results I can guess might happen. Mostly, it’s a break like any other to set aside a routine, a habit, and experience life a little simpler.
In my ebook, Simplifying Home, I follow the intro up with a chapter on Simplifying Seasons and Seasons of Life. Seasons are such a perfect term, figuratively and literally, for the flow of life. There’s a time to plant and a time to pick what has been planted; a time to laugh and a time to cry; a time to log on and a time to log off; a time to declutter and a time to simply enjoy life and home and family as it is in this season. (That’s my rough paraphrase of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.)
Especially as we’re literally in summer, and as a I get ready to log-off for a month to enjoy it, here’s a snippet from my ebook on Summer Enjoyment as a Simplifying Season:
Summer is full of activity and mature foliage. It’s known for long, sunny days that produces lively blooms, and the freedom of summer vacation to enjoy them. Even if you’re beyond summer breaks from school, summer brings with it an opportunity to trade in the usual responsibilities at home for Summer Enjoyment. Its easy-breezy air is a welcome opportunity to visit new places and try new opportunities.
When simplifying, summer is a great time to take a break from the obligations of home to focus on people, places, and experiences. It’s a time to put home routines on autopilot and let energy be spent on life beyond the physical home.
And here’s a little of what Summer Enjoyment might look like as a season of life:
The warmer, carefree days of summer embody the times in life that welcome your simple presence and enjoyment. These are seasons of vacations and holidays; of full hearts and lives; of feeling satisfied, content, peaceful, fulfilled, or loved; of satisfaction in work, home, relationships, or overall life; of embracing the present before it passes. This season has its threats, but the biggest is that its blessings often aren’t realized until it passes.
With that, I’m cutting my ties with the online world for a month to appreciate the blessings that surround me before they pass. Quite honestly, there might be some decluttering involved as I fill my usual mindless scrolling with more productive activities. Whatever the case, I’m looking forward to a break and all the surprises that can come with it.
Wherever you are in your simplifying season or in your season of life, I’m wishing you a break for calm and enjoyment to encourage you in your journey.