Winter in Portland. Image by Kristal Passy.
On the first Monday of every month, we take on a ‘mission’ – a shift or habit or inspiration – to work on together. There’s strength (and support) in numbers! On the last Thursday of the month, we reconvene to see how far we’ve come.
Please don’t hate me.
A Year ago (in 3 days) my son was born (Happy Birthday Waits!!!). I popped in here to introduce him, and then I pretty much disappeared for the rest of March. I needed that time – as a new mama, as a broken body, as I was falling so deeply in love – I needed that time to myself. And I came back from my hiatus refreshed and stronger than ever.
Can you see where this is going?
I need to take a break. I need 30 days completely away from the Internet. Here’s why:
- I form my thoughts in 140-character blocks. MY OWN PERSONAL THOUGHTS. Seriously.
- I am midway through birthing a new baby, and I need to give it the attention that it needs right now.
- I am hopelessly addicted to the Internet. I surf it when I should be working. I surf it when there’s nothing worth surfing. I surf it when I should be playing with my kid.
- Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Every time I take a break from Bonzai, it breaks my heart and terrifies me. I’m scared that all my traffic will dry up. I’m afraid that all my readers will leave me. I worry about letting people down. BUT. Every time I take a break, I come back so inspired. I’m always beter for it, and Bonzai is better for it, too.
These are just a few of the many reasons for this particular March Mission. I’m both sick with anxiety and soaring with anticipation. What will this month be like without my computer??!
Will I read the mountain of books that taunts me from atop the dresser? Will I pound out essay after essay for my freelance work? Will I become a better mother? A better wife?
Will I be bored?
I’m allowing myself email, twice a day. Otherwise the computer stays closed. Now, I know that this isn’t feasible for everyone – maybe anyone – else. But, you can easily modify this mission into something that challenges your own relationship with media. Maybe you quit Facebook for a month? Or log out of your Google reader? Maybe you could cut your web surfing down to 1/2 an hour a day. Maybe you should only check Twitter once per hour. It’s all up to you and suited to your own comfort level. But I hear it over and over, from readers here on Bonzai to friends in person – it seems like everybody is unhappy with the time they spend online.
So let’s do something about it.
Starting tomorrow. 30 days. I’ll miss you so much!