Dialing Back Life’s Noise

“Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.” – Eve Ensler

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By Dawn Onley

It’s summertime. The kids are in summer camp and you are hoping to eke out some time to get out and enjoy the weather and finally finish up a project you started awhile ago.

And by “you” I mean “me.” Us. Ahem.

To do this, we need to prioritize. We may have to cut back on some things. For me, “some things” means social media. Not that it’s Facebook or Twitter’s fault. I’ll claim full responsibility for the time I’ve spent reading status updates, writing posts, liking pictures, researching groups, clicking links to news articles and devouring those articles.

It’s all extremely time consuming.

Before long, information overload causes my internal hard drive to crash. When this happens, you know what else comes with it?

  • Mood swings
  • Exhaustion
  • Irritability
  • Worry, that I’m wasting too much time online instead of doing

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Because of my social media fatigue, I have to take breaks each year to reconnect and reengage with the things that feed my spirit: Books, writing projects, spending time with friends and family, baking, long, early morning walks.

Real stuff.

In the interest of better time management, this summer I will significantly limit my social media time and interactions. I will carve out some time to do more writing.

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Because, I’m in need of a reset; a recalibration.

As much as we’ve gained by the Internet, 24/7 connectivity and virtually unlimited access to information – and we’ve gained a lot – I sometimes miss the old days, before call waiting and multiples means of accessing a person. I want more of the family discussions at the dinner table. I want to engage with my community more – in person and fully focused.

I’m looking forward to Dawn time, where I can hone my writing craft each day, by reading, writing, and experiencing more of life. I’m looking forward to dialing back the noise so I can hear my words, my voice.

You’ll still see the Women Who Hope blog posts. I’d encourage you to follow the blog and like our social media pages on Facebook: Women Who Hope and Twitter: @ForWomenWhoHope to stay connected with what we are doing.

If you need to reach me, you’ll still be able to connect with me on my personal social media pages or via email. I’ll still be around but just less so.

Happy Summer! I’m really looking forward to this!

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