The Peace And Quiet Of Broken Social Media

“Being connected to everything has disconnected us from ourselves and the preciousness of this present moment.” 
~ L.M. Browning

Hello, Lovelies!

I had a wonderful day yesterday, although apparently I should have been in melt-down. 😊 Facebook was down for most of the day for many business users, or at least most of the functionality was, and the same went for Instagram and WhatsApp.

I should have been stressed. My blog post didn’t cross-post to Facebook. My Instagram post didn’t load. My team and I couldn’t post or comment. Messenger went kind of crazy too.

Apparently this is a disaster!!!

Oh well.

Instead, I took myself for a walk through the laneways of Adelaide and stopped for good chai. I talked to people, read the paper, and made notes in my journal. Later a girlfriend came to pick me up for lunch and deliver me to my conference venue and we talked, shopped and hung out.

It was lovely.

I worked on a new deck of oracle cards and a book about card reading spreads that we are creating for you.

My phone wasn’t constantly pinging me with messages and updates. My crazy inboxes couldn’t load anything else into themselves. Instead I had static and quiet.

I’d forgotten how much I love that unplugged space.

It’s also made me more determined to create more of that in my life.

How about you? Do you get enough unplugged time?

There’s a whole world beyond our screens. And as much as I am grateful for having the world in my pocket and connectivity at my fingertips I find the here-and-now most satisfying too.

Biggest hugs to you, Nicole ❤ xx

Valentine’s Day, Unplugged

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“We have to allow ourselves to be loved by the people who really love us, the people who really matter. Too much of the time, we are blinded by our own pursuits of people to love us, people that don’t even matter, while all that time we waste and the people who do love us have to stand on the sidewalk and watch us beg in the streets! It’s time to put an end to this. It’s time for us to let ourselves be loved.”
~ C. JoyBell C.

“If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that is not true love.”
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

We’ve never been a couple who have traded romantic gestures for the sake of it. Flashy dinners in expensive restaurants, hothouse flowers, jewels, that’s for other people on Valentine’s Day, not for us.

But I am giving my beloved Ben a Valentine’s gift today.

I’m giving him me. For twenty-four hours he’ll be my sole focus. There will be no distractions, no visitors, no work, no blogging, no texts or emails. Instead our day will be us, together, hanging out. Talking. Laughing. Holding hands. Telling stories. Sharing a good coffee or a simple meal. Doing whatever we feel like. Doing everything or nothing. Together.

And tomorrow? A Sunday Morning sleep-in. No sneaking out of bed to meditate or to write. Just some us time.

When you have the thing you want most in the world, there’s no need for anything else.

Whether you’re on your own, or with someone you love this Valentine’s day, I hope you do something to nurture your heart and feed your dreams.

See you Monday!

Much love, Nicole xx

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