Disconnect to Reconnect

The New Settler Disconnecting

I am back from my Boston trip and have found new motivation to achieve my goals for the year. In order to keep my momentum, I have decided to ban myself from my distractions: searching Facebook, text messaging, checking email, and surfing the web.

As inspiration to follow through with my decision, a close friend suggested Pico Iyer’s article, The Joy of Quiet. In the article, Iyer gives his opinion that our constant feed of communication is starting to overwhelm our society. Through examples, mostly dealing with people in creative industries, Iyer suggests that by unplugging ourselves we can reconnect with living. This new freedom from communication outlets can lead to better productivity and brain functioning because we are no longer distracted.

I strongly agree with Iyer’s opinion of disconnecting. With the willingness to be focused and productive in this new year, I have created a list of rules for unplugging from my distractions.

Rules of Unplugging

If I don’t disconnect, then I am worried that I will end up in a technology loop!  Thank you Portlandia for understanding.

What is your opinion of disconnecting in order to reconnect?  How do you find focus in our fast paced society?


What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Lets begin by setting the mood with this cute little song. Thank you Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for your rendition of What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

This year, I traveled up to Boston to have a Sister New Year’s Eve.  Our night was spent in French bohemian style at our favorite bar, The Beehive.  We celebrated with food, drinks, cotton candy, a live band, and burlesque dancers.  I hope that everyone enjoyed their NYE as much as we did.  If last night was any prediction of how 2012 will be, then I cannot wait to see what this year will bring.

How did you spend your NYE?

The New Settler New Year's Eve

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