Who’s taking a digital sabbatical for the holidays? I am. Around Thanksgiving I saw tons of folks who took one like Elle, Tammy, Courtney, and Kellie to name a few. They made it sound so refreshing, so rejuvenating, a digital hibernation to replenish their souls.
I’ve never… and I mean never let myself been disconnected from my computer. If I go more than a 24 hours without powering up my baby I feel a little lost at sea.
So this is going to be an interesting change. I’m going from today Wednesday December 15th all the way up to Monday Deceber 27th. Wowsa! Almost 2 whole weeks of digital sabbatical/snow days.
What am I going to be doing with my time? Well, the biggie is spending time with friends and family. There’s someone on the other coast of Florida I’ve been itching to get some face time with, an old friend of ours we haven’t seen in a while. We’re going to do a bit of visitin’, a bit of travelin’ and if we’re lucky we may even hit up Universal Studios for a day of roller coaster ridin’.
Plus, oh yeah, we’re going to be moving. Yep. We’re moving again. Lots of circumstances have conspired recently that means we’re packing up and shifting spots of ground. The big reason is that Patrick’s momma hasn’t been working this last year. She hasn’t been feeling well and the economy has been a drag for her. She’s getting some retirement money but it’s not quite enough to live on.
We’ve decided (taking a deep breath again to steady myself) to move in with her in the meantime so we can pay her extra bills that she just can’t cover on her own. We’ve been trying to give her money every month but with our cabin expenses in Arkansas (the cabin never sold so we’re paying on it too) and the rent/utilities at our place here we’re not making enough to cover her too.
You know what it’s like to hear your momma (or your honey’s momma) say she got her electric cut off because she couldn’t pay her bill? Not fun. So we’re shifting turf. I’m going to be taking a lot of pointers from Faith at Minimalist Moms because she knows what it’s like to be minimalist and live with multi-generations under one roof.
So for the next 2 weeks in addition to taking a digital sabbatical, visiting friends, and replenishing my soul I’m also going to be moving house. Lucky for us it’s easy because we’re minimalist!
The tricky part is going to be Patrick, me, the dog and the cat living in one bedroom of space. Oh, uh, and did I forget to mention that Patrick’s momma is a bit of a packrat? Guess what folks, you’re going to see some great motivational pictures of clutter messes in the future!
I’m actually really looking forward to the whole experience. One room living. It’ll be a sample of what that’s like! I’ve been intrigued to go really small like Tammy and Logan or like Kent. One room living, even if it’s temporary will let us know if we’re cut out for it, if we can handle it. Plus… of course there’s helping out Patrick’s momma, which is the most important thing of all.
How will I fare? Will I lose my sanity and start leaving garbled posts here on Minimalist Packrat? Posts like: Aaaaackha!! save me please….. im being eaten by clutter monsters… they’re creeping under the door. my serenity is fleeing me in the face of all those christmas trees in the front yard. who needs so many christmas trees? burn them! burn them all!
Let’s hope not! I’m looking at it as an adventure. And I have a feeling the adventure will end with us eventually moving back to our little cabin in the woods, the one where deer come to our front door and there are plenty of real snow days to be had.
In the meantime, I’m doing one big act of kindness and starting another grand journey, the journey of another day, and a few weeks of unplugging my soul from the internet. See you on the other side of the sabbatical.
Happy holidays everyone,