It’s the end of my lazy days. My week and a half digital sabbatical is over. Well, technically it was over on Monday but I didn’t post about it then. I kinda figured that gift clutter post I put up instead would be emergency rations for some folks who still had presents spewed about their living rooms. So I decided to put that one up and then talk about the sabbatical today.
The sabbatical was great. It’s the first one I’ve taken in years. Even on vacations I’d hook up to the internet at times so a full week and a half away from the Digital Internet God was a good one. I disconnected from cyberspace and reconnected with living-in-the-flesh people around me.
What did I learn? Any life-altering revelations? Well, I did learn that it is possible for me to disconnect from my computer. I found myself being more present with the people around me, and I was even able to engage in an 8 hour marathon conversation. It was epic. (For details on parts of that conversation keep your eye out for Dr. O’s One Room Minimalist Living, a post coming to your Minimalist Packrat theater soon.)
I also learned that it is possible to pack up, move and do a thorough cleanout of a house in under 2 days of work. Wowsa! It actually just took a few hours to pack and move and then I did a 5 hour clean-up the next day (I like to be thorough. That place was scrubbed waaaay cleaner than when we moved in…. fridge drawers and all.) It was our fastest move ever. Not much of a statement if you knew that it used to take me two or three months of preparation to move in the past (during my previous packrat era). What a joy it was this time! I will never fear moving again, as long as I stay this minimalist!
The sabbatical also gave me a chance to visit friends and family, take in the Christmas lights at a local botanical gardens, cause a ruckus with my relatives (a happy ruckus), and check out the newly opened Chihuly Art Museum in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
I did have itchy fingers during my time away though. I found myself wanting to get online and was amazed that it took a fair bit of self-control to “just say no”. All in all it was an amazing experience. Amazing because I did have enough self-control to disconnect, and amazing because it gave me time to reflect on the year gone by and make plans for the new one rising to take its place.
So if you’re thinking digital sabbatical and haven’t done one, I can’t recommend it enough. My future plans will be a minimum of two per year, kind of like fasting from food, digital fasting proved powerful as well!
So now I’m done lazing about eating too many Christmas snacks and I’ve got some treats in store for you. I had a chance to take some shots during my sabbatical and I’ve got 2 upcoming posts that are going to delight you. The first is Dr. O and his minimalist studio apartment. There are a dozen shots of everything from his pantry to his neatly folded socks along with an interview I managed to sneak in. The second post is a pots and pan cleanout of a grandiose nature. I found myself a willing decluttering victim, oops, I mean volunteer, took a page from my upcoming 30 Day Clutter Boot Camp book and put it into action. You’ll see a photo journal of the process we took to turn a kitchen nightmare into a kitchen dream.
And…. drum roll….. I’ve been putting the finishing touches on the 30 Day Clutter Boot Camp. It will be arriving in stores worldwide (well, at least here on the Minimalist Packrat site) on or around January 1st. A thousand thanks go out to my trusty and generous advance readers who have shared some wonderful insights with me, caught little typos, and steered me towards making it the best work I possibly could. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Last but not least during my sabbatical, not only did we move out of our place, but as I mentioned before, we moved in with Patrick’s momma Cora to help her out with bills. I’m pleased as punch to announce that so far it’s been smooth sailing. I’ll post lots of details in the future, just know for now that even Sunny and Callie (two doggies, one hers, one ours) are settling in to multi-family living. They’ve put up the laurel wreath and declared a truce. Here are they are now trucing away!
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Disclaimer: This doggie truce was produced by carefully positioning a big chunky strip of Happy Hips dog treats in one hand just above the camera while the other hand took the shot.
p.s. Sunny wanted me to let you know the reindeer ears don’t belong to her. She’s a true minimalist. She only borrowed them from Cora for a few moments so she could have her beauty shot taken.