Monday, October 11, 2021

Unplugging = Good for Body . Brain . Soul

Hey, dear friends!

Sometimes you just KNOW when it's time to pretty much unplug from online's incessant pull.  And for me that's right about now!

October has found this single-tasker fairly focused on pawing through and re-organizing bins and drawers, file cabinets and closets, trunks and shelves.  Furniture has been moved or put out on the end of the driveway with a FREE sign on it.  The garbage cans overflow, goodies are passed to other family members, the shredder works overtime ... and the thrift shop will be happy when we drop by again tomorrow.

The coming weeks are filling fast with a bunch of online classes, long-anticipated {courtesy of covid} days with family and friends, random appointments ... and hopefully an adventure or two.  And so I'm stepping back from blogging for a bit so I can be fully present for whatever God has in store.

And while I'll miss connecting with you in this space, I've never regretted taking time away from screens and blogging.  Nothing revitalizes me more than living life away from the laptop.  It's good for body, brain, and soul.  

Meanwhile, I'm happy to leave you with a bouquet of recent finds that have touched me deeply.  Check out the morning meditation app, a couple of truly outstanding podcast episodes and a few penned gems that are soothing, creative, rejuvenating, calming.  

The musical benediction is the icing on the cake.

THE APP
Biblical Meditation

THE EPISODES
Kate Bowler Podcast

Emily Freeman Podcast

THE PENNED GEMS
Debby Hudson

Barbara @ one hopeful year

Emily @ My Weathered Home

Jean Wise

Courtney Carver

Emily Lex

Lois Flowers

Tracie Miles

THE MUSIC
We the Kingdom

Miss you already ~
Linda

P.S.
Thanks to my dear friend, Nancy, for sharing that dreamy picture up top.

P.S. #2
Our last two chats were just plain fun -  Joyful Single-Tasking and the follow-up Little Sister Spilled the Beans.

P.S. #3
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28 comments:

  1. You sure will be missed, Linda, but I do think taking breaks from blogging, etc., can be so healing and refreshing. I will be doing just that over the Thanksgiving holidays when we will have an extended visit with the grandchildren. Enjoy every moment of your unplugged days!

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    1. I'm guessing I'll be joining you in taking another break at Thanksgiving, Martha. We both know what it's like to have missed family at holidays and birthdays and other celebrations in the past 18 months. Every minute together is precious, isn't it!

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  2. I will miss you but have fun away from here.

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    1. Getting away is such a treat after spending most of the last 18 months at home except for a week here, a week there. I'm so grateful to cross the bridge again ...

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  3. Hope you have a good time unplugged Linda.

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  4. These breaks can be so full and rewarding. You will be missed but, as always, thanks for showing us the better way. ♡

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    1. If there's a 'better way,' it's only because we've somehow learned something from the hard stuff ...

      I hope all is well with you, friend. Your vignettes on gentle rhythms and creativity have been so soothing to my soul. Keep going in that direction ... I'm following you!

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  5. And so a voice will go away
    for a little while,
    but I will wait here, and stay
    because she made me smile
    with her gentle faith and wit,
    with her wisdom, too,
    and she has done quite a bit
    to help, and pull me through
    the crucible of flaming hours
    that cancer brought, as gift...
    but Linda gave me bright heart-flowers
    that never failed to lift
    a spirit fated for to burn,
    so I wait in hope for her return.

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    1. Laughter and tears, joy and sorrow co-mingle.

      Who would've guessed.

      Only God.

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  6. I will miss you too, Linda! Thank you for the recommends to keep us occupied in your absence!

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    1. Enjoy them all, Nancy! Such good stuff out there for our souls and minds. This is a good season for online creativity and encouraging work, isn't it ...

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  7. I just took another walk IN the ocean after a busy day............. nothing keeps me away from the ocean DAILY.

    Have a great unplug time !!

    * subscriber email

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    1. IN the ocean, wow! A friend of mine recently got knocked over by a wave as she was on a walk ... watch out for those riptides ... and sharks!

      ;-}

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  8. I have been completely unplugged for five days and boy -- it's hard catching up. I didn't miss much but it sure did make me wish I had email handy!

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    1. I hear you about the email, Jeanie ... even more so the ability to text!

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  9. It must take you forever to put things like this together! And the pressure to keep doing it again and again! It is a good idea to take a break.

    So I am praying you have a very wonderful vacation and lots of good times and beautiful memories to tuck away for future revisitingšŸ™‚.

    Blessings to you ...

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    1. I just love doing these kind of posts ... any kind of blogging! It energizes my soul and I love connecting with this community. But there's no blog police so I can come and go whenever.

      Bliss.

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  10. I'm glad October has been so productive for you, Linda! It's been that for me too, though in less noticeable ways! Thanks for sharing my post about my own cleaning-out adventures. :-) I'll miss you in my inbox but hope the time away is full of joy and rest.

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    1. Your words are profound, friend -
      A Weekly Habit That is Restoring My Soul
      https://www.loisflowers.com/a-weekly-habit-that-is-restoring-my-soul/

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  11. Everyone needs a break, vacation, unplug and get lost in a cup of coffee! Happy Week to you and see you when you return. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  12. I'll miss you, but SO respect your decision. God bless you, sweet friend!

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    1. Homespun Devotions came along for the ride!
      https://www.amazon.com/Homespun-Devotions-Cheryl-Smith/dp/B09C1FRC5J/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=3PWGL1MJ86EDH&dchild=1&keywords=homespun+devotions&qid=1634214693&sprefix=homespun+de&sr=8-1

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  13. Ahhhhhh. The deep breath I’m sure you’ll take when you slow down and pause for a bit. You shall be missed my friend, but I’m imagining you in a wide awake smile surrounded by love and renewed energy. Thank you- as always - for sharing what I write. Your kindness means so very much to me. Breathe in. Breathe out. Smile. xo

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    1. As ever, you penned it well, Barbara --> 'Ahhhhhh. The deep breath I’m sure you’ll take when you slow down and pause ...'

      Sometimes a brief respite tucked into all the crazy is all we really needed.

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