On disconnecting, un-planning and a fabulous weekend.

So far, it’s been an absolutely perfect weekend. One of those weekends with a good mix of plans and not-so-planned time, so a) it doesn’t feel like the weekend flies by, b) that I am just rushing from thing to thing and not really enjoying it and c) accomplishing one of my goals to have less planned-to-the-brim weekends. Sometimes, you just need to simplify, and I can say that it is really helping me feel more calm, focused and well, happier in the moment cuz I can enjoy it.

One of the other reasons it’s been so great? Disconnecting a bit. As some of you know, Jess was having a completely unplugged weekend (going ‘cold turkey’ so to speak!), which, naturally, meant I would disconnect a bit too. Because honestly, a lot of our ‘plugged in’ time is seriously just texting and emailing and such...to each other! And while it has been actually REALLY hard NOT talking to her all weekend (we did meet up for drinks last night!), it has allowed me to unplug more than usual and see how habitual it really is…and where I can most certainly pare that back, especially on weekends. There’s nothing wrong with anyone’s approach to being ‘online,’ but for me, I think I just need to be more aware of when I am just mindlessly reading tweets or texting Jess, for example, and when I could just put my phone away and enjoy whatever I am doing…FULLY.

So, I definitely think stepping away from my phone a bit has made this weekend feel even more fabulous. A little bit of what I did, you ask? (ok, so you didn’t ask, but I’ll tell ya anyway!)

…Christmas shopping with my beautiful niece Isabel and my sister Jen. We had a great time together and thinking back to last year, when we shopped together around the very same time, Isabel was so small and reliant on all of us for feedings, comfort etc. This year? She was the star of the show! She was making friends with people passing by, waving and chatty. She made friends with two adorable dogs and they licked her face as she giggled. We had our very first trip to Starbucks together and she loved it, I might add (okay, so she may have just liked the raisins I gave her!). We walked around the parking lots, each holding one of her hands as she walked and ran and laughed and giggled. And I got her a shitton of freaking adorable outfits, to boot (including overalls and jeans and skirts!)

@Starbucks! Doesn't she look so excited for her first experience at my java mecca?!

…dinner date in Boston with M. We planned to meet up with my sis Jess and Scott beforehand for a drink, and then go to dinner on Beacon Hill (Lala Rokh…SO GOOD!). Everything about the night was perfect. Prosecco to start, a ton of catch-up chatter with my sis (we were babbling a mile a minute hehe, you’d have thought we hadn’t seen each other in a week!), and then off to dinner. It was one of those leisurely 2+ hour dinners where we just talked…and talked…and talked some more. About us, our future, our expectations for that future and…I couldn’t be happier. We are both right where we are meant to be. Together.

Sparkly for the holidays...it was such a festive night!

…and to round out our weekend? Putting up our tree, decorating our patio and the rest of the evening? Well…that’s to come, but I think the fireplace, some wine, and some music may be in store. Swoon :-)

It's a lil scrawny, but it looks festive, that's all that matters!

…there’s something about the holidays that makes me feel euphorically happy…anyone else? Happy weekend friends, enjoy the rest of it!

 

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28 thoughts on “On disconnecting, un-planning and a fabulous weekend.

  1. Love this post my friend. Big smiles. Love that you disconnected a bit. And I totally relate on the chatter with your sis. I feel sorry for Jason sometimes LOL. You and M look fabulous and so happy for your first Christmas tree together! Perfect weekend.

    1. Thanks friend! It was a wonderful weekend, loved every minute of it, even if I did miss my sister a little ;-) M and Scott are good men for putting up with all our chatter :)

    1. aww! I consider YOU my sister too ;-) Long lost!! LOL. Missed some chatter this weekend too, even if I wasn’t as ‘cold turkey’ as Jess was, I definitely felt disconnected, but mostly in a good way!

    1. It REALLY makes a difference. Even though mine was semi-unplugged, it spoke volumes to me. Was perfect for me, and I didn’t really ‘miss out’ on anything, ya know??

  2. Love the shopping recap, she was the star, she’s such a little girl now! Glad you got to unplug but it is how we keep us isn’t? I did notice more texts from you this w/e maybe you were missing Jess hmmm? ;) xo sis

    1. She really was the star, sis! And while I do like to unplug, being completely unplugged would be far too hard. How else would I see beautiful pics of Isabel?! ;-) Love you!

  3. Your niece is such a cutie! She’s at such a fun age!
    Hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend. Yesterday was perfect – we slept in, watched movies, ate a fantastic dinner, and just relaxed for change!

  4. Ahhh, I love that you had such a great weekend and enjoyed every moment of it. The holidays have a way of doing that :) Disconnecting and being wrapped up the moment is a beautiful thing! ps. have always wanted to go to that restaurant – everyone i know says it’s amazing!

  5. SO glad you followed my lead and disconnected much more. I’m still so wide-eyed after our weekend unplugged – having a hard time even formulating exactly what I learned…there’s just too much for words. But most of all? It’s time to start living more in the present, in the here and now, and to appreciate and love what’s sitting right there in front of us vs trying to be everything to everyone all the time. PS I did miss you this weekend tho, not gonna lie ;-)

  6. Love the sparkly top.

    I adore the holidays, too, but I let some drama drag me down this weekend. I need to remind myself not to allow anyone else to ruin my holiday spirit!

  7. LOVE the pics and it sounds like a perfectly wonderful weekend. It’s so easy to get wound up with the stress of holiday shopping and parties. I think THIS is the perfect sort of winter weekend during this time of year.

    Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. I love unplugging too! So nice! I can’t believe how big she is gettin! Such a pretty girl. Your tree looks fab and of course you did that night also…you know, since I would do ya and all:)

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