Last weekend, an (always generous) friend offered me the house she rents in Michigan for the weekend. She must have known something was up and that I needed a weekend away…because it came at just the right time. Things have been wild since I launched OPP. What started as a passion project has slowly turned into something I couldn’t have imagined. Which is awesome, but also makes my head spin in a million directions. I thought I would be able to take my time and think about how I want this to grow. But as the opportunities keep popping up, it sort of makes me need to have a plan, like NOW.
Going into the weekend, I thought about the times in my life that I felt most creative and clear. I kept coming back to days spent in the library researching for projects – there’s nothing to click or tweet, the text on those pages are staying put. The days before I thought about how an image, nature, or food made me feel…and not which filter would make it look better on Instagram.
So I ditched my technology for an entire day (except for the camera that took this image) and things started to fall into place. I sat down at a table for three hours (only getting up for bathroom breaks) and made a plan. The head spinning slowed and I started to feel like I could breathe again. Now I’ve “turned off” before at home, but not really. Maybe I wasn’t checking emails or taking calls, but I still lurked a little on social media and that kept my mind from truly resting. How are you supposed to focus on your own shit, when you’re all up in everyone else’s business? It doesn’t work.
So this weekend, I’m doing it again. I’m entering into the No-Phone Zone. Maybe even two days this time. If you want to join me, let me know in the comments. Or not, you might be too busy doing things besides the internet.