So, how did it feel?
OHMIGOD to leave my laptop at home was the best decision I've made in a LONG time! I don't think I realised how much I needed a break from work; since the re launch myself and the girls are posting daily, I love the team and the work we're creating, it just takes up so much time to constantly be planning, managing and scheduling in, as well as social media etc etc. The decision came when a few weeks ago I was so, so ill - I'd not long come back from Singapore and was just hit with a virus that completely wiped me out for a week and I haven't felt that ill in such a long time. I felt like it was my bodies way of telling me to stop, I'm that kinda gal that gets ill easily if i'm over tired or overworked but surprisingly haven't been ill this year so far - so when it hit, I felt like it was a long time overdue! The week before I left I was scheduling like crazy and managed to schedule our posts for the whole 8 days whilst I was away, so I could enjoy my trip without worrying about work. I genuinely can't remember the last time I felt like that and it's inspired me to be more organised so that I can enjoy every trip laptop free! We were lucky enough to fly business class and I really just wanted to kick back, watch some films and relax - and boy, it felt so good! Everyone in our group was so, so lovely - I wanted to be present in the moment; to take in the beautiful surroundings and spend some quality time getting to know who I was travelling with rather than spending the evening glued to my laptop working away on content!
So, what now?
I've come home and instantly feel refreshed, it's the best feeling to spend 8 days with like minded bloggers who thrive on creating content; to discuss ideas and plan posts together, to help with Instagram editing and posting, to give each other constructive feedback on how we could each work better. We just had the best group and I felt like I learnt something from each person that I travelled with! I think that by removing the pressure to be working and posting whilst I was there, really allowed me to take a step back, and to really think about what kind of content I want myself and the girls to be working on, what I'd like to see more of on the pages on FMIF, I landed feeling so inspired and actually wrote 2 blog posts on my phone on the way to the airport - I actually felt excited to write these as I'd removed the pressure from myself that I had to write them; it was just purely because I wanted to! I would highly recommend having a digital detox gal pals; and it's 100% something I'll be doing if not every trip, then most trips going forward because it just felt so darn good to enjoy my trip, relax and spend time with our group rather than worrying; I don't think people realise the pressure we put on ourselves as bloggers, we're perfections, we schedule, we create, we work ourselves crazy and then do it all over again. So, once I've slept for maybe another 4 hours and worked out what century I'm in, I can't wait to go through my snaps from this week and to share everything with you all; so excited for you to see the pictures!
Have you had a digital detox before? Did it refresh you too? Is it something you'd consider doing at all? I think we all need to from time to time girls! <3