Unplugged and Recharged

by Olivia Miller
@olive9124


Happy New Year’s everyone! I hope all of you have had a great holiday season full of family, friends and relaxation. I myself have returned to Manhattan to finish my last semester of graduate school after helping my family move my sister out to Wyoming. During the craziness of the past few weeks I have been able to unplug and recharge for the upcoming semester. Back home our family realized we were quickly reaching our data limit which caused me to start the unplugging – no more checking social media, either e-mail accounts or random google searches. Instead I was able to focus and engage more with those around me. In between packing and visiting with family and friends I played multiple rounds of card games and finished three books. However, as soon as I was able to have Wi-Fi I found myself back in the rabbit hole of my iPhone, reading through 70+ emails on my personal account and constantly checking social media, even if nothing happened.

While I was pleased with myself that I was disconnected from my phone without Wi-Fi, I was quickly disappointed in myself with how quickly I fell back into this habit. Our society is so connected to our multiple gadgets that we lose out on the here and now. Thus, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to limit my time on my screens – phone, computer and TV. We all know that life is short and it should not be spent wasted away as I have been doing. Instead I am focusing on a few things this semester – connecting with family and friends (sending snail mail), my fitness routine (clock 500 miles this year and hopefully complete my first half marathon), finishing school (review for comps throughout the semester), and lastly staying positive throughout the job search (starting with recently applying for my dream job).

For those of you who are able to stay unplugged, what are your tips for doing so? Also, what are your resolutions for 2016? May this year be your best yet!

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