What did I learn in my first week offline?

Inspired by Dave Erasmus‘ experiment in ON+OFF Grid living, I decided to have a year (mostly) offline. Here is an account of my first week. Day one No internet connection. No landline. To the last, my phone company have been the definition of efficient. If, and when, I go back online, I will have no hesitation in using them again. But, for now, I am trying to adjust to my first week offline. I had imagined embracing…

No internet? What will I do now?

About a month ago I cancelled both my landline and home broadband. Tomorrow I’ll wake up and there won’t be any internet. I had been feeling quite excited about the prospect of my year offline but, as it edges ever closer, I am beginning to feel a little nervous! I spend a lot of time online. Take the last few days for example. I have watched through both series of The Crown with my mum, fitting it…

How will you begin your 2018 reading challenge?

Reading is a proven form of self-care. One study found that book readers have a 28% greater likelihood of reporting very good or excellent health compared to non-readers (1). Another reported that reading for as little as six minutes is sufficient to reduce stress levels by 68%, slowing your heart beat, easing muscle tension and altering the state of mind. (2) So why not set yourself a reading challenge to encourage the formation of this positive wellbeing…

Excited anticipation for my year offline

The idea popped into my head for the first time three years ago. How would it be if my new year’s resolution was to leave the internet for a year? It seemed impossible. It still does. But this year I’ve decided to take the plunge. My landline and internet connection will both disappear on 27th December. I have to admit that I did panic when I sent the email confirming the closure of my account. Suddenly the…

My New Year’s Resolutions

My biggest resolution fail was the year I decided to give up chocolate and had eaten a pain au chocolat by breakfast. It was a sobering experience – no pun intended. But it taught me that setbacks do not have to equal failure. As the saying goes “Nobody can go back and make a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending”. This coming year I want to adopt this attitude of gentleness.…