Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Unsubscribing from life

That sounds more melodramatic than I intended but it captures a certain something of what I'm feeling.

I spend a lot of time on my computer and it's only a short click to spending time on social media and the internet in general.

The short list in the right hand column is only a small list of the places I like to hang out.   And then I'll see another site mentioned, or a book, or a film, or I'll see a picture and go to look at the spoons (I kid you not) and before you know it I'm downloading a film, reading a new book and waiting for a delivery of hard carved wooden teaspoons (they're wooden how could I resist).


Earlier this year (2014) I read about a great app that 'rolled up' all your subscriptions and sent you an daily email so you could briefly scan through and read what you wanted and ignore all the junk.  

I realised this week that I never read those rolled up emails - I just delete the single email. Yesterday I read it and there were almost 100 subscriptions.   I noticed how I was missing reading some of my favourite blogs because notifications were rolled up and I saw how subscription clicky I am when I know my inbox wont overflow with emails.

I unsubscribed from the roll up service (oh the irony) and the emails are flooding in.   And I'm reading each and every one and unsubscribing to most of them.

The timing is perfect as I'm in the process of reflecting on 2014 and thinking about 2015 and what it may look like?  How do I want it to feel? Will it have a distinctive smell (2014 smelt of Nag Champa Gold thanks to the Incense Fairie)?  What will it look like?  How much money will I earn and how will I earn it?

For the second year in a row I'm using the Create your Shining Year workbook from Leonie Dawson.  You may have seen her on fb, instragram etc.  Amidst the fairies, unicorns, bright colours and hyperactivity there is a serious and powerful business woman.   Leonie knows how to build women up, to support, nurture and challenge.  I have a feeling that what you see is what you get and although it's totally not my style something in her work speaks to me and gives me a much needed kick up the backside.  Plus her business ethics are something I aspire to - family first and world changing philanthropy before profit.

Yes I did discover her on my one of my frenzied internet sprees. Will I miss opportunities by cutting back on all the flotsam and jetsam?  Perhaps.

But right now, in this moment I have opportunities and all the time I need to explore them.

1 comment: said...

The same applied to me! I have my mailbox flooded on a daily basis, the letter hitting the total number of 1400!!! I do not personally know how to reject your desire to get the new from that or other site!