Intentional Living & Digital Curfew
I have been thinking about a lot of things lately. When you nurse a hungry little girl all the time, you get time to think. Sometimes, life gets busy but you know, we still have to decide if it’s going to own us or we own it. Insert “Intentional Living”.
So what is intentional living in the first place? Intentional living is really about making the day to day decisions to live life to the fullest, the life you want. Yep, little choices you make every day, become the CHANGE in your life, helping you to live the life you want.
Something that’s important to me is to spend time with my family. Time with fewer distractions.
I have a friend who every evening at seven, shuts down all the digital devices and internet down. They have cozy family time with no distractions.
Isn’t that brilliant?
Things are always vying for our attention, all day long. I love the idea of making our evenings a little refuge of rest from our everyday work. There is a need to balance daylight and darkness; it’s an old way.
What we learned from living off-grid…
We learned about balancing the daylight and darkness when we lived off-grid for five years. When it got dark, we slowed down, lit the lamps and tucked in for an evening of fellowship, games, reading, and food. It was just us as a family, with the whole evening before us.
It makes sense to me. How many times have I went to check emails, scan Facebook, and find myself going to bed after an hour in front of the screen, and of course I had planned on doing it real quick! It isn’t a restful practice to stare at a screen before bed.
(My daughter, Jo, loves to hold her baby sister when she gets home from work).
This year I keep feeling the importance of living life intentionally, which takes discipline to make the day to day decisions you want for your life. Dang, sometimes easier said than done, right?
I have a big list of areas in my life that I want to live intentionally in but for now, I plan on slowing down at night, going to bed earlier, and enjoying peaceful evenings with my family.
Let the evening come, put a curfew on digital devices, internet, or whatever distracts you.
Prepare yourself for an evening of rest and repose. You will sleep better for it.
Three Tips on intentional living…
Little choices you make every day, become the CHANGE in your life.
Quiet the noise in your life, make time to rest, read, write, laugh, and play.
Balance the daylight and darkness by setting a curfew on digital devices.
What do you do daily to live intentionally?
Robin Haley says
Love, Love, love!!!!!
Abby Jo says
I’m so glad! Thank you Robin 🙂
I have pulled away from social media and am living more deliberately more intentionally and doing those things which are normal human activities. Spending time seeking God and time with family are two very important uses of time and helps us remember who we are and that we are not just a profile in cyberspace.
Abby Jo says
Those are two very important uses of time! I think we could all use more time away from our screens 🙂