I do love that my return to the blogging scene, after nearly six months, is with a post about abandoning the online world for a little while.
Welcome back to you and to me. Oh wow, how I have missed this space of mine. It’s amazing because at one stage I wasn’t sure I wanted to blog anymore. I wanted my life to get so busy that I didn’t have time to share the lessons I continuously learn while living my life with courage, consciousness and a sense of humour.
I need it. I needed a break from it all, to revamp my online presence and emerge as a more solid, confident and focused writer and entrepreneur.
Amazingly, as soon as the website was up and alive, all I wanted was a break from anything online. We have been hustling so much and I’ve been putting in hours to make it come alive, that everything in me shut down as it went up.
At the same time, I have been keeping up my sugar free living lifestyle and loving it, but the weight hasn’t shifted in a good few months. All that’s been ringing in my mind is that I am waiting for my tipping point. You know, the one where we wake up everything seems to have miraculously fallen into place, when in actual fact it took years of hard work.
That’s where I’ve been. Hovering on the expectation that it’s time for the Universe to send me my tipping point. At that point, demand so much from life, when I haven’t managed to take it all in yet, I knew it was time to step away and detox on every level possible.
Tonight is the most magnificent Super Moon. I am staring at the clouds after a major storm and hoping that I will get a glimpse of her. If not, at least I know she’s always out there. So, I aligned my detox weekend with the moon and started on Friday morning.
When I say detox, I mean no phone, music, TV, movies, laptop and only a variety of green juices, berries and coconut in all different forms. I followed the Dr. Oz 3 day detox and shut the world out for 72 hours.
I entered into the world of social media when MySpace was still around and I never missed a day then. When FarmVille was a thing, I remember having to find WiFi spot in the middle of Italy in 2009. Twitter and I found each other and I cannot remember a day since 2008 where I ever missed being on social media for a whole 24 hours. In 2010, when it started to turn into my career, I had no option but to be online each and ever day.
I’ve manifested some amazing things over the years and an incredibly competent and supporting team is one of those great achievements. Chat Factory now has a content a community manager and we also have a consultant for new business development.
Before I chat about this amazing team, who I never would have been able to detox without, I do need to update you on some very exciting new. My Greggie, bestie and business partner, who is very much missing from this pic, now live in the UK. One of the things I did on my detox was marvel in the gratitude of how far the two of us have come and how grateful I am that Greg took me along with him and that our businesses, Lifeology and Chat Factory are now international.
Back to my detox and the first time in over a eight years that I slipped away and regrouped with myself. As an entrepreneur I am so proud of the team I have built around me. It wasn’t easy to master, with a history of failed attempts at finding driven and passionate people, who want to live like entrepreneurs but work for a #GirlBoss like me. I did it. I found them. Bianca, Mpho and Vernon, thank you for allowing this captain to switch off while the boat kept steering on.
What does one do for 72 hours, with no technology, comfort food or contact with the outside world? One puts their personal relationship with themselves to the test. I started living my #ProjectMe story in 2004, when I can honestly say there was nothing about myself I liked. It took me years to make friends with me and this weekend was a celebration of how far I have come in being my own best company and friend.
Firstly, because I am so healthy, I didn’t have any major detox symptoms, of which I am super chuffed. I didn’t write, because that’s my job. I did colour in my Digital Detox colouring book and pottered around my home, drank green juice and napped a lot. I watched the sun set and noticed little things about the world that I would usually miss. I listened to traffic and babies crying in the neighbour’s home and I appreciated all. I wondered if there had been some major world news I was missing or if anyone was missing me and then I let those thoughts drift back to why I had chosen to detox in the first place.
On Monday morning my phone looked like this.
Before I created a confident team around me and learned that I don’t have to be answerable to everyone all of the time, I would have panicked at what I was missing while the hours of much needed solitude passed by.
Today, when the moon is full and I have so many plans for my businesses and myself, I know that I would never be able to allow anything new to flow if I din’t first trust that I am not as needed as my fears have led me to believe.
72 hours and I didn’t miss much … the world was the same way I left it, my clients and friends didn’t even know I was gone and those who knew to call if they needed me made a plan with everything … while I coloured, read, napped and detoxed my body from years of memories I am so ready to leave in the past.
With courage, consciousness & a sense of humour