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This past week my husband started going out on the road more. Hotel business centers are less than tolerable, so I agreed to let him take my laptop. Now, this is a major thing for me! For the better part of one year I know I have been on one so many times during my day it is sad to look at it closely. Maybe 14 hours? Not ALL at once, but added up throughout the day, yes likely.

With two evenings to read, catch up with my boys, go through magazines in the house…I realized I had more time to be present and less distracted. I slept better and went to bed easier than normal.

After a few recent stressful months I recently began experiencing anxiety attacks again. Sometimes, life just gets to be too much. I know everyone has suffering and everyone has needs, we all do at the same time. It is those experiences and how we let emotion run wild that allow us to act the way we do. Some of us have hissy fits, some have complete breakdowns and shout, but some of us keep it bottled in…rationalizing each move like a chess piece. Careful not to offend or scar. That is me! With having to have a very faithful obedience these past few weeks I just got really worn down. And panic attacks come from that! 3 in one day.

So, I have to unplug…..quickly! I started (as my information addiction will demonstrate) researching unplugging and prioritizing technology and blogs like www.43folders.com. I found multiple living on less strategies like www.sixitemsorless.com where participants live on 6 basic items of clothing or 41pounds.org where you can get off the junk mail lists and take back your mailbox.

Something I learned from all of those sites and people is we ALL suffer from too much information! Too much stuff and not enough time. I've watched my kids during these last few weeks of summer get their faces closer and closer to those DS screens becoming less engaged with us when we talk to them. Why? Because they see mom and dad do it with the computers! We have 6 TV's and more than 2 are on at any given time. We text constantly! But we don't keep batteries in our home phone and it is used as a fax line only.

I can hear a song on a television show, search that episode online and find the title and artist along with a You tube video within seconds. I can then share it to all my friends. I can watch Real Housewives and follow what the actual housewives are saying on Twitter and participate in complete real time.


Where's my LIFE?! Oh, I have devalued it in all this 24/7 real time tweets and updates and emails, blogs and texts and ichats and Skypes…..BOOM! You know why so many people are in my inbox? Because I'M in my inbox!!

posted on: 7/29/2010 2:00:00 PM by Melissa Searcy
category: Family

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Melissa Searcy is a professional organizer and independent decorator now living in Jasper, AL. Formerly of Montgomery, Melissa owns Lulagrace Interiors where she was a regularly featured guest on morning television and had articles featured in the local newspaper and many local monthly publications. For more information you may visit her at www.lulagrace.com. Melissa is also a member of the Facebook community at Facebook.com/melissa.searcy or on Twitter at Twitter.com/LulagracePO.

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