Don’t Hate Me…

for what I am about to tell you.

Tomorrow morning I leave for a five day Carribean cruise with a bunch of friends. Yes, picture me here.

I know. I know. It’s not fair to throw that in your face. Please don’t hate me. I couldn’t resist.

But I SO need this trip. I don’t know if you can tell by the desperate sound of some of my recent blog posts. (Yeah, they’ve been rather brutal lately. Sorry for worrying you, friends. About once a week someone calls and says “I just read your blog. Are you okay?”)

And yes, I am okay, but I am also spent. I am in desperate need of a break, a time away to process, afternoons where the only decision I need to make is what SPF to apply, and an opportunity to disconnect.

Yep, I said it. Disconnect. I am going to disconnect.

I am a little SUPER nervous about the whole thing.

Can I really go five days without phone calls, tweets, facebook updates, blog posts, and emails?

I guess I am about to find out.

When was the last time you disconnected? Was it good for you OR totally disastrous?

Oh, and any advice for a novice cruiser? Yeah, I am not even sure if that is what you call someone who cruises. Guess I will find out that as well.

 

 

 

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dog Molly, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • http://www.chadgibbs.com Chad Gibbs

    My wife forced us to have an internet free weekend not too long ago, because she said I was addicted. By Sunday she was going crazy. I was too, but pretended like it was okay. You’ll be fine. A five day unplugged cruise sounds great right about now.

  • Tam

    Stoked for you, girl!

  • Anonymous

    I’m so jealous! My friends and I have talked about cruising for years, but have never done so. I hope the electronic downtime gives rest to your weary soul!

  • http://www.marketingchiefblog.com Rob

    Stick with your commitment to stay unplugged…you will be rejuvenated and refreshed on the other side. Have fun!

  • http://jennyrain.com JennyRain

    whooo hoo – have a great time!

  • http://www.4tunate.net/ QuatroMama

    Enjoy. Just spent a week in the “Disney Bubble” with our quadruplets. Although it wasn’t “relaxing’ there was something super refreshing about keeping my laptop packed away, not checking email, and being disconnected from everything that seems so “urgent” when you are working.
    Hoping you come back renewed and that God uses this time to lavish His love upon your life!

  • Lisa Young

    You can do it! Hope you have a wonderful time. Great having lunch with you today!

  • Anonymous

    I’m so jealous – for your cruise & for unplugging. Right about now I think it would be FANTASTIC to just let go and only worry about spf and whether or not I want to take another nap…on the beach.

    Totally stoked for you, though. I know you’re going to have tons of fun. :)

  • http://www.randyelrod.com randyelrod

    I’m so happy you are planning to disconnect! It will be the best decision for this trip and for this season in your life!! I’ll guide you thru the “novice” part. So excited!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/bigbluemug Margaret

    What a blessing! Soak up the sun. Bask in the fellowship. Revel in the freedom from technology. And come back more whole than when you depart. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/bigbluemug Margaret

    What a blessing! Soak up the sun. Bask in the fellowship. Revel in the freedom from technology. And come back more whole than when you depart. :-)

  • http://www.mustardseedyear.com Jason Wert

    Have fun.

  • MandyThompson

    1) good for you
    2) I’m a little bit jealous
    3) I try to unplug during real vacation time. I’m usually mildly successful…
    4) Bonine doesn’t make me sleepy like dramamine. ;)

  • Jessi

    Hope you have a great time! My husband and I love to cruise. He loves all things social media related so I can relate to your nervousness about disconnecting, but I can honestly say that once you experience non-stop pampering, sun, food, food and more food, you’ll be saying, “social media what?’

  • http://bahava.wordpress.com Katy

    sounds oh so lovely!! and i’m glad one of us gets to do it at least!

  • Rebecca

    Disconnecting is so good – hard but good, I did it during a particularly brutal period over Christmas and New Year last year. Sometimes it is good just to focus on yourself and God and forget about the rest of the world for a few days. Hope you have a fab time and if they hold the cruise conference next year I am so on it!

  • http://www.upperlinefinancial.com/blog Jude Boudreaux

    Warning – unplugging gets contagious! I was able to do 2 full weeks and I’ve never been the same since. Have a wonderful trip, and enjoy what happens to your brain when you’re away from the noise for a stretch!

  • http://lesykes.wordpress.com lauren

    take a bottle of meclizine. . .

  • http://www.nikao.ws Vince

    I’ve been on a few cruises. I’d say, don’t try to do everything, just chill and take it as it comes. Also, ditch the port packages they sell and do your own thing. Hit up a cabbie and have them take you to the best restaurant/beach/waterfall etc. Cheaper, and you can get away from all the ‘touristy’ people.

  • http://about.me/JLLouthan joelouthan

    I have been disconnected from Twitter and Facebook since Ash Wednesday and I have never been happier.

    Not going back.

  • http://twitter.com/linne Aaron Linne
  • http://twitter.com/rodneyeason Rodney Eason

    I unplugged for about 3 weeks recently. During that time, every time that I thought about opening Twitter, Facebook, or reading a blog, I instead prayed, wrote in my journal, or read.
    Do it. Trust me. I got the junk out of my head and clarity prevailed. Everybody will be here when you get back (some of us talking about the same stuff :)
    Good luck!

  • http://www.edenpuresale.com/ Christine

    Lol!! Disconnect? what’s that? Apparently it has been too long for me…. maybe I should think about taking a slight hiatus from all things electronic. Will be looking forward to hearing how recharged you are when you come back!

  • http://theinnerharbor.wordpress.com Emily

    Not gonna lie, I’m a little jealous. But I hope you have SO much fun on the cruise!! As for disconnecting, it’s been a while since I’ve gone more than a few days…but I think it sounds lovely right about now, so enjoy it! :)

  • http://twitter.com/eleroo34 Lisa

    Every summer I disconnect for two weeks, when I go deep into the woods to a cottage where cell phones don’t work and there is no cable. The first two days are hard thinking about what I am missing, I get very anxious. But then I start relaxing and it is amazing how good it feels!! I always leave so refreshed.
    So enjoy your time away. I hope you can relax and have fun.

  • http://alexspeaks.com Alex Humphrey

    Congrats, Lindsey! I am very excited for you. Take the time to truly unplug and disconnect yourself from us. lol. If all goes well, you will not read this until after you return from your vacation!

  • http://twitter.com/joesheehan Joe Sheehan

    Have fun! Good luck, I’m sure you’ll be able to disconnect more easily than you think. I gave up Facebook during Lent, and haven’t missed it! Bon voyage!

  • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

    Oh, that is pure awful and I sorta hate you right now. ;-)

  • http://therunamuck.com amber@therunamuck

    I want a full report. Make us jealous. I’m totally fine with living vicariously.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    It was great to see you on the cruise, Lindsey. I agree, it is stressful to disconnect. Especially for five days. But it is also great to spend time listening, creating, and getting to meet new friends. I met so many interesting people on the cruise, with so many creative ideas. I hope many of the books, songs, paintings and other creative items get shared with those that need to embrace them. A very powerful time. I really liked Pete Wilson’s picture of the sunset from the side of the ship. God truly is in control!

  • http://exegete77.wordpress.com/ Rich

    So, how was the trip? Hope you found it relaxing and fun!