Welcome, welcome!

Hey everyone,

Thanks for coming to check out my new blog, The Disconnect Diaries. I hope you’ll all join me on this little journey of disconnecting and living a little. To begin with, I’m only going to be taking an hour out of my week to unplug from all my electronics and step out of my comfort zone. I’m going to be trying new things, exploring new places and hopefully learning a thing or two.

This entire idea started one night when I noticed that me and my roommates had been sitting around the living room for an entire hour without saying a single word to each other. We were all either on our phones, laptops or playing video games. After that little incident I started noticing how I use my electronics an unnecessary amount; sitting at meals with friends, before classes start, waiting in lines, laying down for bed, even while using the bathroom. Seriously, the next time you’re out and about take a look around and see how many people have their eyes glued to their phones (it’s especially fun in waiting rooms). I’d go as far as saying America is facing a new kind of addiction.

Kerouac

“On the Road” by Jack Kerouac

So tonight we’re going to start this journey off nice and easy; by reading a book. And don’t even think about downloading one on your Kindle or Nook. I’m talking a good old fashion paperback. I chose “On The Road” by Jack Kerouac mainly because I already had it lying around. I turned off my phone and laptop, curled up in a blanket, set my kitty cat on my lap and read. It was nice to let myself get lost in a different place and time. And guess what? After that hour flew by and I turned my computer and phone back on I found out the world didn’t self-destruct in my absence (I didn’t even have any new updates). Maybe this will be easier than I thought.

I’m going to be posting articles, videos, tutorials, links and other fun stuff from around the web to help out along the way. You can check back every Thursday for new posts and updates. My schedule is likely to change within these first few weeks while I get everything sorted out. Bare with me guys- this is just as much a learning experience for me as it is for you. And remember, I’d love your feedback, critiques, questions and concerns along the way!

Until next time,

Rachel