Hitting Refresh: A Weekend Without My Phone

I spent Memorial Day weekend in the beautiful NC mountains with my cousins (I’ll share some photos from our trip soon, I promise!). I didn’t have ANY phone service up there, and I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to forgo wifi for the weekend, as well.

Tech Free Weekend via Imperfect Chevron

That’s right. I spent over 72 hours without texting, facebook, instagram, snapchat, emails, etc. You guys, it was so liberating. Being unreachable and unplugged was very relaxing, it felt good for my soul. Unfortunately, the first thing I do in the morning is reach for my phone. It’s one of those habits that I would love to break, but can’t seem to succeed in. I felt like spending some time away from social media and email, and it was so refreshing not to be connected for a few days. The only thing I actually used my phone for was taking pictures.

I had lots of down time up in the mountains, which I certainly would have wasted away scrolling through Facebook or checking all of my email accounts (I have 5, you guys, and it’s total madness). Instead, I used free moments to sit on the deck looking out at the mountains and just enjoying the view. I did some unstructured meditation, where I just shut my brain down for a while. I let random thoughts roll through my head. And I gave myself permission to relax, to take deep breaths and just be for a little while.

Don’t worry, I’m not giving up social media or answering emails or texting anytime soon. But it felt like stepping away from being constantly connected and constantly reachable was a good way to wipe my slate clean and start over. One of my new goals for this year is to spend some time away from screens. Even if it’s for just one hour, once a week. I want to be able to enjoy the company of the wonderful people I surround myself with, and to take it all in without being bogged down by work/school every second of the day. Am I completely crazy?

xo

 

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My Blogging Story

I started this blog about two years ago as a way to carve out my own little corner of the internet, and I’ve really enjoyed watching it bloom as I’ve tried to curate a collection of topics that matter to me. Things have definitely changed since I started Imperfect Chevron, and I definitely feel like I’ve found the “direction” I want my blog to go.

Today I thought I’d share a little about how I got into blogging, where I come from, all that rambly goodness. (: So here goes!

My Blogging Story via Imperfect Chevron

In high school, being my angsty/dorky/English-loving self, I decided to start a poetry & writing blog. I called it “Dog, Lost.” *total face palm moment* It lasted about 2 months and I think I only had like 2 readers during that time. I lost interest and deleted all the evidence.

During my time at Colorado State University, I was given the ultra-cool opportunity to be a student blogger for the PR department (specifically the Social Media division). It really sparked my passion for blogging, and I learned SO much along the way; about creating meaningful content, finding a consistent voice, and engaging in several social media/networking sites. Shout-out to my amazing boss at CSU, Kimberly!

I knew I wanted to start a blog of my own, but I didn’t have much time in college, so my blogging dreams kind of stumbled around for a while. And then, I figured out the perfect name for my blog: Imperfect Chevron! Chevron patterns were really big that year, and I was reading a home decor magazine that featured these beautiful hand towels with a pattern called “imperfect chevron.” Those towels really struck me–life isn’t perfect, and imperfect can be beautiful! So I launched Imperfect Chevron slowly into the world, adding new blog posts whenever I had the time to build up the site.

Eventually, I decided to connect my social media accounts with Imperfect Chevron to start to grow a little community around the blog and engage with my readers. I’ve also defined the topics that I’m most passionate about which I want to feature in my blog: fashion, beauty, home decor, sewing & crafting, and cooking & eating. That’s my vision going forward with the blog, and I’m so excited about the direction Imperfect Chevron is heading in. It feels so good.

Thanks for listening to me ramble on there, you guys are the best.

xo.