Unplug & Hug Blog

February 17, 2018


As leaders, we think we have to be available for our people 24/7. But disconnecting from my team turned out to be the best thing I could do for them.

The first time I went on vacation while leading my company, I was about to take off on a plane when disaster struck at Student Maid. I couldn’t answer my team’s frantic calls and texts because the flight attendants were giving me the stink eye--I had no choice but to power down my phone. By the time we landed, I thought my company would be in ruins (literally: I thought it was on fire). But instead, I was shocked to see texts from my team that said, “Nevermind! We figured it out! :)” It turns out that they didn’t need me after all. They were perfectly capable of solving the crisis themselves--I had just never given them the chance to try before. The best part was that my team was proud of themselves for handling the situation all on their own.

After that, I started to disconnect more frequently and make myself less available.

I didn’t tota...

February 7, 2018

Valentines Day.

That one word can stir up lots of feelings and emotions.

February 14th brings with it excitement, anxiety and even sadness in some of us. And it doesn’t matter if you’re single or in a relationship. Feelings are universal. But one way everyone, no matter who you are or what situation you find yourself in, can embrace Valentines Day, is by embracing your most important Valentine: YOU! 

Self-love through self-care! 

Self-care is self-love, and here are some ideas for how you can practice it:

  • Put down your phone. Social media can often be a great source of human interaction, but disconnecting for an hour or two could be a good way to take an opportunity to take care of you.

  • Take a walk in the woods and think about all the positive things in your life, like how good you are at your job and hobbies, and what great family and friends you have.

  • Did someone say spa day?!?

  • Read a book. Reading is a peaceful and rewarding activity that opens your mind to new adventu...

February 1, 2018

When was the last time you allowed yourself to get lost in a book? While books are an easy choice for people who want to unplug, it is easy for even voracious readers to get distracted by life’s urgencies and leave the books to gather dust on their nightstands.

Working with customers, I’ve noticed people talking less about New Year’s resolutions, and more about New Year’s challenges. Some customers are committing to reading challenges, such as reading 25 or 50 books in 2018. Some are looking for new literary challenges (my personal challenge is to delve into poetry this year). Looking to simplify? Work smarter? Develop new skills?

There’s a book for that!

And then there are the escape artists among us – those who take advantage of the cold weather and long nights to curl up with compelling stories, whether contemporary or classics from days past.

A book-in-hand, no matter what the genre or topic, provides a simple way to slow down, find balance and restore calm. Give yourself permission t...

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