I originally posted this a few years ago but this year it seems even more relevant than the first time. 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
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 compa
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
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.
Like most kids, my internal countdown to Christmas was palpable. The butterflies in my stomach and the agonizing wait for Santa’s Big Day, I wore on my sleeve. Christmas couldn’t come soon enough. My Mom and Dad, working hand-in-hand with Santa, did an excellent job filling my Christmas list every year. So, of course, the idea of new Barbies and Barbie accessories (all I cared about, really) factored in heavily to my idea that December 25th was, hands-down, the best day of th
A couple of weeks ago, I went to a local diner for breakfast. We sat up at the counter, and next to us were a young man (early 20s) and his father. A charming picture, except for one thing: The entire time, the son was glued to his phone. Didn’t say a word that I could tell to his father, who ended up chatting off and on with the cook and wait staff. Then the check came, and the father took out his wallet and paid the bill. What’s he paying for? Clearly not the pleasure of hi
So how many hugs do you get a day? According to Virginia Satir, “Mother of Family Therapy” We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth. Given the message to unplug and hug, twelve hugs a day will provide lots of opportunities for expansion. Beyond growth, however, hugging can be a potent healer of the soul. Hugs can be exchanged anywhere, no outlet required. No tech device can claim that super power!
The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness. Fire is the most tolerable third party. - Henry David Thoreau There’s something magical about a fire. (I’m talking about the good kind, of course, that you set on purpose in a controlled environment.) As a kid, when my dad would start a fire on a cold, wintry day, I’d be drawn in like a magnet. Or m
The holidays are just a month away! And that means holiday shopping! Yikes! If you're like us at Unplug & Hug, you might cringe at the idea of holiday crowds, or even the idea of venturing to a mall. And, if you're REALLY like us, holiday shopping might make you want to just take a moment to meditate! So, we're offering a great alternative to the holiday hustle and bustle. As you make your list (and check it twice!), why not give the gift of unplugging to your family, friends
I've talked a lot about the social and personal benefits of unplugging. When we unplug we are able to make one-on-one human connections and forge stronger personal bonds with our loved ones. Shutting down periodically also provides opportunities to appreciate the beauty of nature, do hands-on activities with our kids, explore our hobbies, be more productive at work and get in touch with our inner selves through things like meditation and exercise. (For me, that also includes