Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Place of Quiet

Now that I work from home and on my own, I have pretty quiet days. The radiator hums a bit and buses occasionally barrel by on the street outside. Sometimes, I turn on the TV or some music for background noise.

But I've realized my days aren't actually quiet at all.

At the end of the day, I often feel spent. My attention and focus is frayed. My mind is overwhelmed with tips and blog posts and products.

The buzz of social media and emails and links to this article and that video are so very loud.

It's this type of noise that keeps me from being creative. Of course, it all has the possibility of inspiration. But too much of a good thing is simply too much.

I find myself yearning to get lost in a novel or scribble away in my journal... or just sit and think.

But the clash and bang of what's going on around me becomes a distraction. At times, it feels my only escape is sleep, the shower, church, or yoga class... those rare times I am away from my phone, the computer, the TV, and all is quiet.

We need quiet time to replenish our energy, tap into our imaginations, restore our passion for life and creating. Silence. Peace. Deep breaths. Dreams. Prayer. We need it even more now when the noise is threatening to take over every moment. Let's make room for quiet.

A recent "unplugged" moment. (Well, the mixer doesn't count, right?) 


  1. This post describes exactly how I feel on an almost daily basis. I am trying to teach myself to silence social media, email etc for blocks of time when I'm working but it's tough.

  2. I heart cookies and you!

  3. I feel the same way lately. Too much going on online sometime I just want to get up and out. My new job gives me that opportunity and I also recently got off Facebook for a few. I need the break.

    I keep saying I need to get back to reading...I keep saying that. :)

  4. Those darn cookies again, Melissa! I still haven't gotten to eat one ;)

  5. I'm loving your comments :) It really is important to turn "off" the noise and take time away...

    And Katie - next time you're in Chicago, I'm happy to bake some treats :)

  6. Ahhh, yes. This post was a blessing to me and I can absolutely relate. Thanks for the reminder :) Xo

  7. yes!! i feel the SAME way. i really want to start shutting off my phone and computer at a certain time every day. it's so distracting and loud, but not always that fulfilling.

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