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This Has Been A Post: Zoë is Going on an Internet Detox

I’ve been feeling particularly uninspired lately, and I think I need a detox. Specifically, an Internet detox.

The breaking point was earlier this week when I aimlessly opened Facebook on my phone while I had Facebook open on my computer — I was apparently so distracted by boredom scrolling through my social media feeds that subconsciously I felt opening it elsewhere would suddenly lead to more new and exciting things. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that lately I haven’t found much Internet content that made me learn something beyond the accepted view that most of the Internet is pretty much shit. When I went to compile my favorite web reads for this week’s link party, I had exactly six things to share instead of the 10 or 15 articles I usually pare down. And despite really wanting to write another blog post, I had no spark to come up with something. I don’t know if it’s because my life has considerably slowed down lately, but I have to recharge my motivation and creativity. Besides deactivating my Facebook for a spell a few years ago, I’ve never detached myself from my Internet presence. Now I’m going to try it and see if it helps.

Here are my detox rules:

1. Because so much of life in 2015 is dependent on the Internet, I’ll be detoxing just for the week: Monday morning when I wake up to Friday at noon.

2. No browsing, researching or posting is allowed…

3. …but I’ll be checking my emails once a day at noon just to make sure nothing super important comes through. (Disclosure: I have to send one important email Monday morning, but that’s it.)

4. I’ll still be available via text.

To make it more interesting and see how good my willpower is, I won’t delete any of the social media or messaging apps on my phone or block my Internet browser. However, I will be turning off push notifications.

On Friday afternoon, I’ll write about my results and post it here. If you’re also feeling in need of a recharge, feel free to join me and share your thoughts at the end of the week.

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This Has Been A Post: 2015 Calendar

In case you’re curious about how I did it, I hand-lettered the months and days of the week and painted the streak with transparent watercolors. I then scanned everything into the computer, cleaned it up in Photoshop and put it all together in Pages. The font for the dates is Helvetica Neue Ultra Light.

I keep a paper calendar on the corkboard above my computer. When something really cool happens (anything from going out to dinner with friends to vacations to personal milestones), I write it on the calendar. It’s a cool way to keep track of the year and remind myself that awesome things happen all the time.

I downloaded last year’s calendar from another lifestyle blogger, but this year I decided to make my own and thought I would share it with you guys. Here’s the link if you’re interested. (Note: the colors print much prettier than how they look on the computer, and it’ll look just as good in black and white.)

Here's a sneak preview.

Here’s a sneak preview.

Enjoy! If you run into any issues or I made any typos, let me know.

 

 

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Hello.

Welcome to the Internet adventure that is my blog.

Things you’ll find here:

  • Chronicles of a college senior living in proximity to one of the largest cities in the world
  • Articles, photos, links and websites that I like (and will probably comment on)
  • My own cogitations on living in the postmodern world

Enjoy your stay.

I received a dress in the mail a few years ago, and this was on the envelope. It’s moved around my room a few times (completely dependent on how I feel like curating my bulletin boards), but I love both its genius and simplicity.

(Also expect photo captions that swerve from poignant observations to tangents you probably won’t care about.)

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