Heart Led Health by Coach Donna

Saturday / April 11 / 2015

Unplug it for a few minutes

It’s 3:55 in the morning. I’m awake and I know exactly why. Something is springing to life in me. That ‘something’ isn’t new, really — more, she’s evolving. After being in a cocoon of sorts, I felt her pull in a breath of air just now as if awakening from a coma. It felt great. It made me want to write!

My constant companion Zeke and I drove from upstate New York to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina earlier this week, under the guise of getting a jump-start on the move South we’re about to make. Not a ‘guise’ really, as I am getting a jump-start. I brought down a carload of stuff and I have big plans tomorrow (technically later today) to move a lot of stuff from one closet to another closet so I’ll have room for said carload of stuff.

But the real reason I’m here is because I needed to unplug. In a bad way. Have you ever been in that place?

“You are a car that is now out of gas,” my cherished friend Janie said to me. She knew I’d notice she did NOT say, you are a car that is running out of gas. She was right. I was depleted. Completely.

Which is why, with my imminent move only two weeks away, I grabbed some “Just For Me” time. In sunny 83-degree Myrtle Beach. With my awesome dog (currently sleeping in his “Doggie TV” window seat as seen above).

Just yesterday, I saw this post from Anne Lamott on Facebook. I love Anne’s writing. So raw. So honest, often brutally. On the drive here, I listened as she narrated the audiobook, Small Victories. She has helped me embrace life with vigor, humility, passion and humor. Back to the list she posted, I was struck by #2:

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.

ManiPedi-MBSC-April2015As a side note, as I’m digging my toes in the sand, hanging out with my amazing parents, being nourished as I listen to the audiobook of The Untethered Soul, by Michael Singer (highly recommend), getting mani-pedis, and enjoying real live Vitamin D, I understand it’s been snowing, sleeting, and raining in upstate New York for most of the time.

I’m pretty certain I made the right decision “Just For Me”. 

Now, I’m going back to sleep. G’nite, ya’ll. Breathe in the essence of Hope. Dream the sweetest of dreams. Be raw and honest with yourself. Give yourself and perhaps someone else the gift of unplugging. Please. YOU matter.

6 responses to “Unplug it for a few minutes”

  1. Heather Monroe says:

    So well deserved. You give so much to others that it’s important to take time to replenish yourself. I know it happens to me occasionally and I have to step back and recharge. Only then is my very best available to offer up to those who need me. Best of luck!

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      I love how you shared only after you’ve re-charged “is my very best available to offer up to those who need me.” Truth! Thank you for sharing, Heather.

      Love, Donna

  2. Skip Smaldone says:

    Love to see you writing. Beautiful…

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      Thank you, Al. This is the gift you’ve allowed me to rediscover. I’m grateful.


  3. Deb Holton-Smith says:

    SO REFRESHING Sista….to read this. I’ve experienced this same feeling, doing, needing when I went back and forth to FL. Now I’m back in NY packing…packing…and smiling, knowing that soon my feet will be in the sand and new adventures with Chris will be happening. SO HAPPY for you and Skip!!!
    PS…of course we will be visiting you, you know!!! XOXOXO

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      THANK YOU, my Sistah! So many parallels in our lives. I am grateful to walk alongside you in this journey. Life just wouldn’t be nearly as fun or fulfilling without YOU in it.

      Love, Donna

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