How often would you say that you try to be bored? I have a hankering that it isn’t too frequent. You would have to really try, like really try, in order to reach “true” boredom. Bury your phone in the closet, shut off (not put to sleep) you computer, unplug the television from the wall, and hide the magazines under the cushions kind-of-try. I often “make myself be bored” for about a half hour during the day. Usually laying on my bed, staring at a spot on the wall. The initial fifteen minutes my mind is racing. I’m thinking about all of the tasks I could be doing, and what I’m going to do once my thirty minutes are up. However, after the fifteen minute buffer ends I slip into this state of true boredom. My thinking simplifies, and my mind slowly drifts – expanding my thoughts. I’m able to think of a single task rather than twenty, and sometimes – I think of nothing at all.
Those last fifteen minutes go by too quickly, and I often wonder what would come from a prolonged stretch of boredom. This past week, I sought to do so – clearing my schedule through Friday, I embraced boredom all week. What came of it? A new awareness of freedom. No Snapchat, and very little social media – I had true privacy. A fresh perspective on creativity and experimentation. Returning to a simpler style of life, such as I had before blogging full time. My fridge and pantry got trimmed down to only the essentials. Lots of chocolate nut butter was consumed straight from the jar, while laying on the couch in the middle of the day watching Gilmore Girls – and feeling zero guilt. I laughed out loud at myself when I would do silly things throughout the day, like squirt myself (and the kitchen) with the sink hose on accident. Or knock over the garbage can. Or for having flailed my arms screaming when I thought a cricket had jumped from the cabinet and down my back, to find it was only my hair tie that had fallen loose (I laughed particularly long after this last one).
I took things more “lightly”, and actually thought – a lot. Scott was out of town this entire week, making it the perfect environment here at home for me to conduct this little experiment. And you guys, it was wonderful. I realized more about myself, my work, my friendships, and values this week than I have given thought to “completely” in ages. If I had one tip for you this weekend, it would be to unplug and let yourself get bored. Oh, and to make this delicious fruit dip. xx
Oh so fitting for today’s post, this Ted Talk on the power of time off is incredibly inspiring.
This weekend’s tunes: Old Man Canyon.
Short and sweet this week – xx
As seen on my Nom show this past week.
1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
5 to 6 ounces plain, plant based yogurt
2 to 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
fruit to serve: sliced strawberries, bananas, figs, plums, and berries.
Discard the water from the coconut milk can, and scoop the cream into your blender (or bowl if using an immersion blender). Add the yogurt and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Blend until smooth, taste, and add additional tablespoon of maple if desired (you may need to reduce the maple if using sweetened yogurt, I used unsweetened). Serve with fresh fruit and enjoy right away. Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight glass container for up to 3 days.
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