50 thoughts on “I Came Back

  1. Well, ya know I live in a mountain in the middle of nowhere with no internet and I think about many of the things you mentioned. I think its really part of what makes us writers, introspection, and then sharing that insight.
    Sounds like you had a good writerly time. Welcome back Britt.

  2. First, welcome back! You’ve been missed!!!

    Second, I love how you’re always trying to find meaning and understanding. I always find myself overthinking things and just trying to figure out the absurdity of modern Western life. And yet it’s so difficult to break away from.

    Huge props to you for having done so twice in the past year or so!!!

    You’re so beautiful on both the outside and inside.

  3. Welcome back! It’s certainly difficult to disconnect, especially when our online presence is also tied to book marketing. But I think we need an occasional respite. I never really step away completely (unless I’m on a cruise), but I take some blog breaks in the summer, and I limit my social media on the weekends. I also don’t watch the news on weekends, so between those two things, I get some time to rejuvenate. Because Monday it starts all over again…

    1. Thanks, love! Yes, it is especially difficult for us to disconnect from a marketing standpoint. I lost a few followers but the ones that count stick around. I’m all about the quality over quantity anyway.

      I’m going to limit my social media time going forward. It’s a useful tool, but it’s more important for me to focus on writing and life.

  4. Britt welcome back I love taking some time away from the computer too and just unplugging from the world. But I am lucky I only have cows for neighbours so life is incredibly simple when I allow it to be. Give yourself a pat on the back for all your achievements and we are happy you are back. Loved the golden beach shot.

    1. Unplugging is so important, especially now that we are constantly connected. You are totally lucky to have cow neighbors…I’m jealous. I’m trying to be better about patting myself on the back. It’s something we writers certainly don’t do enough.

      Mr. H snuck that golden beach shot in when I was having a moment. Turned out awesome!

  5. Lovely to have you back, Britt! I hope you can keep that feeling you had on the beach with you and keep twitter and Facebook away on some days while continuing to stay connected on others. It’s really a balancing act we’re trying to figure out, isn’t it?

    1. “It’s really a balancing act we’re trying to figure out, isn’t it?”

      Holy crap, Letizia. Your wisdom never ceases to amaze me. (And I needed to read this today. Was having a melancholy day, after what had been a pretty awesome weekend up until it struck.)

      1. It’s strange how we go from having a great weekend to having a bad weekend. My meditation teacher says we need to learn to not let the events around us define our state of mind.

        Easier said than done but as long as we keep trying than we’re heading in the right direction 🙂

    2. It’s totally a balancing act! I’m going to limit my social media time to 3-4 days per week, mornings only, and see how that goes. I think it’s good to have some boundaries so I don’t get whisked away by the media distractions. So many more awesome things to spend time on, like reading and writing to name a couple.

  6. I wondered where youv’e been. I want to divorce Facebook. The silliness of it is, unless you have a medical necessity is just ‘silly’. I also am working on narrowing my email contacts. What happened to picking up the phone? That’s one of the many reasons I Iove the San Juan Islands-you can only get cell service in the larger areas. Periodic isolation is very therapeutic. Glad you are back. I missed your insight

    1. Yeah, I needed to do my annual media getaway to reset. Facebook is pretty silly. I’m coming back with a limited schedule in place to keep my social media sanity. As an Indie Author, I need to have a bit of a presence there to promote my work, otherwise I’d be looking at a divorce as well.

      I miss phone calls too. It’s amazing how that has become lost in our society. Nothing beats the sound of a person’s voice when you can’t physically be with them.

      San Juan Islands…can’t wait to go there in the coming year. I may never come back! : )

  7. Yeah! Britt is back! We are all– yes all– drawn to the water and the saltier the better. I look at the list of people who comment on your blog and you have the A list. Except for the rare exceptions– like me. Be happy the farts were mere noise, lol.

  8. Welcome back! and at the same time, WHY have you come back?!? you were so well out of here! you made it, for a whole month! meaning you had your weaning and you could go on without it all, like many of us should. Specially with a Mr H. to take you to such a beautiful spot by the ocean to find yourself again.
    but, yeah, welcome back!

    1. LOL! It wasn’t super easy to come back, but I’m glad to see you guys again and get back into a weekly writing schedule. Blogging is a great way of expressing myself, so it has therapeutic value. Social media has its issues, but I do enjoy staying in touch with people that way too.

      I’m definitely reserving more time for myself and life in the coming year though. There’s just too much to enjoy!

  9. I was actually thinking the other day that you’d be back soon, and here you are! Welcome back! I’ve been doing a mini cleanse myself, actually. I’ve been reading much more news and far less Facebook. If I’m going to write something with meaning and show the world what it looks like, I need to know what’s going on. Not to mention news is far more interesting than what my Facebook friends had for breakfast.
    Anyway, I’m glad you were able to find what you were looking for during your break, but I’m also glad to be seeing your posts again. So, again, welcome back!

    1. Tada! Thanks, Chris! Good to be back.

      Good for you on the news priority shift! FB has its uses, but what’s going on in the world is usually not a hot topic…unless it’s celebrity-related. : )

  10. I’m really glad you’re back, Britt. I always look forward to your blog posts because they are about you and your personal life. You remind me to see the happy in places I wouldn’t normally think to look. There are plenty of blogs out there trying to be meaningful and they fall flat. Your posts always lift me.

    1. Okay, you made me cry a little in public when I read your sweet words. Thank you for saying that, love. I know you know how hard it is to put ourselves out there. I love everything that you stand for, and I’m so glad you started writing more about your beautiful animal causes on your blog. That’s so awesome!

  11. Hey Britt welcome back! I’ve just returned as well haha.. but I had/have a good excuse 😉
    I know exactly what you mean. It’s hard to get disconnected these days, and ironically get ‘connected’ again with what really matters. During the move (and in meantime also been on a business trip) I wasn’t at all into the mood of writing, social media etc. It’s only once I returned, I immediately caught the damn infectious virus again. I also intend to cut back on social media (already am) and reclaim a ‘hands-on’ life 🙂
    Ironically I just came across this link this morning and it makes you think..
    but I AM glad to write again 🙂

    1. Hey, sweetie! Yes, you have had a good reason to go dark. Hope Texas is treating you well!

      This video is truly powerful. I’ve been thinking a lot about everything covered in the video for a couple of years now. I appreciate the technology we have as a way of communicating with those we would never have met otherwise or those too far away. But when it comes to those close to us and life as it’s happening around us, a more hands-on approach needs to be every human’s focus.

      1. Yes, I agree with you. We can’t go without technology these days and it’s all about balancing the scales, right?
        p.s. I’m sorry, I didn’t want it to show the video – just the link

  12. Well, I’m just coming back from an unplanned two month hiatus and if I be honest with you, coming back is not proving easy. It’s been refreshing in many ways to just deal with real life matters and feel my ability to focus renew. You have echoed many of my feelings on the matter, and yet, here we are 😉 Maybe it’s just about doing things a little differently. Or having it in a slightly different order of priority?

    1. Coming back is pretty weird, isn’t it? Especially the social media side of things. I opened my Facebook page and felt stressed immediately. I was scrolling down lower and lower, trying to catch up, then I closed the tab and walked away, because my eyes and my brain hurt.

      I do agree it’s about doing things differently, that we have a choice to use our online communication tools in a smart way so that they don’t take over.

  13. It’s great to see you back! And I understand that difficulty in coming back after the break. The two weeks my husband and I were in England we totally disconnected from social media and email. We had my phone for making reservations and such but when we connected to wifi it was only to check the next day’s weather forecast.

    I thought I’d go through horrible withdrawal, but by day two? None. It was a wonderful feeling of actually being present in the moment, of enjoying our trip without being distracted by social media. And it was hard for me to come back in some ways, too. I’m trying to decide on how to do some shorter, but more frequent, disconnects. I have a sneaking suspicion we’d all be healthier if we did that….

    1. Good for you guys! It’s super easy for me to disconnect when I go on vacation. I know some people don’t even do that and give a play-by-play of every moment of their vacation. It’s crazy!

      But, I’ve been learning to use that vacation idea at home too as we all can’t afford to travel enough to take those media breaks. It is super important for our health to use the technological tools we have responsibly and enjoy what’s right in front of us.

  14. So glad you’re back! I found your insights interesting and hope you enjoyed your time off, but fingers dancing across the keyboard says a lot, if you ask me. Blogging isn’t necessarily self-centered like a selfie; more often, I think it’s a form of self-expression.

    1. Hey, honey! Nice to see you again. Yes, once the fingers started dancing I knew I was truly ready to be back to blogging.

      Blogging is definitely not the culprit. A lot of my hiatus tendencies come from the craziness that is FB and Twitter. Of course, a little writing break here and there is good for the mind too.

  15. Welcome back (again)! It’s very good to see you around again. =D

    I could never cut myself off from social media. Even though you were fighting with temptation, I still think you’re extremely strong for being to restrain yourself (if I was the one forgetfully checking my FB and Twitter, I would’ve said, “What the hell” and broken my “social media fast”). I’m glad you eventually were able to relax though. 🙂

    1. I’m an all or nothing kind of gal though. That’s why I take off from blogging too during this time…so, I don’t slip up with social media along the way.

      It was good stuff! Definitely an annual tradition for me now.

  16. Welcome back, it’s good to have a little Britt positivity back in the virtual world 🙂 You’d thing just being would be the easiest thing in the world, but somehow there’s always something tempting us not to do it. Hope you manage to keep the balance now you’re back!

    1. Aw, thank ya, sweetness! Just being is surprisingly tough, isn’t it? I think it’s harder nowadays because of the incredible technology at our fingertips. So easy to fall into these traps of distraction rather than living our lives in the flesh. I’ll do my best with the balancing act! : )

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