One Day Offline: A Break From Technology

Hi Technology,

I know you understand relationships are complicated. Hard, even. Actually scratch that. I’ll just be blunt. Look Tech, we need to talk because we have to figure this out for once and for all.

Hey hey hey, easy now, no need to worry; it’s not you, it’s me. I know it’s cliche and you probably hear that a lot but, it really is me. We’ve been together for a pretty long time and we’ve had our ups and downs, maybe more ups than downs but nonetheless, here we are. Truthfully, I don’t know what to do. A part of me wants to break up with you and the other half is just way too comfortable. Attached even.

Look at you, you’re smart and talented, you listen to me. All my friends love you. Hell, while it took her some time, even my mom loves you. And for the most part, you’re there for me when I need you, except for that one time during that blackout when you totally disappeared on me. You claim you needed some juice but whatever. I digress.

Some of my technology ©2015 HollyDayz
Some of my technology ©2015 HollyDayz

You’ve changed. I mean change is good but you changed a lot and that scares me. On daily basis, I don’t know what to expect from you and that leaves me feeling like I can never keep up. Yes you make me feel special but then again, I spend a lot of money on you. Like don’t you have a job? No, giving me directions and telling what the weather is going to be like isn’t a job. And to be honest, I found out my friends spend a lot of money on you too, but I ignored them and trusted you only to have you have me questioning our entire relationship.

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I couldn’t take it anymore, so I decided to spend one day offline. But what on earth does that mean? I like that we are one and you’re vital to my career. I need you. There’s been times I’ve pushed you away, but not an entire day. Not on purpose. Yet I decided, for the better good, to give it a go when Mashable and Cathay Pacific gave me the opportunity to get away from you and spend some time in Hudson, New York.

Initially I was hesitant, but then my friend tagged along for some support and I also found out there would be others from all over the world who were also in a relationship with you that would be joining. My curiosity couldn’t be contained and I’m strong enough to walk away from you and take in a new experience, especially knowing others would be there going through the same thing.

I didn’t second my decision, but my friend and I did arrive a bit late, but we were told we didn’t miss too much. It was beautiful, the fall foliage of Upstate New York. And from that moment, I knew I made the right decision because if you were with me, most likely I would been all into you and not just experiencing the moment. There was breakfast for all of us and afterwards, surprisingly, I found myself playing with bubbles. I couldn’t tell you the last time I did that, but it didn’t matter because everywhere I turned, everyone around me was either blowing bubbles or popping them with swords. Then that led to a few sword fights.

Tossing some beanie babies
Tossing some beanie babies

I drifted over to a corn bag toss game that no one was winning and even after several aggressive attempts of trying to get the beanie baby in the hole, we all decided to give it up. I just couldn’t help but think if you were there, you would’ve convinced me to not even try with one of your distraction tricks. It was time to go, and we piled onto a yellow school bus heading to an apple farm. At first, no one actually spoke to us because they thought we were a part of the film crew, but they opened up once they found out who we were. I guess everyone was a bit nervous with a film crew there. It was a bit different to be filmed knowing people were watching to see how I would act with you not around.

Yellow School Bus That Whisked Us Away
Yellow School Bus That Whisked Us Away

Once we got to the apple farm, we picked some organic apples and I watched as others fed them to the horses. Some even had the horses eating it from off their head. I don’t mean to be bashing you but I’m sure if you were there you would have convinced me to take a picture or a video. After collecting apples we had enough to make some apple cider for everyone.

Hungry Horse
Hungry Horse
Apple picking
Apple picking

Next we took a hayride around the farm to the main house where we had lunch. I won’t lie, I started missing you at this moment, you always knew the perfect moment to take a picture. I grabbed a blanket and a picnic basket and filled it with sandwiches, brownies, cookies, lemon bars, and some cider as I sat with some new friends and just soaked in the moment.

Picnic Time
Picnic Time
Hammock Fail, but fun!
Hammock Fail, but fun!

After hearing about some of the history of the Hudson Valley area we had some free time. Three of us attempted to get in the hammock, epic fail!  I then tried my hand at the corn bag toss game again sans beanie babies and got some in the hole. And the crazy thing was I wasn’t thinking about you. I sat down to take in the view for a moment. Next we had a choice of going fishing, hiking, or cleaning horse poop. I took the hike which gave me needed exercise that I could have done without as I slipped across mud, but also time to bond with a new friend.

Taking in the beautiful view in Hudson, NY
Taking in the beautiful view in Hudson, NY
She had a camera so we got a selfie in during the hike
She had a camera so we got a selfie in during the hike

We headed back and got the chance to swing and play on a merry go round, while checking out the resident chicken and bunnies, before we took a group photo and headed back to the house. The house was huge! 10 of us were staying there. Rather than take a much needed nap, I took a shower and got ready for the evening festivities as I read the itinerary that was left on my bed.

Fun Convos with wine
Fun Convos with wine

The yellow school bus took us back to the original farm house destination where we grabbed some wine, tried to stay warm, and watched a beautiful sunset. We were then ushered inside the barn, where cowboy hats were set at the table. I found one that suited me and wore it for the rest of the night.

Cowboy hats for our western themed evening
Cowboy hats for our western themed evening
Live band
Live band

Food was served…yay I was hungry…boo it didn’t taste that great. Next up square dancing. I hadn’t done this since high school. I had a great time and got warm really quick dooseedo-ing and hooting and hollering while the live band played for us. Afterwards we headed outside to write wishes on a chinese lantern before releasing them into the night sky. It was so gorgeous that I realized a camera couldn’t capture what my eyes were seeing. Then I was handed a sparkler and had fun twirling that around till it burnt out.

Chinese Laterns drifting to the sky
Chinese Laterns drifting to the sky

Next up a bonfire..a much needed one because it was super cold out. The fire was almost too warm, but inviting and nice. We had huge marshmellows to roast over the fire to make s’mores and talk before it was time to head back to the house. So exhausted I forgot about you technology.

Bonfire
Bonfire

The next morning we headed back to the farm house for breakfast. In true blogger fashion everyone had their phones out collecting information and snapping pictures. Technology, I’ve come back to you and I missed you. After breakfast we had a mimosa toast out in the huge and beautiful backyard before more pictures commenced and everyone began to say their goodbyes.

Mimosa toast with crew in full effect
Mimosa toast with crew in full effect
Getting pics since we got our phones back
Getting pics since we got our phones back

One Day Offline

It was interesting, but nice to bond with a group of strangers (bloggers, influencers, and crew) and make some new friends without you. I must say, some time away from you, made me realize that while I don’t wanna break up, I do wanna experience more days like this…. with and without you.

What would you do with One Day Offline?

Disclaimer: Thank you to Mashable and Cathay Pacific for inviting me to experience One Day Offline! All thoughts and opinions have not been influenced and are my own.

50 thoughts on “One Day Offline: A Break From Technology

  • October 28, 2015 at 2:56 pm
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    This looks like such a fun experience. Lot’s of relaxing but fun activities.

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    • October 31, 2015 at 8:34 pm
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      It was a fun experience, although there wasn’t too much relaxing lol

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  • October 29, 2015 at 12:29 am
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    If this is what I get to do if I go offline for a day. Where do I sign up??? It looks like you truly enjoyed your “day off”.

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    • October 31, 2015 at 8:35 pm
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      I had a fun time. I did so much I was knocked out by the end of the day.

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  • October 29, 2015 at 4:38 pm
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    I would totally take a day off from technology! Especially if I had all this fun stuff to do. Sounds like a fun experience with or without phones.

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    • October 31, 2015 at 8:37 pm
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      It is needed! They made sure we had a jam packed day of things to do.

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  • October 29, 2015 at 7:12 pm
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    I love this! I can so relate to your relationship issues lol. Glad you were able to get away and have some good fun.

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    • October 31, 2015 at 8:40 pm
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      lol I am glad you can relate. I am glad I got the opportunity to get away too.

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    • October 31, 2015 at 8:41 pm
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      It is a must sometimes. Everyone needs to just take a step back.

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    • October 31, 2015 at 8:41 pm
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      The horse was making his own apple cider lol.

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  • October 30, 2015 at 7:09 am
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    This is so necessary to just unwind sometimes. Looks like you had a blast, nice!

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    • October 31, 2015 at 8:43 pm
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      Yea unwinding is always necessary.

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  • October 30, 2015 at 8:50 am
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    I like to letter format, cute. Looks like a great time and I already take some days, usually Sunday off from tech, if not for all of the day, most of it.

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    • October 31, 2015 at 8:44 pm
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      Thank you! I am glad you find a day to separate yourself from it all. Mine are typically during big holidays like Christmas, but not the entire day…lol

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  • October 30, 2015 at 10:15 am
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    I work in technology, so it’s kind of hard, but definitely not impossible. Sounds like a great time.

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    • October 31, 2015 at 8:45 pm
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      Even more reason for you to find a day and step away.

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  • October 30, 2015 at 9:57 pm
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    Looks like you all were living in the moment! I would love to do something like this, but I would probably break out in a cold sweat LOL!

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    • October 31, 2015 at 8:45 pm
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      We were having fun doing different things. It was nice, but I think everyone was glad to get their phones back.

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  • October 31, 2015 at 9:52 am
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    I could not agree more. Too much of technology is just blah! Lovely post 🙂

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    • October 31, 2015 at 8:46 pm
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      Thanks. Yea, sometimes you need to just step away.

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  • October 31, 2015 at 11:36 am
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    What a great day! My favorite vacation was at a place that had little access to the outside world. It is nice to get offline for a while.

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    • October 31, 2015 at 8:48 pm
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      It is very nice to get offline for a bit. I am glad you got that opportunity and enjoyed it.

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  • October 31, 2015 at 3:16 pm
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    Looks like a great idea 🙂 More people should do that! We are to addicted to technology sometimes 😉

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    • October 31, 2015 at 8:50 pm
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      Yea, I think people are addicted to technology. They don’t stop to enjoy much without it.

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  • October 31, 2015 at 3:42 pm
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    I think we all need to take a break from technology every now and then. It consumes us so much. Glad you had the experience without your phone but just with people. Face to face interaction is minimal these days

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    • October 31, 2015 at 8:55 pm
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      It can be very consuming. It was nice to hang out with people knowing they wouldn’t be messing with their phone.

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  • October 31, 2015 at 8:56 pm
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    Very fun day! I enjoyed it

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  • November 1, 2015 at 12:23 am
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    Can you really say you’re offline if you’re taking photos? I suppose you can. Every now and then everyone needs some “space” 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experience and writing such a fun post about it!

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    • November 1, 2015 at 12:29 am
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      Yes because most of us didn’t have a camera. The ones that did, it wasn’t like they could get on the Internet. There was a camera crew and photographers there to capture everything. Everyone needs a break from technology.

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  • November 1, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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    What a fantastic day, I have to admit I wish I could switch off more, but its its nearby I just have to fiddle with it and check emails or social media. x

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    • November 1, 2015 at 2:24 pm
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      The day was a lot of fun. It is hard not to just pick up your phone and check things.

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  • November 1, 2015 at 2:42 pm
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    Just one day offline – you managed. So it’s time to go somewhere where you won’t be able to use it a bit longer – a wonderful experience, I can tell you 🙂

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    • November 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm
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      Yea, we all managed. It is cool to go off completely here in there.

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  • November 1, 2015 at 7:34 pm
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    This was a fun post. It sounds like they had a really fun day planned. It’s always good to take a break from technology. I don’t do it enough.

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    • November 2, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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      Thank you. Yes it is nice to reset and do something else. Nothing something that needs to be done all the time, but sometimes.

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    • November 2, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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      It was a nice day.

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  • November 1, 2015 at 11:18 pm
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    This looks so entertaining and relaxing! Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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    • November 2, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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      I don’t know about relaxing. But entertaining for sure.

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  • November 2, 2015 at 5:02 am
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    Looks like you had fun. We are all so reliant on all the various technologies we use all the time now, how did we ever manage! I have not made it to this part of the world but will get the opportunity next year as my daughter has decided this is a perfect venue to get married

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    • November 2, 2015 at 1:39 pm
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      It was fun. I remember the times before all the technology. Those were fun, a lot of kids don’t even know what that is. Congratulations to your daughter!

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  • November 2, 2015 at 9:20 pm
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    I’ve seen several different overviews of this event and love the theme. Ironic though that each of you have been posting so much online post-break to catch up!

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    • November 3, 2015 at 8:16 am
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      It was a great theme. I haven’t been catching up. I am right on target. It came at a perfect time.

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  • November 3, 2015 at 7:01 am
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    Very interesting thing to do for a day. I was offline for an entire month in Cuba. It was glorious!

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    • November 3, 2015 at 8:17 am
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      That is certainly some dedication. I like to be in contact at the very least so that wouldn’t work for a month.

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  • December 26, 2015 at 5:10 pm
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    ARE YOU CRAZY?!! A DAY OFF FROM TECHNOLOGY?!! hahahahahaha! My life has become so dependent on technology that it’s as if I’m glued to laptop/phone. I welcome days like this and it does make you stop and wonder. I’ve made a conscious effort never to have the phone near me at bedtime or at meal times and to make ample non tech days when possible!

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  • December 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm
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    Digital detox is the way to go – although this must just bee too hard!

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