The one thing having a week of not being beholden to a job brings you is the opportunity to detox.

I am a big believer in the concept, and practice, of detoxing your life. Clearing out the space. Organizing. Burning the sage. De-cluttering. I think it’s healthy to have daily intentions, as it’s been my experience that it’s the day-to-day, moment-by-moment decisions that truly make up the fabric of our lives. Just the same, if you get a chance to make room for big change, the kind that paves the way for easier decision making on a daily basis, life is infinitely better.

How obvious is it that I’ve been working for Oprah, huh?

Anyway, I still believe this with all of my heart, and it’s why I was firm about not immediately going from one job into the next, with nary a break to be had. It was not an easy decision to make, because I lean towards workaholicism. This, of course, is a large part of the problem, and so I’ve designed this week to address it. I want to work hard, but I also want to avoid how toxic my life has become: crashing on Friday nights, retreating from friends, mindless eating, sporadic yoga and meditation practicing, and on and on. There won’t be perfection, but I’m determined to right some of the wrongs that have contributed to living such a stressful life.

Step one for today is unsubscribing from the countless e-mails I receive each day. Each minute. With the exception of a small few, I’ve shut out the noise that, at this point, I just spent all sorts of time deleting anyway. I am all about quality, not quantity, and I’m unable to discern between the two these days. It feels like a very tangible thing I can do for myself on a daily basis, moving forward. And really? Do I need to know every single time one of my Flickr contacts uploads a picture or three? Probably not more than once a day.

There’s more for this week, but the act of letting go of the majority of e-mails I get seemed like something big. I wish I would have given myself permission to do it sooner!