Shutting Down for 2018


This year for Christmas, my grandma really wanted to have a talent show. It’s been her dream for the last two years, and this time the entire family complied. We had everything from a lecture on 6 different ways to calculate the volume of a sphere to an Uncle Eddie impersonation to a Broadway performance to a dramatic reading of a poem to a num-chuk demo. My contribution was reading the first scene of a short story I wrote during NaNoWriMo.

It was a fun, eclectic Christmas, full of energy and sugar and laughter.

And now that 2018 is winding down, I’m finding I’m wanting to wind down with it. I’m tired. I want a three hour nap. I’ve planned for 2019. I know what projects I want to work on. I’ve even mapped out the first quarter on my brand-new Kanban board. My brain wants to rest.

So I’ve decided to wind down alongside December’s end.

Over the next three days, my husband and I are going phone-free. Which also includes no email and no work. No, really. We’ve locked our phones in a box. Locked that box inside a pantry. Warned all family members we won’t open said box again until 2019. If someone’s dying, well, they can either drive over and tell us or we will have a nasty surprise come January 1st.

We’ve got Harry Potter #4 on Audible. Ice skating on the to-do list. Stocked up on library movie rentals. Picked out a trail and set out our walking shoes. Put clean sheets on the bed for several three hour naps.

Our hope is this phone-free time will help end our year with a more present mindset and be more in tune with each other. My personal hope is that a full brain shut-down will help reboot my creativity for the turn of the calendar.

A complete shut down just feels right. Like we’re closing a chapter. Closing a year.

And then we’ll open a new one together 🙂

How are you planning to wind-down the end of 2018?
Do you have some no-phone time scheduled?

abby-j-reed-headshot-smilingABOUT ABBY:
Abby J. Reed writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels that ask what if.She has a degree in English Writing and is drawn to characters with physical limitations due to her own neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Her debut novel, WHEN PLANETS FALL, published in April 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing.

WHEN PLANETS FALLAbby lives in Colorado with her husband and two fluffy pups. If her hands aren’t on the keyboard, they are stained purple and blue with paint. Find her online at

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6 Responses to Shutting Down for 2018

  1. viola62 says:

    I’m ready to wind down, too. I am finishing a book and know what I want to do for the next one–part three of a continuing story. I also teach full-time, and the end of the semester is draining. Oh, and add in renovation work! I so totally see what you mean.

  2. Beth Carter says:

    I absolutely love your Grandma’s Christmas talent show idea and want to implement that next year! I also adore your phone-hiding concept. Sadly, my November 15 deadline became a December 31 deadline due to a lovely birth in the family and sickness (mine for a month!) So, I’m hunched over my keyboard 10-12 hour days until Dec. 31. But look out tomorrow night! There will be wine, food, family fun, dancing, and I’ll shut down my computer for at least a week. I have a few 2019 projects planned. Even though you won’t see this (lol) enjoy your downtime!

  3. Susan James Berger says:

    Awesome! I know it was wonderful. Welcome to 2019.

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