The final week of this experience has proven to be the best. I had the opportunity to look back and see that with less time skimming the Yahoo News and Facebook (which often motivated a frenzie to google searches), I was able to save the mental space for things that are truly important to me, my family. I enjoyed a few late-night movies with my husband, more snuggle time with my girls, and I even picked up on a few chores that I had delegated to the kids. I started to see the human I used to see prior to allowing media to take over my life.
A few other things I noticed is that there was no comparison to hold up against my own life, thus I was able to envision and create the day I wanted to create with minimal influence. The need to put out into the world every clever thought or funny action quickly diminished.