Hi! I'm Megan Barnes Zesati, psychotherapist and founder of Tequanimity. In 2017, I stepped away from my Downtown Austin Therapy practice of ten years to take a family sabbatical year abroad with my husband and kids. The year was a great adventure for our family and an amazing opportunity for us all to unplug, reconnect as a family and see the world together.
It was only after months of being away in the slow-time of Costa Rica, that I became curious about how my relationship with technology played a significant role in the hectic modern family pace that we left behind. At the time we left, however, none of this was clear. I was stressed and overwhelmed and didn't know why. All I knew was that I craved time to think, and time to think felt like a luxury. I craved more quality time with my family--the kind of time where I did not also feel distracted, exhausted, irritable and time-poor. Sound familiar?
My attempts to rebalance my life opened a path of self-inquiry and education for me that was ultimately both empowering and redemptive. Over the course of my sabbatical year, I devoured the emerging research on how our digital habits change our brains, emotions, relationships, societies, schools, industries, communities and families.
Our heavy use and increasing reliance on technology is a fact of modern life. Our choice is not if but how we engage in the digital world. I invite you to dive into the topic of tech-life balance without judgment of yourself or others, because we all struggle to find this balance in real life, and we need to be talking about it more. Shall we begin?