Hi, my name is Michele Miller and I'm excited to be the newest contributor to the Inc. Life blog. Some of you may know me as a Marketing blogger for Inc.com. What I love about this blog is the opportunity to "get a little more personal."

One of the biggest challenges I face as an entrepreneur, writer, and speaker is trying to maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life. (Sound familiar?) In fact, as I write this, my bags are packed and I'll soon be heading out the door to Maui on my first vacation in five years. That's right, five. My definition of vacation is travel without a laptop or cell phone -- which, if you know my almost desperate need to stay connected, is a noteworthy feat (do I hear a trumpet fanfare?).

My husband and I decided that if we are really going to relax and refresh our mojo, we're going to completely disconnect. This includes:

No Internet. Mo stopping in cyber cafes to check e-mail or for a quick hit of CNN.com.

No TV. The sound of crashing waves is far healthier than the babble of talking heads.

No Newspaper. Unless it's earth-shattering news, we don't need to know about it. And if something major does occur, we're sure to hear about the good, old-fashioned way -- word-of-mouth.

So, I'm outta here for now, but I promise to share the results of my "Vacation: UNPLUGGED" experience when I return. And I definitely look forward to sharing other bits of my life (and yours!) as well. In the meantime, if you've got some secrets for cutting the cord or want to share some of your own vacation-less horror stories, drop me a comment here.

Aloha!