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Social Media Return

Well, Lent is almost over and my return to social media looms on the horizon. But I’m going to be honest…I’m not that excited about it. I’m not not excited…I’m just kind of indifferent at this point. It’s been nice to have one less thing to think about and waste time on. I know social media isn’t all bad – I love seeing the fun things people are doing and seeing my adorable nephew (on my sis-in-law’s witty posts). I also love posting things – I love pictures and being able to look back at pictures and Timehop. I am a recovering scrapbooker – ok not really, I haven’t done any actual scrapbooks in years (like the print out pictures, cut them out, cut out letters, design a page). But I have transitioned to the world of digital photobooks for specific trips. And social media is kind of my digital scrapbook now, especially since I (like most people) don’t or can’t keep every photo I take on my phone. I still took plenty of pics sans being able to post them anywhere…

Very timely with this decision was my small group starting Sandra Stanley’s Comparison Trap devo. We’re halfway through and I love it. Although it’s not necessarily brand new stuff we’ve never heard, it’s a great reminder of who we are as women and the pitfalls of constantly comparing ourselves, which is especially easy through social media. It’s a 4-week series with a quick daily devotion (literally 5 minutes a day) and a weekly video. There’s an app so you can watch the videos without having to buy the DVD – great to do on your own or with a group! And my group talks a lot about comparison through social media – look at the photos above, or at my Facebook or Instagram feed, and my life may seem fun or interesting or busy. But those photos above are from 40 days. I didn’t take pictures of the 30 days of sitting at home alone, eating popcorn (for dinner), binge watching Fuller House (amazing, by the way). But actually, I’m perfectly content with that life. Most of the time. But you get what I’m saying.

Although social media is not the only way we compare ourselves to others, it plays a big role, and like I said in my last update, there comes a kind of freedom and self-contentment being off of social media. And when you think of what today, Good Friday, represents, you really can’t complain about sacrificing social media. My plan is to maybe not put all the apps back on my phone. I do actually need Facebook for communication and promos with some groups I’m a part of, but I don’t necessarily need it to be accessible 24/7. So we’ll see. This was a very good and rewarding challenge and I think everyone should do it at some point. Even for a month, which is shorter than Lent! At least think about it – I really don’t think you’ll regret it.

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Social Media Freedom

If you missed the explanation post, I gave up social media for Lent this year. It’s been 3 weeks and let me tell you…..I feel FREE.

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Ok, maybe freedom from servitude and itty bitty living space isn’t exactly the same feeling. But it’s a pretty great feeling. It really is freeing to not constantly be checking my phone, worrying about what everyone else is up to, and trying to make my life look perfect. Believe me, it is far from perfect. And this has been surprisingly easy, though not a total piece of cake. The hardest part has definitely been breaking the habit of constantly picking up my phone to check Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Well, that, and missing photos and videos of the most adorable nephew ever.

My desire to post photos has not really been curbed at all because I have done some fun stuff lately, especially attending a beautiful wedding last weekend. In all honesty, though, no one is missing those pictures (except maybe my mom, who just likes to keep up with my life because she cares).

I’m not to the point yet where I want to rid myself completely of the social media handcuffs, but I think I will at least not put the Facebook app back on my phone. That will at least help with the time wasted scrolling down my news feed and caring too much about what is being posted.


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Social Media Break

Lent definitely snuck up on me this year. I realized late yesterday that today is Fat Tuesday. But I had been thinking a little about what I would do (or not do, as it may be) for lent this year and social media was continuously put on my heart. I am of the belief that social media is not pure evil, but can definitely be used for good as well as bad. And that our society has become obsessed with it. I am especially guilty of not only spending too much time on social media, but also using social media in unhealthy ways. I’ll admit that I use it to make my life seem as fun and interesting as possible. I use it to compare my life and myself to others. I use it judge others lives and opinions. And these are all things I am not proud of doing and things I do not want dominating my life.

So I am taking a break. 40 days. Well, technically 46, because I think cheating on Sundays is cheating. I know this will not be easy. I love seeing pictures and posts to keep up with friends and family. I love posting pictures and documenting life. And I know that this has become the cliché lent thing to do, but it’s actually something I have been considering doing anyway. My goal is to come out with a healthier relationship with social media, have better priorities for my own life, and better time management habits. Or maybe – gasp – I won’t miss it at all and will never return! Not likely, but hey, you never know.

I will still be here, on my blog, so feel free to keep up with my life and social media-less journey here. I only ask that if we are friends and something important happens in your life or if there is an event happening, you contact me via other means (I will still use the Facebook Messenger app since that is just messages). And feel free to text or email any pictures my way that I would otherwise love seeing via Facebook and Instagram. 🙂