Well, after about three months of writer's block, I'm excited to be writing again! I took some time off focusing on the holidays and time with family but I'm back and ready to take 2015 by the horns! My holidays were filled with friends and family -- like the pictures below (ice skating in Forest Park). For the second year in a row our best friends visited us during Christmas and it was the best time. I'm so grateful for friends who encourage, pray and love you through hard times.
I love January and this special time of year. It is a great time for reflecting to set goals and dream how you want to spend the next year of your life. There is something about it that just feels so new and fresh. And, to start my year off focused on God and my goals, I took part in a social media fast with my church. I had no idea how wonderful it would be. If you know me, you know I LOVE photography and Instagram. Border line obsessed. Along with half with world.
I learned how I fill every spare moment checking my latest feed on Instagram and how obsessed I was with how many "likes" and comments I was getting on my latest pictures. And, most importantly, I realized just how much anxiety social media was causing me. It's hard for me to admit that I am/was struggling with anxiety but it's the truth. But, this week... I feel like a weight had been lifted off of me. Filling my minutes and hours looking at other people's lives whether good or bad, has slowly began giving me anxiety -- daily anxiety to be exact.
Discussing this with my mom earlier this week, we chatted about how social media and it's far-reaching network gives us a way to see into the lives of so many people and how that just isn't normal. We are not meant to be that hyper-connected. It is just too much to take in on a daily basis. No one's heart or soul can take in that much information about every little detail of everyone's life.
So...all that to say, I'm excited to share my thoughts on how I'm going to take this week and apply it to my life moving forward in 2 0 1 5.
Social Media Boundaries:
1. Get all my instagram notifications turned off so I'm not
constantly reminded of what is happening on instagram.
2. Keep my instagram app hidden on my phone -- meaning, it will
help me avoid constantly opening the app when I have a free moment.
3. Delete the facebook app completely off my phone.
Because honestly, that will cut down 90% of the time I am on facebook. It will make me open my laptop(which isn't everyday)
in order to get on facebook.
4. Leave my phone in another room when I get home from work every night so I can focus on my husband who I haven't seen all day & actually get things done and not be distracted by phone.
Here's to 2 0 1 5! I am so hopeful for what God has in store this year. If you haven't already, I encourage you to take a social media fast too. It's such a great time to focus and set some goals for yourself. I don't think you'd regret it. And, if you do, let me know how it goes! You got this -- it's not impossible to go a week without it. Trust me. If I can do it.... you can too.
Complete our looks:
Brooke's Look (left)
Brooke's Look (left)
Red Cozy Zip Scarf - handmade by Noonday Collection
Crescent Moon Earrings - handmade by Noonday Collection - current obsession
Delta River Bangles - handmade by Noonday Collection
Milly Lace Boot Socks - Grace and Lace
Lines and Stripes Catch All Purse - handmade by Noonday Collection
Courtney's Look (right)
Bright Stripes Arm & Leg Warmers - handmade by Noonday Collection
Gem Trio Studs - handmade by Noonday Collection
Hand knit scarf - by Janell Rardon
Both dresses from Twice. Second hand clothes - game changer.
Happy New Year, y'all! Let's make it a good year.