Why did I do it?
I decided to do this because I found myself constantly on my phone while doing everything. Driving (mainly at stop lights but still..SO BAD) cooking, talking to my husband, playing with my son, while working, when I was tired, bored,..in bed.. just. all. the. time. The same day I was thinking about this a fellow JMU Duke & friend - Maeve over at The Wee Spoon blog posted that she was going to fast from social media for the month of July. Just like that I thought "YES" Thank you God for the nudge. I am doing it too! I am addicted to my phone (who isn't?) So I thought this would help me break away and be more present and it definitely did!
Did I give in?
I won't say I didn't have some bumps along the way. A little over half way through the month I clicked the saved Instagram box on my google chrome and browsed for about 5 minutes until I realized I was sucked in! AH! then I deleted the saved link ... and I was procrastinating from doing my work for sure. Also yesterday I downloaded all my apps back just to prepare for re-entering the social media world and I went on an "unfollow" spree on Instagram :) AH feels good! Highly recommend it!
What did I learn?
I loved not having my phone so much! I knew this would happen. As an introvert I loved not having to think about posting something or worrying that I should post something etc. but when special days came around I was like "Man I wish I could post something!" Like on the day my baby was out of my belly the same amount of time he was in my belly! 41 weeks and 6 days YALL. ALSO I would end the day with 40%-70% battery life. Heck yes. That's whats up- less charging!
Instagram and SM are an escape from my 'real world'. I changed 3 poopy diapers in an hour and cleaned up a lot of messes..."Ahhh instagram feed... where everything is beautiful and pretty to look at and inspiring... " Not always a bad thing but instead of facing whats going on in my heart and my mind and relationships I just scroll the feed and get sucked into this digital world sometimes. Not being on insta and FB frustrated my brain because I actually was thinking about what was going on in my life more intentionally and relationally and spiritually the things I needed to work on were in my FACE and I didn't get to mentally check out and mindlessly scroll and tap. Frustrated with something or someone? Work it out right then. Don't ignore or not communicate or say "I'll talk to them about that later..". Be in the moment and deal with whats happening. Also DO. YOUR. WORK. stop procrastinating via social media.
Just because Im not on SM doesn't mean I automatically read my Bible more. I did read my Bible App more and my "First Five" app more at first because its all I had! And I probably checked the weather 19 times a day- but just because I took something away doesn't mean it automatically led me to spiritual bliss. I still am learning to discipline myself in this crazy season to read, journal or set aside time to talk to God. Moments alone as a Mom don't happen too often- but learning to put him first is hard in the midst of teething, sleepless & tiring nights, nights spent working on projects WAY too late...but I felt his grace & blessing in new ways just "counting it all joy" and praising him for the abundance of work I have to do and a growing healthy baby!
Social media is an AMAZING thing and I missed the 'community' aspect. I missed communicating with people I rarely see and seeing whats going on in their lives. I missed being encouraged by other wives, moms and women I know who write inspiring posts and encourage me to keep pursuing my dreams. I also missed seeing other artists inspiring work and photographs!
I love taking pictures! I still took a ton of pictures with my iPhone almost to say "this would be a great insta!" when I would take them. Then it made me realize I wanted to take pictures anyways just because I enjoy being creative in that way and capturing moments brings me joy, regardless if I should post it or not.
Taking a break from it all was a total blessing. It has made me realize how little I want to be on Facebook and instagram (even though I love good grammin') and how I want to utilize it in the best ways and not just mindlessly scroll to pass time. There are so many other things to do and give attention to! Will you try it?