Happy Thursday, friends! I’ve been officially back from my fast about a week and it’s SO great to be back!
I wish that I could tell you that I did something completely profound during this fast. I wish I could say that I picked up journaling – a goal I’ve had forever – or went on nature walks with my camera. But I’m just going to be completely honest and say this social media fast was none of that.
And it was perfect.
Over the past three weeks, I’ve practiced taking self-portraits, finished a book, watched movies with my hubby, and started a workout routine. I’ve also successfully unsubscribed from countless email lists that no longer bring me joy and finished a few photography courses. It’s really amazing what you can accomplish when you spend less time scrolling and more time living. And yet, productive isn’t necessarily the word I would use to describe the last three weeks. Instead, I’d chose liberating. I felt like less of a slave to the digital world and more focused on self-care and the things that make me happy.
But don’t get me wrong. There were times that I truly missed connecting – albeit virtually – with friends and family. I missed being tagged in funny animal videos, networking with truly talented artists all over the world, and keeping up with day-to-day life of those I love or admire the most. And for those reasons, I absolutely see the value in participating in social media.
And so, here we are. I’m back! But with a renewed perspective. I don’t need to live on social media every single minute of the day or feel validated by the number of followers or likes, because ultimately it’s about the connections and relationships with those in your social media community. This year, I’m all about being myself, sharing our life, getting to know you, and not getting lost in comparison. It’s about mindful use of social media, setting limits, and being real.