Well, I took a break from social media and my blog for about three months in hopes of refocusing my energy on things that I had been lacking. For a while, I felt a tug at my heart that a break needed to take place I kept pushing it aside. Telling myself, I will do it in a couple weeks or it is best to do it at the start of a new month.
The straw that broke the camel’s back:
Anyways, while attending a MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) meeting a panel of men were the speakers for that day. One man discussed how he had to delete Instagram and Facebook because it was a distraction from his family. This was the final straw! Hehe. At that moment God was making it clear to let it all go and focus on other things for a bit. There was an overall burnt out feeling. I was tired of posting my outfits and hoping I would get more likes/more followers. Trying to keep up with all the new outfit posts was exhausting and unrealistic for my life. I needed to regroup and recognize what my place in social media and on my blog looks like.
What came of it:
My time away was so fruitful! I wanted to focus on my relationship with God, spending more QUALITY time with my boys and husband, as well as invest in my personal time. Spending time with my family was taking place but the quality was not where I wanted it to be. Practice makes perfect (or at least better than prior to practice. hehe!). My phone was put away and I was present with the people who were right in front of me.
I started doing a weekly bible study with one of my besties! We meet on FaceTime every Wednesday night and discuss that week’s bible study session. Some weeks are skipped because is hectic and things come up. Sometimes we get off topic. Nevertheless, we always spend intentional time together and grow as women of God through our time together! It has been such a blessing; truly means so much to have that time to grow spiritually and to maintain a strong friendship with someone who lives states away.
The time away was nice for growth with my family. Checking my phone while talking to Nick or playing with Kashmir and Kyrie was no longer an issue. Actually, I was forgetting my phone even when I’d leave the house. This was one of my major goals from the time away. I wanted to disconnect from my phone. I wanted to feel like I didn’t need my phone at all times.
As a mom of two little boys, I don’t read much. Eeeek!!! LOL! I am currently trying to finish a book I started last June! Instead of being on social media, I wanted to pick up a book and read. Take in the quiet moment and invest in me. I didn’t finish it. Sadly! Haha! But, I am getting there and really enjoying it. My goal is to finish it before the end of June. That way I don’t have to say it took me a year to finish one book. It only took me 11.5 months. In my defense, I am still not getting a full night sleep. Kyrie wakes up 1-2 times a night. When I do have a low-key moment, reading is low on my list; it just makes me want to fall asleep.
What brought me back:
Truly, my break was lovely. I didn’t have to worry about taking a picture, making a caption, listing those darn hashtags, or feel guilty when I wasn’t posting on my blog. I wasn’t sure how long my break would last. But, about a week ago I started to feel sad that I wasn’t posting. I wished I were sharing my outfits and desired the time on my blog. The love for styling clothes runs deep! It was time to get back to the things I am passionate about; and do it in a way that is more well rounded for where I am in life.
In truth, my blog hasn’t been at the forefront of my footprint on the web. This time around I do want to focus more on my blog and invest in posts such as this!
Anywho! I desperately needed a break to prioritize things. I was able to do that and now have the mentality that I need to post what feels right to me and what comes of it is what it is. The number of views, likes, comments, followers, etc isn’t the main goal. Sharing my truths and my passions are the goal.
Thank you for stopping by! If you have any tips or tricks for how to prioritize, plan, or keep things in perspective; I’d love to know. Leave me a comment and help a girl out. XO
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