I’ve taken breaks from blogging before – extended periods where I haven’t written, or shared anything on my website. But I’ve never taken more than one week away from social media. One week in almost seven years!
Who else can barely recall what life was like prior to the daily consumption of a never-ending stream of content?? Getting lost in the self-distracting comfort of our Facebook feed. Dining on gorgeously curated pinterest boards and IG profiles.
Social media can be informative and captivating. It can also be a time sucking, mind-numbing, productivity killer with a penchant for superficial connection.
And the irony of this statement is not lost on me.
Cultivating an online presence is part of the job description for most online entrepreneurs and communicating regularly with you lovely people is something I genuinely enjoy.
However, for me at least, social media has become all-too consuming, distracting, demanding, and loud.
Here’s how I know it’s time to say goodbye to social media
:: I’m fatigued by the constant noise and pull of being online and find myself daydreaming about what life might look like without it….forever.
:: For the past 6 months I’ve been holding space for two online group masterminds and a booked out 1:1 coaching practice. It’s been utterly rewarding, but it’s now time to to replenish my own reserves.
:: I actively encourage people to stop comparing their lifestyles and achievements to others online, yet lately I’ve been doing this myself (which tends to douse the fuel of my own creative urges).
:: Like most of us, I crave a life fully-lived. One where I’m paying more attention, not less. One without a shadowy companion who’s constantly looking for a story angle, photo opportunity or significant meaning that needs to be shared. (Sometimes life needs to be experienced without the narrative).
:: I’ve always espoused that taking regular breaks for soul care, creative freedom and family time are essential. So it’s time to take my own advice.
HERE’S WHAT I WILL BE DOING INSTEAD:
:: I’ll still be writing and sharing new content, directly to your inbox, every couple of weeks. I won’t be sharing anything on my website or on social media. If that interests you, make sure you are on my list.
:: My long term, 1:1 coaching spots are booked out until October, but I’m still available for the occasional one-off session. You can contact me here to do that.
:: A couple of creative products that have been sitting on the proverbial shelf, will now acquire my full attention. I’m excited to begin and have enlisted support from my own coach to do this.
:: I’m also immersing myself in three months of intensive healing work, to deal with some post traumatic stress from childhood. Events that I’m finally ready to explore and release, for myself and my growing daughters. Lesson being relearned: We can’t create the present we want when parts of us are still trying to change the past.
:: I’ve deleted the apps from my phone and by the time you read this, will have effectively pulled up the drawbridge for the next 8-10 weeks. You can email me, voxer, or text if you have my number.
I’m excited and a little angsty about what this experiment in ‘disconnecting to reconnect’ might bring up, but it needs to happen.
Maybe you feel inspired to take a little sabbatical yourself? Let me know, or better yet, just do it!
I’ll be back in 8-10 weeks and hope to see you here.