(That title is for my BFF. I guarantee you she is falling off her chair right now laughing so hard she can’t breathe.)
Some might say it’s crazy or overreacting. But that’s okay, because right now I am crazy. And I don’t want to be. Things have got to change, and sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures… I will be taking a hiatus from Facebook. *GASP* It’s true. But before I get into the reasons behind this decision, here are a few ways to get in touch with me without Facebook:
- this blog
- Love Your DSLR blog << I haven’t officially announced my new website on the blog yet, but I will soon!
So anyway. Back to being crazy.
I have a problem. It’s been coming on for a while, and today I finally had a come-to-Jesus moment and realized something needed to change. I have a problem with Facebook. It makes me crazy. I’m addicted to it even though there’s not a whole lot of benefit to it. It affects my attitude and my productivity. I have this horrible problem of comparing myself to others and becoming bitter because of those comparisons. It’s so unhealthy, but for whatever reason I can’t stop. It’s like a legit addiction. The first thing I do in the morning is check Facebook. What is wrong with me?! I need to reset my brain. I need to learn to be present in whatever situation I am in, instead of being constantly distracted by this online world that doesn’t need to be taking up my time. I need to change my attitude. I need to stop being bitter, stop worrying about everyone else, and just live my life and do my thing. I need to focus more on my marriage than what is happening online. I need to dig within myself for inspiration for my photography instead of being overwhelmed with everyone else’s pictures. I need to be happy with where my business is right now because that is where God wants me to be, and I need to not worry about how everyone else’s business is doing. I need to purge everything that makes me angry and frustrated and I need to choose God, love, and joy in my life. And Facebook is an intense barrier that is preventing me from choosing joy.
So, in order to make these changes, I will be removing myself from Facebook for at least the month of October. I’m having the Mister change my password so I literally can’t log in. I’ve already deleted it all from my phone (and it feels weird). I’m not sure how I got to be this way, but every few minutes I feel the need to check my phone for updates. See this? This is what needs to change. And I am ever so grateful to dear Laura for inspiring me to be brave and take this huge step. I have friends all over the country and Facebook is my main way of staying in touch with everyone. But this has to be done.
I will still be updating my photography page and my Love Your DSLR page every so often via the Mister’s account, but my personal profile will be abandoned for the time being. I’m going to try to start journaling on a daily basis, and I will definitely be utilizing the blog as my main means for communicating with everyone. Oh, and Instagram. IG makes me so happy. Unlike FB, which makes me crazy.
Here are some of the things I’m going to do with the time I’m not spending on Facebook (seriously, it’s a huge chunk of time):
- Read my Bible and cultivate a deeper walk with Jesus
- Be a better wife (aka cook, clean, be present in our relationship) << This is HUGE <<
- Paint our used-but-new-to-us entertainment center
- Journal and blog more frequently
- Send goofy Snapchats to my sister
- Jam out to music and dance around the house
- Watch all of the new episodes of my favorite shows (Castle, Big Bang Theory, Revolution, Elementary)
- Skype with my girl Jamie
- Exercise with my buddy Amy
- Read The Diary of Anne Frank (I watched Freedom Writers the other day and realized I’ve never read that book)
- Shoot 3 weddings and a few engagement sessions
- Enjoy each moment wholly
I know Facebook can be a good thing. But even good things can turn into bad things, and in my case, it has turned into a very bad thing. Seriously, you know it’s bad when your super patient husband tells you outright that you have a bad attitude. You might not understand why this is necessary for me, and that’s fine. Or you yourself might be feeling a little tug on your heart just as I did (feel free to email me if you want to chat!). Although it’s scary, I know that leaving Facebook for a while won’t be the end of the world. Sure, I’ll miss out on some funny statuses and relatively important news updates, but I know that if it’s truly important, it’ll get to me one way or another.
So while I won’t see you on Facebook, I hope to see you here on the blog and over on Instagram! Oh, and enjoy this lovely shot of the Milky Way I took while on vacation this week. I’ve never successfully photographed the stars like this so I’m super excited! :)