Hi, I’m Ashley and I’m a bit of a social media addict. Like most people I find myself caught up in the world of “likes” “follows” and “notifications”. So why did I decide to go 30 days without social media? IT STEALS MY JOY. Minimalism isn’t just about physical clutter – it’s about mental clutter. For me, social media is a big source of mental clutter. It takes away from quality time from my kids and husband causing our relationships to suffer. My house suffers. It sets a bad example. My oldest loves TV. He’d watch it all day, everyday, if I let him – but children should spend their time outdoors, building things, and fostering their imagination. I believe the best way to instill the values my husband and I want for our children is to lead by example. So I said “goodbye” to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. I deleted all apps from my phone and focused on what was right in front of me for 30 days.
What did I learn? Well, it was easier than I thought it would be. It forced me to – gasp – pick up the phone and call my friends. Instead of just following the highlight reels of the people I care about, I reached out – spent time with or had a real conversation with them. I lived more in the moment and less behind a screen. I said “yes” to my kids more. Overall, it was a huge success and I definitely recommend it! I’ve been back on social media for 3 weeks and while I think I do a much better job of having a healthy balance it’s still a slippery slope! I see more “social media fasts” in my future. It’s important to slow down and be present!!
Would you go an extended amount of time without social media? Have you done it before? If so, I’d love to hear what you thought about it!