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Month 1 Resolution – Complete!

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As I started the New Year I decided to tackle a new resolution each month.  For January my resolution was to give up social media and I believe I was pretty successfully.  I had to stay involved with social media for work so I was on social media three times a week to post regular work related posts but that is where it ended…for the most part.  I will tell you that it is hard to stay completely away from social media when your spouse is still on social media. I will admit to getting pretty regular social media updates (wanted and unwanted) from my husband.  He may claim that I made him give me updates but he is over exaggerating…I wouldn’t call him my “life line” to the outside world, but he did keep my nicely informed!

Over the past month I realized that I don’t need social media but I did feel that I was missing out on what my friends and family were doing and I missed the ease of organizing events through social media.  I would often think that I would like to post some pictures or I would think of something super witty to post (at least I thought it was super witty) but I just kept it to myself.

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The month is over and I am ready to return to social media…and post a tons of pictures from our January adventures, and it’s also time to unveil my next resolution.  For February I am asking my husband to help my with my resolution.  We eat out a lot and so in February we are going to eat at home during the week.  We are defining the “week” as Monday-Thursday.  We can still go out during the weekend because to be honest eating out is a big part of our social life.  For me this means not going out to lunch and either myself or my husband cooking during the week.  I am pretty excited and already have some good recipes picked out for the first week of February.  I am hoping this will help in getting my eating a little more under control then just picking whatever I want off a menu every night.  I have also promised by husband that I will eat whatever he picks to cook…which can be a scary idea to a picky eater!  But, I am ready for a new challenge.

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Day Five…Still Alive

It is coming to the end of day five without social media and I am happy to report that I am surviving.  It hasn’t been hard to step away from social media but there are a couple of things that have been eye opening that I thought I would share.

  1.  Having a family member on social media can be irritating when you have sworn it off.  I suddenly have free time and want to chat and there’s your family member with their nose in their phone catching up on their social media accounts.  And on several occasions my dear, dear husband has been talking about me on Facebook and there is absolutely nothing I can do to defend myself.  (Although I have logged off I didn’t turn off my notifications and so while I don’t know what’s being said I do know when I am mentioned in a post…which is beyond frustrating.)
  2. I think in Facebook updates.  I have a degree in Journalism and want to consider myself somewhat of a writer but I have found myself thinking in Facebook updates instead of complete sentences.
  3. I have found new ways to get my news.  I never used to read newspapers or news websites – I just read the updates from my local news stations on Facebook.  Now, instead of laying in bed catching up on Facebook when I get up I am logging on to the Denver Post and catching up on my local news.  I start the day knowing what happened over the last night and what new issues are affecting my city.
  4. I read a book!  In less than two days I read a great book about a woman climbing Kilimanjaro.  I can’t actually remember the last time I read a book and I totally enjoyed it.  I didn’t have to stop to check my Facebook or Twitter feed and just got engulfed in the story and found inspiration in an unexpected place…the pages of a book.

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I hope you are all doing well on your New Years Resolutions!  Please feel free to share your progress on your goals in the comments…since I won’t be able to see any of your updates on Facebook until February 🙂

New Year…New You?

It’s that time of year again.  Time for New Year’s Resolutions.  It seems so cliché to write another blog post about New Year’s Resolutions.  How many times have I written this same post?  Looking at the next year and coming up with everything I want to change about myself.  This year I want to take a different approach to my New Years Resolutions.  I want to focus on things that will make my life more purposeful and fulfilling. Instead of throwing out an entire list on January 1st of what I want to accomplish during the year I am just going to focus on one month at a time and each month I am going to focus on something that I feel is most urgent in my life.   At the first of the month I am going to come up with something I want to focus on throughout the month and give an update on how the last month panned out.

 

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January 2016
Walk Away from Social Media

Each day I spend far too much time on social media.  The first thing I do when I get up and the last thing I do before I go to bed is check social media.  Throughout the day I waste countless minutes scrolling through Facebook and Twitter.  So, come January 1st all social media apps are coming off my iPhone and my iPad and I am going to spend the time I wasted on social media doing other things I claim I don’t have time for like reading or knitting.  Most importantly I am going to be more present in my relationships and in my life.

***I do have to be honest about something.  I manage social media pages for my job and so I can’t deactivate my accounts because they are connected to my work pages and while I will continue to update my professional social media pages I will not be looking at any personal pages throughout the month.  I will also be posting updates on my personal Facebook pages and Twitter updating when new blogs posts are added, but this will done through WordPress directly and not through any other social media apps. 

 So, have a Happy New Year and maybe I’ll see you on social media in February…or maybe I’ll just walk away for good…