I shut the drawer and walked away. Despite my crawling skin. Despite the FOMO. Despite my urge to resist (after all, it was just a stupid experiment, what could I really learn from a social media sabbatical?). I put my phone away for a month, only using it for...get this novel idea...a phone! I wasn’t prepared for the heart change that would occur. For the truth I would learn about my own habits, in business and in motherhood.
It. Was. So. G O O D. I shared more on my stories last week (you can check it out in my highlights), but one of my biggest takeaways was the realization that, my job by it’s very nature is to create. To photograph, to make imagery. Yet, everyday, I was making a choice (even if I didn’t realize), to lose myself in consumption via this app (ads, content, news, endless info) rather than approaching it in the way it should be...as a tool to help your business connect to those you create F O R and community for those you create W I T H.
It isn’t about quitting Instagram. It’s not about boycotting social media or listing the downfalls. The connectivity of our time can be such a gift! It’s more-so about being mindful of our own habits so we are using these tools wisely.
What would it look like if we chose to S T R A T E G I Z E our time so the app did our minds more good (encouragement verses comparison, intention verses haphazard scrolling)? With intention, there can be freedom from the anxiety often caused by social media, sharing more of what that can look like soon!
For now, creation>consumption...who’s with me?!