Day 24: Centering joy

I ran into someone today and they shared some disturbing national news. Interestingly enough I had not known about it because sometimes I wait until the end of the day to read the news. After being in front of a screen all day, the last thing I want to do is inundate myself with news before going out for a walk or spending time with my kids.

What I realized in that interaction was that I have created somewhat of a cocoon around myself by not being on social media. Yes, I still get the new, but I get to choose how I get my news and how much time I will allow myself to engage with it. I am not at the mercy of other people feeds. I am centering feeling good over being plugged in.

We human creatures have a negativity bias. A neurological hardwired feature of our brain. A necessary evolution…a long time ago. Now, not so much anymore. Yet we are reacting as if that were the case and I believe the ways in which we are habitually plugged in is a contributing factor. That said, it’s very important, and I would say vital to our well-being that we seek out positive information, interactions and experiences as much as possible.

This country is in a hard and tough spot right now. I truly believe that any solutions that arise must come offline and must be visionary as opposed to reactionary.

Day 23: Settling in

With 7 days left in my social media detox, I have been surprised at just how quickly I’ve adapted to my life without it. Yes, I have occasionally had my moments when I want to watch a Youtube video (I’m actually looking forward to being able to look up some DIY projects on YouTube) but for the most part,  after the first week and a half, I was ok. I stopped reaching for my phone all the time.  Or when I did, I became very aware of it.  I am settling in. 

For me, settling looks like the long walk and hikes I’ve taken with my kids—something we did a lot when they were younger. It looks like writing daily—in my journal and on my blog, which I’ve been doing everyday for 23 days and have reconnected with a longtime love. It looks like taking pictures to build my skills rather than to curate my IG feed.

Being off of SM has forced me to think about my life, my time and my creativity in a different way. It was like I was awakening from a spell. I felt like I was finally waking up to my life. I have to say, I have some nervousness about going back on SM after tasting the sweetness of what my life could feel like while I’m off it. 

So, with that being said, one way I plan to honor my time and my life is to be on social media one day a week and I will be ridding myself of the ones that have caused me the most suffering. I think of all the horrible and downright nasty communication that I’ve endured and witnessed on SM and I wonder how I tolerated it in my life.

Day 21: Looking out for the little things

Today in one of my meetings we talked about the little things that matter to us. At first it was hard for me to talk about the little things. So often I am focused on the big things–work, family, the things that have to get done. And as important as those things are,  I often forget about the little things that matter just as much.

Today is the first day of Fall.And in the spirit of little things, some of the things I love most about this season are wearing sweaters, bug free (er) hikes, root veggies, the changing colors of the leaves, blankets, hot drinks and soup; and so many other things. It wilkeep me going as we move into colder months and shorter days.

Day 20: Play

As I write this, my daughter is beside me voicing the characters in her imaginary sitcom and it is hilarious. Children are masters of play. They are uninhibited and the perfects guides when exploring a new outdoor space. .

Today we spent an hour on a new trails near our home. Although these photos don’t capture the fullness of beauty of these trails, this place was magical. I also didn’t want to get so lost in taking photos that I wasn’t present for the beauty that was there. Here’s few photos. I hope you found s