Life Off the Radar: The Conclusion

Social Media

I have a few more social-media free days to go. Part of me is excited to return to the land of likes. However, the longer I’ve gone without social media, one thing has become increasingly clear: I’ve been living life distracted.

I have not been fully engaged in what’s happening in my home and in my heart. Facebook and Instagram aren’t 100% to blame (Pinterest. . . maybe). The bottomline is that I’ve allowed social media to occupy too much of my time and attention. I’ve filled gaps with taking “Which Gilmore Girl Are You?” quizzes or checking out the home-remodeling pics of my second cousin’s twice removed father-in-law (I think his name is Carl??), instead of watching my kids play or having legit, non-survival conversations with Ben.

My biggest concern is that by filling every moment of my day, most often with social media, I’m left without room for quiet. I have no margin for nothingness—and my soul has paid the price.

For it’s in the quiet that I best hear God. It’s in the unoccupied space that I can sit down without an agenda, breathe in and out, and really pay attention to what’s going on in my heart. Plus, it’s in the quiet that I am renewed mentally, physically, and spiritually.

I need the quiet.

Come Thursday, I’m back on social media, but I don’t want to get back to my distracted ways. I’ve been doing some thinking, and here’s how I plan to maintain the moments of blank space I’ve gained the last few weeks:

  • No-Phone Zones: I’ve decided to establish some phone-free boundaries for myself. From here on out, I’m going to stay off my phone while in the car (including school pick-up line) and that time in between afternoon naps and kids’ bedtime. These zones seem to be prime conversation time with the kids, and I don’t want to miss out.
  • Post More Efficiently: I post quite a bit on my Life in Blue page on Facebook, but it’s all random and spontaneous—and it’s occupying too much of my time. While I want to keep somewhat of an organic approach, I’m also going to use my work time to schedule out posts. That way, I’m not thinking about how to maintain readership when I should be spending time with my family or with God.
  • Reading Nights: Ben and I have done this in the past, but got away from it since our move to Indiana. However, we’ve decided to reimplement reading nights twice a week. After kids are in bed, we maintain a screen-free night that’s filled only with conversation and with reading.

These changes aren’t extraordinary, but I hope they will help me continue the balance I’ve achieved the last few weeks.

I’ll see you in a few days, friends.

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Want to find out more about my month without social media—and what made me do it in the first place? Check out these other related blogs:

Why I’m Signing Off to Start 2018

Life Off the Radar: Week One

Life Off the Radar: Weeks 2 & 3

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