I hope you all had a three day weekend that was as good as ours. Even though I'm not working right now it was still a major treat to spend three days at home with Thomas watching West Wing, cooking new things for dinner, sleeping in, talking, and knitting. Oh glorious three day weekend - why can't you happen all the time?
I tried something new this weekend. I took a break from social media in a big way.
I've been thinking a lot lately about how blogging + long distance friendships keep me glued to my phone 24/7. Moving can be hard that way - you want to be available to your friends constantly, because in a way, it makes it seem like they still live down the hall. My phone is my alarm, my camera, FaceTime with my sister, texts from friends ... access to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Email, Etsy, Pinterest, phone calls, voicemails ... convenient photo editing, weather updates, flashlight... the list goes on and on.
Reading this post (written by one of my very favorite bloggers of all time) was the push I needed. When Thomas got home from work on Friday I turned the notifications off and set my phone in the other room. I picked it up a few times this weekend - to check in with my sister, to tell Betsy that I finally went for that first run I keep talking about, and to scroll through Instagram because you guys post gorgeous pictures. The best part about this break was that I wasn't just picking up my phone because it was there. I picked up my phone and checked in when I wanted to, not out of habit. The feeling of quality I had those few times I used my phone this weekend far outweighed the now-ness of constantly having my phone in-hand.
Also? I listened to Thomas without asking him to repeat the parts I hadn't paid enough attention to. I made incredible progress on a knitting project and watched entire episodes of West Wing without losing track of the plot. This phone break was eye opening, and I think you should give it a try.
Have you been thinking about taking a break from social media or your phone? I'll hold you accountable!