Here are some pictures from my day today:
Miss C is working on her first tooth! I can see the beginning of it coming through the gums, so all she is interested in doing is chewing and drooling. (Oh yeah, and climbing and being grumpy.)
I had been playing peek-a-boo with Miss C and Bandit felt left out. I decided to play with him, but he didn’t seem to enjoy it quite as much. (This was my official day 2 photo for my 365 challenge. I am going to join the Project Life 365 challenge, so I have some different inspirations each day instead of just taking numerous photos of my daughter and dogs.)
Now on to the main part of this post. I am 3 days in to my Facebook and Pinterest detox. Hubs and my sister don’t think it’s a good idea to completely leave, but I deactivated my Facebook account, and I uninstalled the Pinterest app from my phone. I do realize that if there is a recipe or something I need from Pinterest, then I will probably go ahead and get on, but I will not spend hours pinning things.
Both Hubs and my sister think I should just set a timer and call it good with Facebook. I wish I could do that, but I just don’t have the self-discipline at this point. Hopefully I will be able to get to that point, but not yet.
I have realized a lot of things these past three days being away from Facebook. First thing I notice is that I feel a bit lonely. When something happens, I feel the need to tell someone, but I have no where to go. I think I need to channel that and carry a journal around with me and write it down instead of instantly think I need to put it into cyberspace.
Another thing along those lines is that I realize that I think in statuses. When something happens or when I have some quiet time, I think of some way I could write a status or how I could write it on Facebook. It’s an odd thing to realize. Instead of savoring whatever is happening, I immediately think about how I can share it.
By not writing every single event on Facebook, I have found that Hubs and I have more to talk about. He doesn’t have glimpses of my day by checking Facebook, so I can share everything with him that has happened. It has really helped our communication with each other. This is something that I was not expecting at all!
A few things have been tough to deal with since giving up Facebook. I am definitely out of the loop now. One of Hubs’ good friends is pregnant and is due any day now. It is hard to not be able to keep up with her and know how things are going.
On the opposite side of that, I feel kind of bad not sharing some photos and little stories with family members via Facebook. I have tried to send some photos and videos each day via email, so that they don’t feel left out. For a while I felt like I was sharing too much on Facebook, so I think at the end of this, I will need to figure out a good balance. I already have a few rules on photos I share on Facebook (if I think Miss C would be embarrassed to know I posted it, then I don’t… any photos with her naked are not allowed to be posted either. Who knows what creepy people really have access to these photos?)
I have also realized that I watch more television now to keep myself entertained. Where I used to be able to do other things and just check my phone as needed, I find I keep the television on all the time instead of doing things. This is definitely not a good thing at all! Again, I think I need to find some balance. (I am starting to see some common themes here.)
I originally said I was going to go a month without Facebook at all. One of the concerns that Hubs has is that it will affect my photography business (as it is one of the main ways my clients contact me). Because of that, after a week, I will reactivate my account. I will allow myself to check Facebook three times a day. Once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once before bed. My photos automatically post from Instagram, so I don’t have to get on Facebook for that. I think that after I have gone a week without being plugged into it at all, I will be able to better control my constant habit of checking it.
I also think I will start doing something that my sister-in-law does: leave my phone on the kitchen counter throughout the day. From there, I can still hear it when I have a call, email, or text message, but by not having it by my side, I won’t be tempted to be plugged in at all times.
Any thoughts about this?