As I struggle to promote my first book, complete my second book, work a full-time job, take time for all the things I need to do and want to do, as well as have time for selfcare, I’m considering giving up social media. It’s not exactly what I want to do, but more like what I need to do.
What To Do?
When I say I’m at a crossroads, I mean just that. There are so many positives to weathering the full days and fitting it all in. Yet, there’s definite positives to reducing time on the Internet and building slides and posting to Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and even my website – like a sense of freedom and balance.
So what should I do? I hear where I need to take it to the next level: reels. I read where stepping back and away for a few weeks or months is a healthier choice. In striving to decide if the positives of one or the other outweigh the negatives, I feel overwhelmed. I know I can’t keep doing more and more.
Sure, I can work in laundry and try to stay on top of it while I blog and build posts. But where’s my down time? Even when I take it a step at a time, I find that I cannot write a blog until I’ve caught up on other things like publishing my last book review, updating the check and paying bills, and studying for my faith formation class.
Giving Up Something
In contemplating what I should do, I’m leaning toward putting my nightly reading on hold until after my class is over in April. Yes, it seems quite drastic, but that one to two hours can be spent studying and prepping for my next week’s class. It makes the most sense. And, being the practical person that I am – most of the time, it stands to reason if I can’t bring my self to give up social media because it’s taken so long to get to where I’m presently at that it makes more sense to give up something else.
And what else is there? Of course, being that I love to read, I may sneak in reading at least one book for each of the remaining months of the year. But I’m not sure yet. My first few classes will determine what I have time for. We all know we only have so many hours in a day, right?
Beginning Small Now
So, as I aim to keep this blog post shorter than usual, I encourage you to take inventory of your time. Are you overloaded? Do you take time for yourself? I know several people who do so easily, or who have rearranged their days to make time for selfcare. And I know people who cram more stuff into their days than I can ever imagine trying to tackle myself.
We’re all different, and only each person knows their own needs for what is important to them. Family. Work. Hobbies. Volunteering. Fitness. Spirituality. Friends. Travel. The list is endless. The importance is to live our lives free of stress. Stress can be good, of course; but here, I’m referring to the kind that immobilizes us, that keeps us from growing or being happy, that prevents us from eating healthily or exercising our bodies as needed.
So, for awhile, I will post my blogs without photos, social media slides, or quotes. I’m going back to simple days and shunning the push to try and do it all or to outdo my last blog or post. I’m keeping it simple all over the place as best as I can.
Thank You, Friend
If you’ve read this far, thank you. And I hope something that I’ve said resonates with you. I’ll see you next week with an update of how my class went and if I ever got the edits on Book Two typed up. Right now, they’re sitting here still staring at me. But that is my goal for tomorrow, so fingers crossed and prayers that I’m not deterred by anything “more important.”
Until next week, take time to slow down, time for nature and or fitness, time for family and friendships, and time for meditation and contemplation. In the end, it is these things which prolong our life and give us a full and lasting relationship with ourselves and with God in our hearts.
Love & hugs, Virg