Social Media Sabbatical

posted on: 5.14.2014

If you read my blog, even if only periodically, you will have noticed that I have been virtually non-existent. Not only here, but on all facets of social media of which I participate. Unfortunately, I was not in some exotic location that prevented me from accessing the internet. I simply granted myself social media sabbatical. Blogging had lost it's spark, I could not handle another gorgeous model on Pinterest, and my goodness if I had to watch myself use one more hashtag as a means of exposure, and against my better judgment, I was going to pop! Probably because I had reached a point in my daily routine where I could not go 5 minutes without checking my phone to see if I had comment notification emails from you lovely people (I do appreciate them), checking my Instagram account and that of all whom I follow, pinning my brains out, or even scrolling through my Facebook feed. I became a social media monster.

I realized I needed to step away from this technological reality so that I could get back in touch with the real reality. I separated myself from any program that gave me even an ounce of validation based off of said accounts' success i.e. Blogger, Bloglovin', Google +, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

And here I am exactly 1 week later, believe it or not I survived. What did I learn you might ask? I learned that the opinions that genuinely matter are the ones you genuinely value, and for me that includes many MANY of my fellow bloggers! I learned that social media isn't this horrible creation de-socializing today's youth, in fact it DOES enhance the human experience. (I missed my internet friends.) But most importantly this break gave me time to ponder my goals, my need for this blog, and my strange need for web validation. I have come to re-realize that this blog, and all my social media accounts that branch from it are places of communication and creative freedom. A place for me to be well...me and to talk to you about well... you. What better way than to show the world who I am and who I want to be than with these wonderful platforms filled with millions of other people trying to do the same thing in one way or another? In turn, I vow to be more true to myself and ultimately you all. I suppose that is where these strange photos above come in, an attempt at authenticity. This evening I did not romp around in stilettos with a full face of make-up. Rather, I stripped down, took a semi-cold shower (California is trapped in a horrendous heat wave) put on a face mask, and began to write to you. Today this is really me.

18 comments:

  1. I seriously went through this same thing! Sometimes you just need a break - glad you are back though!

    Abby
    www.champagneplans.com

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    1. Thanks Abby, glad to know I'm not alone!

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  2. Nothing wrong with stepping away from the chaos! We all need to become inspired again, and that usually (for me, anyways) comes with a bit of reflection and thought away from the keyboard.

    Lovely pics!

    Lindsay,
    www.fatfreefashion.com

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    1. You are spot on Lindsay, spot on! xo

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  3. I love this post! We missed you, but I totally understand the reason why it was necessary! It is hard to keep up and stand out in the blogging world and you can't do that unless you are on your A game. :)

    Maggie
    www.PolishedClosets.com

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    1. Aw thanks Maggie I missed you all! But ain't it the truth! Keep kickin' butt girl you are doing great! xo

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  4. I absolutely love this post! I've felt that way (with the hashtagging and all) and sometimes it can feel a little too much. But it does serve a good purpose -- connection & opening up the world. Taking a break can be good though, because checking your phone every 5 minutes can turn you into a maniac. Glad you're back!
    Audrey
    www.lululinden.com

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  5. I love this!! Sometimes you really just need a break. Blogging and keeping up with your day to day responsibilities can be so much work! Sometimes I feel crazy overwhelmed and just feel like I want to run away from it all! It's good to know I'm not alone!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspto.com

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  6. I love this post something that we all need to do!

    
Emma| With A City Dream


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  7. Such a beautiful post :) I know exactly what you mean, social media is a lovely thing but not always. Plus life is too short, sometimes you just need to take a breather and shut everything off!
    xoxo
    Simona
    www.littlethingsandelephants.blogspot.com

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  8. I'm glad your back! I love reading your posts and all your fantastic photos. I've never been the type of person to follow blogs (being dyslexic and all reading isn't always my fav haha) but I really love your posts. :)

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    1. It's so good to see you here Rosie! And thank you for your kind kind words. xoxoxo

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  9. This is a great post... I definitely feel that time away is much needed. It's always nice to have a clear mind and just enjoy the moment that you're in without all of the social junk that we are all so attached to nowadays. Glad you enjoyed your sabbatical! I may be following close behind...

    xo, Bekka
    Palm and Peachtree, A Fashion and Lifestyle Blog
    Instagram | Facebook | Bloglovin




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  10. I love your style, authenticity, blog and those white converse... ;)

    x d

    www.thecolecollection.com

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  11. Reminds me that I have to do this aswell! X

    www.carlaginola.com

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  12. I love that you were able to take a step back and reevaluate. It can be mentally and emotionally draining maintaining a blog day in and day out. It's important to check in with your inner self and feel good about your choices. Well written! I love these photos...raw, real and beautiful :)

    www.taffetaandtulips.com

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  13. So awesome and happy to see you are back. Breaks are definitely needed. I took a similar break over the last couple of weeks but didn't completely log off instagram and facebook (; Balance and moderation is key you know. Also love the pictures you chose to go along with this post <3

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  14. It's good to take a break every now and then - otherwise you get to the breaking point where you feel like you're living in a fake world made up of photo shoots, instead of enjoying the peace and beauty the world has to offer off-screen. Balance is everything :) Thanks for sharing this!

    www.awandererspath.com

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