Saturday, October 8, 2016

Back from Paris (and my social media hiatus)

Hi there! Remember me? Well, we are back from Paris (OMG...amazing trip...I can't wait to share all the details), and I'm back from a social media break. No blogging. No Facebook. No Instagram. No Twitter. Nothing. I spent a solid two weeks hanging with my family and being present. The verdict? It was so awesome to disconnect!

I have to admit, both Bill and I are attached to our phones like they provide oxygen. We get super annoyed at each other, yet we continue to do it and never change our behavior. While in Paris, we decided not to turn on our phones (I actually left mine at home) because we didn't want to pay the international fees. It was the perfect way to quit cold turkey. Admittedly, we did bring the iPad and we had WiFi at the hotels, but I rarely checked anything. Mostly I just did a quick scan on FB to get updates on the twins.

What did I learn in the two weeks? I'm missing out on life by aimlessly scrolling on my phone. I can pretend that it's work, that I'm building my social media presence online to build my fitness business, but that would be a lie. The truth is I'm often scrolling, reading the same posts multiple times a day, and not getting anything accomplished. What a waste of time and a waste of life!!! I refuse to miss out on Robby's growing up or my precious time with my husband to read up on every little coming and going on social media.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not a quitter! I won't be going anywhere, but I know that we need to put in some boundaries. Our first step is no technology at dinner. We are having dinner every night as a family. Even when it's just me and the Robster, dinner is sacred time. I know it sounds simple, but I figure it's a great way to start. Personally, I'm going to be coming up with a daily schedule. My days are all on my own schedule, which lately has turned into no schedule, and that's not productive at all. I have so many great business ideas to help so many people, but I've got to dedicate some time to get to work.

Everyone needs to start somewhere. It's so crazy to think that just a few years ago I could go days without looking at a phone. I love what social media has done to keep me connected with friends and to introduce me to new friends. I'll never be one of those people who deactivates Facebook. I just need to find the perfect balance!

Have you ever disconnected? Do you have technology rules in your house?

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