So, I have been Facebook-free for about a week and a half now... a lot of people have been asking how it is going. I am very happy to report that it has been awesome. While I miss knowing what everyone is up to I am loving actually TALKING to people about what is going on in their lives. Truly, it has been a beautiful thing.
I also love the freedom of not feeling the "need" to check Facebook or sit there and scroll through to see what everyone is up to. I do have a lot more time on my hands and it is nice!
One thing I hadn't realized until giving up Facebook is how often after checking Facebook I would be left feeling frustrated or cranky about something I read, and in some ways it would kind of ruin my day. Maybe it would be a picture of a bunch of people at a big get-together I wasn't invited to, or pictures of a friend's amazing vacation that I could never afford, or someone complaining about their husband (one of my biggest pet-peeves) and it was all effecting me more than I realized! So, there has been a lot of freedom in getting away from that.
I have said it before and I know I will say it again. Facebook is awesome for most people. It just wasn't being awesome in my life... at least right now. I know a lot of my friends said that giving up Facebook is something they have seriously considered and I would encourage anyone to at least give it a try!
My absolute favorite part has just been enhancing my real life relationships with people (which sounds so silly to say after just a little over a week, but seriously!). It is so much more fun to hear good news from my friends in person or even over the phone than just generically on Facebook. And I especially have been guilty of sharing good news on Facebook instead of telling my close friends personally. So, because of that I won't be posting a gender reveal here on the blog, at least for awhile. I am excited to tell people in person, or over the phone or even through a personal text. It is just more fun that way.
I am still a huge fan of social media (obviously, I have a blog!) but I think we all have to use it in a way that fits best into our own lives. For me, right now, I find my blog and a few other great blogs, Instagram (my username is KATIERAMSEY) and Pinterest to all be fun ways to connect, learn, and be inspired and encouraged. They just fit right now. And I am sure that will change and evolve as my life changes and evolves.
And I have to say "thank you" so much to all of you that read this silly little blog. I am so encouraged when I get e-mails or messages from you all. I hope somehow this blog is encouraging to someone... but if it isn't, you all encourage me!