A Highlight From My Day: When Mr. Awesome came home from work we all sat around the table eating pistachios and coloring for the bank’s coloring contest (even though I’m pretty sure the kids won’t be finished in time to turn them in by tomorrow’s deadline, it was still fun).
The kitchen needed cleaned, the mail hadn’t been sorted, the pistachios were expensive (& we ate A LOT), the coloring should’ve been done weeks ago, but you guys, none of that really mattered in that moment.
More than ever I’m craving screen-free time (can Bloggers/Social Media Consultants even say that? Because I just did). I want time to just slow down and do real life together in a calm environment and at our own pace.
I love moments like this with my little family.
I crave real relationships, and meals together with friends. Even though it’s tough because life is busy and my calendar is too damn cluttered.
It’s fun to see Snapchats of what my friends are eating for lunch, it’d be even better though to be there. When I see a friend post a concern or parenting question, I want to meet them for coffee and talk it over. But we don’t do that anymore, do we? For the most part we hide behind our screens and only post our problems to vent, not to fix. Or almost just as bad, we only share the good stuff.
As an adoptive momma I’m always cautious of what I post, who’s reading it, how it will be perceived, and what kind of passive aggressive comments will show up on the Internet because of it.
You just don’t have those same struggles when you’re phone is on silent (because who ever turns it all the way off anymore?) and you’re sitting around the table with a paper and a box of crayons, or on the couch with a blanket and a book? Or out in the woods hiking, collecting leaves at the park, or sipping water from an outdoor drinking fountain while on a walk.
Simple is better.
For me, life is easier as a momma when I spend it mostly unplugged.
Unfortunately this has meant a drop in page views, lost income, and fewer fans… but at the end of the day, the only fans I really need are the ones living right here with me, and while they support my writing, they don’t read my blog, and they aren’t concerned if mom brings home an extra $500 or an extra $50 (thankfully my hardworking husband sees it the same way).
What ever kind of calm you’re craving, go for it. Yes friend, Just.Go.For.It.
If your calm involves more screen time, that’s okay! Like I always say- you do you, I’ll do me, and together we’ll praise Jesus. We are each made in His image, but we aren’t meant to do this life identical to each other.
Find your greatness.
Beth Ann Chiles says
I think it is way too easy to hide behind the screen and not take time to cultivate those real relationships that are really so important. Spending time coloring and eating expensive pistachios sounds like a great family night as well. It sounds to me that you have found a great balance in your social media life—being careful of what you post while still maintaining a presence. It’s a tricky balance but you certainly have the right attitude! 🙂