A friend asked me today if I was ok.

I didn’t know what to say.  Do people ask this because they’re genuinely concerned that you are NOT ok?  Are they just nosey?  Do I have something on my face or paint in my hair?  If I answered with a, “No, I’m not ok,” would they really want to help or are they just garnering for gossip to spread around.

I stood there for a split second before answering, “Yeah, I’m great!  Why do you ask?”  (Because I really am great and I really did want to know why they asked).

She said, “Oh no reason.  You just haven’t been posting much on Facebook or Instagram.”

Phew.  Wave of relief.

Instead it was a compliment.

I’ve been out living life.

Not thinking about posting Instagram pictures or updating my Facebook status.

There are a million anti-social media posts out there.  This isn’t one of them.  I love social media and see all the benefits of it.  Facebook and Instagram (and this blog) have given me an outlet that I needed.  They serve (served) a purpose.  Right now, they just don’t serve me. 

It’s as if something in my brain has shifted. 

After FIVE years of sharing (and honestly OVERsharing) my life, making sure I had my phone to take pictures, trying to grab those precious moments so you guys could see these blessings, I’m over it.  I want to forget where my phone is.  And I have been.  I’ve been losing my phone lately, not remembering the last place I used it.  We just went on vacation (to Hilton Head…it was lovely!) and I took 6 pictures the entire trip.  SIX!!!  Maybe you’re not a blogger or addicted to social media and this seems trivial to you…but for me, it was huge.  IMG_8130

And it took no effort to forget.

That’s the most important point I think.  There’s where the shift lies.

The forgetting. 

The not blogging. 

The not posting.

The radio silence.

It’s just happening.  Naturally.

My current needs are the things right in front of me.  The people and experiences right in front of me.

Without a phone or camera standing between us.

splendid…lindsay

  1. Amanda says:

    Love this so much! I dropped my blog last August and have never looked back. I don’t miss it at all. I’m inching my way toward doing the same with other platforms as well. It has freed my mind up to do some of my best writing ever. Congrats to you for stepping away.

  2. Heather says:

    Good for you!! I haven’t touched my blog in months & have even been terrible at returning emails. I have been living life with the baby, husband, puppy, extended family & going on adventures. LOVE it!! That’s not to say I don’t live when I’m writing regularly, it’s just the season & mindset I’m in. Although I have been taking more photos than ever to email our son (we set up an email account for him to have when he’s 15 & write him regularly!) & print out for his baby book :)

  3. Lindsay Ingalls says:

    I feel completely the same way lately. I have been on social media but as for blogging I just needed a break. Needed to focus on my family and now I am feeling refreshed and ready to blog again.

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