So! It’s been a while, I know, but I was seriously having that bittersweet October I was going on about in my last post. Emphasis on the bitter.(Scroll past this post for details from my previous post!) Honestly, I even wrote half a post called, “Still a bittersweet October, man.” So I did try to make a post but it was a very half-hearted and depressing one, which isn’t what I want this blog to be about! On the upside though, things are much much better, and I have even decided to go on a little cleanse, or rather, a big one; a social media cleanse!
I got a rather random phone call from my sister late last week, urging me to check out Essena O’neil’s Instagram page, which I did. I have to say that at first, I thought that Essena, who I’m subscribed to on YouTube because of her wonderful vegan food tips and her generally inspiring soul, had gone completely raging. Honestly. I mean, every picture on her Instagram now contained a very blatant message that basically said social media was bad, bad, bad. She’d posted about how we are completely enslaved to other peoples lives, likes, views, and basically validation from others because of social media. She went on to say that she’d gone on a cleanse, and it had changed her life. Meaning, she was no longer distracted by what the world thought of her, she was no longer wasting time endlessly scrolling through peoples lives, instead she’d started engaging in the things that she actually liked doing such as reading, journaling, drawing, really spending time with friends and family, etc…
After looking through her page, I must say, that I was positively shocked. I was shocked because of the wisdom of her words, and the very fact that after posting the video, ‘The Dying to Yourself Challenge’ on my YouTube channel where my sister and I had challenged ourselves and our viewers to go on a similar cleanse, I had been struggling with it. I had done two of the challenges on my list which were prayer and movies/ TV, but it had literally been a battle. Next on my list was social media. Saying that letting go of social media for three days would be hard, was an understatement. The fact that I was soo attached to social media that I kept putting it off, made me realize WHY I needed to do this! Soo, starting today, I am going on a social media cleanse for a week, forget three days! I have deleted every social media app on my phone. (Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Dubsmash, Vine, etc.)
During this cleanse, I hope to go deeper in my relationship with God and tune my ears to His voice. I’d really like to discover who I am without social media and focus on what I like to do, become creative with the talents I have, and just BREATHE without any distractions! I am honestly SO excited but also slightly nervous that I might get really down or something…but that is the whole reason of doing this, maybe I can even sit at Jesus’ feet for longer than ten minutes as I’ve been meaning to!
Finally, I challenge YOU reading this to do this with me, a week of NO social media and see where it takes you!
Outfit: Grey felt floppy hat: Urban-Planet | Turtle-neck sleeveless black top: H&M | Cream Spring Cardigan: Urban-Planet | Black Jeans: Forever 21 | Black flats: Walmart
Until next week! (Or when my next inspiration hits, which would be probably sooner rather than later, lol)
PS: Click this link to check out the video we made loosely similar to this topic! The Dying to Yourself Challenge