Happy New Year everyone! I hope that you are looking forward to the possibilities that a new year brings and thinking about what you’d like to accomplish this year.
Those closest to me know that I am hard on myself. Unbelievably hard on myself in a way that I would never be to other people. I’ve worked hard to lessen my own inner critic but sometimes that old, ingrained pattern of behavior rears its ugly head. And when it does, you need to make like a warrior queen and cut off that head.
I’ve limited my social media time. I use StayFocused to kick me off of FB after my daily allotment of 10 minutes. The problem is that I’m still mindlessly scrolling through it on my phone, and it’s not making me feel better about anything. In fact, I would say the more time I spend on social media (FB especially) the worse I feel.
That’s the biggest reason, but a close second is feeling like I didn’t accomplish anything I wanted to last year. I know that’s not totally true but I didn’t meet any of my writing goals. That has bothered me a lot.
I’ve kept FB for the handful of writing groups I belong to that I genuinely enjoy, so if you’re reading this and one of those groups, you may see me from time to time. But maybe not.
To this end, I’m taking a big social media break for the near future. I’ve already deleted every app off my phone to stop the mindless scrolling. I’ve changed my password to something randomly generated so I can’t save it in my phone’s browser.
And you know what? This feels GREAT.
I hope you make 2019 everything you want it to be.