Lately I've noticed I'm spending less and less time online. While I still enjoying popping into my favourite blogs and websites and reading articles that inspire and invigorate my soul, I'm just not resonating with social media and the curated online world the way I once did.
Last month, I took a week off social media and at the end of the week when I returned, while I enjoyed catching up with my friends, I kind of wished I taken a little longer away. I realised the time I was wasting, just browsing social media for no reason. I noticed a lightness in my whole being, when I wasn't thinking about what I was posting next, who I needed to reply to, what emails I hadn't returned. But most of all, I just adored really connecting with my own life again. Noticing, finding an awareness that I didn't have when my head was down looking at a device. Since then, I've deleted Facebook and Bloglovin off my phone and I've stopped putting pressure on myself to create online content for the sake of it. But most of all, I've started really living my own life, instead of comparing myself to others online and without thinking about how I could capture each moment, or turn it into a blog post (which I'm sure a part of me has done almost every day for the past seven years).
With all the time I've reclaimed by turning my phone off and putting my lap top away, I've found the freedom to spend more time outside, time playing, gardening, noticing and teaching my little dirt girl. I've found time to learn new skills, particularly experimenting with natural dyeing, something I've been longing to reconnect with since I studying it at University. And I've found that words are so much more rich, real and beautiful when they come from a real page. I've been journaling so much more and I've been slowly devouring a stack of wonderful books and magazines I've been collecting over the past twelve months.
For so long I thought if I wasn't online, I was missing out. I thought if I wasn't sharing, people might forget who I was and all those wonderful connections and friendships I'd made over the years would disappear. Really, the only person who was putting pressure on me to be 'online' was myself. But it's become so obvious to me now that like everything, this world, the 'online world' is just a fleeting moment in time, one that could all so easily disappear, it seems with a click of a button. So while I love writing, sharing and being a part of this world, I'm realising now, how important it is to put more of my love, time and energy into the offline world, into my local community, my home and my own personal growth and well being.
How are you feeling about the online world at the moment?
I've love to hear about how you find a balance between online and offline.
Much Love & Light