I gave up social media for Lent.
I only post my work to Facebook, I do not go through the newsfeed and I have not been on Instagram. Honestly, it has been amazingly refreshing. I used to wake up, turn my phone on and immediately start to search the feeds and see what was happening. I did this throughout the entire day and sometimes for 30 minutes at a time. Looking at people's pages, pictures, reading comments and stories. Not anymore... Thank God.
With all this extra time, I have realized some new things about myself...
~ I can watercolor! I had absolutely no idea. Guess what...people are now paying me to paint pictures for them and I am selling the prints of my watercolors on my Etsy Gallery, pixANDpaints. I am also adding lots of new inventory to my gallery!
~ I feel more confident in my work. Now that I am not seeing other artists work, I am feeling more confident about myself. I am no longer stuck in the rut of constantly comparing. "I am free to do what I want... any ole time!"
~ I am happier. I do not see the negative, rude or just plain disgusting posts that people either post or comment on. This makes for a much more positive and sunshiny day.
~ I have started exercising again and am losing the weight I gained over the past 6 months and have tons of energy which means our home is clean!!!! Way awesome!! When my home is dirty, my mood is down.
Clean home = happy family = positive mood
~ I have the energy, endorphins and positivity to give my family and my work my very best which makes for an even happier mood!
~ I am literally never. in. my. phone. YAY!
I have no freaking idea what the Kardashians are doing! Thank you Jesus...Praise the Lord.
I am now free to create, play and work on my gallery. Instead of spending so much time looking at what everyone else was doing, I spent that time discovering me and what I can do.
Kids are being played with, books are being read, paintings are being painted and pictures are being taken. Shannon and I are exercising and cooking together daily and we fall asleep by 9:30 and wake up by 6!
Seriously, I do not think we fully understand how constantly being connected impacts our health and our daily life. I recommend you take a cleanse. I don't think I will ever go back. There is so much freedom and beauty in being disconnected.