Hi friends 🙂
If you follow my blog you may have noticed I haven’t been on here much lately. Just wanted to hop on and give you a little update.
I’ve tried to take a step back from social media lately, as well as my blog, just to focus on my everyday life and the people around me. I’m a senior now so school is becoming more time- consuming, and I’ve got a lot of friends graduating and stepping into the next chapters of their lives, and I just want to be available. I painted something that hangs in our house that says, “Wherever you are, be all there” and that is what I am trying to do right now.
To be honest, I keep debating deleting all social media. (Maybe keep Facebook because I love seeing engagement and baby announcements haha.) But in all seriousness, half the time I close my instagram app I leave feeling hurt over something that someone did or how they made me feel, whether purposefully or not. If you have the strength to not get hurt, then that really is awesome, but if you’re putting yourself in a situation where you end up with fighting bad feelings, maybe just not put yourself in that situation? This is what I’m kind of telling myself now. At the same time, I could use thicker skin for sure! I believe we would all be better without social media though. I am not saying it is all bad. It might be “good”, but sometimes I feel like it might be distracting us from the “great.” I myself have been convicted lately by realizing I could be doing all the good in the world through writing or encouraging or whatever to people all over the globe, but if I am not loving and serving and being loyal to the people closest to me, than what am I really doing? Someone once told me when it says “love your neighbor” in the Bible, it literally means your actual neighbor. Imagine if each of us was loving the person next door to us? We’d all be covered! If I am encouraging you guys, but can’t remember the woman’s name who lives in the house over, I am not doing something right. So that’s just where I am coming from.
On the other hand, I think when I was young and did not have many godly friends to teach me and push me and encourage me, and I know there are some people like that our there now just feeling a little lonely. I really want to step in and encourage you. I also love helping. When I find something that helps me, whether it be Scripture or some new shampoo, I LOVE to tell others about it so it can help them too! Seriously just ask my friends…haha I am recommending them stuff all the time. I am a very health conscious person…physical health, spiritual health, mental health, and I like sharing ways I am working toward better health- books I’m reading, Bible verses I am studying, essential oils, whatever! I truly enjoy hearing from you guys and interacting through here and instagram. I really enjoy hearing back from you. I am not kidding when I say it is an honor to me if you are even reading this. On a whole other note, I am currently able to monetize my instagram and blog, and as a full-time college student that is super helpful, and also allows me more time to blog, as well as the money to keep my blog up and running.
***just want to add a quick note about monetizing my blog just to be open with you guys. I make money through sponsored posts on instagram, but I have never done a post for anything that I do not believe in or do not like, and I never will. I told you guys I love to help and share things that I like, so I stick with that. I actually say no to a LOT of things. Not going to lead you guys astray haha. Just wanted to tell you that. Honestly if it wasn’t for those, I’d probably have to stop blogging, because having to pay for hosting (if you know what that is) is really expensive!!
So this is where I currently am. In a place of trying to figure out my next step. Just trying to steward my platform well, but trying to learn what “well” looks like here- whether that could be no social media at all or figuring out the best way to navigate it. Lately I try to keep my instagram app deleted for the majority of the day. This helps because if I want to get on I have to go and download and sign back in, and can’t just immediately open it. I try and delete it after I post something too so I am not looking at comments or likes, good or bad. I’m not saying what’s right or wrong, or what you should or shouldn’t do. These are just the things going through my mind lately (lol welcome to my brain) so I thought I’d share to explain a bit of absence, and in case its something you might be thinking about as well. I think it’s always a good thing to step back every now and then from anything we are doing just to evaluate our motives, see where we are, and make sure we are heading in the direction we want to be headed. John Luke had a friend say, “When you realize you are running toward a cliff, when are you going to stop running? NOW!”
I may end up solely on my blog, because I love writing and photography and feel like they are both passions God has given me, and my blog is where they can come together. One thing is pretty much for certain: when instagram ends or everyone switches to Vero or whatever is next…I will not be making the jump haha. But, I do have a few things coming up on here. I’ll share a little of what JL and I have been up to lately, and I’ve got something my incredible cousin wrote.
If you’ve got any thoughts on social media let me know in a comment. Thanks you guys for reading and following along with my life!