Y’all may have noticed that I have not been active on social media lately. Why the heck not, you ask? I’m taking a social media sabbatical. Read on to find out what in the world I mean by that and why I’m doing it.
A sabbatical is typically thought of as a paid leave from work to give a person a chance to step back from their day to day work duties and lean into the life side of the work/life balance equation. Many people use such a time to focus on personal development and/or embark on grandiose adventures around the world. For me, this social media sabbatical is a bit different than that, but there certainly are some similarities.
Social media is not my job. I don’t get paid to do anything on social media, but sometimes it certainly does feel like work. So in that sense this is not a true sabbatical, but social media sabbatical has a nice ring to it. Y’all know I like a hint of alliteration. Of course, there’s not much travel or grand adventures happening these days, but taking time away from social media sure does allow me to focus on me and on life in a much different way.
I took my first social media sabbatical at this same time last year and I learned a lot from that experience. If you’ve been following me for a while, you may recall that I revealed my previously anonymous self upon returning to Instagram. That break was so impactful, but I wasn’t sure what new things I’d learn this time around. I didn’t think taking another month or so off would be different than last time. As it turns out, it is indeed much different this time, so I thought I’d share a bit about what I’m finding along the way.
Okay, slight change in strategy here. I had originally written several lengthy paragraphs that went deep into my thoughts and emotions and strategies. Things that are a bit too personal to post and probably a bit too in-depth for anyone to actually read. Seems like I definitely needed to get those thoughts down in writing, but they’re probably better suited for my diary… if I had a diary. Maybe I should start keeping a diary? Do people do that these days, or it just called “journaling” now?
Anyhow, I digress. In short, without social media I have been able to find clarity in many areas of my life. I have been able to more easily free myself of negative emotions and unnecessary distractions. I’ve prioritized learning, acquiring new skills, working on various projects, and focusing on myself and my mindset. Best of all, I have been able to connect in a more meaningful way with the people that mean the most to me.
I know, I know… I can certainly do all those things without banishing social media. The truth is, I haven’t been in a great mental state and I needed a big shift to shake me loose and encourage me to get out of that rut. While in that rut, social media has been more of a negative force than a positive one. It’s been serving as a distraction and a method of procrastination instead of adding value to my life. I still feel like I have a long way to go, so I’ll be continuing my social media sabbatical until I get to a point where social media can be a valuable tool for me once again.
To help me figure out how to get to that point, I made a pros and cons list. Pros and cons lists seem to be a thing of the past, but they really do help drive clarity from time to time. When I listed out the pros and cons regarding Pinot+Pistols on social media, I was surprised to find that the pros list was far longer than the cons. Whoa. However, the cons do hold some weight. My next step is to figure out how to mitigate those cons or turn them into something more positive.
Until then, you can find me here on the Pinot+Pistols blog. I have plans for making improvements to this site, as well as some new things to bring you content in a different way.
I hope you all are staying safe, happy, and healthy! Thanks for reading 🙂 .