the social media sabbatical

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And I’m back!

Two weeks off social media has been so refreshing. Everything seemed to slow down a bit, in a good way, and I felt like the background noise really cleared up. The silence is a little surprising at first, but then I really liked it (:

And I found time for all the things that often get squeezed out of the schedule. I baked cookies and took Rum for some long walks and read five books (five!) and did some little art projects. I loved it! And I highly recommend a little sabbatical for any facebook-wearied soul.

Do I want to give up my social media forever?

Well, I definitely don’t want to go back to daily mindless use. And while we’re living overseas, I’ve realised how easy it is to just stalk friends back home rather than send a proper email or, goodness, even organise a Skype chat.

On the other hand, I use it to organise the yoga class I host, to catch sweet photos of my friends’ babies and to share blog posts. It can be a fantastic tool.

So I’m going to try for more limited use. Let’s see how it goes! I have certainly realised that when my life is drawing to an end, and I’m lying on my death bed, I will not be lamenting that I wish I spent more time on social media.

How about you? Have you tried a social media fast?

P.S. – How to quit facebook for good.

the week that’s been

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Last year’s birthday. Meet Margo, named after her.

I hope you’ve had a lovely week! It’s been a good one here, albeit a little chilly, and I’m really looking forward to this weekend. I’m getting my French exam over and done with (eek!) but then I’ve got a 4th of July BBQ and my birthday to celebrate. Will told I’ll now be in my mid-to-late 20s, but surely 26 is still just ‘mid 20s’. Right?

Anyhow, enough rambling, here’s what’s caught my eye online this week:

Has Facebook been playing with your emotions?

And how to really delete your account.

The wedding of my beautiful friend Sharne.

Doesn’t this make you smile.. and want to dance!

My new night-time buddy.

An app to break your smartphone addition.

I’m saving this salad recipe for our next lazy BBQ.

Is slouching making you sad?

I finished my #100happydays project! Yay!

The French Words instagram.

Our day at Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar.

The sweetest ribbon sandals from Uganda.

This dress would be such a good wardrobe staple.

(And Metalicus is another lovely ethical brand!)

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