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November 26, 2017

The Dividing Line

He was never destined to be one of the Supers that dominated the news each day, showing off their gifts and how great and admirable they were. He was never destined to be Mousy Martin Munn who worked at a Big Buy repair center, either. No, he was born to be the one that used his gift of his own free will, to be the one that even the Supers talked about.
Did that make him a villain? Just being who he was instead of what the world told him to be?

February 15, 2016

Only a Few More Days to Go... Maybe.

As the last week of my Facebook rehab ticks by, I've found myself not really anticipating the end of the 70-day experience, but rather dreading it.

Admittedly, I have slipped a bit. When I officially launched a new business last month, I returned to Facebook briefly to set up a business page there and to schedule a dozen or so automated posts so that I wouldn't have to babysit it for a while. The entire experience added up to about thirty minutes of Facebook time.

What I didn't do while I was there creating the business page was read messages, look at my news feed, or check the hundreds of notifications waiting there. I avoided the time-suck that the social media rehab was meant to curb, so even though it was a bit of a "slip", I guess it can also be considered a real-world test of my new powers of will.

If I can resist the gravitational pull of Facebook, then why am I still dreading the end of my fast?

Because people will expect me to be there and to be reachable at all times.

Yes, even my friends who know that I'm writing, working a part-time job, and running two businesses still expect me to respond to comments and messages within the hour. Every hour. All day.

Contrary to popular belief, we are not all fused to our screens 24/7.

From what I've learned from the curious folks who were willing to strike up conversations after hearing about my social media avoidance, I'm not alone in this overwhelming feeling of intrusion. It's like the accessibility that social media allows also destroys any boundaries that we used to consider "polite" in terms of social interaction.

So, what have I been up to these past two months? Quite a bit--enough that the assembly of this list surprised even me.

How I spent some of my time away from social media:

(In no particular order...)
  • Gave away a lot of stuff.
  • Sold a lot of stuff.
  • Reopened my Etsy store.
  • Started going to yoga classes.
  • Donned a mascot suit and became the Grinch for a day.
  • Won a scholarship.
  • Reconnected with my brother.
  • Renewed my CPR/First Aid certification.
  • Began volunteering with the American Red Cross.
  • Launched a new business.
  • Attended my first drag show.
  • Studied and am scheduled to take the exam for my ACSM Certification for personal training.
  • Joined the US Strongman Organization.
  • Registered (and stepped up training) for my first Strongwoman competition.
  • Picked up watercolor painting again after a seven-year hiatus.
  • Paid off our debt.
  • Practiced photography. 
  • Launched a new blog.
  • Read a lot of books.

If you're thinking that this experiment has been a positive one, then you're absolutely right. Getting my mind away from the constant chatter of trending headlines and rolling news feeds allowed me to get back in touch with me--the person behind the online presence. The person who used to talk to people instead of relaying messages through a cold network of screens and text.

Instead of reading about what others were doing, I went out and did my own thing.

It has been amazing. In fact, it's been so amazing that I may never go back to just daily social media check-ins. Weekly may even be too much.

Who knows? I may just turn out to be an old-fashioned kook who writes actual letters to their friends and calls people every once in a while to invite them to an event.

That doesn't seem so strange to me now.

January 19, 2016

Ever Wanted to Smell Like Your Favorite Bookstore? Now You Can!

It's no secret that I love all things bookish, so it should come as no big surprise that I've created a signature scent that smells like the distinct fragrance of old paperbacks and leather-bound volumes of tales of lovelorn ladies, mystery, and the macabre.

Yep, this is just part of what's been brewing behind the scenes while I've been on my social media hiatus. (Believe me when I tell you that it's the best thing I've done in years.)

I'll be sure to fill you in on the rest with a post packed with all the crazy details when I finish up my seventy days. In the meantime, please check out the perfume and share the link with your book-loving friends!

January 1, 2016

No, Really: I'm Not on Facebook

Dearest friends,

The past few days for me have been filled with emails about Facebook tags and notifications of messages received there.

I can't read them. Seriously.

As I announced weeks ago, December 10th was my last day on social media for seventy days.

My web browsers are blocked 24/7 from visiting the site. The app has been deleted from my phone and blocked from future download.  

I have purposely cut myself off.

Any posts that I make here on my blog are automatically delivered to Twitter and Facebook via an automated RSS feed. While it may look to the (very) casual observer that I'm popping in over there now and again, trust me--I'm not.

Please don't take my lack of response as a personal insult. I can't respond because I can't read your messages.

Best wishes for a bright and productive 2016,