• Thoughts on My Second Annual Social Media Fast
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    Thoughts and Results On Yet Another Social Media Fast

    In December I decided to take what has become my second annual month-ish long social media fast. There is a big part of me that wishes I wasn’t on social media at all and then there is another big part that really enjoys a lot of benefits of social media. Last year I had a six week social media fast and shared some of the things I learned after that. For this year I decided to take the entire month of December off of Facebook and Instagram. To be honest, I didn’t miss it at all.     It seemed kind of funny to take a whole month off of…

  • Social Media Fast 2019 - Round Two
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    Social Media Fast – Round Two

    Last December and January I took a six week social media fast and loved it. The choice to go back on was harder than the choice to go off. I felt like I learned a lot in those six weeks and had a lot of extra time (something that feels so fleeting these days). As December and the Christmas season approaches I’ve made the decision to have a social media fast again, though with a few slight changes.   FACEBOOK Starting December 1st I will be off of Facebook. This blog still publishes a link to my posts to my Facebook page and my homeschool blog does the same. That way…

  • Eight Lessons I Learning During a Six Week Social Media Fast and changes and rules I am making for myself for the future
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    Eight Lessons from a Six Week Social Media Fast & Changes I’m Making for the Future

    One of my goals for this year was to take a one month social media fast, in December I decided January would be the month. But then the week before Christmas I thought, why not start early? So, my one month social media fast ended up being six weeks. I decided to stay off of both Instagram and Facebook for the fast. Instagram is where I was spending most of my time and found myself scrolling mindlessly or checking to see if people had commented on what I had posted. If we are going to toss around the word “addiction” then Instagram would have been my social media addiction. Facebook was…

  • Is Minimalist Right For Your Family? - Your family will benefit from simple living if . . .
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    Is Minimalism Right For Your Family?

    Let’s start with getting something out in the open: I bounce back and forth between calling myself a minimalist and not. It depends what definition you are following. If the definition you are thinking of involves a room with white walls with just one chair and a table with a white vase and a single tulip, that’s not the kind of minimalism I’m talking about. (Well, I do have white walls, but that’s where the similarities end.) My minimalism definition is: Only owning what I am going to use or benefit from and getting rid of the excess. This doesn’t mean I’m perfect. I’ve admitted multiple times that books are…

  • How to Add More Intention into Your Days - Live An Intentional Life
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    An Intentional Life

    Over the last couple of years I’ve been thinking a lot on what it means to live an intentional life. And, truth be told, it’s changed over the years. I don’t think living an intentional life includes a set in stone list of dos and don’ts. To me, very simply put, an intentional life means living life on purpose. It means thinking about why I do what I do and pausing before agreeing to do more. It means trying to live in the now instead of in the future (or past). It means thinking about what is important to me and making those my priorities. It means living the life…