Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"Unplugged": My Journey on 7 Things to Simplicity

"So much to do. So little time," said the woman who didn't complete the to-do list again.

Why is it we have so much to do these days and not enough time? Our fore mothers were inundated with tasks around the home and had the same amount of time as we do today. Yet, at the end of the day, they seem to have accomplished more than I can only imagine.

What is different today than the days of old? My first guess would be technology. We are plugged in to so many sources that our eyes become crossed from reading the latest via blog, Facebook news feed, Twitter and you name it. I've lost count of how many times I have sat on Pinterest getting creative ideas to re-decorate a bedroom, but have not been able to do it because I continue to click that button at the bottom to fetch more pins...*sigh* It was then that I realized my life looked like this:
I needed to become unplugged!

I got confirmation when talking to a friend and she shared this book with me. 
Some women in our church are reading this book. The goal is to do an experiment of sorts. I've decided to do something in regards to social media first, but I feel this tug to do more than just media by the end of my experiment(s).

For those who know me IRL (in real life), know that I'm a very social person. Hey, I'm the girl that will dance with the waiters and waitress at Joe's Crab Shack. I'm the one who's so nosy that I will go up to a random person and want to know their life story. I will even go so far as to try and find out if we're cousins or not. That girl, me, is going to unplug herself.

I'm going to unplug myself. I'm going to unplug myself...*repeating it over and over until it sinks in*

I'm starting out slow. Real slow. I'm not sure what that's going to look like. All I know is that I will start on February 18th.

From February 18th-25th, I will unplug from all social media. Social Media for me includes Facebook (which I love), Twitter (my new found obsession), Pinterest (one word: addicting) and Instagram (*big sigh*). I won't even check my emails during the week. Remember, this is just the beginning. I will do other things to "unplug" myself as time goes on. First, I had to start with something I love, social media. I'll leave my greatest love for last. Chocolate! My flesh is already shaking just thinking about that one.

The goal of my personal journey of unplugging is to live out this verse:

Jeremiah 6:16, "Thus says the Lord: Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls."

To help me with this journey, I'm going to delete social media apps from my smart phone. *thump*
Did you hear that loud thump? My was my flesh! It's in the process of dying...
The only way He can increase in my life is if I decrease.


Nabila Grace said...

Ahhh yes :) I have been doing this to a small degree and its been a beautiful thing indeed. Ill pray for you as you listen to Gods voice during this time. <3

Love Abounds At Home said...

Thank you for your prayers Nabila. I sure appreciate them :)

Tasha said...

Ahhhhh, you will have a moment of withdrawal, but in the end you will be so glad you did it. You'll probably even find yourself scaling down after this time of unplugging.

I'm praying for you as you unplug. It's been the best thing I've done and I do find myself doing it more and more.

Love ya!!!

TMichelle said...

I was holding my breath through your blog post waiting to hear that you would be unplugging from here too. I was relieved to get to the end of it without bad news. But I know that your blog can't take up the life God has given you and I am thankful for the heads up in case the LORD leads you to stop blogging in the near future. I too had to unplug from Facebook because I was addicted. I still miss it sometimes but I deleted my account because my real life was suffering. Pinterest has been my next issue. I'm trying to cut back on that as well.

Whatever the LORD leads you to, thank you for following because it is a great example to me.

Love Abounds At Home said...

Tasha the moment of withdrawal from not seeing pics of my grandbabies on Facebook or Instagram will be the hardest. I'm looking for to this journey. & days does not seem very long, but when you're giving up something you love, it is!!!!! I'm ready though ;)

TMichelle I don't think I'll give up blogging. I don't blog as much as I would like to because I've been doing a lot here at home. We've had so many transitions take place in the last year that my head has finally stopped spinning! Haha!
Now, we are still adjusting to having just one child in the home. We told her she can't leave until she's 30...*only in our dreams* On a serious note, we are proud parents. We've trained our children to go out and be worldchangers. That's exactly what they are doing.
Thank you for being such a faithful reader *hugs*

Deanna said...

Put me in a great mood. I believe that you will raise up and be refreshed after the initial shock of unplugging takes place.

It is really easy for me to spend way too much time on the computer. ouch. I have been thinking about unplugging for a spell as well.

God bless and may you have a terrific Valentine's Day!

Bible Babe said...

I too have been unplugging many things from my life--and yes, it hurts my flesh too! I will be praying for you as you go through this media fast. Where could I find a copy of the book you are reading?
In His Love,

Shawnee Penkacik said...

Good job!! I need my computer for school but I remember a time where we didn't need a computer or tablet. Now it's all we do. I applaud you for your effort and for sharing your journey with us. This is inspiring!!

Mrs. White said...

Wow! I am so impressed! What a wonderful thing you are doing!

Mrs. White
The Legacy of Home