If you don’t already know… I decided to take a break from Facebook… you know a Facebook Sabbatical. I started this on June 1st, and said it would at at least last for the month of June.
It’s been 11 days, and mucho, mucho fun. Let me share why and what has happened for me.
Day 1: OMG…! I checked Facebook probably like 11 times before noon…..!! Well… I didn’t actually log into Facebook… I went on my phone where the app used to be and tried to press it… not there… I also tried on my computer.. but I used a sneaky little program called Self Control to block it on my computer so that I couldn’t access the sneaky little website…!!!
By Day 3, I was ready to admit and had come to full realization that I was addicted to Facebook. I More than being addicted to actually logging into Facebook and seeing what was going on, I ws also addicted to the instant gratification, the validation, and the likes and comments I was getting from my posts. I would have NEVER admitted this prior to stepping away from Facebook. EVER. What I found interesting is that this behavior was showing up in other aspects of my life… like my business…. I was consistently searching and looking for that thing that would LAUNCH my business into HUGE success. I was following gurus, and changing designs and concepts on a dime. With each new idea, I’d happily log into Facebook, and either post in one of the groups I was in, or on my wall, my new idea, or concept… then check back in multiple times to see what people thought… how many likes I got, etc….
It was all tied together.
It became even more apparent to me that this behavior needed to stop, or my business wasn’t ever going to go anywhere. That I was going to stay stuck on the hamster wheel chasing success that was just always out of my reach.
Leaving Facebook became the symbol, the catalyst, and the key to creating the energetic space in my life to allow what is so powerful that’s located deep inside of me to manifest and bubble up to the surface.
By no means am I condemning Facebook. I actually like it, and I miss the value that I get from some of the groups I’m in on Facebook. I will continue to use Facebook in the future in my business as a way to connect with others around the globe. But one way I won’t be using it is for validation.
What’s interesting, is that I’ve shared my findings in conversations with people. I openly share, without attachment of ego (which is a whole other post I’ll have to write about soon…!), my self discovery. Many who I share it with, become instantly proud as they tell me, “Oh, I don’t like Facebook at all….” or “I don’t use Facebook for validation like that!” or “I’m not going to shut down my Facebook page like you did…”
As they tell me these things, I chuckle to myself inside, because I said those things to people before myself!!! Nor did I, or do I have any agenda of standing on my high pedestal and preaching to people that, “You have to go on a Facebook Sabbatical!” Nope, That’s not me.
I stand here in my story, my journey operating as a vessel of inspiration, gratitude and support for those around me who share some of the same feelings as I did. I will inspire you to take a look at your own situation, and think about some of the reasons why you aren’t where you want to be. Energetically, leaving Facebook can be the symbol and the catalyst that creates the energetic space for you to step away, go internal and allow space for something new to be created.
I will tell you that I have some pretty amazing, powerful things bubbling up inside… but no details to be shared quite yet….! Seriously, stay tuned.
I’m feeling more and more inspired to just write freely about my journey as a way to inspire YOU to really get out there and create a life that you enjoy to be in every single day.
I love you. I’m grateful for you.