- Stephanie Goudreault
Why I chose to reduce time off Social Media
Social media can be a gift but can also be a nuisance.
I’ve spent most of my adult life attempting to “make it” on social media, so much so that all I could focus on was the next content I needed to push out, or the next IG story I needed to create.
I kept trying to be real, but also trying to “create” content for people who wanted to learn. And that’s not authentic or easy to do.
I felt like it was the only way to “making it”, whatever that meant.
Life is 100% not a destination, but a journey.
And I never seemed to understand that until this year… when we decided to make big changes to our life.
At one point in July of 2020 I was messaging 100 people or more a week to check out an opportunity that would “change their life”.
And for the 3rd time, I burned myself out, in the middle of the summer during my favorite time of year.
I couldn’t do it anymore… not to my mental, physical or emotional health. So I took a step back from it.
That was the summer I enjoyed the most. The summer I will remember during my lifetime. And the pledge I took with myself to be happy with what life had to offer without feeling the need to chase it all the time
In June of 2021, I officially decided to stop actively being on social media, creating content or posting IG stories.
I had no idea where it would take me, if my dreams of being a location independent entrepreneur would happen or if I would ever make any money (and at this point it didn’t matter).
I’ve shared a few excitements, trips, hikes and events with the world, but sometimes I wouldn’t post for months. And I don’t regret a single minute of it.
Yes the world is dark and corrupted,
Yes I can’t do all the things I once could but on the inside,
I learned to love my life off of social media, to see the beauty in every moment and to express my experiences in a different way.
I wrote, journaled, and dreamed.
And in the minutes of silence in a fast-paced world… I learned to be still and breathe.
I feel in love with my writing, my journey, my experiences, my creativity, my ability to feel and the reality I’ve allowed to create… off social media.
And to be honest, I still feel like social media is superficial, and not worth spending much time on, but I do want to showcase my experiences…
Because my belief is that when people read my writing, they can believe that the world is just as beautiful as they imaged it.
And in their own time will learn to fall in love with it again.
(and hopefully let go of the scroll hole and actually live.)
I have come a long way from the woman I was a year ago,
and at the same time I’m not done because my evolution and growth will last a lifetime.
I’m truly blessed to have experienced what I have, and I want you to come experience life with me.
Until next post