If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I took a couple of days off to unplug from social media, over the weekend. It was only a 36 hour break, but for someone that checks Instagram hourly (or more!), it was a big deal. Aside from being able to spend my free time reading a book, hanging with family, and just being, my off-screen time taught me one major thing: I waste A LOT of time on social media.
Sure, I need to be on social media a whole lot more than the average person, but how much of that time am I really being intentional with? And, how much of that time am I stealing away from my own life? How much of that time could be spent tidying up my house, reaching a new goal (other than growing my Instagram following), or reading a new book?
Speaking of new books, I was able to read a WHOLE BOOK with my offline time. Have you read Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis? If not, it’s a total must-read. If you’re not familiar with the book, she basically spells out the lies we tell ourselves and combats them with truth and helpful tips to overcome them, in a cheeky, yet kick-you-in-the-pants-with-truth sort of way. I definitely recommend it. (Bonus points for her also being a fellow Bakersfield babe!)
Aside from having more time to read and reflect, unplugging for a short time was a really good reset. As I’ve mentioned a lot on Instagram stories, I have been feeling super “off” and stressed over the past few weeks, (I blame you Nordstrom Anniversary Sale). But going offline brought me back down to earth, and gave me the sense of calm, I hadn’t had in a few weeks.
I have a tendency when things get rough to press in and keep pushing through. #workaholicsanonymous And hey…sometimes, that is exactly what you need to do to get through the muck. But other times, pushing through the muck ends up winding you up so much, that your reactiveness could be likened to a rabid pitbull. Can you relate to the latter?
My point is, if you are feeling “off” or stressed or trying to keep up with everything happening around you, sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to step away from whatever it is that is consuming you, in order for you to regain some clarity on the big picture. Only you know what that something is, and if you listen to your body, you’ll know exactly what it is that you need to unplug from.
Ok, ok, now onto the outfit. These jeans were one of my favorite purchases from the Nordstrom sale. They sold out quickly, but have been restocked. They fit TTS (despite online reviews that I literally don’t understand, because they couldn’t be more wrong) and the quality is amazing. I also found them available at Revolve and linked them below, as well.
Jeans on sale for $29 here
doesn't it feel so nice to step back from being online sometimes!? I have a charging station in a diffrent room than my bed room and plug my phone in after dinner, and dont look at it again till the next day. then use a old school alarm clock! It has really helped! Love your outfit, looking super cute!kelseybang.com
That's SUCH a good idea and something I should practice!!
I do unplug from time to time to, it's a great way to distance yourself from the internet and enjoy the simplest things in life that matters most – family. Anyway, love your top dear, so cute and breezy.Jessica | notjessfashion.com