It's no secret that I love social media. I run 5 accounts, 2 personal, 3 business/nonprofit. I love networking and communicating. I love the artistic piece of Instagram and the way Facebook connects businesses in such a tangible way. There's no shame in this. I'm allowed to like social media. You are too.
I'm all about connection and social media has allowed me to do that with people all over the world.
Yesterday, I sat with a friend, coffee in hand, discussing life and self-care and her new business venture (stay tuned, I'll give her a S/O when her site goes live). We spoke of food bloggers and craft bloggers. I discussed my favorite encouragement blogs and an Instagram family that I've been following for years who just keep getting cuter. I learn so much from these strong women who I've never met. I've learned recipes and photography skills. I've been given resources to Bible study tools and realized I have a love for true crime podcasts (listen to Up & Vanished, it's my current addiction). I've learned a lot about myself through following some incredibly talented individuals.
Social media can be a beautiful thing, but what happens when you cross that ever so fine line between learning from someone and being someone?
Recently, I noticed that in my love for connection and the inspiration I receive from others, I've started to dance along that line. I've found myself saving posts and photos and trying to manipulate my life to reflect that of some powerhouse bloggers.
Last night, as my hubs watched the very sad Cavs game (sorry, folks), I sat in our bed, dim light illuminating my journal, and I prayed.
"Lord, don't let me lose myself. Don't let me lose myself in the quest to be someone. Don't let me forget who I am. Who you've created. Don't let me give into the temptation to say my favorite color is purple when I'm really digging Olive Green. Don't let me lose myself in the desire to be known. Lord, let me look up. Let me look up and see this life you've give me. Let me live and document and celebrate well. Let me see my life. MY LIFE. Your life through me. Lord, let me show up for my life. Let me learn that balance, God. That balance of learning and being. Let me learn, God."
If you're like me and struggling with the social media balance, join me this summer in finding my own lens. We're allowed to learn and celebrate others, but we have to have to HAVE TO see and show up for our own lives. We have to learn to use social media well.
In the next week, I'm going to pray through some goals I have for my social media. Not the "I want to reach x amount of likes" goals, but what do I want to show on my feed? What do I want my life to reflect?
Will you join me? Will you join me in learning how to see our own lives and document them well?
P.S. How do you guys like the new blog? I use Squarespace at She Has A Name and decided it'd be easier for me to learn how to use this site well instead of being pretty mediocre at my previous host.