There is life outside of blogs, twitter, and facebook. Yep. I said it.
Like many others, I feel I have been sucked in to this crazy world of blogging, twitter, and facebook. Granted I feel like twitter* is the newer and easier facebook, but twitter sucks you right in too. I've only been on twitter for 3 1/2 months and sometimes I really do need to take a step back and remember what life was like before I joined in. Now this is nothing against twitter or any social media realms, but lately I have been overwhelmed with the many "vote for me", "check out what I just did", "I need 600 followers" messages (and I'm sure I've been guilty of this as well at some point). Honestly before I joined these outlets, I thought they were about telling people what you had for lunch :). I've realized that although this world may seem huge, it really is much smaller than we would think, and as I sit here night after night working on my blog posts, or tweeting, or "liking" something on facebook, my husband sits over on the couch reading his book, watching his Criminal Minds or checking his emails when we could be doing something together, going for a walk, getting out of the house, or even enjoying one of our favorite shows together without my mind thinking (do I have a post for tomorrow?)
My point is - life is too short to be holed up on the computer or with your blackberry/iPhone in hand at all times. I almost want to go back a step and get an old school flip-phone to replace my blackberry! Imagine what it would be like without the red blinking light coming on every 5 minutes? Emails can wait. Clients can and will call you, or better yet, you can call them or meet in person. Of course this isn't to say drop everything you're doing, I know we're all working a million miles a minute on our daily lives, and our clients are top priority - when it comes to work. But I'm also saying that there are real humans who we can be spending real time with and twitter/facebook will continue on with or without us - and I can guarantee your real social media friends will still be there when you return. But if you make a conscious effort to spend less time tweeting and more time living, I guarantee you will be a happier person. And I'm going to give it a whirl :)
P.S. - If you want a reality check to help you appreciate real life, you have to check out this blog. Hands down, it is my favorite out of any blogs I have ever read. When I see a new post in my inbox, I get happy. That's how amazing Kelle Hampton is, and her blog is just a reality check of what life is all about.
*side note - I can't even tell you how amazing it has been to meet all of these amazing people through social media, so I am ever-so-thankful for that. I have expanded my network to include new friends from all over the world, and contacts for my brides spanning the US and beyond. I just need to learn a new way to manage it all while staying true to myself :)