Posted on January 4, 2015
Out Of (My) Mind
Though the saying goes “out of sight, out of mind,” it isn’t always true. While I haven’t published a blog post since March, 2014, that fact has not been lost on me. Since last spring, I have been constantly reminded of the fact that I had not been blogging each time I saw the blogger descriptor pop up on my Twitter profile or any time someone asked me why I hadn’t posted in a long time. It wasn’t an intentional hiatus, but writing seemed to be the very last thing I had any time for.
2014 was a huge year for me for a lot of different reasons:
Between all of the milestones above, a much-needed break from social media was just what I needed to focus on the things in my life that I felt were truly important. Aside from letting a thick layer of dust envelope my blog, I finally gave Facebook the boot, (temporarily) locked down my Instagram account, and chose to back off of Twitter instead of contributing to the white noise.
It seems almost unnecessary to say, but it’s truly eye-opening to learn just how much of our lives social media holds sway over once you take back that power. “Giving it up” isn’t really giving up anything at all. Trust me – there are few benefits to being attached at the hip with your smartphone. Lately I’ve had more time to read books, create, try new recipes, decorate, walk, tackle new hobbies, hike, play board games with my husband, daydream about future trips we plan on taking and future endeavours we plan on making.
I can’t deny that writing is a part of my creative expression that I’ve always enjoyed cultivating, but I almost cannot believe I’m sitting here writing a new post. Despite being aware of my neglect, I’d all but shelved my blog completely. I won’t force writing goals, deadlines or content upon myself – structure negates my creativity. But as part of making time for myself, I have to make time for the things I enjoy, including writing. That is something I cannot deny or ignore.