Well 2016 sure did creep up on me.... A few weeks ago I decided that at the first of the year I would challenge myself by fasting from all types of social media for 21 days, (see pending social media fast for more details). As most of you know, I am addicted to twitter , instagram, and snapchat. I also really enjoy Facebook creeping and pinning random little things that will never happen in my life.
So heres the rules:
1. Absolutely no social media for 21 days. So, starting on Friday after the ball drops I will delete all my social media apps except Facebook messenger and my sorority stuff. I'm keeping these two because I have to know sorority dates, events, and meetings and this is the only way to do so (besides, I don't really use it unless someone post important info) and Facebook messenger is staying because I need it for my dog/babysitting business. A lot of my costumers contact me this way and I don'y want to miss a job opportunity. Oh, and I'll also have to check emails too when school starts back, but that isn't really social media anyways.
2. Begins January 1st, 2016. Of course I'll most likely post one last picture on instagram explaining my fast with this blog link attached but after it is posted, ALL the apps will be gone.
3. Ends on January 22nd, 2016. This is the day I will re-download all the apps.
4. Focusing on God more and others. every time I get the erg to download my apps back, I will be turning to my Bible or finding a way to help someone else. This month is going to be SUPER busy anyways so who really has time for this social media?!?!?
Things going on during my fast:
-New Year's Eve party @ my house
-Samantha (my soon to be sister in law!!!) bachelorette weekend
-Austin's wedding (super close family friend)
-My bestie guy friend is going to basic training
-School starts back...
I think that is all. Leave comments or questions, I'd love to answer anything that you may want to ask! I am very excited about this but also anxious.... Also, any suggestions of things to focus on doing instead would be greatly appreciated.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
In January I plan to do a social media fast to focus more on God. I have decided it'll last 21 days, because that's how long it takes to break a habit. So no worries, I'll be back in time for the wedding.
I've heard of this before, but never really considered doing one. I was reading an article called 6 habits of Christians. It hit me then how much time I really do spend on social media. I check it when I first wake up, throughout the day when I'm bored, and spend hours at night pinning, tweeting, and liking endless photos. What if I focused all this time on God?
So starting in Janurary, every time I feel the erg to send a tweet or post an amazing Instagram picture, I'll head to my Bible instead. I'm hoping that this will be helpful. I know if I follow through, it will make for a much better life. I obsess over ever social media post. I get excited when I get a certain amount of likes or if I'm snapchatting a humorous video. However, I am very interested to see how my relationship with God grows.
During my fast, I will be checking only emails, text messages, phone calls, soroity post (so I know about meetings & events), and Facebook messenger for my dog, baby, and house sitting customers.
Please wish me luck and pray for me that I stay devoted to my decisions.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Like always, we set out to my grandma's (dad's mom) house early on thanksgiving morning. We usually all get there around noon and we have a nice lunch that she prepares. This year, I helped set the table, get the food out, and pass out pies. We also took some family photos for our Christmas card, as part of tradition. (I am a hard core stick-to-the-tradition person).
After my dad's side is finished up, we all pack up in the car and head to my aunt and uncle's house for dinner. This side has a lot more children to take up the tables, fill the room with noise, and there is much much laughter. Before dinner even started the fun of the evening began with sliding down big hills, dancing to today's biggest hits, and then eating of course! Topped off with even more pictures.
Anyways, I have so much to be thankful for after all, it is my favorite holiday for a reason.
As my third semester of college comes to a slow end, I have been reflecting over who I am, what I've learned, and where I am heading. Deep, I know.
Who I am or am becoming: this semester has been very challenging for me and I'm not certain why. I started off the semester as a cheerleader, but those days ended faster than they started. After that, it all was a downward spiral. I'm not sad about it at all, everything happens for a reason & I was terrified to fly. And I know my mother was scared too.
This semester I also took the hardest classes I've taken in a lonnnnnggg time. I've learned how to memorize and study harder than before, and PLAN. I've become a perfectionist. I plan everything. But it has made me who I am, and I enjoy planning out my days, weeks, and months. I carry my monogrammed Lilly Pulitzer planner with me almost everywhere. If I lost it, I wouldn't be able to function. Even with my planning obsession, I still find the time to majorly procrastinate. This semester I have been the worst about it. I don't know if it was because I didn't like my classes or if I just didn't really care but some how I managed to come out on top, with mostly A's & B's.
This semester I became a teacher. I officially declared my major as child growth & learning aka elementary education with a minor in marketing because I love marketing and it could someday be useful. I am very excited to start next semester as an eduction major & see where my journey takes me.
I've learned: life isn't always easier. In fact, it's hard. And most of the time you want to ignore all your responsibility and curl up in a ball, cry, or watch Netflix. I've learned that somedays you just need a coffee from Starbucks, an iccee from speedway, and chili cheese tots from sonic. And that its okay to do what you love.
Where I'm headed: I don't know exactly but I'm on my way to be a teacher, get my masters, and one day have my own classroom. I also decided this semester that in the summer of 2016 I will be headed to hondurous for a week with my church family to spread God's word and I'm beyond excited for this adventure. Another exciting thing that I'm going to start over winter break is Bible journaling. Lately, I've been putting off studying my Bible and I think that journaling will help me to get back on track with where I want to be Spiritually.
As everyone knows, in college we go through finals to test the knowledge and to reflect on the course that we just had. Today, I took three of my five total finals. And today was hard.
9am Spanish exam and I think I'm going to fail. I get into the classroom, worried of what the final might reveal. She hands us the packet of tests and it's thick, 17 pages. I think I'm going to fail. I automatically am thinking of how to tell my parents when I look down and realize, hey it's not so bad.
1 pm, it's history time. "No big deal", I've got this one nailed. I've made my flash cards & studied them a hundred times. I made everyone i encounter quiz me. I even had a study/lunch date with my daddy to ensure that I will pass. Only my grade will tell for sure, but I've got this one nailed.
6:30pm. I'm shaking in my shoes. This is the one I'm most scared of. There was an 80 question study guide, the test was cumulative. As I walked up the steep steps of memorial, I saw my classmates walking down and around upstairs. I asked them how it was and they replied "just like the study guide". I was instantly calmed but I had help with the study guide. When I walked in and took my seat, I glanced down at my test. The first question was the exact same first question of the study guide. Instant relief. At the end of the test, there were 4 bonus questions, aced them all. I am now waiting my results for all of the tests. Pray for me.
Only one more final between me & Christmas!!!! Fa la la la la, Rach girl