the social media fast.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Hello friends.

It's been quite a while since I've dedicated some time to writing, so here's a well-deserved post for all of you to read. Let's play a bit of catch up. It's December 30th, I'm home for winter break after a long and busy first semester of senior year. Christmas has come and gone, family has come and visited and flown back to their respective homes, and I have a few more days at home before I'm back on the southbound 99 towards Santa Barbara for one. more. semester.

And then? Graduation.
Right around the corner...

My life constantly feels busy. Which is odd, because I only took 13 units this past semester, and managed my schedule pretty well. Yet, it still felt busy. I still felt like I didn't have space to breathe. I was constantly doing something, whether that was homework, academics, extra work, or just on my computer.

The latter most often.

I'm going to try something in January, and it might wreck my delicate social life, but I think it's worth it. I'm going to do a social media fast, defined: facebook, twitter, tumblr, instagram, pintrest, the whole shabang. I'm keeping my LinkedIn profile alive, for employment and recruitment purposes, and I'm also keeping this blog alive. This piece of the interwebs has been my home for almost 5 years, and I don't write as often as I want to. I want to give myself some space this next semester, and dropping my hierarchy of social media might be a good first step to take.

Maybe it's the absurd amount of hours I spend surfing my timeline on facebook, or the nights I swear I'm going to bed at 11pm, only to stay up till 1 following link after link on tumblr. Maybe it's the feeling that I completely know my friends' lives, even though I haven't spoken a word to them face-to-face in years, or the idea that they know mine through the filter of my Facebook page. You could boil it down to being sick of seeing engagements announced through facebook notifications, or a worthless status complaining about something that really doesn't matter. I'm tired of feeling like my life online is equal to or even more exciting than my actual "get-out-of-bed-in-the-morning-and-take-a-deep-breath" life, that my internet life commands more of my decisions when I see a stunning sunset, and instantly think "I need to instagram this." I want to spend my last semester of college enjoying everything my life has to offer in this moment, not in an online world where I pick my profile photo and delicately craft my statuses to achieve optimum admiration from my peers.

So this is where we begin.
When 2014 makes it's grand arrival, I'm turning off my social media presence.

What am I going to do with my newfound free time? Here are a few goals.

  • Read. Read, read, read. I have a thick collection of Steinbeck novels I received as a high school graduation gift I want to read through this semester.
  • Go the gym. Start lifting again. Work out to feel good, blow off some steam.
  • Study. Yes, for my classes. But I also received a textbook on beer for Christmas I plan on finishing by the end of this semester.
  • Visit friends. The next time I feel like saying "I haven't seen [insert name] in forever," I'm going to go see them. Not write on their facebook wall.
  • Explore Santa Barbara. Eat good food. Drink good wine. Go to a places I haven't been to yet. I have one more semester left in this gorgeous city.
  • Breathe. Take time to breathe. Do things slowly. Stop with constant "get-things-done-as-quickly-as-possible" syndrome and take time to enjoy the process.
  • and finally, write. Write in my journal. Jot down ideas in my scribble book. Blog more. Write extra papers, extra ideas, extra thoughts. 

So, if you want to get in contact with me (those of you who know me) send me a text or just call my cell. My e-mail will still be up and running, so shoot me a message at 

I don't know what I'm going to learn through all of this over the next month, but I think it's going to be a good experience regardless. A slow and steady start to this new year. I'll probably be tracking my progress and thoughts here at mylifeasleah, so stay tuned for thoughts and revelations. 

In the meantime, ring in the new year safely, and good luck on your start to 2014.

Respectfully submitted,