What is up? The sun is shining– for now at least! It feels like SPRING, and we are all happy to be ALIVE on this Monday before Valentines Day. I can appreciate a day dedicated to love. I can also appreciate a day of my friend, Lindsey turning a year older. HBD LINDSEY!

 For the past 5 weeks, I’ve taken a little hiatus from social media. But let’s not get too crazy. When I say “hiatus,”I mean… 1 DAY at a time. Ha. And honestly, it’s been kinda hard. There have even been a few times where I’ve opened instagram on accident – just mindlessly. Whoops. That’s pretty sad when your brain just goes there when you’re standing in line at the grocery store.

But general consensus is it’s been pretty great to try and not think about it.

A little background… I love my phone. I love social media. I love feeling “connected.” But when 2018 came around, I started thinking about some areas that I wanted to get better in. I wanted to actually take steps – to actually do something – to help myself get better in certain areas.

Social Media – what little I know about it, and what little I use it for – is just fantastic. My outlet of choice is instagram. I have my facebook connected to instagram as well, and I try to respond to people on Facebook, so I guess you could say that I use FB too. I have a Twitter account, but I rarely look at it. The main account I use it for is WYFF4 to see if some crazy Anderson, SC news I overheard is true or just all made up (which is usually the case).

I love feeling connected to my friends – some closer than others. I love being inspired by other people’s posts ( I actually have folders on instagram where I save inspiration, recipes, coaching stuff, workouts, mobility tricks, etc) And it’s a great way to get caught up on the important, and not so important current events of our time! 🙂

However, I’m just being real with y’all…It consumes me. And sometimes it leaves me with 2 main negative feelings:

  1. feeling inadequate – after I compare myself to other people (usually fitness related for me, but for you, it could be marriage, parenting, job, or friend related)
  2. feeling unproductive – after I’ve literally scrolled through my feed and watched stories for 30 minutes. Ok, 30 minutes is a little short. Haha..maybe 1 hour at a time?

I’ve found myself attaching my self worth to followers, likes, and posts – which in the process has made me BLINDED by the impact I’ve been able to make right in front of me. For example, instead of focusing on the incredibly thoughtful note someone wrote me, or the kind words someone said (to my face), I’ve been too busy focusing on the approval from a public, online source – an APP for goodness sake!

So, when 2018 rolled up, I was like, “Alison, WUT ARE YOU going to do about this?!?” Because this, and other issues facing us like this are just going to get more intense from here on out. One step in the right direction for me was to get off of social media (not my entire phone) for a day, and see how it makes me feel.

And with that, I’ve had more time for real conversations, phone calls, actual text messages to people (instead of just commenting on their posts), and MOST IMPORTANTLY, quality time with Daniel (my husband who doesn’t have social media, and gets pretty annoyed with how much time I spend on my phone).

Yesterday, Daniel was out of town for the weekend, but I got up, had a productive morning (with a lot of coffee, oatmeal, and eggs WITH the YOLK – hollaaaa), went to church, bought our food for the week, cooked some food, went to FIGHT DAY at ECMMA with some friends (anyone is welcome:), went to hot yoga, and spent time with Daniel after he got home last night. We also watched part 1 of Behind the Scenes from the CrossFit Games last year (on the CF Journal) – without me looking at my phone – and it is def worth watching!

Anyway, all this social media stuff is still a daily struggle for me – and for a lot of other people out there as well. Don’t hide it. I know it’s only ONE DAY —-1/7 of my week. But it’s a start.

If you don’t struggle with negative feelings from social media, that’s awesome. Good for ya. But I still want you to get something out of this, sooooo….if there is an area of your life that you’re not 100% happy with, what are you doing to fix the problem? Don’t expect to see some change in your life if you’re unwilling to do something about it – even if it’s just a small step.

This social media buzz is crazy, so I want to talk more about it later on this week — mostly focusing on how we can use social media to impact those around us in the most positive way For now, I’ve got lunch to clean up, and then places to be! If I continued to ramble right now, I’d for sure be here for the next 3 hours talking about the good, the bad, and the ugly of instagram. 

SO… until then, have a great week! Kick butt in the gym, and in life in general. Maybe for you that means taking one small step to get you closer to your goals. Small steps add up. Don’t be scared. 

Check ya later.