It wasn’t planned but it felt oh so good to be on a digital detox. When you’re on an island that doesn’t have wifi (or a TV for that matter), you go back to the good old days where a book is all you need. It’s kind of funny because you realize how dependent you become on checking your emails, scrolling through Instagram or watching everyone else’s snapchat.
Especially if you have an internet or social media based job, you know that it can get out of control very quickly. But even without that, I feel there’s a constant need to keep up with everything that’s happening around you. What your friends are doing, where they’re eating or traveling to and feeling like you need to share those same experiences – instead of wanting to when it feels right. I’ve caught myself in those types of situations because I get sidetracked by what other people are doing instead of focusing on myself and what I want to accomplish. Being off the grid for the first few days in Australia I had plenty of time to think clearly without any distractions and focus on what I truly enjoy and like to do.
My digital detox revelations:
1. Reading is fun (I already knew that but it gets to be even more fun without wifi).
2. Staying true to yourself is so much easier when you’re not on social media.
3. Having dinner conversations without a phone nearby is really nice.
4. I’m subscribed to way too many promotional emails.
5. I don’t care how often I’m supposed to post on Instagram – or social media for that matter. I post things when they feel authentic to me and won’t get sidetracked by others. (This one is blogger related so I’m not offended if you think I’m crazy for mentioning this.)
6. So much changes in a few days – like Brad and Angelina getting a divorce?! I know, I missed some big news… :-)
7. You’re more aware of your surroundings and appreciate the beauty in front of you.
8. It takes a full 24 hours to catch up with all messages, emails and texts once you’re back on the grid.
9. There’s a do not disturb button on the iPhone that gives you a similar digital detox effect without having to travel to an island.
10. I feel at ease and refreshed when I’m not online. You should try it.
I wanted to write this blog post to say that I love what I do. I love sharing tidbits of my life and experiences with you on my blog, in my videos and my social media. That’s why I started VICILOVES in the first place. I wanted to create a fun, authentic and helpful platform to discuss beauty and lifestyle topics. It’s very important to me that I post consistently on my blog (even though I haven’t in the last two weeks because of my Australia trip) as that is my main source of communication with you. Right now I’m on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Blog Posting Schedule but I’ve got so much content planned this season that there may be 4 posts a week.
Social Media however is a different kind of animal. Instead of getting caught up in what other people do on there, I’m going to keep posting when it feels right. Discuss topics when it feels right and share beauty and lifestyle content when it feels right.
Sometimes stepping away from it is exactly what you need in order to move forward.