Happy Monday!! I want to first thank everyone who has been taking part in this year-long journey-to-bliss with me! Can you believe we are almost done?! Seriously crazy, I can’t believe it’s almost been a year. I’m very much looking forward to a 12 Months of Bliss recap in June – I’m planning on having a big linkup where everyone can link up their most favorite challenge/recap from the year, and I’ll have a few other fun surprises to share with you too.
Alright. Are you guys ready for April’s challenge?!
April 2016: Disconnecting (to Reconnect)
“ When you’re together, you learn more about others. When you’re alone, you learn more about yourself. You need both. ” -Unknown.
Challenge: Two FULL days each week (Monday-Sunday) of going social mediaLESS. This means absolutely no Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. Log yourself out, delete the apps from your phone- whatever you have to do to disconnect. (Hint: to make this easier, plan out your social media-free days for the month now: go to your calendar/planner and circle the two days each week for the month of April.)
How often: One day (a full 24 hours!), two times a week. By the end of this month, you will have clocked a total of 196 hours of social media disconnecting!
What you will need: Some serious self-control.
[ For those of you keeping a 12MofBliss Journal: How hard was this challenge for you? Which social media channel was the hardest for you to disconnect from? What did you do with your “free” 48 hours each week? Were you able to better connect to other people? To yourself? Do you feel like it might take more than two days each week for you to really disconnect and therefore reconnect on a deeper level to others and to yourself? ]
Why?: I think we could all agree that we have become accustomed to busying our minds constantly, and – truth – this is mostly due to the time we spend on social media. While social media-ing isn’t always a bad thing, perhaps you have unknowingly allowed it to not only dictate your time and the ways in which you connect with others, but also your thoughts and opinions as well? Answer these questions right now: How often do my opinions of others come from what I see of them on social media? How often do my opinions of myself come from the time I spend on social media? If you’re not sure how to answer those questions, I’m willing to bet the answers just might reveal themselves to you while taking part in this challenge this month.
Take your eyes away from the screen this month and instead onto the people sitting right in front of you. Re-learn how to connect with others and yourself once again in other ways than social media. Allow yourself to disconnect so that ultimately you can reconnect! Spring is a time of renewal; allow this new season to bring a renewal to your day to day life, to your relationships, and ultimately, to your soul.
April’s Linkup: This month’s linkup will take place at Ember Grey on Wednesday, April 27th. This linkup will serve as a place for all of us to share our thoughts and reflections on this particular challenge, and to meet fellow 12MofBliss-ers. Hope to see you there!
This post is part of the Twelve Months of Bliss series. Get more info here.