I’ve finally reached a point where there is just too much going on in my world.
Noise and news come at me from every direction – online, on the phone, gas pumps, LED billboards, even those at-the-table ordering systems at restaurants that are supposed to “help” when our server is unable to attend to our needs RIGHT NOW!
Seriously? Why do I need to get news at the gas pump?
And it’s not just local, national, international news. We’re bombarded with noise from stores we shop at, places we go, and celebrities we don’t care about by the minute. We get email, Facebook notifications, Instagram updates, Snapchat, Twitter, and texts.
Don’t get me wrong – I love being in the know just as much as anyone else. And I still need a relatively frequent dose of cat videos.. But lately it feels like more of a burden to keep up with all of this stuff than a source of entertainment or knowledge.
It’s like I’m informationally exhausted.
So I decided that enough is enough. That I need to get rid of so much outside noise, focus on what counts, heck – try to remember what it even IS that counts any more, not what some random ad on television is telling me I need in order to be happy.
Thanks to the help of a few websites – Be More With Less, and The Minimalists – I’m discovering simplicity in my life. From cleaning up my diet with Whole30, to reorganizing my house with KonMari, I’m discovering that by quieting a lot of the outside noise, I’m rediscovering the joy of inner peace.
Ok, wow…that was a little new-age-guru-y, even for me.
But hopefully you see where I’m going with it – even if you’re not fully buying into it yet.
Over the next several weeks, I’m going to share with you what I’m learning as I try to simplify my life. And if you find yourself feeling a little informationally exhausted as well, maybe some of these next few posts will help you.
Today’s small leap to simplicity:
Starting small, I’m giving up Facebook and Twitter. This is the last blog I will share on either. The last few months brought out a really ugly side to social media that makes me not want to participate anymore, so I’m signing off of both.
I am, however, keeping Instagram. There just seems to be less clutter in a simple photograph, more upbeat emotions, and (let’s be honest), it’s just fun to look at pictures! So if you have a comment, or would like to contact me, please drop me a note here or on Instagram. I’d love to hear from you!
Oh…and if you come across any cat videos you just can’t help but share, I’m OK with those too!!