Why I Simplified My Social Media Accounts

I’m not on Facebook or Instagram. I’m not on Twitter or Snapchat.

I deleted my LinkedIn profile. Although to tell you the truth I never knew what LinkedIn was for.

I don’t miss them. I doubt they miss me.

We weren’t a good match. I’ve been a self-proclaimed minimalist for years. I will toss anything that I don’t think is beautiful or useful. I don’t waste time on things that I feel are weighing me down.

Mean people, worn out clothes, cherry pitter…you are all out the door.

I’ve done stuff purges, friend purges, a 6-month spending freeze, I donated my wedding gown,  I’ve been ruthless with my family photos, quit dream jobs that turned into nightmares, & kicked to the curb ANYTHING that wasn’t working for me.

Social media was harder. I didn’t like it but I felt like I needed it.

I felt like that is how I connected to friends and family. Like many of you, many of my dear friends and all of my family live someplace else. I told myself that in order to maintain these connections, that I truly valued, I would put up with a medium I neither liked nor respected.

Then one day I realized that many of these connections were not real.

I was chasing after ghosts. I was remembering relationships that were gone. The odd “like” or “happy birthday” does not actually mean anything. I was selling my serenity for nothing.

Of all the things I’ve let go…letting go of the dream of those relationships was one of the hardest.

Once I did, I felt like I’d woken up from a deep nap. I was refreshed and unburdened. I no longer have to worry about offending someone I went to high school with or wondering if my pictures are insta-worthy.

I’m now working on meeting up with people in real life. In negotiating the give and take of real connections. In accepting that maintaining friendships takes real work, real-time, real-ness.

I like it better. It feels better.

What have you given up because it wasn’t working for you?

About The Hodgepodge Girl

Meghan wants to live in a world where every family is proud of their unique history. As a certified photo organizer, she’s been featured in magazines and online publications. When she’s not organizing the heck out of everything, you can find her enjoying time outside with her family and pocket beagle, Scout. Her next project — The Hodgepodge Girl’s Tips for Organizing Family Print Photos — hits the shelves in mid-2017. Find out how to organize your family’s photos at www.thehodgepodgegirl.com

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