A social media sabbatical

Happy Friday, friends! I wanted to share a quick post about my current social media sabbatical. If you've been following me on Instagram for awhile, you might remember that I did this last year, too - a two-month break from social media over the holidays. Last year's was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing, a break intended to be a week or so that turned into months. And it was awesome. It was really sweet to quiet the distractions, to savor the holiday season with my loved ones, to enjoy a wonderful family vacation without a link to the whole rest of the world constantly in my hand.

So, I'm doing it again. I think I'll do it every year, in fact. A two-month break from all things social media, right at the end of the year. There seems to be more and more things competing for our attention this time of year, you know? Hop on Pinterest and you'll feel like your holiday decor and tablescapes are never up to par. There's always a new recipe to try and another craft to do. Stores competing for your attention and dollars. The pressure to pack more, more, more into an already busy season. It can be overwhelming.

More than anything this time of year, I crave quiet. A few weeks to get really still and reflect on the past year. Praise God for all He did and all I learned, and ask Him where he wants me to focus in the next one. I want to savor quiet evenings on the couch in front of the Christmas tree, and not wonder what everyone else is up to. Send and receive Christmas cards and not wonder how ours holds up to everyone else's.

I want to make room. Make room in my life, mind and heart to meet Jesus, savor all that happened in the past year and prepare well for the year ahead. I need white space in my life more this time of year than any other. And for me, white space includes shutting down all the distractions. Minimizing the playdates and activities, pressing pause on social media and keeping up with the news and stripping it down to the bare minimums: Jesus, my family, self-care.

I don't really have any social media channels these days besides Instagram and a Facebook account reserved solely for family, but I'm taking a break from both. I'll still be blogging, but won't be posting on social media until we get back from our family vacation in January. I'm hopeful and expectant for a sweet, quiet, rejuvenating and restful holiday season and hope yours is the very same.

Sending all my love and warm wishes to you and yours this holiday!!