Hey, loves! It’s time for another monthly update. February was a bit of an odd month for me. I felt like it just came out of nowhere, and now it’s gone in the blink of an eye. Since everything was a little all over the place, the general theme was attempting to cultivate a little stillness amidst the chaos.
So here are some of the things that went down:
A creative hiatus
I took a week-long Instagram hiatus this month. I deleted the app I’ve been used to checking multiple times a
minute day from my phone to gain some clarity.
Yes, I am aware that calling my short break from social media a “hiatus” may seem a little lofty – but let’s just go with it. Instagram has been my creative outlet for a few years, and I used to look forward to those few artsy minutes every day. Here’s why I knew it was finally time to take a real break:
- I had long been struggling with creativity (and, let’s be real, poor lighting).
- I started feeling really down when checking other people’s updates.
- I was overly concerned with my like and follower counts, and thought that any decrease was a reflection of my lack of creativity (i.e. I took it personally).
- I needed quiet time to process some personal issues.
- I was just getting really distracted.
Some of these things have been happening for longer than I would care to admit. I decided that I really needed some time to connect with how I’ve been feeling without distraction or the self-imposed pressure to be creative.
There has been a lot of debate around the reality that hides behind our feeds. Ultimately, I think our experience with social media comes down to the way we use it and our level of understanding of how it works (i.e. don’t believe everything you see). It can be a wonderful tool that opens doors for many – but it’s also important to take everything with a grain of salt.
My little break was the mental detox I needed; I gained focus and clarity, and an appreciation for the present moment (even when it’s uncomfortable). I also feel like I’m less likely to worry if I don’t get a pretty picture out of each day, and plan on just going with the flow a little more.
I have been feeling really overwhelmed with work and life recently. In times like these, I make sure to keep prioritizing my morning meditation, and add in an extra session before bed if I really need it. Since yoga still seems to help more than anything else, I also make sure to maintain my regular practice. A lot of things will be picking up in March – and while I am excited about everything that is to come, much of this stress has been in anticipation of it all. I will probably have a bigger update on my stress levels – and more importantly, how I have been managing it all – next month. So stay tuned!
Overthinking is what I do best. But this year, I want to step out of my comfort zone, and try the things I’ve always wanted to. I’ve already made a little progress, especially in the way that I approach fear. And that’s the first step, isn’t it?
The second, of course, is taking action. So this month, I signed up for motorcycle lessons (yipee!). I’ve been wanting to take lessons for years, and I’m so excited that I will finally begin learning in late March.
I’m not sure what to expect, but I know that the outcome doesn’t really matter. Maybe I’ll love it, maybe not! Maybe I’ll be a natural, or maybe it will take me extra lessons. Either way, it’s better than staying stuck with the old thought patterns that hold you back. You can only really learn when you try.
In other news, I’m getting really excited for spring. Besides more sunshine, I’m planning on traveling to the places I’ve always wanted to explore. I’ve always been a big wanderluster, and I’m really itching to get more stamps on my passport. I haven’t finalized anything yet, but I have a few ideas. I will keep you posted on my travel news when the time comes!
Thank you for reading about my little life. Until next time!