I ended up having to flip flop my media fast to make it work for my family and our budget. Because I currently stay at home during the day with my two girls (ages three and nine months) I have to get a lot of my work completed in the evenings when my husband is home. And since my work consists of writing for four websites, an evening media fast just wasn't a possibility for me unless I wanted to cheat my family out of some much-needed income.
So instead of an evening media fast, I decided that a daytime one would simply have to do. I'll admit that I already try to limit my media presence during the daytime hours anyway - I like to be present with my girls as much as possible rather than staring at my iPhone, watching TV, or typing on the computer, but I certainly wouldn't say that I don't use media at all during the day - Facebook is definitely occasionally perused as well as Pinterest, and if I happen to snap a cute picture of my kids I'll post it on Instagram. And then during nap time (if my three-year-old chooses to nap that is) I try to get some work done.
So to prevent myself from accidentally hopping onto social media I decided to place my phone somewhere accessible (so that I could hear if someone called - we don't have a house phone), but not touch it unless it rang. I did feel kind of naked without it in my pocket and definitely went to reach for it a couple of times when my kids were contentedly playing on their own, but I held strong. Instead of doing online work on my personal blog or one of the other sites that I write for during nap time, I decided to take some much-needed time to work on my January Cure projects!
Because I was home by myself and covered in paint, I don't have any photos of my handiwork at the moment, thus the gratuitous pictures of my sweet babies :) (not taken on the day of the media fast, I assure you!) It was a challenging exercise and took a lot of self-restraint, but at the same time it felt really good not to be multi-tasking and to just really focus on being in the moment. I know that my time with my girls is fleeting - especially as I will have to return to my day job in seven months. I'm also sure that the dreaded mom-guilt will return full force, so making the most of the time that I do have with them is worth a little less time on Pinterest for sure. How did your media fast go?
MORE OF LAUREN'S JANUARY CURE:
- Lauren's Cure: Tying Up Loose Ends
- Lauren's Cure Project: Something I Can Handle
- Lauren's Cure: Kitchen Cleanup (And Not Much Else!)
- Lauren's Cure: A Question for You
- Lauren's Style Cure 2013
- Lauren's January Cure 2013