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A typical day for me includes waking up and checking social media first off. I go through my email, twitter feed, instagram and then connect on Blogger for updated posts. This all happens before I even get out of bed. So it can take me anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Once I've made my way through everything there, I get the laptop going in my office, read more blogs and start responding to emails. I make myself a strong cup of coffee and power through all this by 10am.

I then begin really working on design items once they're categorized by importance. This goes all through the afternoon and evening all the while I'm checking social media and staying updated on everyone else's lives and blogs. I normally shut down my business work around 6pm and then snag the iPad to bring into the family room with me to then again, check more social media and start pinning for the night.

Hubs gets home, we make dinner and shower and once we're back on the couch an hour later, I am back at firmly holding my iPhone in one hand and iPad in the other. I constantly am checking feeds on all handles up until we migrate into the master. Hubs falls asleep right off the bat and then I spend 2-3 hours on social media again. Mostly Pinterest but always staying connected.

I used to come home from work and when that happened, the phone went in the bedroom not to be touched and I didn't feel the need to always be accessible for clients. Now, I feel if I get an email from a client at 11pm, I need to respond right away. Guess what though? I don't have to do this.

I realized last night watching TV with my man that I legitimately pick up my phone, check all feeds and lock it only to pick it up 3 minutes later doing the same thing. That is beyond unhealthy! I had quite a slap in the face last night learning this about myself and I'm sure it's been going on for months. I wish I could take back those moments in time I'm choosing that over time with Andrew and I wish I had realized the depth of this addiction sooner. So I'm ready to make a change and work hard at keeping social media "out of the bedroom" if you will.

I have to admit, Monday - Friday from the time I wake up to 6pm will be the time for me to stay connected. I work in a networking atmosphere and need to make sure to keep that built up so I can gain clients but any time after my "office hours" needs to be diminished. No more phone on the couch, no more iPad easily accessible, no more computers on after 6pm. End of story.
Weekends I do keep my phone on me while out because I am a picture junkie and love snapping any moment so of course, there will be instagrams and tweets here and there but it's also a time to slow down during the day because I'm not working and nights will be strictly, no electronics either.

It sounds so ridiculous having an issue with spending too much time connected but I want to take a step back and enjoy the moments God places before me with my husband and stepson. I want to embrace the times at night of laughter without having a phone stuck in my face. It won't be easy, I'm sure but it will fully be worth it!



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