Happy New Year! (Even though this is a month late). SOOOOO It has been a while since I posted on this blog! Well, I’ll let you know why!
To start 2018, I wanted to detox from 2017 (and the previous years to be verrry honest) because I felt I ended 2017 not as well as I could of. So I thought a detox would be fab! I removed bread, meat and social media! I know, INSANEEEEEEEE! But I wanted to start of 2018 disciplined and focused which I believe I achieved! I hope the momentum continues.
Why bread and meat? Well I am obsessed with bread and meat (who isn’t – bread is life) and ate it literally everyday so physically I just wanted to get rid of all the junk food I was eating over the last few months of 2017. So throughout January I’ve been drinking a lot of water to remove all the toxins and junk remaining in my system over the month. ALSO, it was cheaper! I was able to spend a lot less when I removed meat from my diet. I had to be very creative with my meals.
Why social media? I actually have a social media problem, especially with instagram. It would be the first and last thing I see when I wake up and before I go to sleep. I was a big social media addict so I wanted to used the time that I would infinitely scrolling on something way more productive like reading my Bible. Usually when I’ve done social media “fasts” I’d be back on it in the next couple of minutes but somehow I’ve managed to do the whole month. I’ve proven to myself I do have self-control!
Also, the social media detox allowed me to renew my mind in terms of me shifting my focus upwards (to God) and inwards (to myself). On social media, we’re fed all these images of everyone else living fabulous lives and being beautiful 24/7 which causes us to compare ourselves. This leads to low self esteem or the need to “stunt” just for the likes and comments. I didn’t want to start 2018 with the same attitude to social media. In previous times, I let social media control me, but now I want to control it. I lived for the ‘gram but not anymore.
The January detox was great overall. I feel more focused, more alert, more alive and closer to God. My faith has increased and I feel like I have a new understanding of what it means to be a Christian woman. It also allowed me to have more conversations with friends because I’m not able to send memes (my favourite past time). I was able to grow deeper relationships because I’m not distracted by who is featuring in someone else’s stories. I wasn’t preoccupied with the latest insta-official relationship, but more focused on my conversation (even though I can multitask). But it did get harder as I made it closer to the 31st of January. Instagram cheekily started sending me emails about what I had been missing out on.
I’d definitely be taken more breaks from social media, bread and meat. I can definitely see the benefits of doing so and it is healthy for us to reduce or monitor our consumption of certain things. Moderation is key, right? Uncle Paul said it best, “You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’–but not everything is good for you. You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’–but not everything is beneficial (1 Corinthians 10:23).” We can do whatever we want (let’s not make this legalistic) but see if it is beneficial to you, if it is not, change it.
Is there any resolutions you made for 2018? Let me know!
P.S. It was bitterlyyyy cold when I took these pictures just before work. Can summer come now please?