Working on the website and discovered the Bloglovin’ and Feedly links were incorrect and decided…why didn’t anyone stop me?…to fix them. 30 minutes and a lot of swearing later, Feedly is gone (one follower and I couldn’t figure out how to do anything but delete it), Bloglovin’ is fixed and updated, and my stress level is through the roof.
My guy keeps telling me “you’re so intelligent, you can figure anything out”; lovely sentiment but far from the truth. IT stuff drives me insane. SEO, ROI, RSS…jibberish. I mean, I know what they mean, just; I think it’s that I don’t really care. I’m not that interested, so I don’t put in the effort to learn deeply what and how. Which, of course, bites me in the ass when it comes to marketing myself and behaving on Twitter and using Instagram as a selling tool instead of random photos that I think others might like. I just want to have fun with it all, and help people feel better along the way. I don’t think that’s such a leap, do you?
Speaking of helping people, I’ve noticed a trend of people that get severe vertigo which is sometimes accompanied by sinus problems, sometimes by full-on “are you sure it’s not Covid cuz I know the test says no, but damn!” symptoms. I’m wondering if it’s something to do with a new variant, and asked someone on Twitter (waiting for a response).
Here it came in like a lamb; sunny, chilly, some clouds, and finally a few sprinkles. Mild. Which makes me wonder how the end of the month is going to be. 🙂
Yesterday I was wandering through links, going from one topic to another, and I came across this blog post by Laura McKowen about Digital Minimalism. Now anyone who has followed me for any length of time knows how I feel about social media overwhelm, so that subject jumped out and grabbed me. The Kindle book she mentions was $1.99, so I bought it and began reading.
There’s just too much to say about this book, so I recommend what she does: read it. And you might want to download an app called Moment, it tracks how log you spend staring at your device’s screen.
The basic jist of the book is to take a 30-day detox from all non-essential technology. Including video games, Netflix, etc. And then making a plan to use the essential ones in a more time-efficient manner. He even talks about how people who get online to read the news or news sites can do so without eating hours of their day.
The key during the detox is to do other things. Don’t just sit around, thinking about what’s going online. No, resume hobbies you’d dropped when your smartphone seemingly became glued to your hand, go for walks, play with your children uninterrupted, read books (offline if you use a Kindle or other ebook reader), learn to knit, write actual letters (my plan), etc… The goal is to fill your life with activities like you used to before the internet. And then when the 30 days are up, decide what you really, really want to add back, and consider why; does it add value to your day, your life? If Twitter drives you nuts, why do you want to jump back on? If scrolling through staged photos on Insta depresses you in the end, why download it again? For your business, what sites do you feel good using, and do they add to your business? This all needs to be considered before diving back into the internet. And, as he says, you may find that less definitely is more. McKowen herself has a list of all the accounts she deleted, and it’s not small. Nor were the number of followers on them. But she chose what aligns best with her values.
What is all this leading to? Yeah, you knew it. 🙂 My birthday is the 9th, next Monday, so beginning then I won’t anywhere but here, the newsletter, and email for 30 days. I want my focus to be my energy work, not falling into YouTube rabbit holes, or looking at ridiculously gorgeous bujo pics, or raging at what’s going on in the world for hours and hours. I need a break. That means on the desktop, too. I can only log into the sites I’ve chosen, once a day, no more. I’ve removed all apps except Signal from my phone (really!) and I know Twitter is going to be really, really difficult for me to give up, but it’s gone from my phone and tablet and promised myself that I won’t download it during the 30 days. Haven’t decided where or how I’ll get news, but I’ll figure it out before then.
If you were to do this, what technologies do you consider vital? Would you be able to do a 30-day detox? Do you want to play along?
And as always, I’m available for distance Heart’s Peace Healing sessions! They are what brings my life joy, no question about it. Your feedback absolutely makes my day, sometimes my week! So please, don’t hesitate to purchase a session, or mention my work to that friend you have with fibro or chronic migraines; I can’t cure them, but I can help them feel better. And honestly, that means a lot when chronic pain is your life.
I know this may come as a surprise, but the purpose of having a blog is to, well, blog. I know, right?? Who knew? 🤣 I’ll be spending the next 6 weeks or so (until May 1) focusing all my attention here, on my blog. Blogging. No Twitter, no Tumblr, no Instagram commenting…just blogging.
It’s going to be like a LiveJournal revival – ok, maybe not – but it will be blogging old-school; life stuff, pictures, things I find interesting, books I’m reading. Forget trying to promote myself*; I want to have fun and find my voice again, not just rt and reblog things.
Check out what my gorgeous Osho Zen deck had to say about it this morning:
Yeah, this deck gets me. 😎
I’m following those of you who have blogs that I know of, but just in case I’m missing a few, let me know your blog address and I’ll follow along! Maybe you’ll get excited about blogging again, too!
Here’s to going old-school! 🍻 (that’s supposed to be two beer mugs, clinking together…not sure if it looks like that or not)
Ever since the election, I’ve been in a state of, well, quite frankly, “Define Interesting.” “Oh god, oh god, we’re all gonna die.”* Rage, fear, stress, depression, despair, helplessness…you name it. So many of us have been – and it’s draining us.
I’ve been caught in the quicksand, unable to pull myself out, finding myself retweeting post after post, unable to step back and not feed the beast. I didn’t know how else to make a difference, but I think in reality, I was just another person making things a little bit worse with the endless focus on the negative. I haven’t been mindful of what I’ve been adding to the mix, and I apologize to those who have been caught up in my fear. I’m fairly sure I’ve lost a friend or two along the way, and that saddens me.
This morning I woke, checked Twitter, and slowly it dawned on me that I *can* make a difference, one that is more subtle, but no less important than helping bring to light all the darkness that’s been festering for too long. I’m a lightworker. I’m supposed to be working on the side of service, not regurgitating negativity. As my friend Michael said, “Be the light, Pip. Be the light.”
By working to help others feel better via distance healing sessions, I, and others who have this ability, can begin aiding souls so stuck in that quicksand that they’ve lost hope of ever getting out. Souls that have been abused and are still to afraid to talk about it, souls that endure racism and hatred daily, souls that have lost all hope.
I can’t change your life, but I can ease some of the stress and pain for a bit. I can help bring “healing harmony” (thanks, Alice, for coming up with that phrase to describe what I do!) to your mind and body, giving you a time of peace in which to feel comforted and rested.
I hope you’ll do me the honor of allowing me to help you in whatever small way I can. I offer 30- minute sessions and I also have two more intense sessions that work to help you speak your truth.
A while ago I was wandering through WordPress, and came across mention of a really, really cool app called Forest (I can’t remember who mentioned it, sorry!). The premise is that you set the timer on the app and don’t use your phone during that time, and when you meet that goal, a tree grows!
These are screenshots from my phone. Below is the main screen you will see. You move the green dot around the circle, and it changes the time/goal.
You can select your settings:
For each goal you reach, a tree grows:
If you log in before the time is up, the app will tell you to “Stop phubbing”, and if you click on “give up”, this is what happens:
Not only does it keep track on the Forest page, but also here, and you can add notes about why you needed the time away, such as working on a project/while you’re in class, etc…
When you accumulate enough leaves, you can choose different types of trees to add to your forest. This looks like an octopus tree to me. 😉
I really like this tree.
As you can see, yes, there are ads, but I don’t find them obnoxious. One thing: each day the forest is empty. I thought it accumulated trees until it was full, but it clears out and you start fresh. So you need to be diligent in meeting your time goals! 🙂
The app is available for Chrome and Firefox, too! The Forest App. Rocks socks!
It’s snowing here! Lightly, but still. It’s April! All the flowers and trees are in full bloom, the grass is growing…and it’s snowing. Mother Nature’s giant April Fool’s joke. 😉
The other day I was pondering life and all that goes with it, and I came across this blog post by Alexandra Franzen, called He’s Waiting. She’s Listening. In it she discusses when she began blogging and feeling like what she was writing wasn’t making any difference. And then something amazing happened, and she remembered the truth of writing:
“The truth, which is:
If you write something and share it — and your words help one human being to experience a better day, or a better life — then your work is a tremendous success.
You never, ever know how your words might influence someone else’s life.”
I have felt insignificant many times over the years, both as a blogger and a healer, and that post really hit home and sent me thinking. What I write here will, as the subtitle says, be “a little of this, a little of that”, because, well, that’s how I roll. Things catch my interest and I want to tell someone!
I’ve missed blogging, and plan to do much more of it. I promise not to inundate you, though!
I hope you continue to follow along, and please, if you’re in need of a healing boost, check out website, see how I can help you (even from across the world!), and let’s get you feeling better, ok? OK! 🙂
PS: after today, these posts will no longer be forwarded to G+ or Twitter during the month of April. So if you’re interested in the blog, please follow via email, on WP, or through Bloglovin’. And you can find me on my favorite obsession, Instagram!
The Hermit, to quote one of my favorite tarot books is, “…a symbol of introspection and the wisdom that is gleaned in thoughtful silence. This card invites you to withdraw from the clutter and commotion of the everyday world and find peace in solitude.”
I took last month off of pretty much all social media sites except Twitter, and I’ve found that by doing so, whenever I check in to any site (even just Twitter), it just all seems so loud. Overly busy, and just overly, overly noisy in my head. This morning I came across this blog post by d smith kaich jones, and it said, in her usual inimitable way, what I am feeling.
I’ve no idea where this desire is going to take me, but healing myself is my prime directive this year. I’ve even chosen “Health” as my word for the year. So if I’m hit and miss with interacting, just know that it is necessary for nurturing myself, and not that I’m giving it all up – can any of us do that anymore? We’ve become so entrenched in “living” out our lives online, when in actuality that isn’t what we are doing. So…the withdrawal.
I also began this year of thoughtful silence with a distance healing session (begin as you intend to go on). Being able to help others fills me with peace and joy, and second to caring for my health, that is how I most want to spend my year. Even if I’m not showing up online often, I always check my email, so know that if you purchase a session, I will get back to you as soon as possible so we can set up a time.
So….still feeling off but managed to go into work yesterday. As the day got busier, I became more tired, and as today is the busiest day of our month, I opted out. Eating only popsicles and crackers doesn’t lend one much energy, suffice it to say.
It’s the 26th; there is still time to donate to my friend’s Avon 39 Walk, and I’m still happily #dryjuly -ing my way through life. Yay! I had every intention of saving what I would have spent on booze this month and donating it, but I’ve ended up taking so much time out of work that it all went to bills instead. I still have time, so next month I will donate.
As I look at the bullet points, I’m reminded of this blog post, Dear Blogger, that totally cracked me up.
What are your thoughts on newsletters? I have mixed feelings: many want you to sign up and receive a free something for doing so, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to read more of their blog/newsletters in the future, right? There may just be something in that one particular post that caught your interest, right? I have a newsletter (though I haven’t written anything in it in a while) and I’m deciding whether to continue with it or not.
Recently, two well-known women’s Facebook accounts have been removed or frozen (I think there was a third, but I can’t remember who it is); Beth Owl’s Daughter, and Pixie Lighthorse. It all has to do with FB’s random “that’s not your real name” policy, and as we all know how I feel about FB, I chose to delete my account this morning, after posting that I would last night. I woke to this, and have been laughing ever since. I wasn’t that bad, but I’m sure I was close.;) It’s not the people; it’s the platform and their practices (such as were mentioned in Pixie’s blog). I’m not sure why this video isn’t showing up on its own, but check it out anway!
First off: I made it through yesterday with flying colors. I don’t remember the thought of drinking crossing my mind more than once, and then it was gone. And sleep, oh, sleep…I’m out like a light once I fall asleep. Last night our neighborhood literally sounded like a war zone and it took forever to be able to sleep. I’m still tired.
Now the news: my computer has been acting up quite a lot of late – New Mexico is dust central, and we have original crank windows in this house (which means even closed, there are still cracks). The two together means that the corner where I am sitting (next to a window because there’s no where else I can put the computer) is a lovely dust magnet. I tore the computer apart and cleaned it, but the dust is relentless and I’m sure that’s what’s causing the problem. Add to that the fact that I will be working a LOT (like 7 days a week for some of it) between the end of the month and September, and it all equals less time online.
I plan to blog (I can do it from my phone if all else fails) the rest of #dryjuly4breastcancer, and now that I’ve gotten back into the hang of stress-free, ‘this is my life’ blogging, I’ll keep it up. Maybe daily, maybe not. The point is, blogging and Twitter (and Instagram…I love Instagram!) will be the easiest things for me to do on my phone, and with less time, the rest will fall pretty much to the wayside for a while. I won’t be forwarding blog posts to G+ and FB, because then people reply there instead of here, and I won’t have time to check them; instead it would be great if (assuming you want to keep reading!) you’d follow me here on WP, or Bloglovin’, or just by email.
I hope you decide to follow along, because I really do enjoy stress-free blogging, and I’ll even throw in a freebie or two of energy healing along the way. 😉 I DO still do energy healing, though I’ve been focused here on Dry July and breast cancer research. In fact, doing remote energy healing gives me such a wonderful feeling and helps relax me (how could helping others NOT be relaxing?!)…that will benefit my Dry July goal, too. 🙂
I’m sitting here, trying to catch up on everything, and it dawned on me why Wednesdays (and social media in general) overwhelm me: I have this compulsive urge to literally catch up on everything. Every post, every tweet, every instagram picture, every blog post, every every thing.
Good grief, why???
It’s especially bad on Wednesdays because I’m not online much during my work ‘week’, except maybe a glimpse or two before or after work. So I basically miss 4 days of all of you. That’s a lot to catch up on!
I think it goes back to my beginnings online: first there was a virtual Irish pub that I ‘hung out’ in for a few years, meeting some absolutely wonderful people in the process. Then there was the beloved OB, which was finally shut down by the provider 10 years after it started. On both message boards, it was fairly easy to go to where you left off, catch up and comment, and then join in on the day’s discussions. It seems that has stuck with me, and I scroll back through Twitter, trying to find the last tweet I read, or clicking on each blog I follow and going back to the last one there, too.
Multiply that by 7 platforms I use (I don’t even attempt it with Tumblr), and it’s no wonder that not only am I overwhelmed, but the day is quickly lost to hours online. On one platform I’ve taken to mainly just responding to comments, but I’m pretty much not going to try to scroll through thousands of shares to find the meat of what those I follow have posted about their lives. And that negates the point of being there, because many of them are ONLY on that platform. Yes, it’s FB. Ugh.
It’s not that I think that everyone is breathlessly waiting for me to respond to what they write (or to read what I write), it’s more that I…you know, I honestly don’t know what it is. Maybe I’m a bit OCD when it comes to the internet…?
I need an intervention. 😉
Actually, I just need to remind myself that my attention is not needed on everything I’ve missed, and that’s it’s ok to focus on what I see the day I log on. If I miss something important, someone will tell me, I’m sure, and it’s ok to let the rest go. Fewer platforms would help, too, but there isn’t one platform that everyone loves, so until that happens, multiples must be.
How do you handle your multiple platforms? And which are your favorites? I think that following someone on their most favorite platform and not every one they are on is another way of dealing with the overwhelm, too. Do you do that?
If I follow you on multiple ones, let me know which you prefer, and I’ll drop the rest and see you there. Even if it’s FB. Really. Just for you. 😉