Spare Change (finding a resolution)

Change is the essence of a new year and a new year is only a few weeks away! Bucket lists are written, dreams are dreamt, goals are carefully thought through, memories remembered (my best nine posts on Instagram for example), trips are planned, and resolutions are made with overachiever vigor. There are many things that changed in 2016; newlywed, new haircut (I love it and miss my long locks all the same), new goals, new book idea, new last name, new resume, new perspective. However, I think I am ready for more.

Do you happen to have any spare change? !

One resolution I always make but can’t seem to achieve is to get off of social media and make more (REAL) face time with my friends and family. I think now more than ever it’s important for me to say goodbye to Twitter and yes, Instagram too, and use my time live. To make more of an effort with the people in my life, to not feel obligated to keep up with a newsfeed or compare my life to others.

Believe it or not, there once was a time where I’d reach for my book in the morning before touching my phone. A time where I would write during commercials rather than scroll through Instagram for the thousandth time that day. A time when I didn’t feel pressure to keep up with the Kardashians anyone. I wouldn’t feel as though I was missing out on anything. I would love to go back to that. For those of you who legitimately want to stay in touch, you probably already have my cell number or email address so let’s hang out and explore the city together.

For 2017 I will have one resolution:

** Stay off of ALL social media accounts for one full year – this includes Twitter and my beloved Instagram (LinkedIn will be kept for work purposes). I will still blog because I am writer and that is where I get to share my work. However, you won’t see any new tweets, photos, likes, or posts from me from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 if all goes well. I’m going to be honest; I don’t know if I can do this. Thinking about not having these apps available on my phone gives me a wee-bit of anxiety but I will try. Maybe I don’t need to have them gone forever, maybe I just need a break.**

Newly yours,

Vanessa xo




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