I had a rude awakening recently. It brought to life my new mantra. Quality will always trump Quantity.
No it didn’t come from a seminar (which would be a great guess, as I am a personal development junkie). It didn’t come from an eye opening article. It didn’t even come from a client.
It came from my 9 year old daughter.
She said “Nope. We won’t have fun. Mommy needs to work.”
My ego took over. I told her although I would love to take off and be able to hang out, I had a business (which I am giddy over) to run.
A few days later, as I was about to go to bed, it hit me. My kid wants to spend time with me. In a few years the roles will be reversed and I’ll be dragging her to hang out with me.
I have a business where I am always “plugged in”. I started my own business so I could spent more time with my family. A business where I could take off and spend a couple weeks with my kids before they go back to work.
I realized just because I was “physically” there, it didn’t mean anything. If I’m not present and in the moment with them, they may as well have a babysitter.
In the past, I would have overwhelmed with feelings of guilt, regret and feeling like a crappy Mom.
Ever since I have been able to step into and release negative emotions, like has gotten so much sweeter (& productive).
So, I am going “dark” and unplugging from social media for a week. I turned off all of my notifications on my phone.
We get so caught up in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope. I felt like if I was not checking it, I would miss out. So I would constantly be on my phone. I would “have” to see each notification. Check out all of the likes I would get. Somehow that proved my worth.
I realize that is silly. I realize I don’t need validation from any social media post, from anyone or anything. I am worth it. Period.
So, it’s time for a change. I am shaking things up and unplugging from social media. I am going to use that time to be present. I’m using the time to grow and realize how I want to contribute the world. I’m using the time to make some freakin’ rad memories with my kids.
I will post once a day to share my reflections but that’s it. Making that choice was so powerful (& will definitely be a challenge). But, I believe, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
Sometimes we work so hard to build a future for my family. It’s a great theory, but not at the expense of sacrificing unwritten memories.
It was a wake up call, loud and clear. And I’m doing something about it.
I’d love for you to join me.
Let’s do it together.
Sending you love, light & oodles of positive vibes.