After a fun and exciting week of Instagram challenges through the Rising Tide Society, I have been looking forward to posting more frequently on social media for Cultivate Grace. I have loved interacting with all of you & building community online. So, you can imagine my hesitation a few days ago when God began pressing on my heart a break from social media (insert wide eyed emoji here).
Honestly, I was pretty taken aback - "Is that really what you want me to do, God? I've just started building my Instagram and connecting with my followers. How can I walk away now? Are you sure that's what you want me to do??"
But you know how God is...
He slowly started showing me how much good a break from social media would do me.
So, I finally relented - "Alright, God. I'll take a week off. Just focus on creating blog content and writing what you want me to write. This could be good. I can do one week." And I was genuinely happy with this decision. But you know God...
A still, small voice began whispering to my heart this morning - "That's not long enough." On my thirty minute commute to work, I suddenly felt anxiety well up inside - "What do you mean, not long enough?? How could a week away from social media not be enough? Especially this time of year!" And that's when it hit me - tomorrow is November 1st. That would actually be the perfect day to begin a month-long social media retreat. Hmm...
I suddenly became very convicted that this is exactly what I need to do. I need the time I spend scrolling through social media feeds to write new blog content. I need to eliminate the distraction of playing the comparison game. Instead, I need to focus on creating my own style, my own voice, my own brand - without constantly comparing myself to other bloggers & businesswomen.
I need to spend more time seeking God than seeking the approval of my followers on social media.
So, I'm doing this.
Beginning November 1st, I am taking a social media retreat. I will be spending my time in the Word and in prayer. I will be allowing God to direct my steps, rather than pursuing what I think people will want to see. I will actually be deleting social media apps from my phone, to remove any temptation. All of my personal and business social media accounts will be silent for 30 days.
But, I still want to share my story with you throughout November.
I'll be posting new content on Cultivate Grace, and I'll still be replying to emails. You can send me an email via the Contact page at Cultivate Grace.
Cultivate Grace Community
Also, I'm excited to announce the official launch of the Cultivate Grace Community newsletter! This will be a fun way to keep up with what I'm working on and how my retreat is going. Sent out weekly, the CGC newsletter will feature any new blog posts, short articles & photos about what I'm up to, and a feature of this week's favorite things - including books, music, shopping, and gift ideas! I will also include a Prayers + Praises feature that YOU can be part of! Just send me your prayer requests and your praises (let me know if you prefer to be anonymous) and all of us in the Cultivate Grace Community can be in prayer for you. And just for joining the CG Community, you'll get a FREE Prayer Pages printable! It's a great way to keep track of each day's prayers + praises.
I am SO excited for the ways God is going to move during the next 30 days! If you have been reading this and begun to feel convicted about your time on social media like I did, I would love to invite you to join me on a November Social Media Retreat! Comment below with "I'M IN!" or send me an email. We'll get in touch and hold each other accountable over the next 30 days.
As a recap, I'm taking 30 days off from social media in November to pray and write new content. Sign up for the BRAND NEW Cultivate Grace Community newsletter to keep in touch! For your Simplicity Challenge this week, I want you to pray and really think about joining me on this journey. It's okay if you don't decide by November 1st, or even if you don't start until after November 15th! I believe the most important thing is that you follow God's leading. If you do decide to join in, let me know in the comments + sign up for the CGC newsletter above!
Praying blessings over your November, sweet sisters!