Motivation in the modern age of social media; keep your social media feed positive by following inspirational influencers.
What is Hannah Marie.?
For those of you who are familiar with the Enneagram, I am an introverted 7 wing 8. And for those of you who are not familiar with this, it is a personality test that just means I am usually:
Mind, Body, and So
Different is a curse given only to those who are meant to bring about change on this planet, however, it is up to them to accept it. It is not a task for the faint of heart to challenge the social norms in which we allow ourselves to be imprisoned. Sadly, this is a statement that is amplified amongst people of color. Javontay Baynes, otherwise known as Spiritual So is a living example of this concept. Even so, he challenged me to carve my own path rather than follow one that is already paved. Such inspiration is hard to come by in the black community.
I Gave Up Social Media for 30 Days
Whether we are aware of it or not, social media has become a key component of our lives. It fills the gaps in activity throughout the workday and multiple hours in the evenings; the typical American spends an average of 123 minutes, or 2 hours and 3 minutes, on social media sites per day. This statistic is astounding because so many people, myself included, complain of not having enough free time during the week. Think about it, if we cut out social media, we would gain an average of 861 minutes of free time per week. It was upon realizing this that I resolved to cut social media out of my life for 30 days. The results were surprising and amazing as I was better focused, more grateful, and more connected to myself and my surroundings.
Filling in The Missing Pages
There are so many opportunities and life paths in the world today. So many things we can learn and use to help us become successful or happy, or both. However, even with all of these paths and choices, I still find myself struggling in finding my own way. I battle with the same questions day in and day out. Worry and concern coursing through my mind. I am nearly 29 years old. I am over $40,000 dollars in college debt with a degree I have barely even used. And I am so very unhappy with where my life is right now.
I Started A YouTube Channel in 2021 & It Changed My Life
Watch the video that inspired this article here: Before I was laid off from my full time job right before Christmas, I was working 60 hours a week – 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday, 7pm - 10pm Monday to Thursday and from 9:30am - 6pm on Saturdays. I went from making the most money I had ever made in my life, to getting paid for just 20 hours a week. Was I worried? Sure. Was I relieved? Absolutely.
The Filtered Life
In the age of photography studios at our fingertips, life becomes a façade. What we see isn’t always reality. Life is photoshopped. We see everyone and everything through a filtered screen. All of life’s little blemishes are smoothed out. Exposure is added to things that need not be exposed! Contrast runs rampant when we compare our lives to everyone else and feel we don’t measure up. After all, we aren’t traveling the world as a photographer and getting thousands of followers on Instagram. Bloggers are overexposed, spouting off their opinions as facts. Algorithms highlight what the powers that be deem important and shadow what they wish to suppress. So many filters are put on life that it is hard to remember what the original actually looks like.
A New Diet
I started a new diet at the beginning of the year. At first, I was just going to hold myself to two weeks. The changes required great self-control and conscious decisions about what to imbibe. Though it started out difficult, it has become easier to adhere to as I feel the results. I am happier, less stressed, have more time for myself and my family. Perhaps we should begin there, with my family and why I felt the need to improve my diet.
5 Reasons To Take A Break From Social Media.
On January 25th I made the decision, (that I had been building up to for a while,) to deactivate my Facebook and Instagram accounts. I came to finally make this decision partly out of frustration. I was struggling to finish reading an academic paper for my cultural studies class and had temporarily given up. My focus was shot. I went out for a walk with my dog in the cold winters evening to get some fresh air and clear my head. I knew why I was having trouble focusing. It is hard to focus with all the mental noise that follows a few hours of scrolling through social media feeds. On that walk I made a promise to myself to stay off all social media until May 1st. I arrived home and immediately went on and deactivated my accounts.
The Illusion of Instagram
Social media drives our need to fit in. Humans are, by and by, social creatures. We always have been. It is within our psyche to fit in, to become like the herd. I’m young, I spend a lot of my time on the internet, and a lot of that time on social media. I, like millions of my peers, spend countless hours scrolling through my feeds, reading, liking, retweeting, posting, and on and on.
Fresh Start: My Social Media Commandments
My list of New Year's Resolutions is long, and varied. Drink more water; start my Masters; never refuse a social invitation again (well, when Covid is finally over)... I could go on. And on.
It’s Time To Stop Watching Other People’s Lives
I am guilty of spending too much time on social media watching other people live their lives! I don’t know about you, but I find it too easy to get sucked into the reality stream of social media. I then find myself dreaming about living their lives, having their lovely houses, cars or wardrobes and then when I finally pull myself away from it all. I am left feeling deflated and flat, and even sad.
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