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What 31 days of LifeUnplugged Taught Me: Part 4 of 4

You’ve stuck with me through my endless Awe-ha moments of 31 days Unplugged.  THANK YOU, friends!  This is the last revelation!  

Miss Part 1?  Part 2?  or Part 3?


#4: I am more okay with “me”.

It’s crazy, friends. When I spent more time with “me”, I started to become happy that I was really me – and like what makes me, ME.  

There is a photography-rut  that I think can easily become a mommy-rut.  

The Rut = Spending time devouring other mom/and or/photographer Blogs.  

Now, don’t get me wrong, HELLO, I write a blog.  Do I love followers?  Do I hope people will read what I write, or see my photos? Of course I do – you make this worth it.  Oh, your comments are seriously the best…they melt my heart…I will name my children after you….  WAIT WAIT..WAIT…back to The Rut.  

I was forced into un-following blogs with my 31 days of being Unplugged.  (31DOBU)   It rocked.  

Reasons why:

Intensely Beneficial Reason #1: Inspiration flowed when away from the screen.

The beast of comparison.  There was always someone better than me, stronger images than mine, and everyone else has it all together.  I started following blogs because they would INSPIRE me! False.  Following blogs was creating doubt, excuses, and inhibiting my creativity.    I started to be inspired by things around me rather than snatching ideas from my favorite blogs. (I was forced..remember!) Go figure, my photo style became more solid, as I started to make decisions regarding my style.   I was using my own brain to photograph, rather than trying to be a copycat.  It felt kinda nice in that moment to just be me.  

Intensely Beneficial Reason #2:  I felt certain ways when reading blogs.  

How does this photo make you feel?

Hold on to that thought….

I had to get real.  It would be terribly depressing to read blog after blog about bad days, failures, and devastating news.  So..of COURSE most blogs are showing our best talents, best ideas, BEST days as mom, and overall AWESOMENESS.  

I missed this memo and felt incompetent as a parenting expert, crafty goddess, fashion queen, and make-it-all-from-scratch-under-200-calories cooking extraordinaire.  Let’s not add in the pressures on the photography end that I was lathering on.  

This is a personal thing, and I would never name certain blogs saying they made me feel down, untalented, or incompetent.  Heavens, no.  This is more a personal decision for where I was at.  

So…for me, it took fasting from blogs all together to clue in to the feelings I was having while being a blog stalker.  Some uplifted, others developed feelings of jealousy, and others really DID inspire!  So, I ‘altered’ my blog reading to fit into my happy place.  It’s been beautiful since.  

Indeed, this is a dangerous to post anti-blogging rants on blog.  Simply put, it has truly helped me in every facet of my life.   Because of that, it is worth the risk. 



  I am more okay with “me”.



This is the moral of the story.  The conclusion of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and now, Part 4.  

#1:  Most things can wait, and Most THINGS can wait.  

#2: I noticed more when plugging in less

#3:  I have convictions and I control how these convictions are shaped.   

What these all boil down to, is …

#4: I am more okay with “me”.  And that, www, is pretty darn great.

photo by Brooke Snow. 


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Which of the 4 Things I Learned while living LifeUnplugged spoke to you the most, and why?  Can’t wait to read which was your favorite!  

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  • September 17, 2012 - 8:37 am

    Nikki - Love, love, love all of the wonderful awe-ha moments :) I think being ok with who you are resonated with me the most. You know how much I love my pinterest, and it is easy to get caught up in the comparison trap. So I think realizing that you’re doing everything you can and being ok with that is awesome! Thanks for all of your insight!!ReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Amanda G - I liked all of them, but for where I have been for the last couple weeks, I think post #2 spoke the most to me. I think it’s important to notice what’s around you, to be aware of what you and others are doing and to be gratful for the wonderful things and people we have in our lives and all they do for us. When we make an effort to see these things we usually find we are more blessed than we think we are.ReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2012 - 10:51 am

    Torri M - I love your #1 thing you learned. Lately I have been all about ‘things’…making things, planning things, pinning things, finding new things, of course buying things. I need to remember most things can and should wait so I don’t leave my darling boys waiting.ReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2012 - 10:52 am

    Torri M - I like your facebook page :)ReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2012 - 8:32 pm

    Emily Shill - Ummm I love all of them. Seriously inspired and ready to make big changes! And I like your facebook page. Because I like your photography… a lot. And I also like you a lot! Keep being awesomely you! You are an inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2012 - 9:26 am

    Michele - #1 spoke to me most. It is so easy to get caught up in the Things and forget about the people and they can’t wait.ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2012 - 9:27 am

    Michele - I have liked your page forever.ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    Brooke Snow - Oooh. I love all of these. I just keep thinking I need my own 31 days…and then gasp at how I would ever survive!!! In the very least you’ve inspired me to drastically cut back my online time. So happy that you are blogging again! You really do have a great voice and I love the way you look at the world. Your blog is inspiring :)ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2012 - 2:32 pm

    EmJ - Narrowing it down, to the one thing that has spoken to me is pretty hard, but I think the #2 and #3 spoke to me most. Either way I’ve been trying to get up the gumption to do my own “Unplugging” experience. We’ve had a goal this year to unplug 3 hours per week in which that time was specifically to be used to strengthen our family. It’s been SOOOOO hard and we haven’t done nearly as well as we had hoped, but I’m learning and will be embarking on my own “Unplug” session soon! Thank you for posting your experiences.ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2012 - 2:35 pm

    EmJ - I did like you on Facebook too! Forgot that in my last comment. Keep up the fantastically inspiring blog. You amaze me in all the best ways!ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2012 - 2:07 pm

    Lisa Gonzalez - I’ve “liked” you on Facebook!ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2012 - 8:53 pm

    Danielle @ Sugar Blossom Boutique - seriously love this post! when our family spent time in hawaii we were almost never ever online and i felt like i liked myself better, that i spent more quality time with my kids, that i didn’t compare myself to others. that blog numbers didn’t matter…because they don’t. it was great! so great in fact, that i have a really hard time blogging now! I think that the part of your post that stuck out to me the most was the not comparing ourselves with others! seriously, i feel a lot better about myself when i don’t read blogs regularly :/ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2012 - 8:54 pm

    Danielle @ Sugar Blossom Boutique - also, i follow you on facebook! :)ReplyCancel

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