Hello October! Goodbye October! I’ve decided to take a dedicated break this month from Tiny Ambitions (blog and social media).
I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately and part of that is because of conflicted feelings about minimalism specifically, but also blogging and sharing my life on the internet more broadly. I haven’t been feeling great about my internet life of late and I need some genuine, actual space to figure my stuff out. I need to get back to my real life before I can feel confident about sharing pieces of it with you.
So, instead of trying to publish half-baked posts that are not worthy of your precious reading time, I’m going to take a full break to live my best spooky October life. My goal is to be back in November to dispense sage minimalist advice about Christmas and the holidays.
It’s all well and good to say I’m going to take a month off. But, I want to really mean it. On the advice of a very wise and sarcastic friend, I am taking a page out of Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism and following in the steps of the wise Jessica Rose Williams and doing my own digital declutter.
Everything related to my blog and online life is optional (according to Cal Newport’s philosophy). So, for the next 30 days, I’m not going to do any of it.
What won’t I be doing during my digital declutter?
- Tweeting hilariously sarcastic things about thrift shopping;
- Posting ridiculous selfies on Instagram like I actually know how to work my angles;
- Writing any new posts, or reading any posts from my online blog fam (I will miss you all terribly);
- Going on Facebook to do literally anything.
What am I going to do instead of spending time online?
- So much knitting (like, an absurd amount);
- Travelling for work;
- Buckling down on my coursework for my two online Human Resources courses;
- Reconnecting with some IRL friends (if you’re reading this, IRL friends, prepare yourself).
I’ve taken digital breaks before, but this total blackout is something I haven’t done in years and I am honestly so excited about it. The pleasure I will derive from deleting Twitter and Instagram from my phone cannot be understated.
It goes without saying but I’m going to say it anyway, opting out is a privilege and one that I do not take lightly. My being online is not necessary for my livelihood or for championing a cause or fight for change. I don’t need my online life to carve out space for myself to exist. My absence from the online world will have no appreciable impact on anyone else’s life. I’m just a privileged person who needs some time away from online platforms that I don’t even need in my life to begin with. Honestly, if you don’t even notice that I’m gone for the next 30 days, that would be the greatest outcome ever.
I have no preconceived notions of what this declutter will feel like, or what revelations I will have along the way. I’m just looking forward to trying it out and seeing what comes up.
That’s it, folks. Have an awesome October. May your leaves be red and your lattes be pumpkin spiced.