We took a social media break for January and here are two reasons why!
A Chance To Catch Our Breath
On a typical day, we are both running constantly. After a long day of work, I would hop on Instagram and just scroll my life away (don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Insta!), but the main problem wasn’t with the time I was spending on social media, but the reaction in my heart to what I saw as I scrolled. My feed is filled with incredible photographers that take breathtaking photos, many of these photographers are close friends, mentors, and industry warriors that I can’t imagine being in this business without. They always seem to have the prettiest feeds, perfect captions, and oh so many likes and comments (I shared my heart on this Instagram post back in November). This pattern of looking at others’ Instagram feeds and comparing myself to them led me to despair. That may sound dramatic to you, but truth be told I felt like there was no way I could go forward with my photography business. I would never have as many followers, or capture light as well, or have those kinds of relationships with my clients or peers.
“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
In my mind, I had already closed the door on any hope. I had been robbed of all joy that came from photography and guess what? I brought it on myself because I made it all about me. I don’t remember ever asking the Lord for help to quiet my anxious heart. I gave up and lost sight of the WHY behind our business. Our mission statement is below:
In those moments I completely forgot that we do this because we value our clients and their love stories. We value marriage and are filled with so much joy when we are there to capture every detail. I forgot the complete GLEE that I experience (and the jumping up and down – just ask Michael) when we book a wedding. I forgot all of these things because I was focused on me and not on them. This purposeful time away from all social media allowed me to catch my breath. I’ve been so caught up in what everyone else is doing that I neglected to let KDP thrive by truly focusing on our sweet brides and grooms and their families. I just sat back in the passenger seat while comparison steered the car. Time away allowed me to breathe in deeply and restart with a new mindset.
ACTION STEPS TO CONTINUE
Action Step 1: To continue this refreshed mindset, I will be planning out my posts (blogs, Instagram, Facebook) in advance so I won’t get lost in the scroll while trying to post purposeful content. Now some of you might be wondering why I just don’t give up social media completely – as a business owner in this day and age, social media plays a vital role in exposure and allowing potential clients to see our work.
Action Step 2: Intentionally lift others up and seek out ways to encourage them genuinely. This may seem like an easy one, but encouraging others in the past has reminded me of my own failures (again…all about me…) when highlighting the way others are succeeding. Photographers, if you’re in the same boat as me, let’s strive to encourage at least one other person in the creative industry every day!
Committed Time In The Word
As a Christian, I am called to read the Word of God every day. This is not a monotonous item on a checklist, but rather God’s calling for believers to intentionally get to know Him and how to live in such a way that glorifies Him. I remember a time when I consistently sought the Lord through His Word. This time in my life stands out to me because I was joyful in the Lord. Over the past few years my relationship with God has been strained (my own fault) by continually adding more to my plate until finally time with God got replaced completely. When we decided to take a break from social media, this was my number one priority – to seek the Lord through the Bible daily and find a simple way to stay on track.
I found the app YouVersion and am so grateful for daily reminders and a way to keep track! I selected a program to read the Bible in a year, so every morning I’m reminded to open God’s Word and soak in time with Him. It has been such a joy!
“In Your presence there is fullness of joy.” – Psalm 16:11
ACTION STEPS TO CONTINUE
Action Step 1: Continue to prioritize reading God’s Word first. I used to check social media first in the morning before even getting out of bed. I have this app set up so after my alarm goes off, the first thing I see on my screen is Scripture. Friends, this is LIFE GIVING.
Action Step 2: Pray for a friend to study the Bible with on a weekly basis. Over the past three months I’ve been discipling a college girl in our church. God’s goodness and grace are all the sweeter when sharing in His Word together with another believer. I’m praying for a friend to read through Scripture and pray with me!
There is nothing wrong with taking a break. It’s a blessing to be able to step back, take a deep breath, and really ask yourself what you are doing with the time you’ve been given.
I’m so excited for this month and sharing more of how I’m doing with my goals. Thanks for reading along friends!