Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Published 9:24 AM by with 3 comments

Happy Holiday, and Goodbye Facebook!

Christmas vacation has been lovely. That's why I'm getting rid of Facebook.

I'll explain. But first, here's what we've been up to!

Christmas has been SO fun to decorate in our new home!

Harmony is old enough for the old Christmas tales finally.

My entire family created beautiful handmade gifts for each other.

I even had some time to myself, to rest and enjoy the vacation!

My favorite part, though, has been spending time with my family.

Still working as a musician over the holiday.

We enjoyed holiday traditions like looking at Christmas lights.

I've had so much fun with my family, activities on my own, and friends that I've barely been at my computer at all. Ever since getting a smartphone and Instagram, the easiest way for me to document our lives together has been to simply take a quick picture and either save it on my phone or share it with folks on Instagram. I haven't been near my computer to get on Facebook. And it hasn't bothered me at all.

Before you remind me that you can download the Facebook app, I know! But I'm trying very hard not to be glued to my phone too much, so everything I can do to keep myself off it as much as possible is good. I told myself that I could have my email and Instagram on my phone, not Twitter or Facebook. It's definitely made it easier to not constantly be on my phone, but I'm still working on finding a good balance.

Getting onto Facebook has just not been something I've wanted to do lately also because... honestly, I'm tired of all the political posts and advertisements everywhere. I originally liked Facebook because I could see people's cool pictures and keep up with their lives that way. But there's not as much of that because there's so much other information coming through. 

The sheer amount of information coming through from hundreds of people is getting overwhelming.

Yes, I think social media has a good purpose. I like that I can have a web page there for myself as a musician/music teacher (it's got my full name, so I don't have it linked here, sorry!) and a web page for my other blog, Life is the Teacher, on Facebook. Those will still stay up! But my personal Facebook page is going to come down. At least for a while. Maybe I'll be back in a month, or a few months. The one big drawback is that I won't be connected with some of my closest family and friends who are on there, so that might be what brings me back eventually. 

In the meantime, if you're friends with me on Facebook and you want to continue to connect with me, you can find me here on this blog where you can leave comments or a message in the message form, or you can private message me for my email address or number, or you can find me on Instagram at Lyssagirlloveslife, or you can text or call me if you already have my number, or we can set up a time to get together and have a real conversation, which is what I prefer :-) I'll be deleting my Facebook page on January 3rd.



PJ Your Friend said...

I agree with you on Facebook, mostly. I have been known to block "friends" who are too much into politics and games. I'll miss you there but glad we can connect on other media sights and - once in a while - in person! :)

Christina Robertson-George said...

You go, girl! I support you 100%. I have taken breaks from Facebook too; it is very restorative. I use it to keep up with flashmob, my daughter and education on issues I am interested in. I too have unfollowed and unfriended people whom I found just to be overwhelming. It's good to know I'm not the only one. I do it to keep 'my balance'...which is hard enough these days. Great big hugs to you! I am really proud of you; you have your priorities in the correct order. I will keep in touch with you and Janette. Let's do that brunch thing we were going to do with the family. I would love to do that :)

Lyssa said...

PJ, yes, I'm glad we can connect through other forms of media!

Christina, I still want to see you at the flashmob!!! I hope to continue to attend rehearsals there and learn the new dance. Finding balance with social media is certainly tricky, and what works for one person may not work for another. We all just have to have our priorities in the right order, as you said. I'd love to get together for brunch : )