2019: the Year of the Blog by Amy Mantis

I’ve been saying for weeks now that I’m going to get back to blogging. I’ve been blogging off and on for the past 15 years (at this point it’s probably a 50/50 split in regards to on v. off) and I’ve always felt like it was an authentic space for me.

So it’s time to get back to my digital roots. Although I think my first digital roots ever were laid down in Neopets (which is still a thing - I checked). But as far as self-expression on the Internet, my heart lies with blogging.

And when it’s not approaching 1AM on the east coast, I’ll write more. Thanks to Robert Gillies for the inspiration.

With love,
Amy

Thoughts On My Social Media Hiatus (Part One) by Amy Mantis

It's only been eight days, but I have noticed a considerable shift in my life since my social media hiatus.

And it has been great.

I find myself far more engaged in whatever it is I'm doing, I'm not checking my phone nearly as often, nor  do I run to my phone if I leave it in another room.  I don't know how much time I've recovered, but I'd say I've gained at least an hour of time each day if you tally up all of the quick checks I did throughout the day (Instagram).  I still find myself attempting to check Instagram whenever I park my car, but now I end up laughing at myself when this happens.  Some habits die hard.

I'm practicing more, I'm maintaining a better schedule in general, I'm reading more, I'm getting more done in a day, and I generally feel happier and like I have more energy.

I never felt like I wasn't living my best life because of the "highlight reels" on Instagram.  I didn't fall into that trap.  My biggest issue (and also one of the few things I miss) was watching all of these killer musicians.  I was like, "..I want to be able to play that," and then I realized that if I put the phone down and practice, then I can play that.  The time I've spent watching now goes into practicing and it's a beautiful thing.  I still watch (and listen), but now it's an active search rather than a passive attention-grabber.

As for the energy thing, I think it's a focus thing.  My energy (attention) is far less scattered right now, making it way easier to focus on the things that matter to me.

And I like it.  I like feeling stream-lined.  It feels good.  It feels natural.

And I want more of my life to feel like this.