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There is more to life than what you find on Instagram.

I’ll be the first to admit I am on my phone a lot. I’m always answering emails, creating content, scrolling through social media or reading articles. I am always connected, which means I am always working. While I enjoy what I am doing it can be very easy to get burned out quickly. I see it a lot with people my age. We are always on the go doing one thing or the other from the time we wake up to the time we fall asleep at night.

I feel like sometimes we get so caught up in creating a perfect life online that we simply forget to do it offline. We want to show our “friends” aka followers that we are living this great, amazing, over the top life all the time that we forget to actually enjoy it. Spending all your time crafting the perfect caption and watching a concert through your iPhone is not how we are supposed to live our lives because believe it or not, life is a lot better viewed through our eyes than through an Instagram filter.

So this past weekend I did just that. Saturday I went to one of my best friend’s baby showers and for the first time in a long time I didn’t worry about capturing some Instagram-worthy photos. I simply enjoyed the moment and it was refreshing. It was borderline liberating to give myself a break even if only for the day. Sunday I cleaned and reorganized our entire house because I felt like it. I can’t even tell you the last time I did something JUST because I left like doing it. Now I know cleaning isn’t all that exciting, but considering I have been working non-stop for going on a few months now it was great.

I challenge all of you to try unplugging for awhile. Now I am not saying deactivate all of your accounts and throw your phone off the bridge or something crazy like that. I am simply saying to take a step back. Let yourself enjoy the quiet. Find a new hobby. Read a book. Do something you used to enjoyed before your phone became a part of your every day routine. It will feel awkward because we are so used to the mindless scroll through social media but see what happens. For me, I was reminded that my brain and body needs these times to decompress. I feel so much better when I unplug and just let my mind wander. I find that I can recharge and jump back into work with a happier heart and a better focus.

What do you do to help yourself unplug? Personally, I like to stage photographs. I could spend hours creating the perfect composition (#PhotogProblems). Check out this flat lay I did Saturday morning before the baby shower!

Close up of a white baby shirt with the words snuggle this muggle

Picture of an illustration of a white unicorn grazing in the Dark Forrest from the illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

Another illustration from the illustrated copy of Harry Potter's the sorcerers stone featuring the Hogwarts Express

You can get all of this on Amazon! I’ll attach the link below…you’re welcome!

Illustrated Harry Potter book

Snuggle This Muggle outfit