I Am Going Back To Social Media

I have finally made my social media decision – I am going back to Instagram !

The decision has finally been made, I have honestly been thinking about this for sooo long! And, when I say sooo long, I mean months.

I had to think about the pros + cons but I truly did think about it & I think I do want to go back.

I want to be apart of the Instagram world specifically for Discovering Your Happiness.

I will be posting upcoming content of my website, flatlays, views, places I visit, letting people know when I have posted on my website. That’s the main goal why I want this 🙂

I am ready, I got this, I am going in w/ a fresh mind, I will not fall into the old trap of looking at others profiles etc, I will be on there strictly for my own benefit & if I fall from the rails, I’ll deactivate.

I want to tidy up a few things on my website first before I get my Instagram back up & running.

I will let you all know once it is back up & running give me a few days to tidy things up & I will be good to go 🙂

Just wanting to let you all know that I have made the decision 🙂

I am not sure if I want my own name attached to it or if I want the name to be Discovering Your Happiness.

*Give me your thoughts on this* I’d love to hear everyone’s opinion on this.

Why I Quit Social Media & Should I Go Back?

Here I am thinking out loud about social media.

*OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS*

Here I go:

Why I quite social media & should I go back?

^ This is a tough one!

I am going to break this blog into two sections – one half being why I quit social media & the other half being if I should go back?

Why I quit social media?

Was never really a fan of Facebook, so I didn’t have that.

Was never really a fan of Twitter, because I didn’t know how to use it.

I was a fan of Snapchat, but now I don’t even bother to go onto that.

Big fan of Pinterest, this is more for inspiration, not for personal use.

My weakness was INSTAGRAM! Instagram became my life – what was once a hobby literally took over my whole life.

I had to make sure my posts were Instagram-worthy, I put too much effort into them, I was posting for likes, I felt I constantly needed to post ALL the time.

I took the same photo 328587 times just to get the ‘right’ one… But what even ‘IS’ the right one?!?!?!?!

Constantly trying to impress people… All the time, without fail.

I become obsessed w/ looking at other peoples lives, I become obsessed w/ certain people on Instagram & would constantly look at their page, envy their life than hate my own life.

I was constantly wanting to look like them, wanting the life they had, have the makeup products they have, have the same healthy lifestyle as them, showcase the same content as them, want the same amount of followers as them.

This did nothing but have a negative effect on my life… I had A LOT of self doubt, I doubted myself thinking I wasn’t pretty enough, I wasn’t skinny enough, I didn’t eat what ‘those’ people ate, I didn’t even go to the gym enough, I didn’t own the things ‘those’ girls own.

My self image issues increased dramatically where I would not like the way I looked even more than what I already did.

It got to a point where I felt depressed & anxious, I was constantly sad w/ the life that I was living & wanted to be like someone else.

THAN IT HIT ME… 

God has given me this body, this life for a reason, I need to learn to love myself & love the skin & body I am in.

Just like me, these people are posting the things they want you to see! You don’t see their ‘downs’ you only see their ups! They are broadcasting this lifestyle on social media to showcase that they have a ‘great life’ but we all are battling our own war & that is what made me realize that I am just like them & they are just like me.

I chose to deactivate my Instagram – I thought it was the best decision to do as I am going to start learning to love myself & I don’t need my focus off guard – I have a vision & I will get there & Instagram was just a distraction.

Instagram was a distraction to my journey & getting rid of it really helped me w/ transitioning for my self-love journey.

I have not had Instagram since October 2016 & boy has my life improved – I have stopped comparing myself, I have started to love myself, I have started to be happy w/ the life that I have been blessed with. I have stopped ‘following the herd’ I have started to appreciate the skin I am in.

I am not saying life is perfect – as I am on this journey & it does not happen over night… BUT, I am happy to say that I am working on this & I have seen a change.

Do I go back? 

Now the big questions, do I go back?

Am I ready to go back?

I am not sure if I am ready to go back just yet, I don’t think I am mentally strong to go back, I am scared I will buckle & go into my old ways of comparing myself & falling into that negative state of mind.

I don’t think I want a personal account, I think Discovering Your Happiness deserves several platforms of social media.

I am thinking Facebook & Instagram for my website but than yet again, I will only be posting edited, filtered things I want people to see.

Discovering Your Happiness only has a WordPress account, but I feel that things are improving on here & this blogging journey is amazing so I feel that I should branch out onto other platforms.

If I go back, I want to have no filter, I want to go in unedited & raw photos – portraying that THIS IS MY LIFE & THIS IS NOT A SHOW & THIS IS ME!

As you can tell by this blog, I am confused w/ what way is the best way.

I am open to ideas, I am open to other’s opinions & advice on what I should do here – I just don’t want to find myself constantly wanting to post & people-please (if you know what I mean) Comment below your thoughts 🙂

Switching The Mind Off

Today was a different day, today was a day of switching off all the noise in my head & making some big decisions in my life.

Switching off all this noise today was so peaceful & quiet, my mind is constantly running at 28365 kilometres an hour – so this most certainly benefited me.

The thought of switching off scares me though, I have to be alert & aware at all times.

I packed a bag & set off for the day to La Perouse National Park, (located in Sydney, Australia for those that don’t know where it is), it is amazing there, sat by the cliff side ate my muesli bar & grapes I than set off for a nice long walk, this walk was not only a walk but a walk filled w/ thoughts, decision making etc – best walk of my life.

When I reached my next destination, this was the ‘switching off’ time – I sat & meditated for a while, I let out all the negative thoughts that are poisoning me.

Realising that I don’t need to be in control 24/7 & that it is okay to go with the flow in life & to not question everything is happening around me & everyone around me.

Realising that if I was less stressed in life, my thought pattern would be VERY different!

Today, I enjoyed my own company, I enjoyed spending time outdoors alone, thinking, & also switching off for once in my life.

Below are some of the photos from my walk, I want to share – the silence was amazing.


100th Blog Post & Big News To Share!

My blogs have finally reached a 3-digit number! I cannot believe it!

100 blogs in just under a year & to think that I even took a fair few months off at the start of this blog journey due to doubting myself, thinking my blog wasn’t good enough etc.

I am enjoying this, I really am!

I enjoy sharing my journey w/ you all, whether that would be recipes, travel or even just my daily blogs.

I cannot believe how many views that my blog are getting, it truly warms my heart at the amount of support I have from people I don’t even know, I thank each & every one of you.

Thank you all, your support & nice comments do not go unnoticed.

BIG NEWS!

So, I have some great news that I would love to share with you all.

I have decided to remove the ‘wordpress’ from my URL 

I think it’s time for the word ‘wordpress’ to be removed. Discovering Your Happiness has come such a long way & I think as a ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY present to my blog is to remove the wordpress name from my URL.

^ I am so excited to be sharing this big news with you all.

I am so grateful for how far I have come & how far my blog has come. *pats self on the back*

We are so quick to criticise ourselves, which is extremely unhealthy for us both physically & mentally however we never quick to pat ourselves on the back & praise ourselves.

So here I am patting myself on the back for all my hard work & consistency… Look where I am now.

I thank God for all this #blessed