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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Kon Mari Instagram Style

      I know many of you are familiar with Marie Kondo and her tidying craze that is sweeping the nation due to her new Netflix show on the subject of getting rid of things you do not need. Or as she puts it getting rid of things that do not bring you joy.  While I do not ascribe to her general theory I do agree that we often hold onto things that we could do without! So Sunday evening I spent some time on my computer going through the Instagram accounts that I follow.  My first question was....do you think you are a millionaire? I tend to follow a lot of accounts that feature high end items. Am I going to purchase them? No, so why am I allowing myself to look at them and wish I could have something I cant afford and frankly do not need? After unfollowing the various stores, I looked at all the magazines that were cluttering my Instagram feed.  Most of them fell to the axe as well. Last to go were the accounts of people I really do not know. One of my old nursing school friends posted this on FB and I think it says it all.



  My daughter, Amelia, is thinking of getting rid of Facebook and using Instagram as her  only social media account. She likes it because it is generally a less drama filled area on the Internet.  Her comment made me stop and consider following her example. But there are many of my family members who do not use Instagram and they are on Facebook. I so enjoy seeing pictures of their families and their activities. Many of our family members are scattered across the miles and the internet makes us feel more connected. So for now I will keep both Instagram and Facebook but I am going to take a long hard look at those who are my "friends". I may have to unfollow some who seem to make it their mission to be negative.  I am not a Pollyanna but I do think your mindset and attitude is shaped by those around you.

I think as I am getting rid of a lot of clutter in my home, it is leading me to want to live more simply. I think I should be going for quality and not quantity in this season of life. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the subject.

And now on to the more positive aspects of life....

Baby Joshua headed home  to be with his family...or PAMILY as we refer to it. When Kendall was a toddler she called her family her Pamily.  I know I am prejudiced but he is such a cutie and he even looks like a boy...I don't think anyone would think he was a girl.  Who can resist a rowdy little boy?  Being raised in a family of girls it took me a while to adjust to having sons. By the time the grandsons came along,  I felt like an expert. I am looking forward to getting to know this new little one.

10 comments:

Sandy said...

Yes, he looks like a boy and I must admit raising a boy is quite different than a girl, but all good.
I did the same thing to my Instagram a while back. I was getting a little crazed with it all. I even take days when I don't look at it because frankly it can be quite addictive. I don't anything to have that much power over me. I have never had Facebook. As a teacher, it would have been disastrous for my personality. I would have been overwhelmed. People think they can say anything. I would not have handled that well emotionally. I have backed up the boat a ton since January on all things buying, looking, and so forth and I feel so much better for it. You can lose your true identity in all of it. Even cross stitching, I had to start making a list rather than quickly purchasing to see if that was really something that Sandy liked and wanted to spend her time on.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I just have my blog and it's more than I can keep up with most of the time. I need to get with the decluttering again but I can't be as drastic as this author. I like to read some of the books that inspire me to tidy up though. Love that baby boy. I have 5 grandsons and 1 granddaughter and they are all so much fun...but the boys especially! Enjoy!

Gill - That British Woman said...

oh my goodness, look at his hair, he is gorgeous.

The whole Marie Kondo I have tried with not much success........I did start to watch her series on Netflix, but honestly something about her just got on my nerves.......no idea what exactly, but just couldn't carry on watching her.

Terri D said...

Joshua is all boy! I am still amazed at all that hair!! I agree with you on social media. I have an Instagram account but I rarely visit there and haven't posted anything in years. I deleted over 100 connections on FB when I retired from the Museum. Friends I kept, work colleagues without much personal contact I got rid of. I still have too many but enjoy staying in touch with those I care about. Blogger is the one that takes too much of my time. I love reading and I so enjoy sharing but sometimes I need to just shut it down... then I feel guilty. Perhaps when I let this morning job go, I can settle into a better routine. We do need to simplify and replace quantity with quality. Agreed!

Carol said...

Yes, baby Joshua is definitely a boy--so cute! As the mother of only boys I'm not sure I would know how to act around a baby girl!! Little boys are SO much fun and so forgiving and drama free--just love them :)

I'm only on FB to see the finishes in certain stitching groups. Have never posted or commented--in other words I lurk. But, honestly, I only check it a few times a year. I do love the drama free environment at IG--and the stitching community, as you know, is so supportive and caring!

Meg said...

What a cutie-patootie! You must be so proud! When I first learned I was having a boy, I panicked a little bit. But then it dawned on me that I would not have to figure out how to do fancy hairstyles if I had a boy. Isn't that silly? I have thoroughly enjoyed being the mom of a son.

I dumped Facebook about a year ago. I did enjoy seeing photos of my friends and family, but it seemed like so many people were posting memes, jokes and politics. Most of all, I did not like my own behavior (in my comments) when I saw a post I thought was stupid, mean or flat-out wrong. I thought, you know, life is too short.

Kudos to you for decluttering your digital life. So many of us focus on the material things, but digital clutter can be just as stressful!

Judy said...

I so enjoy your blog. Good for you on trying to pare down your life. I’ve been doing that the past year and I feel so much freer. Your new grand baby is so darling. Enjoying life while waiting for Christ to return, it’s what life is about.

LaNelle said...

Thanks for sharing your words..and what a adorable grand baby! Enjoy every minute, many blessings!

Anonymous said...

Arlene, it is hard to keep up with all the social media nowadays. Oh baby Joshua is so tiny yet big at the same time! Precious Moments!

Robin in Virginia said...

Baby Joshua is simply precious. Thank you for expressing what many of us feel about decluttering in our lives including the digital stuff.