I’m breaking up with Instagram/Facebook.
Just as it can take a long time to realize that a romantic relationship is unhealthy, it took me a long time to realize that something felt off with my interactions with IG/FB.
The deeper I thought, the more I began to see IG/FB as my partner in a dysfunctional relationship: someone (or rather, something) with the power both to make me feel bad about myself and to keep me coming back for more.
I’d feel better while we we on a break - and there were many. My creativity would return and I would find inspiration again. But like any other toxic relationship, we would always get back together.
Remember when you were younger and were in a relationship that you knew wasn’t good for you? You knew you had to break up, but dreaded it so much you’d just drag the whole thing until you finally had the courage to do the breaking up? What about the relief you felt when it was finally over?
That’s exactly what I’m feeling right now. Relief. I’m also scared and excited about all the possibilities that are going to open up, now that I’m making space for them.
I’m doing this because I believe that what is good for my creativity is what’s best for me, my business and for the people I share my art with. Because my best work has never been on social media. My best work has always been making art and sharing creativity and inspiration.
Instagram and I are going our separate ways. It’s time to cut the poor guy loose and get on with our lives. A clean break. Who knows, we might get back together, but it’s really not likely.
I’m breaking up with social media, not with you or any of the lovely people I’ve met along the way. And I would love to stay in touch with you and keep sharing my art, but in more meaningful expansive ways.
The best way we can connect with each other:
MY NEWSLETTER: I send some beautiful, thoughtful emails filled with art and inspiration every other week (sometimes once a week)
THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support. I really appreciate the beautiful community I found here and the friendships I made. I look forward to connecting with you in more meaningful ways outside of IG/FB