Taking A Breather: Why I’m Taking a Break From Instagram for Now

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Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and thinking about how I can use my social media presence in a way that brings real, lasting value. After much thought and prayer, I have concluded that I need to take a break from posting on Instagram.

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and thinking about how I can use my social media presence in a way that brings real, lasting value. After much thought and prayer, I have concluded that I need to take a break from Instagram.

Especially Instagram Stories.

I love Instagram for its ability to give me a platform to share my life with those around me, but also realize that I’m too easily distracted when I’m on it and my brain can’t seem to compartmentalize properly. Instagram has become part of my routine and I want to break free of that and reset my relationship with it.

I’m recognizing my own limitations.

While Instagram is a great way to stay connected, I need to take some time away from it in order to focus on those things that I really feel are essential.

This temporary absence could potentially lead to a different version of me sharing on Instagram when I eventually come back.

My goal and desire is to create more long-form content such as video courses and better, more frequent blog posts that offer real solutions, recipes, and application, rather than just pretty pictures and “look what I did” content.

I’m also using this break to focus more on family and friends. To prioritize texting and phone calls over social media consumption, to craft and play with my littles, and to figure out how I can make a difference with the hours I spend on the content I create.

I will begin this break now, barring any paid content I have already scheduled, and plan to be social media free until sometime in late July or early August – but I’m not sure of the exact date yet.

Even though I’m leaving Instagram for the moment, I am still easy to find in other places where I believe the conversations and content are useful. I have a website where you can gain access to what I’m currently working on. I’m also pop into your inbox if you’re part of my substack. And lastly, I’ll continue to share through my weekly podcast, which dive deep into conversations about homesteading and self-sustainability. I hope that these platforms offer a better outlet for conversations that provide deeper insight than the one-sided conversations that can be found on Instagram.

In really exciting news and something that I’ve been wanting to do for ages . . .

I’m launching a monthly subscription service, offering the members who enroll an in-depth hands on informative space to hone homesteading and gardening skills, as well as dipping their toes into herbs, and also covering the basics of canning, preserving, and other topics relevant to a cozy, happy home.

This subscription service will be an incredible resource for those who want to learn new ways of growing their own food and being more self-sustained. It’s a great way to help foster deeper conversations and greater understanding of the homestead movement and where I can really meet those with a desire to grow in these areas and walk them through the process.

You’ll find more info when this launches in one of my weekly emails, stay tuned!

I’ll also be using my social media break to work on a few ebooks that have been in my head and on my heart for the last several years.

Lastly, I will begin offering my farmers market goods on the website to ship, and will also share when that goes live via email.

My overall goal with this break from Instagram:

To be more intentional, listen more, observe more, and enjoy what’s right in front of me without feeling the need to constantly document it. I’m looking forward to disconnecting and taking some time for contemplation and evaluation and to love on my family and those within my close circle.

If you feel so inclined, I would really appreciate it if you could lift me up in prayer during this time of reflection.

My goal is to dig deep and discover the potential and the path God has laid out for me.

Thanks for your patience and understanding as I take the time away from regular posting.

If you want to be part of my substack, I send out an email once a week that includes links to all the latest blog posts, podcast, and a little update of the week. I hope to see you there friends and thank you for understanding. I have truly felt blessed by this community over the past several years.

Many more good things to come,

xoxo, Eryn 🙂

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