Facebook-free for 40 days

Lent is the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter that people of some faiths commit to fasting or giving up certain luxuries as a form of penance.

Every year, for as long as I can remember, I have given up pop or chocolate for Lent. It’s not that I drink that much pop, but I really, really enjoy it when I do. On the contrary, I eat a lot of chocolate. Some may even consider my consumption of chocolate a form of addiction. 

This year, I have decided not to give up either. To be frank, between having the appetite of a growing teenage boy (thank you, Bridget) and preparing for our move in March, I will need the spurts of pleasure that both pop and chocolate provide. 

Back to the drawing board…

Source: Google
Source: Google

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have challenged myself to make better use of my not-so-much spare time: spend less time on my phone, read more, etc. Bingo! What is the greatest distraction of achieving this goal? Facebook. While I don’t consider Facebook to be a “luxury” (more like a bad habit one can’t kick), giving it up for 40 days would be a challenge. So, challenge accepted and no Facebook it is.

I have permitted myself three exceptions:

  1. If I receive a message, I can read it and respond. Come on, I don’t want to be rude.
  2. If I receive a notification from a group to which I belong, I can review it. I get frequent notifications from our HOA, work groups, etc. In many cases, Facebook is my only method of receiving this news.
  3. Brian can relay to me important news shared via Facebook and comment on my behalf if I deem appropriate. What if a friend of mine announces a pregnancy or has a baby? Again, I don’t want to be rude.

If you don’t receive a thumbs up from me on your next Facebook status or photo, now you know why.

So long, Facebook. See you in 40 days. Until then, I’ll be drinking a Pepsi, enjoying a Snickers, and cruising Pinterest.

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