Monday, November 17, 2014

Why I Didn't Share Our Family Vacation on Social Media

Our little family took our first vacation this past summer. We took JaiseAnn on her first flight, we spent time with my in-laws, and we experienced some long and tiring days with our then five month old little babe. I didn't share anything about this on social media or even on this blog for a few reasons. 

1. Safety
Ive never been one to share things like my daily schedule, Zach's work schedule, or anything like that on social media. You never know who is reading/watching and I don't want people to know when I'm home alone or anything. The same goes for vacations, I don't want people to know when our house will be empty for several days at a time. I also don't want people to know where I'm going. While I do blog and post to social media publicly, I try to be very careful about sharing too much. You will never see me post my flight itinerary before a trip or a picture of my whole family in our car with a  caption like, "And we're off!" I choose to keep our family comings and goings quite private in order to protect my little family and our little home. 

2. In the Moment

Uninterrupted family time is not something I take for granted. It's rare and it's special. In those moments where I'm making memories with my family, I want to be there in the moment. I don't want to be capturing a picture for the express purpose of sharing it on my blog or sharing it on social media. I want to take pictures because I want them for me and for my family. I want to be so caught up in a moment that I have to say, "Zach, will you get the camera and take a picture!" Or find myself running for the camera. The trip we took this summer was JaiseAnn's first time at the beach and I wanted to be there and in the moment for all of it. As you can tell, she was just thrilled! Even though she didn't love it like crazy, I still wanted to soak in that time with her. Time when I wasn't trying to make phone calls for my church calling, fix dinner, or finish up a load of laundry. I wanted to be there and be off my phone as much as possible. 

3. Reflection
I unfortunately am not immune to the feelings of comparison and competition that can often come with being active on social media. When I take a break from my real life, I like to take a break from media as well. (I still posted to social media just not sharing where I was or that I was  away and had scheduled posts on my blog because I think a sudden disappearance would be as much of a giveaway as announcing it would). When I take a break from the pictures of perfect homes, kitchen creations, and perfectly crafted outfits, hairstyles, and make up, it helps me to settle in and just enjoy all that I have. My best friend sent me a text  while I was on that trip and told me to enjoy my daughter at the beach--despite my feelings about my weight gain--she said she knew I would want to be self conscious but to fight it. Be there and enjoy--worry about the rest later. And that's exactly what I did. I love having a break from real life and virtual life. When both of those collide, it's so good for my soul. 

I know many people want to share their travels and adventures. Many bloggers write entirely about their travels and I enjoy reading travel posts. For me, though, I've decided that I will not be sharing any family trips on social media. I may share a thing about them here or there after they're done. What about you? What do you draw the line on when it comes to sharing on social media?

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