Creating Value in Our Lives

What are we doing to create value in our lives?

I read a blog post the other day,  “Giving up on Social Media” by Steve Corona. My husband recommended it to me knowing that I have been trying to cut back on my internet time. Now, I’ve read similar posts from other sites about this very thing. People give up Facebook, Twitter, etc…for thirty days and find they have rediscovered their creative soul along with this wealth of time to do things they had long neglected. But it was a particular comment Mr. Corona made about not creating enough value in his life that caught my eye.

What are we doing to create value in our lives? It certainly isn’t spending hour after hour perusing Facebook and Twitter or the rest of the internet. Instead, we could be writing our novel or a new poem, painting, writing a letter, helping out a friend, reading to our kids or simply having an honest-to-goodness face-to-face conversation with another human being, etc…

What am I doing to create value in my life?

I’m generalizing here and I hope you’ll forgive me. I know that social media is how many make their living. It is a great thing, don’t get me wrong. But it can also be a slippery slope. How much is too much? Of course that depends on the individual. Right now, I’m just talking about me. I am taking a long, hard look at how I am creating real-true value in my life. And lately, well for the last couple of years, I don’t think I have been creating much value in my life at all-at least not creatively speaking.

It’s time for a change. For me, it really has to center around being “mindful” of my actions, my daily habits,and the things I introduce and allow into my life. It’s so easy to forget and just go with the flow. But it is crucial that we maintain and encourage constant and positive mindfulness. It’s sort of like a system check, if you will. It can be as simple following the words of one of my favorite quotes, “Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space.” – Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. We owe it to ourselves and the people around us to be mindful of our energy, our attitude, our feelings and our intentions.

Right now, I’m writing (and drawing) regularly in my journal. I bought a brand new Moleskine so I could start afresh. It’s a hodgepodge of thoughts and ideas and it is giving me a lovely sense of release and thoughtfulness that I’ve been missing for a while. My favorite thing is to sit out on our deck with a cup of Blueberry Rooibos tea and write in my journal and read a good book.

You know what is funny? Most of you know I am a self-declared unabashed lover of cooler weather. I live for Autumn and early Winter. But right now, I am enjoying Summer so far. I am reveling in the warmth of the sun, the delightful caress of the breeze and the whisper of the wind in the trees as it gently shakes the leaves. I am opening myself up to it and allowing myself to lie back against the bosom of June.

Slowly but surely, I am starting to create some value in my creative life. And it feels really good. 🙂

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  1. For me, summer brings a much busier work schedule, more shuttling of the kids and of course, derby practice. I find that I have much less time online. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. I miss the people that I’ve “met” there. I just wish that I was able to find more time for the creative endeavors that I’ve started along the way. It makes me smile to think of you on your deck, enjoying the summer. It’s how I feel later in the year, once the oppressive heat has mellowed and we can open the windows again. I’m glad to see that you’re reclaiming something for you.

    • Summer sort of lends itself to stepping away from it all, I think. With AnneShirley getting closer to school age, I just want to really embrace the time I have with her now. I’m really looking forward to Fall though. I can taste it. 🙂

  2. it’s all in the application, i think. i’m employed in the online marketing sphere, including social media, and i (and i’m sure you as well) love the connection i’ve found online – but there is always a slippery slope. am i checking twitter when i should be paying attention to my boyfriend or friends? absolutely. i think there’s definite value to assigning a schedule to internet related things (i don’t even want to TALK about the youtube black holes i’ve fallen into when i’ve had a few hours free), and setting aside time for offline, creative pursuits as well. kudos to you, tracy.

    • It is. I really love the connections I’ve made online. I don’t regret those for a moment. That’s what I’m trying to do – just reset my schedule so I’m not mindlessly just logging on. I think Summer is the perfect time to do this…I’ll be back and I’ll be more “at peace” with myself I think too.

  3. It does feel like the summer of cyber-discontent.

    I don’t know. I’ve walked the spartan path of the hermit and I’ve dived headfirst into the pits of indulgence. Neither was particularly good for creativity in my life, and neither was particularly good for my sanity. There is a fine balance that has to be found and maintained. Or maybe not, maybe that’s just me and my own excuses.

    I can tell you this, though, when I was living isolated and lonely, I spent more time on art. I wrote a ton of things, and drew constantly. Quantity is not quality, though, and the entire situation very nearly killed me.

    • I’m not isolating myself – for sure. I’m not trying to get away from social media entirely. I’m just trying to reset my parameters. Once I get that back, I’ll be back online. Facebook – maybe not so much. Twitter- for sure. I’m not aiming for quantity. I’m aiming reclaiming ME – who I am and the things I believe. I just need to break away from the drama on Facebook. That just drained me completely.

  4. You’d better still love fall with me, Tracy! Pumpkin spice drinks!

    I like the questions of value, and I think they can be asked within the realm of social media as well. One need not do away with social media completely to derive value. But asking “what value am I adding?” to a conversation or community or comments section is certainly something I need to do more and I thank you for inspiring it.

    I can think of a very obvious value social media added to my life: this community. Without Reverb and Twitter, we may not have stumbled into each other’s stories. Without Google Reader and Twitter again, we may not have kept up with them as well as we have. These have evolved into friendships outside social media, but they certainly sprung from within the digital sphere. File this, too, under the “things I’m grateful for on the internet” list.

    • Oh no worries there, Roxanne! Autumn will forever be my favorite time of the year. ALWAYS. 🙂 I agree with you regarding social media. I am eternally grateful for the friends it has brought me. There are so many things I love about it and it does add to my life. For me, lately – Facebook has become far too dramatic and crazy. I am so tired of hearing people complain and bicker and treat each other horridly. I just need a break from Facebook more than anything. I’m not bashing the digital sphere so much as just resetting myself and trying to regain a little bit of peace in my life after dealing with a lot of “family” issues on Facebook. I want to add value to my friendships, my posts, my outlook on life so that I encourage others. I am getting back to that and it is nice. I just thought the whole idea of “What value am I creating” was a good way to look at things. And for me it is all about creativity right now – in terms of what value am I creating creatively. I love things that make us ponder these ideas… Hugs! Bring on the Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

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