So... this is likely an indication of the day I had yesterday...
I switched yesterday & today's topics for blogtember in my head.
Oh well. Moving on. Today (actually yesterday) I was supposed to write about how blogging & social media has changed me. Instead I posted my self-portrait. Either I was out of my mind because the children were driving me crazy (true) or I was wishing it was Friday instead of Thursday (also true).
Whatever the case, I have two specific instances where social media has shaped me.
One is that it has connected me. Facebook has kept me connected with loved ones whom I now live thousands of miles away from, and blogging has connected me with new friends & followers who have joined me on this crazy rural Alaska journey.
The second is that it has inspired me. Blogging (especially when I do it everyday) inspires me to keep improving, changing and seeing things with new eyes. Writing about my passions (my family, reading & self improvement) keeps them alive for me. Posts about the boys, good books and my goals keep things feeling fresh. I love that.
Sometimes I am tempted to throw in the towel. I look at other blogs that are bigger and better and think, "I'll never get there. Why am I even trying?" Or I'll see someone's Facebook status update and think, "I'm not that beautiful, my life isn't that awesome... How can I possibly compete?" But the truth is I am exactly where I'm meant to be, and (plain & simple) I enjoy blogging & staying caught up with loved ones on Facebook. So I keep on keeping on, reminding myself that what I see are only snippets. Those awesome bloggers I follow have two years olds who tantrum, too. The beautiful girls I envy have flaws they strive to hide, too. The adventurous world travelers I know don't climb into bed at night next to the man they love with their three beautiful sons asleep down the hall.
I guess the lesson in social media is that I don't have it all...
but neither does anybody else.