I took a few days off social media last week, after the elections. On Election Day, I worked a 15 hour day, then went home and watched TV until about 2am. When I woke up I jumped on social media to find that yes, Trump did in fact win the election. I started scrolling through social media and I was shocked by what I found. So. Much. Hate. Nasty words from both sides. Friends who grew up together battling and belittling each other in the comments section for everyone to see.
It was too much. I don’t know if it was exhaustion, anxiety, stress.. or a mix of all three… but it broke me down. I started to cry. And not just a little bit. Hysterical, fat teared, ugly face cry. My husband was getting ready for work and he walked over to ask me what was wrong. I blubbered out something, but I know it didn’t make any sense. I couldn’t even put into words how I was feeling.
He told me to put down my phone and to stay off social media for the day. I posted one picture on Instagram with a explainer that I would be taking a social media break. (One of the strange things about being a blogger is feeling the need to be “present” on social media) I have to admit, staying away from Facebook was the best thing I could have done. I didn’t miss it one bit. I attempted to hop back on Thursday, quickly realized it was a BAD idea and logged off once again.
I am so thankful that I had Friday off and my 12th wedding anniversary was Saturday. We couldn’t find a sitter so we decided to pack up the car, grab the kids and head to the happiest place on earth. We surprised the kids by telling them they had 10 minutes to pack up some stuffed animals and toys since the car was packed and ready to go. They were SO excited!
The weekend was exactly what I needed. It reminded me how thankful I am for my family and I cherished every moment of the trip. The kids were so thrilled to be there, you could just see the joy in their faces. When we were driving back I thought about how good it made me feel that my husband and I were able to do that. That’s when I decided I wanted to do a Be Kind Challenge.
It is the perfect time, since we are heading into the holiday season. I also know I am not the only one feeling anxious these days, and nothing makes you feel better than doing something nice for someone else. So I am challenging myself, and YOU, to commit two small acts of kindness a week for the next month. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. It doesn’t have to cost money. If you feel like it, post about it on social media with the hashtag #BeKindChallenge2016 so I can feature you!
If you need some ideas, I’ve got you covered! I’ve created a printable (my second printable EVER) with 50 Be Kind Challenge ideas. Sign up to get your free printable and get started!! I am SO excited about this, I really hope you will join me to help spread some happiness! 🙂