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55 days Facebook-free

Posted by Deidre Rienzo on

Hi, I'm Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a web copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).

On my Life After Facebook post, one commenter said, “It's like food. All things in moderation.” I really admire people who are good at moderation. The problem is … I turned myself orange when I was a kid because I liked carrots so much. Finding moderation was never my best asset. Sure, I try to improve, but I also must acknowledge my weaknesses to enhance my strengths.

It’s 55 days after quitting Facebook — and I wanted to do one last update.

Even with the trans-Atlantic move still in progress, my days feel long and leisurely (yes, seriously). I have plenty of time to do everything. I am noticeably different:

  • The twitch is gone.
  • I’m less agitated.
  • I’m not interrupting my day every 2 minutes.
  • I’m focusing for longer periods of time.
  • I’m doing more in less time.
  • My brain isn’t swimming with so much chatter.
  • I’ve stopped dreaming about my acquaintance from highschool’s tumultuous love triangle. (You KNOW something is a problem when you start dreaming about it, right?)

Yes, I do feel a bit disconnected. I know I’m missing news. But at this point, I don’t know if I can, or should, go back. If anybody has a magical moderation pill, please let me know. Am I strong enough to check FB once a week? I honestly don’t think so.

Prior to giving up Facebook, I wasn’t sure life without it was possible. But it is. I feel like my old self again. Sure, there are still so many areas I want to grow—but now I feel more equipped with the time and focus needed to make progress.

If you’ve tried quitting or moderation, I’d love to hear your story.


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