Day 4: Detoxing From Facebook

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CA208E68-2016-40D9-A77D-791D895EEC96The beautiful beginnings of a sunrise caught my eye before I left the house yesterday morning. I tried to capture the moment as the moon hung in the peach colored sky overlooking the mountains.

Sleep did not come as easy for me night before last as it had the previous nights. I laid awake waiting for our poor little Maximus to start howling like he usually does at night. A sound none of us liked hearing, but funny how I missed it while trying to go to bed.

After Wednesdays events with having to take our cat to the vet to be put to sleep, I decided Maria and I needed to have a better day today. And we did!

Maria and I went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast, then we hit the road for our day trip to Pigeon Forge for a little shopping. The Alex and Ani store is always the first on the list! We visited all of our favs, including Starbucks…of course!

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It was really tempting to not take selfies of us acting goofy and planting it on Facebook. The thought crosssd my mind but it didn’t stay long, and we had such a wonderful day! The weather was perfect, and it wasn’t crowded at all. And we happened to find some really great bargains! I did take a picture of Maria in her first pair of Converse to send to her Dad. She was so proud!

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Now, I know I’ve said I’m “detoxing” from Facebook, and I am….but, a friend of mine who sells “LuLaRoe” has a business page on Facebook and invited me to be on her live show last night via FaceTime. She asked me to talk about earrings that I’ve been making and donating part of the proceeds to a “non-profit” organization called, “Fun With Friends” that my daughter Maria goes to once a week. “Fun With Friends” helps get high functioning special needs young adults out into the community. They go to the YMCA, movies, bowling, and exercising. They really do lots of fun things! They go out to eat and also do volunteer work at various places in town.  A wonderful organization that is under the umbrella of Lovenancy.org.

My friend had bought several pair of the earrings that I have been making. She wanted to share about how I started making the earrings, and share this with her customers. I’m very grateful that she did!

It’s made me realize yesterday while “detoxing,” that although I feel the need to give Facebook a break for awhile, it’s also home to many businesses, and used as a valuable tool for them. This is my friend’s sight on Facebook: Kim deRoos LuLaRoe Kim deRoos Shopping Friends. If you have a chance, go on over there and check her out! She has some pretty amazing inventory!

So, with me going back on Facebook to be a part of her live show last night, does this make me come out of my “detoxing?” I say, no it doesn’t! There is a difference what I did last night  and what I’ve been doing every day and night for the past 9 or so years!

What I learned yesterday while “detoxing,” is that  I could have a great day and not feel the pressure of posting pictures to share with everyone. And doing a “live” with someone on their Facebook business page did not make me feel guilty in any way that I’ve relapsed! I wasn’t tempted at all to “scroll” or post anything that I had done today.

It was a good day after all.

The Author

Hey there....so glad you dropped by! My name is Elizabeth Maxwell, but everyone knows me as "Beth." I am the wife to Kevin Maxwell of 38 years. We have 3 grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and our adopted daughter Maria. God laid on our hearts to experience an awesome journey in 2000, in adopting our special needs daughter, Maria Dean. God has truly been with us every step of the way on our journey. I live in the beautiful foothills state of Tennessee. I love my beautiful Tennessee home. From the foothills to the whippoorwills, God's beauty shines forth here. I love to laugh often. I enjoy old movies, reading books, and I love to sing in my award (Dove) winning choir at First Baptist Church! I love my sweet little job, working with Kindergartners...and yes "kids do say the darndest things!" I am encouraged by God's word and I love to dig into it. I am by no means a scholarly expert, but I do delight in His encouragement for me. I am a friend of God...after all, God's got my back! And not just my back - "He goes before me." (Deuteronomy 31:8) "He's right beside me." (Hebrews 13:5) and, "He surrounds me on every side." (Psalm 125:2) These verses remind me that I am not alone while traveling on this "Journey Called Life!" Won't you travel with me? My prayer is that you will be encouraged, and know that you are not alone on this journey called life!

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