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My Journey to a healthy Relationship with Highly Addictive Social Media

Warning: EXTREME transparency ahead. If honesty makes you uncomfortable, don’t read it. If you think that I’m ‘cool’ and would prefer to live in that world, don’t read this. You’re going to realize really quickly how nerdy I truly am. I recently did a social media fast for Lent and I wanted to write up...

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  • beccaApril 5, 2013 - 11:51 am

    shine on, katie day!

  • KimApril 5, 2013 - 11:56 am

    LOVE EVERY WORD Katie Day!! Wish I could see you more than in cyberspace!! You are awesome! 🙂 Maybe I should give up social media next year for Lent….I AM really Catholic!! lol….

  • sandy diazApril 5, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    I absolutely love this! And I totally agree with every single point. Logging off now…

  • Sam HolderApril 5, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    Katie,
    What a wonderful joy it is to see this post. I am self employed and feel exactly the same way you feel about social media (especially instagram). I feel social media consumes me and occasionally talk to my wife about signing off completely. I appreciate your transparency and hope others get the same thing out of your post that I got. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I will learn from them. Keep up the good work! God Bless!

    -sam holder

  • MegsApril 5, 2013 - 2:06 pm

    “I’ve shot some really crappy weddings where afterward people say “that was the most beautiful wedding.” It wasn’t.”

    I can’t believe you just called out my wedding like that.

  • Heather CherieApril 5, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    Couldn’t have said it better! Thanks for sharing your heart! 🙂

  • AnnaApril 5, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    I needed to be bossed around, so thank you! Why have I never thought of just logging off. What?! Brilliant. Thank you for being an inspiration for all of us. And for speaking TRUTH. But I’m glad you’re back!

  • lauren cookApril 5, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    Katie!
    I love love love this post! This has been a huge addiction for me to get under control… I think it’s healthy to limit your social media and focus on the “here and now”. When I see mom’s at the park on their phone I just want to scream, PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR KID! They will grow up before you know it. I love pictures, but I’m always worried carson will see the camera lens and think “is that my mom?” Or think my iphone is life support itself. Pinterest got really bad for me, I felt like in order to be a successful artist I had to take pictures that were just as good as the ones I saw on there, and I had to make all these crafts and make my house so adorable. It’s not bad to take pictures, or craft… but I shouldn’t sacrifice time with my family or God to obsess about it.
    Great post! I have always looked up to you as a woman and artist. You are honest and that’s the best kind of person! You can confront yourself, learn from it and teach others. AH-mazing :]

  • Audrey DeFordApril 5, 2013 - 5:18 pm

    Katie,
    One of my friends sent me the link to this post after she read it. She and I have had this exact conversation quite often over the past few months! We are both self-employed artists and extroverts and spend significant amounts of time at home alone. We’ve seen how truly addicting (and devastating) social media can be to our hearts–especially the visual eye candy of Instagram! It can spiral out of control…and quick! Thank you for your transparency in this post. I think it would do us all good to enter into an ongoing “checks and balances” dialogue surrounding this topic. I love the idea of Latergramming everything and plan on implementing that pronto. So thanks!! I also just wrote a little post on this very topic last month. I’ll link it in case you are interested in giving it a read. Christ is our validation, and he is truly enough. 🙂
    Thanks again! Wishing you all the best.
    -Audrey DeFord
    http://audreyimagines.blogspot.com/2013/03/social-media-competitive-sport.html

  • SarahApril 5, 2013 - 5:18 pm

    Katie–I love this post. I so agree with it. I’ve seen social media literally take over people’s experiences. And let’s be honest, when I’m having the time of my life, I DON’T stop and take a picture. I don’t want anything to destract me from my enjoyment. So, all that to say, I love what you wrote and thanks for sharing 🙂

  • kdpApril 5, 2013 - 5:58 pm

    HAHAHAHA MEGAN!!!!! Never!!!

  • amanda juneApril 5, 2013 - 8:28 pm

    hey — you don’t know me (you did a couple of my friends’ weddings way back when and then i got obsessed with your photography:) but i love this. thanks for being so real and also for the validation that, yes, it IS weird and rude (crazy, you might even say) when i’m instagramming my awesome dinner with my fiance while i’m…having dinner with my awesome fiance. latergram it is.

    also! i love that you share what’s going on with you in different areas — not just the thrift store hipster glasses furniture remodels but also not just the book excerpts spiritual experiences but also not just the supercute kids family sweetness…know what i mean? i dig that it’s all there and you’re not only sharing what seems coolest. (or…maybe you are, but it seems like authentic stuff still makes its way out anyhow.) 🙂 rock on katie day.

  • AshleyApril 5, 2013 - 10:33 pm

    Katie, I literally only know you because you did the photography for my sister’s wedding, but I look forward to your posts and photos more than most of the people I’ve known forever! I don’t know what that says about me, or the people I’m friends with, or about you. It is all too easy to get wrapped up in social media and it can either suppress you or set you free! I feel like I should recommend this topic to some people I know for their review, a polite reminder of what’s important. =)

  • Jennie FrakeApril 5, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    Thanks for such an honest post! I’ve been folllowing your blog & instagram for a little while now and can’t get enough of your pretty photos and witty comments. 🙂 I have no idea how I found you but I’m glad I did. I can totally relate to everything you said. I used work at an ad agency and LOVED everything you mentioned above. Now I’m a wife, mommy and photographer and can’t get enough social media. Its nuts! I have to say, you are one of the most inspiring and talented “grammers” I follow. And it has nothing to with your like counts. Its your realness. I freakin love it! Thought you should also know that one of your IG posts had a HUGE impact on my life just by posting a photo of your bible and mentioning quiet times. I’m not exaggerating. Somewhere along the way, I guess I thought I just didn’t need any more of that. I was so wrong. Thank you! <3

    Jennie

  • Bethany MichaelaApril 8, 2013 - 9:17 am

    I know I already said this on Instagram, but thank you for this post. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot these past three months.

  • Erin WardApril 14, 2013 - 9:03 pm

    Oh girl, I totally hear you! Balancing social media is HARD. Thanks for sharing!

  • Holly Hammar LearApril 22, 2013 - 5:05 am

    Loved reading this, Katie! Thanks for sharing. I too get super excited then exhausted while perusing through Instagram and Pinterest. You said it so well!

  • AngieApril 22, 2013 - 8:08 pm

    This came at the perfect time! I’ve been telling myself for a few weeks now to “unplug” and be present. I’ve given myself specific rules to follow when I can be on my phone (IGing, FBing, emailing, etc) instead of focusing on my kids. I quit the world of the working people so I could specifically be WITH my kids every single day, not so I could be distracted by a stinkin’ phone and all the beautifully addictive aps. Thanks for the reminder to unplug and be present. Here’s to my renewed conviction to remain unplugged until all the people are away or sleeping. Then I can attend to my guilty fixation with social media.

    p.s. I started following you on IG post lent fast, and I find you ridiculously witty and interesting. Post all the Jesus-lovin, kid-happening, random pictures you want. I may or may not “like” them, but I definitely enjoy your feed. Thanks for sharing.

  • Megan RobinsonMay 18, 2013 - 12:58 am

    I swear you just observed my life and wrote a post about making a lesson out of my mistakes and addictions. so so so glad you wrote this! I’m glad you did decide to write this and remind me to live life. and to know that I’m not alone with my problems 🙂

  • EmilyMay 24, 2013 - 8:42 pm

    Hey there sister- I was so excited to find this post. Right there with you & blogging about it, too. It’s hard to be super creative & motivated, maybe a little OCD, and temper the net biz. I agree- instagram is the worst. I delete it for a couple days… Helps me. Peacelovemusicgrows.com

  • jessica tingleJanuary 26, 2014 - 9:07 pm

    I am so glad I stumbled across this post today! I feel the exact same way about validation and comparing my marriage to other instacouples! I actually convinced my husband to get an instagram because I hoped he would post sweet pictures of me like all the other amazing husbands and boyfriends out there. Yeah, I feel kinda bad about that one. Turns out he does like instagram, but doesn’t post as many pictures as I had once hoped he might. But now, I’m OK with that. I realized that it doesn’t validate our marriage because actually, he’s the one never on his phone during dates or movie nights at home. That’s still something I need to work on. I’m really inspired by all of your changes! I need to start logging off more, that might help. My other addiction, actually probably my bigger addiction, is Pinterest. My husband enjoys driving and I don’t, so first thing I do when I get in the passenger seat is whip out my phone and start pinning away until we reach our destination. It really bugs me, yet I always do it! I’ve been trying to do better recently and just leave my phone in my purse the entire car ride. It’s still a work in progress, but maybe it’s time for me to give myself some more challenges.

    And, can I just say that I love you posting about Jesus, and your kids, and your life! And I actually think you’re cool! And I also don’t mind if you clean your house for me, haha. I see both sides, and I love being ‘real’ but I have to agree that I give real people my best self, so I’m going to continue doing the same with instapeople.

    Thanks for sharing, Katie!

  • Erin O'BrienJanuary 27, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    Thanks for being so real. I can totally relate. I’m addicted to Twitter the most, but I care the most about getting likes and attention on Instagram. It’s hard when there are creative people I follow who take way better pictures than me and get more likes. I guess that’s just life in this digital age. My sister has been telling me “Be with who you’re with” whenever we’re out some where and I look at my phone. That’s a good way of putting it.

We went to the ocean!

Gulf Shores, Alabama from Katie Day on Vimeo. I got to go with Jared’s gorgeous sister’s and mother to the beach. It was blissful. It also marks the end of my amazing/unbelievable/wonderful three-month maternity leave. Sigh. Bear with me as I answer all of your emails. There’s quite a few. And raising two kids is...

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  • Anna RobertsMarch 19, 2013 - 8:25 pm

    Looks blissful for sure!

  • WendyJuly 29, 2013 - 11:31 am

    How awesome you visited my neck of the woods! 🙂
    I live in Daphne, AL which is only about 40 min from Orange Beach/Gulf Shores area.
    We are pretty spoiled to live here.

    Make sure ya’ll come back!
    (as we say it in the South)

    xo Wendy

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  • Amanda RodewaldJanuary 16, 2013 - 11:53 am

    STILL LOVE LOOKING AT THESE PHOTOS!! Thanks again Katie for being being the best photographer EVER! You’re fabulous!

    Congratulations on the baby!

    P.S. My mom will appreciate the interruption in the photos for your husbands dance moves. She had the hots for him. Watch out! haha

  • ChristinaJanuary 16, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    Amazing! I love everything about this post. Perfect pictures. Beautiful bride. Awesome wedding!!

  • ManishJanuary 22, 2013 - 4:45 pm

    These images are great! You really captured the emotion and joy of their wedding day! Thanks for sharing.

  • KellyMarch 1, 2013 - 11:09 am

    What a great wedding! Love the pics! Such great insight!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Kelly
    believingin1

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    I really like this set; I also love the bride’s veil; I think photo’s using that type over the face are very vintage and mysterious; great set.

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  • KateMarch 4, 2013 - 7:04 pm

    My friend JoLee directed me to your blog as we’re in the middle of waiting on an impending miscarriage. This makes me hopeful. Congratulations on your handsome boy!

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  • Jennifer FitzpatrickDecember 5, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    Melt. My. Heart. What a beautiful girl and wonderful words!

  • KellyDecember 27, 2012 - 6:05 pm

    I just now saw this!! Amazing !!! She is so beautiful and I love her so much !! What an awesome way to capture her personality!! Love you !

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