Deleting Social Media Changed My Life.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and SnapChat. That’s just a few apps I can name that took away countless seconds, minutes, and hours out of my day. A typical morning for me didn’t begin with waking up and reaching for my bible or waking up and drinking a cup of water. I grew accustom to waking up and reaching right for my phone… opening each app… viewing and clearing notifications. From the moment I opened my eyes in the morning my time and attention was consumed.

It can be so exhausting trying to manage a social life on social media. Spending time drafting posts and taking multiple shots to get the best pictures. The majority of the time when I was out living life I was so focused on taking good pictures that when looking back at those pictures, I then realize that I wasn’t living in the moment. I was physically present… but not connected.

Life is about making memories and living in the moment. Pictures are for capturing those moments, but pictures can be destroyed. Memories are long lasting.

Erica @ Blog Life With Erica

I finally committed to deleting my social media on Sunday. Quitting cold turkey can be hard sometimes. I feel like it’s only natural when I reach for my phone to click to my social app folder and open up a app. But, it’s not there. Honestly, being three days in… I don’t really feel like I am missing much. I really wish I had made this decision early on, especially once 2020 began falling into shambles.

Anytime I opened social media it was overly consuming with negativity of the sad reality of a world we are living in. All of this negativity surrounding the current coronovirus pandemic, politics, and overall injustice is bad for your mental health. And I knew I had to change something if what I was seeing and reading on social media impacted my feelings.

Since deleting social media I have been able to take advantage of more hours in my day. I wake up and reach for my bible FIRST. I even have picked back up on my bible reading plan. And guess what? My husband is joining me on this journey of reading the entire bible. We have had so much more time to study in God’s word. And it’s connecting us even more.

And I can’t forget about how more rested I feel . This is just a quick little update for my friends, family, and readers who may be wondering why I am no longer on social media. Don’t fret- I didn’t delete any of you. I just deleted my accounts. =)

I love you all and will continue to blog on a more regular basis now that I have more time. Continue to follow me on here for updates.

Thank all of you for reading and continuing to follow me on my journey. I hope this post will encourage you to reflect on your time and whether it is being spent in the best way possible. It is crucial to live a balanced life. More life as Drake said.

Life with Erica ❤

Motivational Monday: Enjoy the Little Things

Happy Mondayyyy!

Another fresh start to a new week and new goals.

For this week let’s shift our focus and priority on enjoying the little things in life. Although we are still facing chaos within our community as the virus still spreads, we must turn this sad situation into something positive.

Adhering to stay at home orders and guidance from local government can be challenging and simply depressing. I am sure many of you can agree that this season that we are facing is taking a toll on our mental health. Staying inside can derail your everyday activities and turn you into a couch potato.

I highly recommend for you to keep a schedule and pick up a hobby. With cancelled plans and vacations, you have more time to devote to something you enjoy and love. I have decided to buy some indoor plants to liven up my home space and add some greenery to my life. Plants are great and have many benefits. Some benefits include: stress reducer, improve air quality, and helps lower background noise.

Heartleaf Philodendron & Devil’s Ivy

I decided to pick out two tropical foliages for my home. Foliage plants really add a fresh of breath air to your home. They are extremely attractive and are very low maintenance to care for. On the left is a Heartleaf Philodendron and on the right is a Devil’s Ivy.

This past weekend I began doing a lot of research on indoor plants and care recommendations. I came across a very helpful youtube channel, Planterina. Amanda Switzer, is a plant expert and I really enjoy watching her videos on Planterina. I have learned so much about the essentials that plants need to grow from water, nutrients, air, water, light, temperature, space, and time.

In the coming weeks I will be expanding my plant collection and I have also been contemplating whether or not I want to plant a outdoor garden of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Continue following for updates in the coming weeks.

Please share in the comments if this post has inspired you to add a plant to your family. Maybe, even post a picture of your new plant or any other plants you may already have at home. What are your favorite types of plants?

I would also appreciate your help in helping me name my two house plants above. Comment your name recommendations below. Until Wednesday… enjoy the little things (plants) in life.

Erica ❤

Coffee and Bible Time | Reading through the Old Testament

Mid last year I discovered a youtube channel– Coffee and Bible Time, hosted by two sisters, Ashley and Taylor. By far, they are my favorite youtubers. Specifically, because their channel content consists of videos about the truth about Jesus Christ and the gospel message.

I wish I had discovered an inspiring channel with young christians like Ashley and Taylor when I was in my teens. I was raised in my home church and attended Sunday school. However, since it was a small church and not many children I did not have the opportunity to really study the bible and connect with other christians my age at that time.

During my teen years I did stray away from church. As a young married adult, I found a new church home and decided in 2016 to rededicate myself to the Lord.

I do appreciate that we are living in a generation where there are church ministries for the youth. Young adults need faith based communities. Ashley and Taylor have created a faith based community online, with 198k followers supporting them.

In August, I purchased a new bible, Crossway ESV Single Column Journaling Bible. I had decided to start journaling as part of my daily devotion. During this time Ashley and Taylor started a bible reading challenge. The challenge was a guide to read through the Old Testament in 26 weeks. I committed to this and was doing well at keeping up. However, I did begin to fall behind and I felt so discouraged. One day, turned into two… two days turned in to two weeks… two weeks turned into a month, etc. This created so much anxiety for me.

When you see that you fall behind on something it can be overwhelming trying to catch up. But, you must keep in mind that making some progress towards catching up is better than no progress.

This past weekend I decided to open my bible back up and continue on with my bible reading challenge. I will not let Satan distract me or discourage me from the word of God. I truly believe that the bible is the living word of God and we must read it daily in order to apply learned principles and navigate through life.

Last night, I finished up week 21 of 36, with reading Jeremiah 21-25. I found that I was consistent in my bible study when I toted my bible everywhere with me. Literally, kept it right in my purse -daily. I do believe that if you want to incorporate something into your life you must make it apart of your routine. Keeping my bible with me is crucial to my success. Treating it like a necessity, eliminates any possible excuses that may arise.

Once I finish the Old Testament I will be continuing on to read the New Testament. My goal is to read the entire bible this year. Since beginning this challenge I have definitely gained so much knowledge and strength in my faith.

It’s never to late to begin this reading challenge. I will link the video below to Ashley and Taylor’s channel: Coffee and Bible Time. Please do not forget to like and subscribe.