The Unplugged Challenge

I have had a Facebook account since 9th grade.

That means, that almost every day for the past 8 years I have been on social media. Wow. That is a little less than half of my life. That’s a long time.

I don’t believe social media is always a bad thing, but it can be. Sometimes, it can be evil.

The thing is, we are constantly checking our phones. Scrolling. Scrolling. With our heads tilted down, we are missing out on the moment we are actually in.

I miss the days before social media. I want to remember what it is like to not be checking Instagram or taking pictures for the sole purpose of posting them.

I enjoy social media at times, but we’re all missing something.

If I were to stop using social media, how might my lifestyle change? Perhaps I would read more books and read the Bible more. Maybe I’ll start flossing more before bed instead of checking social media. Or, what about actually getting pictures I take developed into hard copies, instead of them just sitting on social media and my camera roll? Real conversations will occur. I’d have to text or call my friends to find out what they’re up to, not just know because I saw what they posted. Maybe I’ll pick up a coloring book instead of my phone.

Let’s face the truth: we are addicted to our phones. It’s unhealthy. We are missing out on so much more.

There’s a popular Instagram hashtag~


In reality, there’s nothing authentic about social media. I’ve talked about this before in a previous blog post.

My husband and I have always founded our life and relationship on “beauty in simplicity.” In efforts to simplify our lives a little more, we have decided to “unplug” from social media. For how long? We haven’t really put a time frame on it.

I’m excited to see how this challenge will positively affect my life. My greatest reason for taking on this challenge is to get closer to God, spend more time being still, and making better use of my time. More authentic use of my time.

I don’t want to be dependent on (or addicted to) anything but my relationship with God. Social media has become too great a part of my life. And so many people are in this boat as well.

I’m excited to begin this journey. My hubby and I have been talking about it for awhile, but I kept saying I’ll take a break from it “tomorrow.” That’s so easy to say, isn’t it? “I’ll read the Bible-tomorrow.” “I’ll workout-tomorrow.” Billy told me a quote that totally changed my outlook:

“God’s word is TODAY. Satan’s word is TOMORROW.”

I urge you to consider taking the unplugged challenge and see how it betters your lifestyle! I look forward to sharing with you what God does in my life. I’m deleting my apps TODAY.

I won’t be posting on the blog as often, but may still post from time to time. So check back here every once and awhile!


Author: Julia

My name is Julia and my name means "youthful." I believe in imagination. I believe in spontaneous adventures, even if they are small. Here at The Youthful Home, we love a big cup of green tea, a white sundress, home cooking, and a whole lot of Jesus. We invite likeminded friends to visit and stay awhile. Welcome to The Youthful Home.

One thought on “The Unplugged Challenge”

  1. This is why we have to learn to discipline ourselves and stop allowing all things that are a distraction be put aside. The enemy loves distracting us from whats important in life.


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