And here’s why…
Well, before I get to that, I first want to thank you all for reading my emails and blogs over however many weeks, months, or years that you’ve been with me. I’ve valued you being here greatly, so thank you.
Sometimes though, things move on and change don’t they… and you may or may not have noticed that I haven’t sent out much over the last few months. For me, it all started to happen when I noticed that I had got into the habit of randomly checking, mindlessly scrolling through my phone, whether that was emails, Facebook, LinkedIn, the news, the weather. I was doing it increasingly throughout each day. Seemingly, I was becoming one of the millions of checkaholics through sheer mindless habit. I noticed, and particularly on FB, that there was an increasing number of adverts and suggested posts that I ‘should’ be looking at. Also, and I have to be totally honest, and admit that I unfollow many of those that I’d been connected with or ‘friends’ with because I’d grown tired of looking at filtered selfies when doing anything at all. It all seemed so pointless and fake, and I felt fake for being ‘friends’ but not following them! I started to question the role I was playing in going along with filtered selfies, and the damage that causes by perpetuating the ‘not good enough’ beliefs that so many people hold. I also felt a level of sadness when thinking about how much of our lived lives is in the taking a photo of it for social media rather than being fully in the moment and fully present with those we are actually with. I find that a sad trend and one where I also had to own that I was beginning to waste a fair bit of my own time and energy in randomly scrolling through rather than being fully present in my own life, whilst with others or not.
That’s the background to what got me thinking about all of the ‘noise’ we have created in our lives, and the ripple effect that was likely having. So, I decided to delete my FB account and I’m not on any other social media anyway. I’m still on LinkedIn as I do still feel a benefit from it as it certainly provides great networking and business updates and connections. I’m not saying there’s a right or wrong choice here, I’m just owning my own choice of cutting down some of the noise.
That leads me to my email and the blog. I’m meticulous about not being subscribed to anything that I don’t read. My email inbox is well and truly Feng Shui’ed so to speak 😂 so it got me thinking about the emails I send out too. I can tell you that quite a high-proportion don’t open them, and yet are signed up to them. So, for many people, my emails are just noise in their inbox. For those of you that love to read my blogs and get a lot out of them, I suspect that, like me, you’d happily go directly to my website and read the blog there when you wanted to and if you wanted to. That’s how I operate. I actively go onto the Youtube pages and websites of those that I gain inspiration from. I do that rather than read their emails…which even though I’m inspired by the person, I unsubscribe from their emails as they mostly send out more than I want to filter through.
So…the long and the short of it is, I’m not going to email you anymore. I’m going to post a blog to my website as and when I feel I have something of valuable contribution to say. I’ll be doing the same on my YouTube page. Other than that, I’m doing my bit to reduce the noise in the external world. I’m doing my bit to encourage you too to streamline your life and your scrolling so that you can hear the silence, be fully present with what you are doing, where you are, with who you are with, and with who you are being.
Life, I am learning, is as much about all that we strip away as it is about all that we fill it with.
Quality over quantity. Before we know it, life will be over in the blink of an eye. Let’s not miss it in all of the noise.
So, in my last email here to you, to those that are reading this, I want to thank you for being here with me and you’ll still find me on the Blog page of my website for when you feel drawn to check-in for a bit of inspiration. In the mean time I wish you well in being present in your life, in all of your being and doing.