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I am going to start this post with a huge sigh.  For the first time it will not be shared to FB unless someone else does it for me.  I cannot do it as my account was closed a whole day ago.  I hasten to say that I did not delete it due to the security and privacy fiasco.  I do not think I was too surprised when all that came out into the open.  No, I have removed myself from temptation (as the saying goes).  I mean, I was addicted (am addicted).  Yes, my name is Isabella and I am an addict.

When I was a smoker, I used to wake up and immediately go to the fag (cigarettes for all your none Brits) box and light up.  40 lights later and I went to bed, turning over to put out the lamp and the cigarette at the same time.

I gave up smoking when I moved back up north as my new fella didn’t smoke.  That is a whole different story! I gave up cold turkey and just assumed I could do the same for the addiction that took over after them, Facebook.

I am one of those who shared my images of coffee when in a cafe, cake when at the nursery…. the sea, the new car, the animals I saw.  I got involved in politics, (I hate), religion, (I am not), peoples lives and loves.  I cried when my online friends lost loved ones without ever having met the loved one.  I spent hours picking out good videos to share on my page, and to get the best Meme’s seen.  I shared my illnesses, the deaths of my brother and mother.  I argued, cussed, laughed and really enjoyed my time on that social media site.  I called it networking….’I cannot come out yet….I am networking’

I made the excuse to myself that I was networking for my business, to sell my art, but I didn’t actually do any real marketing there.  I spend hours a day telling other people how to market and yet did not really admit to myself that I was just playing.  I was taking time out.

So.  Yesterday I decided to quit.  Cold turkey.  I removed my pages that were not important, got rid of the groups I ran… even deleted the apps I had built, got downloads from everywhere (my word I had put up a lot on that site!!!!) and finally… closed my account.

I woke up this morning and immediately picked up my phone to check in, only to remember (with a sinking heart) that I had no apps there to catch up with.  I got up and had breakfast then, totally lost at what to do, I went out.

I have had an awesome day today!  Saw family, did some outside chores I needed to do, worked on my sites, wrote this post on a site that kept not getting time spent on it, AND I finally opened the Etsy store I have been thinking about for a year or two! YoursByShores Etsy Store

I am not sure what I am doing tomorrow….. or even how I will get through an evening without my ‘friends’, but if I can get this much done in one day without constantly checking in to a social media, who knows what I will achieve for the rest of the week!

Wish me luck!


By Abbie

I'm an oil painter and photographer, who also makes time to paint with words through my short stories and published poetry. Seascapes and animals are the primary focus of my oil paintings Experienced Community Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the fine art industry. Skilled in Human Resources, Technical Support, Oil Painting, Community Management, and Digital Art. Strong marketing professional graduated from Longcroft School. Head of the Technical Support Department for the largest international art site on the web. Founder of Our Arts Magazine