Social Media Hiatus, Now What?

I recently decided, yesterday actually, that I needed a break from all social media. After all of the election coverage and the subsequent fall out, it was more than I could take. No matter what side you were on, it was a stress and anger inducing experience. What positive is coming from the time I am investing scrolling through the intense name calling, arguing and bitterness? I will miss and do miss seeing happy posts from my friends, but for now, that is a sacrifice I’m willing to make to have more peace in my life.

So what now? In just a little more than 24 hours, I can’t believe how many times I’ve gone to open Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It is clear there is an addition (no surprise there). What do I do now with all of my “spare” time? I’ve Googled some ideas and the one that is most intriguing to me right now is to blog. One of my favorite idea inspiring lists is this one and it is where I will start today (

Great Minds: Write  about someone you admire and you thought to have had a beautiful mind.

One of the people I admire the most is a friend that came into my life in 2006 while I was living and working in Chicago. We worked together at Creata Promotion on the McDonalds Happy Meal account and were in similar situations: recent college grads, new town, new job, new experiences. Who knew such a beautiful friendship would grow out of the pukey (me not her) first night out at the company party (ha!). Our countless vacations (Vegas, Costa Rica, Miami, Nashville, Cleveland, Houston, Austin), Bulls games, carpooling from the big city to Oakbrook, laughing until we cried over the Queen Bee, Christmas parties watching Love Actually, trivia at State, brunch at Duffys .. the list could go on and I hope it does, but those memories are just part of the friendship I treasure.

The part of my friendship with her that stands out the most is her beautiful, kind soul. I have found myself in awe, on many occasions, watching and/or listening to how she reacts in different situations life throws at her. Maybe that’s why we get along so well — we balance each other out. I deeply admire the person that she is and the way she looks at life and the people around her. Not only is she smart, but she is successful and has built that success by taking chances and paving her own way.

The beauty that she sees in life is something that I aspire to see more of. Less than a month after my brother passed away in 2012, she and I took a vacation to Miami. A trip that was planned before his passing and a trip I am so glad we still took. When I think about how raw the emotions of his loss are still today, I can’t imagine or remember what I must have been feeling just weeks after. Her calming presence was exactly what I needed. While on that trip, she gave me a necklace that I still wear to this day and will always treasure.

While we don’t see each other as much as we used to, she is in Houston, I am in Cincinnati, I still feel just as close to her as I did when we saw each other every day. When I am around her, I feel calm. I feel like I can be exactly who I am. I can pour my heart out to her (and have on multiple occasions), without fear of being judged, only loved for who I am and am trying to become.

Kyla, you are truly one of the most beautiful people, inside and out, that I have ever met. Your friendship means the absolute world to me and I cannot tell you how much of a positive effect you have had on my life. You inspire me to be a better person and to search for more beauty in this world and within myself. I’m so blessed to have you in my life. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend. Thank you for being such a positive, beautiful soul. Thank you for being you.


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