Celebrating Freedom From Social Media

Po Pod Beach Party - 4th of July

Po Pod Beach Party - 4th of July

America just celebrated it's 241st Birthday! The 4th of July has always been a favorite holiday of mine. Celebrating the birth of my country is very special. Patriotism runs deep in my blood and I never miss an opportunity to show gratitude. To me, celebrating this day also means celebrating that which is the most important thing in the world to me - My Family.

I was uber excited this year because I made plans to spend a long weekend with my favorite people in the world.  Time at the beach is awesome but that awesomeness multiplies by ten when you can share it with your people.  So I gathered the crew and we all headed to North Wildwood NJ for a four day weekend at Champagne Island Resort. 

I was ready to get my "Momma Po" hat on and was fully stocked with food, drinks, and every accessory necessary for maximum beach fun.  It was "Party with the Po's" time and the sky's the limit.  

The cast and crew of the Po Pod would include: 

Cyndi Po (aka Momma Po) & Joe Po (aka IronJoeFit) - Po Pod Leaders (shirts by the Awesome Amy Merola)

Cyndi Po (aka Momma Po) & Joe Po (aka IronJoeFit) - Po Pod Leaders (shirts by the Awesome Amy Merola)

The Beautiful and Talented Meg Po, her significant other Jonathon and her sidekick, girl-about-town Kat

The Beautiful and Talented Meg Po, her significant other Jonathon and her sidekick, girl-about-town Kat

The uber creative and wonderful Po Pod adopted daughter Amy and her lovable peanuts Annabel and Penny

The uber creative and wonderful Po Pod adopted daughter Amy and her lovable peanuts Annabel and Penny

Two of the best fitness trainers ever, and long time members of the Po Pod, Abby and Garrett

Two of the best fitness trainers ever, and long time members of the Po Pod, Abby and Garrett

I'm a firm believer that family isn't always defined by blood.  We are an American family and I love them all!

This was an amazing opportunity to spend time with the people I love most in the world and I didn't want to miss out on any of it.  So I made a decision going into the weekend that I was going to unplug from social media for the entire weekend.  For those who know me, that's a shocker!

Don't get me wrong, I love social media. I love staying connected with people and posting to inspire, motivate, and get people engaged in conversation.  And I am certainly not suggesting that I'm going to be giving that up any time soon. But I also feel that I have been "plugged in" almost constantly for the past several months.  It becomes such a habit.....dare I say, an addiction.  So I wanted to do a social media detox. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram, nothing!

What I found was amazing.  I was more relaxed.  I saw so much more and seeing it with my eyes and not through the screen on my iPhone made such a difference. Don't get me wrong, I took some pictures but it wasn't of every single moment. When I was in a moment I truly experienced it.  I didn't feel compelled to take a picture of all of my food.  I simply ate it.  Instead of watching the kids play through my phone, I simply watched them and was able to connect.  

I sat on the beach and admired this family of mine and the wonderfulness that is each and everyone of them.  It is a memory that I will treasure and will be able to enjoy even without it being splashed all over Facebook. 

My take away from this and my message to you:  Make a conscious decision to unplug for a time and enjoy your family, friends and loved ones.  Don't make every moment a "shared" one with the world.  Really look at the people you are with. Keep your head and eyes up, away from your phone. Eat your meals without being glued to your phone. Be engaged in your life. 

You don't have to give up social media but don't let it rule your moments......Just sayin'