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I’ve taken almost two full months off social media.

At first, I didn’t think it would be possible. The amount of time I spent mindlessly scrolling was quite extensive. I had no idea how long this “cleanse” would last, but I knew it was needed. 

I learned so much about myself and this world over this course of time. 

I realized how often I look for validation from others. 

I realized how much time I waste trapped behind a screen.

I realized how shallow someOK mostrelationships really are. 

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I realized how quickly disappointment and discontentment set in with each session. 

I realized how beautiful and fulfilling and validating the real world is. 

Some people didn’t even notice my absence—another important lesson.

However, a few people reached out to express concern or share love.

One conversation stands out above the rest. It is a conversation I will never forget. 

A woman approached me and said, “I have noticed you haven’t been posting online at all lately. I miss watching your kids grow up!”

It was a sweet comment—one that should have flattered me. But my response was so automatic, so genuine, and so deep that it caught even me off-guard. 

With tears in my eyes, I responded,

“I know, but I finally got the chance to.”

Even writing this now, tears are streaming down my face.

All too often, I am trapped behind a screen. Snapping the perfect picture. Creating the perfect post. Commenting a witty comment. 

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And all too often I miss what is right in front of me

Life looks very different through a lens. 

And let me tell you, I have learned that my beautiful life doesn’t need a filter.

Originally published on the author’s Facebook page.

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Katelyn Brown

Katelyn Brown is a new face to the blogging world but has been a lifelong writer. She used writing as a therapeutic outlet to overcome a severe bout with anorexia. She has since mentored many women online that struggle with navigating the choppy waters of this life. Katelyn has been recently promoted to a stay-at-home-mommy that keeps it real. She is willing to display her own flaws in order to help others. Her goal in this life is to use her own victories and struggles to help other women. Katelyn hopes to build a platform for women to feel empowered by their own flawed journey.

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