I've decided to go social media free for a while and maybe forever. I seem to be easily distracted lately and staring at instagram is not helping me work. Over the years I have slowly weened myself off social media. I am now down to Linked In and this website. I'm looking at this as a life style change. Less time on the small screen and more time creating, writing and reading.
Facebook was easy to disconnect from because of the treasonous ways they dealt with the election of 2016 but Instagram was a bit tougher because of the visual style. I know Instagram is owned by Facebook and I have not deleted my account on Instagram but will not be using it anymore. Twitter has lost me. Twitter seems to bring out the worst in people, especially our president. I don't get any traffic on Twitter so it's not that big of a deal for me.
I will stay on Linked In because of the educational value. I can watch a few educational videos a week or in a day. I find it to be an educational resource for all kinds of things. Plus, I pay a monthly fee for that educational resource.
Social media is just a distraction from life. It's easy to sit and stare at what others are doing or creating, doing something is the hard part. I have found it hasn't really added anything positive to my life or my career. It takes some time to recover from but eventually you can beat the social media habit. This website is the way I choose to connect with people on the internet. I'm still leaving the little icon connections at the bottom of this page because no one will probably read this post and it is a way to create traffic to my website. But if you do take the time to read this post, this is where I reside on the internet and the easiest way to contact me.
Thanks for reading.
The week went well. I put in 40 hours of painting and got a highly detailed orchid painting done. It is a fact that it takes me at least 40 hours to complete one of the these Square orchid paintings. I’m going to try different sizes, many smaller ones and some bigger.
Removing social media from the day has helped direct my focus. It’s weird to think that there was a time when social media didn’t exist. Life seemed simple. There is no need to know all the crap that social media creates. TMFI! To much fucking information. The need to post everything you do on social media has to be an addiction.
I’m going to stay away from social media and change a few more things. A friend of mine mentioned a break from drinking, saying, “At some point it has to be done or it’s just spinning wheels and getting no where”. Drinking is tough. I completely agree about the spinning wheels and getting no where but It’s hard in NYC to not drink and be social. But I’m going to give it a try.
We are moving in 60-75 days. We are moving across the river, either the Hudson or the East River. Most likely we are moving to Brooklyn. This is going to be a good thing. It will give me a chance to regroup and reinvent myself. A clean slate as they say. I can stay away from old haunts and concentrate on a new studio space. Once I’m in Brooklyn I won’t be coming into Manhattan much at all. It will be some much needed change.
I will be turning 50 in December as well. So I have two big events happening that can help me make good productive decisions in my life. Cutting back or ending some bad habits has been happening on it’s own. Getting older is a natural way of ending destructive habits. I just can’t hang anymore. Who’s got time to waste on a hangover?
I hope that wasn’t TMFI? I’ll update this in a week or two.
No more spinning wheels for me. I have given up drinking for the most part. I'm leaving it to Holidays that involve dinner and only in moderation. I can only think of two. I have a lot on my plate and no time to waste. I'm going to be the boring guy who doesn't go out, but creates hundreds of great things. My health, head and body, have not been to good for the last week or so, but I'm feeling an upswing. 50 is on the way!
This Labor Day weekend we continue our apartment hunt in Brooklyn. We will be looking at seven apartments. These will be the first apartments we have seen. Before this, we were just looking at neighborhoods we would like to live in. We have narrowed it down to five neighborhoods. I hope we will have an apartment pretty quickly. I would like to pack and get the hell outta Manhattan. I'am so ready to go.
The painting and writing is moving along slowly this week. Like many others I feel summer's over and it's time to dive into work. Schools about to begin. There are two times a year when I feel the cycle of the year dictates how I feel and that is September and January. In September its back to school and get to work. In January it's a new year with nothing but a clean slate to start with. The rest of the year is all my mental bullshit. So I'm excited to get working and moving on.
I'm not sure if I'll be updating this post again or just start a new one. Depends on what happens in the next week or so.