I know I've been M.I.A, and here's why...

This past December I started to feel like I was drowning. I was overwhelmed and anxious due to the never ending and never satisfied beast that is "social media". {Tell me I'm not alone in this.} I mean social media can easily become a life-sucking black-hole that is hell-bent on stealing valuable time away from you, when you could be spending it with those you love. {I bet right about now, you're saying "Wow! Tell me how you really feel, Dyan!" LOL

But here's the deal, as someone that manages multiple social media accounts for clients, as well as my personal channels AND my blog, when things start to go sideways it isn't long before things are a right mess! And truthfully, I'd been feeling this way for a while. Don't get me wrong I still see the value in social media and social media marketing (especially for brands) but flying blind is never effective. And somewhere along the way I abandoned my blog's strategy and lost my social media calendar... Boy, am I embarrassed to admit that. The type-A in me has been screaming "What's the plan, Stan?!" for months! Oops... 

It's not all bad! You see there are social media channels I truly enjoy like Twitter and Pinterest for their ease of use, endless information, news, and generally hospitable and friendly atmospheres, but my relationship with Instagram has not been so rosy. I recall a fellow social media marketer referring to Instagram in its earlier days as a "low-maintenance" channel. I scoffed then, and I quadruple scoff now! Instagram is like that needy, self-absorbed friend that is always bragging and screaming "Look at me! Look what I've got!" and no matter what you do to try and impress them, you always come up short and leave feeling bad about yourself. {Taking a deep breath now}

Okay I'm back... So in December I decided it was time for me to hit PAUSE on my "friendship" with Instagram (I'm using the term "friendship" loosely and sarcastically here). I'd been feeling like I was putting up content just for the sake of putting up content; and to no avail. It was evident that I wasn't growing my engagement or followers by posting mediocre content. Ugh... And the worst part was, that I typically ended up on Instagram several times through the day (mostly stemming from boredom and an almost addictive sense of needing to) where I would scour other blogger's feeds in what starts out as a search for inspiration and ended with jealousy and self-contempt. So enough was enough!

I wrote a blog post a little while ago about moving forward with my blog in an honest and authentic manner... but I'm sad to say that once again I got caught up in the game and lost track of who I really am and what my message is.

So I took a break from Instagram. And with a little help and encouragement from my mentors, Lara Casey, Emily Ley, Sofie Von Marricks and Lori Harder, I've got my head on (relatively) straight again. In the last several months I've been digging deep and building myself back up, brick by brick, to the #GirlBoss I know I am. This week I began re-evaluating my content, my strategy and my message and I think I'm ready to rejoin the Instagram world. But I'm going to need you, my readers, to bear with me as I navigate these waters and find my "new" groove!

At the end of the day, all I really want to do is to focus on living my life! And share my stories on the GenerationYYZ blog along the way. I want GenerationYYZ to reflect my journey, and the journey we all have, to live our lives to the fullest and happiest! I hope you'll join me on this journey as I highlight: meal planning, meal prepping and eating clean, practicing regular yoga and meditation, reading thought-provoking and life motivating books, decorating seasonally, loving life and those around me whole-heartedly... Along with challenging myself to be the best version of "me" that I can be, and in turn hopefully inspiring others to do the same.

So Instagram, I only have one thing left to say to you...