these forty days.

Since we are are currently in the midst of Lent, I’m trying to approach the season with a bit more purpose than usual–particularly in the light of the four values of JVC and where I see the most need for growth in my own life.

Specifically, I’ve been trying to take these 40 days as an opportunity to both grow in my spirituality and to embrace simplicity. For me, that has meant committing to writing in my journal every day, reading daily reflections, and cutting out some extra background noise. Most notably, I gave up Facebook (besides 15 minutes every Sunday and the Casserly House account, of course).

And honestly? All this feels really good–liberating almost. Giving up Facebook is an idea I toyed with for awhile, then last Sunday, I finally bit the bullet and just decided to do it. It’s funny because during college there were a few times I temporarily gave up Facebook during exams and such, and it always drove me crazy. I was always so tempted to log back in.  Now? I really don’t even want to touch it. The idea just seems emotional draining (in all fairness, I find many things in life emotionally draining these days; I think it’s just part of being a JV).

I’m also trying to cut back on other parts of my “online” life–Pinterest, reading blogs, etc. Those who know me well also know that I love reading blogs, but I had started to resent Google Reader as an obligation. Gradually, I just went through and started deleting things from it–and I honestly don’t miss them either.

I guess that’s one of the interesting things about simplifying your life–you start to realize how much you don’t miss the things you previously clung to. Needless to say, I’m excited to see where these next forty days will lead me as I take more intentional time for reflection and being quiet.


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