In the Christian calendar, Lent is the 40-day period stretching from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. Traditional observances of Lent include penitence in preparation for Easter. This tradition teaches that employing self-discipline during the Lenten season will give someone a sense of self-control and a purity of mind and body.
In my house, that means ... Good-bye, Facebook and Pinterest. Hello regained time and renewed friendships.
I don’t often have the opportunity to see family and friends scattered around the country. I love the sense of connectivity Facebook has brought me for long-lost contacts. Instead of the annual holiday card, I can now vicariously watch their kids blossoming before my virtual eyes. I can’t say I love how Facebook has replaced my efforts at seeing local friends, even neighbors down the street. These days, I am far more likely to PM the backyard neighbor, instead of calling or even better, walking to the fence line.
Pinterest is my newest addiction. It’s replaced those old, musty magazines I was saving for those projects I’d get to one day. Some call it electronic hoarding and that’s not terribly off-base. I use Pinterest boards to store recipe links and to remember brilliant ideas for our as-of-yet-unfinished basement. I pin cute animal photos for my kids to enjoy and collect household tips for helping me clean the grout. The resources are endless. The downside of all those pins is feeling a sense of overwhelming stress to bake the perfect whole-grain muffin, craft more with the kids and decorate my home to look like those magazines I once clipped and filed for future reference.