Why I quit facebook.

Why I quit facebook

Do you ever have one of those days when you know you have to make a significant change? And you are on fire to get it done? Getting rid of my personal facebook page has been on my mind for a while now. Why? Facebook is fake. Most ‘friendships’ online are fake. Have you ever ran into a facebook friend in public and they won’t speak? Awkward. And it’s happened to me more than once.

But the fake part of facebook isn’t the only reason I un-friended 800+ people. My three main reasons:

1) You become the five people whom you spend the most of your time with.  Other than children, my internet people are the people that I spend the majority of my days with. Our human nature is to sin and facebook naturally is full of photos and status updates documenting it all. Pursuing God’s hand in my life will allow me more time to read real books, get outdoors, spend my time intentionally.

2) I thought about how my husband feels with me being ‘friends’ with so many men.  I have to admit, at first when I read this post  on Women Living Well I thought it was drastic.   But… the internet is all about perceptions.  What if one of my friends saw more into a friendship than I did? Marriage in our culture is harder than it ever has been and I want to safe guard mine in every way that I can.

3) And then this quote hit me like a ton of bricks. Time is life. These are the days of my life. What is essential?  I don’t know about you, but I want to live, laugh, taste, and feel this life. For. Real.

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No, I am not advocating that all of you go to the extreme I have.  It was what I needed to do.  But if you feel compelled to edit down your friends list for any reason listed above… GO DO IT!  Freedom awaits.  ;)

And for those of you that know me in ‘real’ life… lets do lunch or a play date in the park.  I want to see YOU in person, give you a hug and catch up.  XO

The Choose Love Project

Photo of newborn baby's hand

The Choose Love Project is a celebration of Janalin’s calling as a Christian, a mother, and a photographer. Over the years that she had been a portrait photographer she found herself called to specifically make images of babies, children, and their families. Not until recently did she fully understand where this path was leading her.

Janalin has chosen to start her journey with the Choose Love Project for the non-profit group One Sonogram. One Sonogram donates money to clinics so that women considering abortion may have an ultrasound free of charge. Studies show that nearly 90% of women that have a sonogram choose to save the life of their child. Sonograms make a difference!

Share the love by donating to the Choose Love project.  Your donation of $5 goes directly to the support of producing the images that are sent to the not for profit Pro-Life organizations.

 

 

About

Janalin Hood

Seeing that little face for the first time, his first cry, holding him in my arms… yes, I had witnessed it all before during the birth of our daughter. But this time it was amplified. It was as if I were watching in slow motion. I knew deep inside how fleeting this moment was. Realizing how in a few short years that this moment would be hard to remember. It sobered me, brought me to tears, and sent me into a whirlwind of emotion. Suddenly it was as if I didn’t have a single care about any professional work I had ever done or could ever do. Being a mother was clearly the single most important job in my life.

I still had to find myself. My mission. Yes, I was passionate I was about mothering. But finding my place in the big picture. For His glory, not mine. A lot of soul searching and many long nights in heartfelt prayer have very clearly led me here. This blog is about love. Loving one another and loving LIFE.

For more information regarding the Choose Love Project, please contact me through my website or email me directly: hello@janalinhood.com

Pinterest- Wall Art

Wall Art- Important Dates

Some quick inspiration from my Wall Art board on Pinterest.   Lots of classic black and white…

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How are you filling the walls of your home?

NFP: A beautiful gift

Have you heard this joke? It’s a classic from when hubby and I were getting married…

 

Father in Law– “What do you call people that use NFP?”

Me– “I don’t know, what?”

Father in Law– “Parents!!!” (insert laughter here)

Me– *crickets chirping. Not funny to me… and I couldn’t even fake it. I was TERRIFIED.

 

Read my article here (page 13) in this week’s Catholic Advance that covers one of the reasons we love natural family planning.

Blessing my Husband and my Children

goals for blessing my husband and children

Much of my change of heart to give up my “professional” career was God teaching me to look inwards. He has shown me that no matter how important I may view outside goals, the most important work is what I am doing inside my own home every day.

Priorities:

      1. To make our house a home. A pretty sad statement coming from a college trained interior designer. Take a peek inside my walls and you will see that my perfection disease has a strong procrastination problem. The last house I knew we were not staying in for long so I did not feel that taking the time, effort, and dollars to decorate was worth it to me. This house is in the last stages of renovation, and again… nothing on the walls. And although I am not advocating to those of you reading this that you must hang stuff all over your walls to call it home, I do believe that memory making in your home is important. (More below on that.)
      2. Simplify and organize. I thrive on things being in there place. I do not enjoy hunting, digging, or looking at clutter. And if you have kids I am sure that you understand all the stuff that comes along with. When our daughter was born I had no idea where to start… and I got a list from the internet and went shopping. I can tell you from experience that 75% is not even a necessity. For those of you first time moms that want to learn from my mistakes I will be publishing my own list of what you really need- the minimalist’s version.
      3. Make a daily schedule and stick to it. My husband would be rolling his eyes if he were to read this, but since I would bet the farm that he never does… I’ll say it out loud to you. I believe every home needs a schedule to thrive. I have ideas on what I want to include in our daily rhythm and they include basics as well as a home cleaning rotation so that I will not get behind house work. After all cleanliness is next to Godliness.
      4. Nourish our family with natural home made meals. I have slowly been in the process of re-learning everything I have done my entire life to better suit our health. That has included switching my cookware from non-stick to stainless steel to getting rid of the microwaving habit to making my own baby food. Not easy habits to break initially, but now it has become part of our lifestyle and I intend to pursue an even more organic and pure lifestyle… all of course while making it all taste delish!
      5. Put into place weekly and monthly tasks for our family record keeping. (See my memory making comment on number one above.) I am number one guilty as charged when it comes to taking photos and not doing anything with them. I have goals I need to articulate in writing that will cover each child’s baby album, our yearly family photos, vacation memories, love letters from mama, keepsakes, and art work organization. As soon as I have these implemented I will share :)