my social media cleanse

s o c i a l  m e d i a …

 

What do you think of when you hear those words?

 

When I think about social media, all of the good things always come to mind first. I love being able to meet other bloggers through Instagram and I have always enjoyed seeing what other people are doing through their stories and posts. Since I love photography, I love editing my photos in VSCO & being able to post them on Facebook, Instagram, or any other apps that are popular at the time.

 

girl sitting on beach

 

Plus, being a communications major, social media is kinda my thing. (lol) As strange as it may sound I feel a slight pressure from my major alone to be up to date with the latest features of these apps, and know everything from when it’s the best time to post or how to upload stories to Instagram.

 

But social media is so complex. Sometimes I think about the bad / negative aspects of social media: comparing my life, looks, clothing, material possessions, or what I am spending my time doing with what other people are doing. Like, for instance, you are scrolling through snapchat and see that someone is working out. IDK if I am the only one, but for a split second don’t you think, “hm, maybe I should work out?” Of course, the immediate answer is always, “nahhh”

 

 

Comparison sucks, but for some of us it is so hard to help but compare what we have or where we are in life when we are constantly taking in what other people are doing through social media.

 

Sometimes it is hard to remember that no one wants to share a low point in their life via Snapchat or Instagram.

 

Sometimes it is hard to remember that no one wants to share a low point in their life via Snapchat or Instagram. We aren’t gonna post about the bad grade or the things we are self-conscious about. We always want to post positive content, good vibes only – the posts that show us at our best. I am guilty of it, and I think that this realization is the first step in conquering social media, because it is something that I believe we all do.

 

girl laughing on beach

 

like…this is the reality of taking photos on the beach with the wind…

 

wind blown hair

 

Recently I read an article on Facebook. I guess it was fate that I even found this article in the first place. Also it’s super ironic that I found an article on social media that led me to enter a social media cleanse. It just shows how complex social media truly is.

 

Basically, this article made me think about how much time I was spending on social media. I will admit, I enjoy some platforms more than others. While I love Instagram, I was beginning to hate Snapchat, but I always felt obliged to check through every story and maintain each streak with my friends. When I was going places or hanging out with friends, I would actually begin to experience a feeling of obligation to Snapchat my location and show everyone where I was. (And let’s not forget about that one person you have to check and see if they watched your story once it is uploaded.)

 

The whole thing was just getting out of hand, so about 4 weeks ago I decided to enter a social media cleanse. When I say “social media cleanse,” I stopped checking a select group of apps, one of them being Snapchat. I chose the ones that were causing me to feel anxiety, stress, unhappiness, or compare my life to others.

 

An added plus, I feel even more in the moment when I go places, since I no longer feel like I have to snapchat everywhere I go.

 

Instead of deleting these apps, I decided to place them in a folder called “cleanse.” I guess I have a decent amount of self-control because I haven’t checked them since I put them in my folder. Surprisingly, Snapchat has been the easiest to completely cut ties with. I haven’t felt the least amount of curiosity about what other people have been doing this summer. An added plus, I feel even more in the moment when I go places, since I no longer feel like I have to snapchat everywhere I go.

 

very happy girl

 

I don’t want anyone to think that I am against social media as a whole, because I am not. I still use Instagram and probably check it way too much, but I am just trying to declutter my life and eliminate some of the sources that weren’t bringing me happiness anymore. I can truly say that I love Instagram because it not only connects me with my family and friends, but allows me to talk with other bloggers and form my own lifestyle blogging community.

 

Who knows, I will probably end up opening the apps in my cleanse folder again, but for now I am feeling content with my decision to leave them unopened.

 

If you related to anything I said in this article, or feel called to declutter your notifications inbox a bit, I challenge you to enter a social media cleanse. I think you will be amazed at how much more time you will have to focus on the more important things in life. Even if you cleanse yourself of only a couple of apps like I did, I believe you will notice a difference.

 

I kept a mental note of the things that I was able to accomplish with this time. These are just some of the things that I had more time to do…(note: I was able to do these things without checking and refreshing the apps in my folder ~ Snapchat, Facebook, VSCO, etc.)

 

  • watch my favorite movie EVER (Devil Wears Prada) ~ this may sound dumb, but haven’t you ever sat down to watch a movie & realized halfway through that you were refreshing instagram or snapchat for a majority of the movie???
  • more time in meaningful conversation with friends / family
  • saved on DATA!! (say whaaatt? – we run out of data just about every month, so my mom was super happy about this)
  • reading other blogs / organizing my own blog
  • making bracelets & starting madauer beads
  • hosting a bracelet giveaway
  • relaxing on the beach
  • eating healthy / successfully making a smoothie every morning for breakfast
  • exercising more
  • taking a bike ride with my dad every morning at the beach

 

One of my favorite vloggers / bloggers, Indy Blue, also wrote an awesome blog on the subject of social media / vulnerability – you can read it here. It’s amazing to read about vulnerability from the perspective of an extremely talented social media influencer like her.

 

If you decide to enter a social media cleanse / already have, let me know! I would love to hear about your experience or what you found most challenging about your cleanse.

 

thnx for reading ♡

xoxo,

madauer

// PS: there is still time to order a bracelet before heading back to school! DM / message me if you are interested in ordering. I accept venmo & ship! madauer beads all over the worldddd 🙂

up close detailed shot of bracelets

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all about madauer designs

h e l l o  &  h a p p y  t u e s d a y !

 

beads

 

I have been wanting to dedicate a post to my beaded bracelets for a while, and now seems like the perfect time to finally sit down and get to it.

 

I started making my bracelets about three years ago (shout out to my snack bar squad!) During shifts, we would make beaded bracelets in the snack bar. Eventually, this turned into a hobby for me and I would make bracelets for my family and friends as birthday & thank you gifts.

 

Once I arrived on campus at SJU, I started to get questions about my bracelets – where they were from, how I made them, and especially, if I was selling them. After interest increased from friends, I decided to start selling them on campus.

 

I began doing custom orders, but I soon realized that it is much easier to create a set collection and have buyers choose from those designs. This summer, my bracelets have taken off. I now have a set collection of designs (that’s not to say that I won’t add more in the future) and some of my beaded creations are in a store in Fenwick, Indigo Octopus! This relatively new store opened this summer, stocked with adorable clothing, jewelry, and unique home décor.

 

I am always so flattered when someone contacts me and wants to purchase a bracelet. It honestly means so much to me that others are interested in my work! I hope that I am able to support myself with the things that I truly have a love and passion for in the future.

 

Since I receive a lot of questions from customers about what bracelet designs I have available, I figured this would be the perfect place to showcase my designs at the moment.

 

beaded bracelets
from left to right: white with brown rustic, white with black rustic, long distance west coast, long distance east coast, sand drift, ocean drift, waves, driftwood, and denim

 

two photos of bracelets

 

Also, shout out to Vistaprint for the awesome & reasonable business cards! I was able to design them on their site, view a PDF Proof, and receive them within 2 weeks of making them! YAY

 

upclose view of business cards

 

business card

 

If you are interested in buying a bracelet, feel free to DM, text, or message me through either my Instagram or Facebook.

 

Also…here are some FAQs that I usually receive:

  • Q: Do you ship?
    • A: No, at the moment I do not ship my bracelets. I am looking into it, but for now I am delivering them by hand to my customers!
  • Q: Do you use venmo?
    • A: No, similar to shipping, I am looking into it because I understand that it is more convenient. Personally, I hardly ever carry cash with me, so venmo would come in handy!
  • Q: How much are your bracelets?
    • A: Depending on the size of the bead and cost of product, it can fluctuate. Most bracelets are $15.
  • Q: What size will my bracelet be?
    • A: I make most of my bracelets to the size of my wrist (6.5 inches). However, before making a bracelet for someone, I usually ask them what size their own wrist is. If you would like your bracelet to fit snug to your wrist, you can measure it and send me your wrist size!

 

xoxo,

madauer

#madauerdesigns

 

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summer update: what i’ve been up to…

h e l l o !

 

 

I am so sorry that I have been slightly MIA on here for the past couple of weeks. If you follow along with me on Instagram, you know that I have been spending pretty much every weekend at the beach. BUT, I’ve also been working on a bunch of other things, which will be the topic of this post. So, let’s get into what I’ve been up to so far this summer… (I apologize in advance for the hodge podge of photos)

 

collage of summer photos

 

While at the beach, I’ve been working a lot on my bracelets. Side note: if you would like a bracelet please let me know! I charge about $15 per bracelet, depending on the size of the bead. See the photos below for some of my beaded creations.

 

beaded bracelets

 

beaded bracelets

 

Lately, my bracelets have been getting a lot of love, especially from my beach friends. I have loved making these little beaded creations and getting in touch with my creative side. I even created some cute business cards to hand out with my bracelets, which should be arriving by next week (fingers crossed!)

 

collage of bracelet photos

 

Most of my mornings at the beach have been filled with bike rides in Fenwick with my dad. I have been working on getting back in shape this summer – mostly through staying active and eating healthy. I try to keep my days simple – morning shake with fresh fruit, salad for lunch, and fish / meat for dinner. (A lot different from college food) – this is so ironic because as I type this I have been snacking on chocolate sooo obviously I still splurge. But as they say, everything in moderation!

 

I can’t believe I am typing this but I haven’t even started to shop for our apartment this year! I am going to re-use basically everything from last year since it is all in perfectly good shape, but I also want to pick up a couple of new things. But, don’t worry – I have been shopping for notebooks and stationary all summer! I love finding unique notebooks at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, & Target.

 

With all this planned (& spontaneous) shopping, it’s a blessing that I have a fun internship this summer! My friend Jenny and I intern at our high school, Mount de Sales, during the week. Jenny is studying Graphic Design at school, so she focuses more on the design aspect of the job, while I work on more of the social media / communications tasks. For instance, I may work on website updates or write articles. My favorite part of the week is Thursdays, when Jenny and I work together. (see photo below) We get to take-over the Instagram and explore the school, featuring our finds on the MDSA Instagram Stories.

 

internship photo

 

I hope that you have been having a great summer too, whether it has been filled with beach trips, adventures, or simply relaxing. Make sure to stay in touch with me through my insta!

xoxo,

madauer

 

PS – please enjoy these other random photos from summer…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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