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Facebook outage: Can we live without social media?

Yesterday when Facebook and its family of apps had an outrage that lasted for five hours, I didn’t know about it until it was around the time that Facebook and the other apps were restored. Why? Because I was busy living my life. The situation made me think back to the time of my life before Facebook was a thing.

What did I do before I joined Facebook? While I’ve had several part-time jobs during my marriage to Ray, I’ve mostly been a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. Below is a funny pic of Leah, Ray, and Heather when we went to Dunn’s Cider Mill for cider doughtnuts and for Heather to take Leah’s homeschooling senior pics with a good camera. That was fun!

At the cider mill with Leah, Ray, and Heather

At the cider mill with Leah, Ray, and Heather

Most of my days pre-Facebookwere spent teaching my daughters, cleaning the house (I used to be quite obsessive about this and Ray would complain that I bought more cleaning supplies than food), running errands, grocery shopping, reading, and journaling. 

Ray and I with our 3 beautiful daughters, Heather, Leah, & Eden

Ray and I with our 3 beautiful daughters, Heather, Leah, & Eden

The reason I even got online on the internet was because Ray encouraged me to get a website to sell my books and to promote myself as a speaker to get paid speaking gigs. In fact, most of my book sales and my bookings as a speaker have come by word of mouth and from Facebook. 

Beth Jones speaking

Beth Jones speaking

Later, I wanted to join Facebook to keep tabs on our 3 grown daughters and see what they’re up to! Now they’re hardly on there at all. Why? Because they are busy living THEIR lives! (I now resort to texting or calling them to see what they’re doing and have lunch or coffee with them, at least once every couple of weeks.)

Our granddaughters Violet & Annabelle at the Louisburg Cider Mill eating cider doughnuts and drinking apple cider

Our granddaughters Violet & Annabelle at the Louisburg Cider Mill eating cider doughnuts and drinking apple cider

Some younger people aren’t using Facebook at all. Millenials and Gen Zers are getting off Facebook and they’re going other places like Instagram and Snapchat. They’re doing this because of an influx of older people on there, competition from more mobile and visual-friendly platforms like Instagram, and Facebook’s privacy scandals. I know that our granddaughters Annabelle and Violet use Snapchat instead of Facebook. 

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The Power of Shoes virtual retreat, September 16, 2021

I just hosted and spoke at The Power of Shoes speakers/writers virtual retreat on September 16-17, 2021. It was amazing and the speakers were anointed by God!

speakers/writers retreat in Butler, Missouri

speakers/writers retreat in Butler, Missouri

I’ve held these speakers/writers retreats in person twice before here in Butler, Missouri, where I live, and taught part of it at my friend Missy Hoffman’s live event in Hutchinson, Kansas. My business coach Diane Cunningham Ellis encouraged me to “pivot” when Covid-19 hit the USA and so many speaking venues were closed; she said to bring my speaking online.

So that is what I did. This is the first virtual retreat that I’ve done and it was fun! I hope to do more in the future. What an honor and a blessing that these gifted speakers said yes to God and to me.

One attendee said, “Thank you so much, Beth. This was a wonderful event!”

Another said, “Great retreat, Beth!”

If you wanted to attend this virtual retreat but weren’t able to sign up yet, I’m now offering the recording replay videos and the bonuses with this event at half off the event price — just $50!

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The Power of Shoes speakers/writers virtual retreat

woman on mountains

woman on mountains

When I traveled to Ireland with my precious daughter Leah several years ago, one of the things I did to prepare was to buy us both good hiking boots for the treacherous, high terrain at times. Ireland has lots of mountains, cliffs, hills, forests, and rain. I’m so glad that I did this! I bought us the same kind and they were perfect for the trip. You can see Leah’s hiking boots in the pic below at the Cliffs of Moher.

Leah with her coffee at the Cliffs of Moher

Leah with her coffee at the Cliffs of Moher

Shoes are important. They protect our feet. They give us support. And they take us exciting, new places!

The right pair of shoes can even change your destiny, like Cinderella’s glass slippers did.  As speakers and writers, we need to walk in the shoes that God has created us for, sharing our heart’s unique and powerful messages. You have a message to share that others need to hear!

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The Power of Shoes virtual retreat, September 16, 2021

I want to invite you to my speakers/writers virtual retreat, The Power of Shoes, on September 16, 2021.

This event will encourage and empower you to speak and write for God’s glory. It’s time to step out of fear and self-doubt and step into God’s calling and destiny for you as a speaker and a writer–His messenger of hope, light, and truth. To walk in your true, Royal identity and God-given authority.

There is an amazing lineup of anointed, powerful speakers at this event! I’m so honored and excited that they said yes and can’t wait to hear them!

The recording replays will be available for you to view later at your convenience, as well as other great bonuses. We’d love for you to join us! 

To find out more, just click on the link below. 

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We hope to see you there!

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