Six of my favorite Instagram accounts:

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Consider this a follow Friday on a Thursday! I’ve never been very good with keeping up with the appropriate time to use a hashtag. I’m known to #tbt on a Monday.

I did a post on blogs you should follow a while back, so I wanted to do one that include five of my favorite Instagram accounts so everyone on her could go check them out! The sixth is mine, because I’m shamelessly self promoting.

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How to Beat Social Media

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Did you know social media is linked to depression? Well, it is. The principle behind it is that you see other people doing awesome things and you compare that to you not doing awesome things. I think we’ve all been victims of that. I think we’ve also all been known to try to portray our life as a more interesting one than it is on social media.

Which is fine, I mean, I only want to remember the good stuff three years from now scrolling through my instagram. The real solution isn’t to post everything online, but to remember that nobody does. We’re missing all the ugly cries and silly fights from that one blogger who seems to have everything together.

But I’m telling you things you already know. We’ve been lectured not to compare our lives to others for as long as we’ve been alive. That’s all fine and well, but it doesn’t stop us from doing it. Which is why I’m going on to post these solutions for fighting back against social media’s bad side effects:

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Some Links to Love before Starting your Busy Week

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  • Successful people tend to be those who are productive, here’s a post about the six things that those people do daily.
  • This etsy shop that’s selling jewelry based on your favorite cities. The Rome one has me dreaming about my vacation there.
  • Stressed? Spend some time in the stars- or better yet creating your own. I love the relaxing and artsy ways behind this galaxy creator.
  • This dove beauty commercial making me have all the emotions.
  • I’m not a Cyrus family lover, but I recently discovered the oldest daughter is a style blogger and have enjoyed looking through her edgy outfits. (plus she has a horse and you know how I feel about those.)
  • “Social media is not real life, but that’s not the problem.” is the title of this blog post discussing Essena O’Neill and her big statement that shook the insta world this month. A great read.

On Insta: The End of Summer

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If your life has been half as busy as mine, than your unsure whether going back to school will be calming or more stressful. With a lot of family member going in and out of the hospital, a new job, the end of an internship, and homework… I’ve been swamped to say the least. The good news is that I still feel like it’s summer despite all the hustle and bustle. I’ve gotten to enjoy the season and I’m getting to go to the lake come Sunday. Now for that twenty page paper I need to finish.

On Insta: 21st Style

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My 20th year was a good one. I am finally at a point in my life were I’m there is not a shortage of good people. I feel like I’m making progress rather than stuck in time. It’s amazing how much can happen over a year, or even two really. Everyone says that the twenties are years of growth, and they weren’t lying. I guess I wasn’t expecting it to be such good growth though. There has been a fair amount of negative things, just as there always is, but I’m at a point were I can say with confidence that the good is outweighing the bad. I can’t say how much of that is because of my changed perspective on life and how much of it is a good hand by God. But I’m thankful. I’m thankful that I’ve grown and that I’m in a place where I can see my life keep growing. Hello 21. Here I am.

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Social Media and Shame: Let’s talk about it

We’ve all been there before, haven’t we? We have a picture up on Instagram ready to publish, or a tweet, or a status and we’re wondering if it’s right- not because it will hurt anyone, not because it’s mean- but because… haven’t I posted five pictures of my horse in the past two days? Nobody needs another selfie of me, I’m not that pretty. Do my inspirational quotes get on peoples nerves? I know I shouldn’t be this proud of my cooking- it’s not that photogenic!

I shouldn’t post this.

See all the horse pictures? Four in one day, that's how you do it.

See all the horse pictures? Four in one day, that’s how you do it.

We’re ashamed of how we’re viewed on social media, we take our self conscious thoughts and transfer them onto internet and app accounts. We think people will judge us or simply get tired of repetition. We’re not using the accounts for anything we should be, their uses, to socialize with friends (who shouldn’t be judging you anyways?) or to share things we enjoy, to record our memories.

We forget that instagram isn’t really about how many likes you get on the eighth picture of your day-cation in twenty minutes. It isn’t about trying not to spam.

To be honest, I think one of the coolest things about instagram and twitter to not just the sharing (though how cool is it that my over sea’s friends can know my day without me having to repeat the same story five times!), it’s about being able to look back and say “Wow, do you remember what it was like to be eighteen? Look at this! Listen to what I was thinking that day!” or to hear your grand kids laugh “Grandmom, did you really dress like that! That was back in style last year.” or “You looked just like mom when you were her age!”

Remember, social media isn’t supposed to be about counting likes to see how “social” you are. It’s supposed to be about sharing things you love and even more than that, remembering the things you love- and doing so with joy.

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