I’ve been asked by too many people why I do not have a Facebook. On the daily, literally! Fun fact, I don’t even have a personal Facebook account never-mind an active business account for my blog. There is a page that I use to attach my Instagram account to which isn’t active. It basically just acts as a bridge for me to use the business account option so I can get all the perks of having one on IG. I used my favorite name as a child and my grandmothers maiden name to start the account and then linked my page to it.
I may share my life on Instagram, which I’m not going to lie, took a lot of time. I’m not a very open person, I once was. I haven’t had a personal account on Facebook since my daughter was about a month or two old. She’s three now, so for three years I haven’t had one. It doesn’t phase me what so ever.
The thing that I love most about Instagram is that it is all based upon the phones and the vibe is positive. Facebook at one point actually gave me anxiety. I was tired of seeing everyone’s status’s bullying others or shaming people they were once friends with. I was tired of reading such depressing or dramatic status’s. It was too negative for my lifestyle.
People say things to me like “how do you keep in contact with friends/family”?.. my answer; the same way people did before Facebook. To me it just was more negative than positive and it was not a happy place for me.
I’m not saying Instagram and Twitter are perfect. Twitter is actually just as harsh to me but I choose to follow only positive people. Instagram has become not only a place to share photos, not only a side source of income but also a place where I have met so many amazing people. Every time I open my app I am blessed with photos of happy babies, moms showing off their pride in their bodies and lives, parents/ people sharing the true and real sides of them, delicious food that inspires me to get in the kitchen, dressed to impress individuals that make me want to get out of sweats. I am inspired by Instagram. I am inspired by the beautiful people I have met and the positive life I feel supported by my peers in.
I could literally post a photo of my hand holding a grapefruit and I would have friends uplift me with their kind words and support my choice to post that photo. It’s not a perfect world, Instagram is not perfect either. To me however, it’s a breath of fresh air and a way to meet new friends. The ladies that I have met, I cherish. Recently I was going through some tough times with family and aside from a few close friends and family member my girls from Instagram were sending me daily text messages, inspiring quotes, checking in on me and reminding me I’m never alone.
I know that many people, including myself, can get wrapped up in comparing our lives to others and even getting down on ourselves. If we can see passed these emotions and use them to motivate us or teach us that we are just as blessed I think Instagram is a beautiful place.