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Best Nine of 2017

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Its always fascinating to see what posts garnered the most engagement on Instagram. I was just thinking how I can post a stunning photo, taken with a DSLR, with perfect settings, but sometimes it will only get 50-60 likes... whereas when I post a selfie, a lot of time I hit the triple digits and get a load of comments and interaction. 

I think with my feed, a lot of it has to do with the caption and writing. A lot of times selfies I post are accompanied by thoughts and words, a bit of a journal entry almost, and those seem to really strike a chord with my followers. This makes me entirely happy! As someone who uses visuals AND words to convey feelings and thoughts, it warms my heart when others connect with the things I write. 

I'm also becoming aware that photos with beautiful skies are fairly popular for me... and I ain't mad. Filing all this away for the new year and new posts... but, as always, sometimes I don't even care if a post gathers a ton of likes... if its a photo that speaks to me, or marks a moment I want to remember, I'm going to post it... but I am becoming a little more aware of cultivating my feed and putting more thought into it. I hope you all are enjoying!

 

 

The Changing of the Seasons...

I always get a little bit of a creative itch when the seasons change. Fall is no exception... it has me crawling out of whatever summer coma I was in and looking at this little neglected corner of the internet and hoping I can spend some time writing and taking photos again. Here's to hope, right?

I have friends and family members who are constantly remarking on how I'm always "eating at such pretty places" and "doing such fun things!" as if my life is full of the images I post on Instagram on a daily basis.

The truth is that I live a pretty low-key life. Working 9-5 (albeit in a creative field.) Mon-Thurs. Most evenings I'm home with my sister and puppy doing normal things and wearing leggings and a sweatshirt. But yes, I do love beautiful things and places, so when I do go out, I tend to gravitate towards those moments. I have been blessed with a few lovely friends who also appreciate these things, and we have a lot of fun together. 

I do hear a lot of complaining about how Instagram/social media isn't "real". People call it out for being a "highlight reel" or "curated". 

Yes. They are correct. And you know what? That's why I LOVE it. I love that its a space where I can curate beautiful things, and follow beautiful people and places... I don't want to see your messy house, sweatpants etc... I KNOW what real life is, what it looks like. I don't need to be overwhelmed by everyone else's real, day to day. I want to be inspired, and I want to inspire. Sure, if following someone on Instagram makes you jealous or envious, by all means, take a step back, examine your own heart, and move on in a way that benefits you. But don't get down on something that is a bright spot in my day, and in the days of millions of others. I've unfollowed people before because they were griping about the shallowness of posting selfies. I'm not a fan of negativity, and if posting a selfie makes a woman or man feel confident and happy, you post that selfie!