The beauty of Instagram can be seen superficially from curated feeds. But the real beauty comes from the tribes we find. It still seems amazing the number of women I connect with from being a member of this community. I've found a small tribe of women whose posts resonate with me and help me realize my own truths. All it takes is using our power to fill our feed with inspiration and joy instead of making it a place where we fall into the scrolling comparison trap.
My dear friend Jenna has the best way with words. An example? This post from a few months ago...one which still rings true for me today.
Hey you! Stop going at it alone. You weren't made to be an island. It's time you join others in your dream chasing pursuits and open yourself up. Sure, you're awkward, you're worried you'll say all the wrong things, and that you'll never measure up. But here's the thing: you have this incredible gift to offer the world, there is a way you can serve others, and the more you go it alone, the more you forget that simple fact.
Dream chasing can leave us feeling alone, but I've been there and done that. I don't want you to make the same mistakes I did or fall into the same "I'm not enough" traps that held me captive for way too long. In fact, I won't let that happen to you because I care about you. Our paths crossed for a reason, okay?
And isn't it true?
It is necessary to stop and remember the amazing people who are ready to give their support. Each day I continually find inspiration and happiness through blogs and through Instagram. It is helping me to realize I don't have to go at it alone. We are all worthy of finding our tribe. We are all worthy of working through the process of learning who we are.
I'm still working to find 'my place' with blogging. And that is okay.
Putting stress on it only has the power to take it away from me. I need to put in time working on me, on finding why, at times, my creativity feels completely blocked. It hasn't been easy, but I'm ready for the challenge.
When the days unfold where I doubt myself and think blogging isn't for me, I find strength in other bloggers. They share content with inspiration and stories to fall in love with and help you realize you are not alone. They are going through similar struggles.
No one is 'perfect' in this world; bloggers still are humans who have tough days and life struggles.
So thank you.
Thank you for your support. Not just for me, but for all of us bloggers.