Is Instagram Meant to Inspire?

A few posts back, I spoke about the random acts of inspiration that jump out at me every now and again. Today, I’ll share with you where I go to seek inspiration.In my recent post, which you can click here to read, I was invited to dinner with a couple of colleagues who have been in the advertising business a few years. Okay, many years. Since being inspired that day, I have kept my good eye open for sparks of inspiration. What I realized is that because I spend so much time on the internet, specifically social media, I am often influenced and inspired by some of the people I follow. I will admit that there is a very thin line between feeling inspired by someone and feeling like you should be as successful as them but you haven’t reached that point in your life yet. I have felt that way before and I still so sometimes, but that’s what inspires me to keep trying, keep moving, and just keep on keeping on.

Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order:

When it comes to fitness, I will forever turn to FollowtheLita and KaisaFit. Their bodies are #goals to me, so whenever I am feeling like a lazy sack of potatoes (very often), I scroll through their pages for a little pick-me-up. The workouts there range in difficulty, but at the very least, it will help you get re-motivated and remind you of what hard work looks like when it pays off.

Patricia Bright continuously serves the looks and the melanin. Patricia is definitely the “turn-up” friend in my head. She is self-proclaimed a “boujee thot” and she’s freaking hilarious. She’s also super real when it comes to real life things like being a woman in the workplace, the “glow up”, and all the real-life things people struggle through but are too afraid to share. I appreciate that about her.

You all know I am all about growing my hair out as long as I can so I turn to Whitney of Naptural85. While we do not have the same hair type, at all, many of the tips and treatments she uses are applicable to a lot of hair types. She does a lot of DIY recipes for her hair, which I also appreciate because store-bought products can get kind of expensive after a while.

I swear Nicole Guerriero is the homie in my head. She is super laid back, super humble and seemingly (only because I don’t know her personally) a good person. She also has some of the coolest makeup tutorials ever, especially around Halloween. I like following Nicole because she seems like the perfect balance of “I do cool shit on the side” and “I’m just out here living my life”. She isn’t flashy, obnoxious or anything. Like I said, the homie in my head.

The last two pages I would really recommend anyone to follow. The first being Instagram. It might seem nerdy to follow the very social media site’s page on the app that they created, but Instagram highlights people doing cool stuff all the time. It’s really a good way to get a little glimpse of what people are doing all over the globe. They also host Weekend Hashtag Projects (WHP) every weekend that challenge followers to create something over the weekend. If you follow the hashtag, you get to see what everyone who is working on this is doing and it’s pretty cool to see how others interpret the same task differently.

The Humans of New York page tugs at the heart strings a bit. On this page you get to meet so many different types of people in NY and read or hear a very short portion of their lives. Some of the stories are very moving, some are sad, some are funny, but all are interesting. It really inspires me to look at people differently and not to judge. Everyone has a story!

If you’re on Instagram, be sure to follow @thejanuaryissue and drop a comment sharing your handle and who inspires you the most. I’d love to follow more cool peeps.

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