I told you yesterday that I had something pretty cool happen over the weekend on Instagram. Something that doesn’t happen very often in this social media crazed world we live in. The dare to be authentic and live truly through the eyes of a lens and all that follow it is very rarely seen in large scales. Why is it that we get shunned for sharing everyday, ordinary life pictures? Isn’t that how social media started in the first place. I’ve shared my guidelines for Instagram HERE, and if you want to be successful, these simple guidelines hold a lot of weight in what to share and what not to share. But something compelled me Saturday to share a glimpse into what our everyday life really looks like. It wasn’t to be like “hey I’m human too” which I am, but it was more the picture perfect photos you see on the blog and on instagram, while nice, are not who we are day in a day out.
We are messy, we have kids. As much as I like a clean, orderly home, sometimes I just don’t feel like picking up, or doing the dishes. I certainly don’t let me world revolve around my “highlight reel”.You know only showing people the very best photos on FB and IG, that imply our completely perfect family in our completely perfect house. However to be successful in your business, and that’s what this is for me, people don’t want to see your mess. Otherwise why have magazine quality images for inspiration. After sharing this photo on IG on Saturday,
and 2 brave souls commented asking if this is what our table always looks like, I thought “Man is this what we have come too.” Only showing perfection in a less than perfect world. So I replied with sharing this!
Because the reality is no, our table does not always look like this. I keep it cleaned off just enough to take pictures, and that lasts for a little bit, and then life creeps back in. With lovely piles, and daily to-do’s that don’t get taken care of until much later sometimes.
The response was overwhelming. At first I thought to myself, you know even if it gets no likes, at least 2 people see that I’m real. Well the likes came pouring in, and something else that doesn’t usually happen did too. The comments came in like a flood. It is my highest commented photo to date. The second photo the “real life” photo gained just as many “likes” as any of my other typical photos I share. However this one poured in over 100 comments, and I was so touched by what you all had to say! Here’s just a snip-it:
Even though my mission on Instagram is to share my passion for interior design, and beautifully decorated rooms, I am a person. Some bloggers share every little detail of their lives, while some stick to their niche’. I think the most important thing to remain focused on is, am I still encouraging those who follow me. It’s one thing to inspire, but to truly encourage someone is so much deeper. You aren’t always accepted in this fast paced world for encouraging. Even the statistics of how people use Instagram have drastically changed since it first started. People hardly read what you right, they just scroll, in a daze, through their feeds liking pictures. Sad but true. I’m certainly not saying that those who only show pretty pictures are not encouraging. Some truly are. But I don’t ever want someone to question my picture perfect photos as my reality. Sometimes when that’s all that is shown, comparison can set in, or we begin to idol other peoples lives, when our own lives are pretty darn fantastic themselves. Real life gives grace, promotes openness, and keeps us humble. I don’t have it all figured out, and certainly don’t have it all together, but I love life, and I love sharing my passion, and hope you stay with me on this journey of non-perfect people encouraging one another in their own unique gifts!
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