Instagram/Facebook Inspired Living

I think some people only do things because they want to post it on social media.

For a dramatic example, I think some people get engaged or married or have children or buy houses or cars because they want to post it on social media.

People don’t always stop and think about what they truly want in life without first thinking about what they want to post.

I know I’ve done it. I’ve already planned out 25 different ways to announce a pregnancy once the day arrives. And I have already posted my own ring selfie and countdown to my wedding day 3 years ago.

After getting engaged and married, I started to change my perspective on sharing my life and posting “worthy” moments. And it shows on my personal social media timeline. Not so much my Instagram, since I’m still slightly more restrained and share regularly when events roll around (like birthdays or anniversaries or important moments) but I’ve changed my habits because I don’t want to only live my life according to what I can post or brag about on social media.

I used to care so very little about what other people thought of me. I’ve always danced to the beat of my own drum. But then social media happened and I started evaluating my life and what was worth sharing versus keeping private.

This is something people have done for a very long time, deciding what’s worth sharing with the world or close friends and what’s worth keeping amongst family or on a need to know basis.

Again, I continue to do this in many aspects of life.

Of course, there are certain things that are better left for personal conversations.

However, part of my blogging adventure was inspired by wanting to fill the void of other social media. To explain, I think for as interconnected as we all are, there is a huge lack of real conversation and sharing the things that matter in life. I started a blog with the intention to never connect my personal social media and use my blog as my outlet to be creative and share the things I am otherwise avoiding on my other social media.

Welp, after a few months of blogging regularly I gave that up. I felt the push to connect my beloved blog to my social media because I felt that the people in my personal life deserved to read and connect with what I was sharing and going through.

It’s hard because I’m someone who loves having a personal connection and deep conversations with people. Spend more than an hour with me in a group setting or one-on-one and I will no doubt ask you some weird things about you or bring up conversations on why I think humans exist or how I’m 99% sure I’m a witch. I’m a self-appointed philosopher and I constantly want to share my musing with whoever will stand to listen to me.

Those are the types of things I want to be sharing on social media, and those are the things I think other people should be using social media for. 

We all have evolved into such magnificent beings with amazing technology but everyone is still utilizing it to “Keep up with the Joneses” so to speak. (Or the Kardashians, depending what generation you’re from.)

I’m choosing to be the change I wish to see in the world. That doesn’t mean I will stop posting on social media or not share things I’m excited about. But it does mean that I’m not going to participate in the over-curated lifestyle that so many Instagrammers and bloggers have today.  I’m a mostly normal person with a mostly normal life and I want the internet and my social media pages to be places where people are able to see shades of themselves in who I am and what I experience. I want to be able to connect with people and talk about movies and shows we like, support each other through hard times, celebrate the good ones, and show off pictures of our pets all day long. 

So if you’re ready to join me in my LIFE inspired social media journey, let’s get ready to RUUUMBLE!! 

2019 is the year I push my inhibitions to the side and allow myself to live the life I wish we all could live. Fearless, authentic, gritty, and REAL.

So let’s do this!

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One comment on “Instagram/Facebook Inspired Living”
  1. alexxis392 says:

    So happy to be seeing your blog posts pop up on my timeline more again Jo! I have to agree with you and think social media can take ahold of people and influence what they do. It’s something I witness out on the trail and in NPs a lot. Lots of people want the shot they see on Insta, but not the experience that can come with it. But there’s so much more to be enjoyed beyond the surface of social media! However, I am so excited for the day when your pregnancy announcement pops up on my timelines. Whether it’s pre-designed or not, it will be a post that makes others in your life feel so much joy and happiness for you guys! I do embarrassingly watch Keeping Up With The K’s from time to time, so I got a chuckle out of your updated version of “keeping up with the Jones” lol

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