Share what you love & what you’re passionate about.
When I first started my account on Instagram I was so careful what I posted. At the beginning the pictures posted had to be “perfect”, what I wrote had to be methodically thought out, there was an order of the photos being posted to give my gallery a certain “look” … but as time has gone on I’ve learned to post what I love, what I’m passionate about, & not giving anymore thought than that. I believe it’s not just a change in my posting but truly a change within myself. I used to be out taking pictures for hours until I thought I felt like I got the “perfect” shots … oh how I used to criticize how I look; “I look too big. I look too skinny. My hair is flat. My hair is too fuzzy. What’s with my face? I look sick. I need to do a yoga pose. The pose isn’t deep enough … ” On & on. I was so damn critical with myself. I realize now it was because I was not as confident with myself as my “perfect” pictures suggested. Those walls of doubt & self criticism began to be taken down when I started opening up on my health journey & my journeys in life in general. It was less about seeking perfection and more about sharing my authentic, real self. It’s very empowering to be able to do this. To feel this uninhibited confidence within myself. I want you all to know you don’t have to look like a model in your photos. You don’t have to go into the “coolest” yoga poses. You don’t have to be anymore than you already are. I find the most interesting accounts to be the ones that are the most authentic. The ones I feel like I’m seeing the true person. The ones I can connect with. That’s why I follow accounts both large and small. I want to follow the journeys and not just the picturesque squares. For a book full of just pictures is fun to look at a few times but gets old after a while. While a beautifully written book, whether it be the length & depth of J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ or Dr. Seuss’s ‘Horton Hears a Who!’, it is something that can leave an impact on all who reads.
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