I started using Instagram about 4 years ago, just after my first son was born. As you can imagine, my pictures mostly focused around my infatuation with him. I would get a whopping 2 likes every time I posted (all from family members).
Instagram can be a lot of fun, but it does have its’ negative side. There was a time in my life when scrolling through Instagram left me worse off rather than better. It was discouraging to see photos of my friends living fun, adventurous lives while I sat home nursing a baby. Not to mention the “Here I am in another bikini” photos that filled my Instagram feed in the summer, which did wonders for my post-partum self-esteem.
I stopped using Instagram for a little while, which I wrote about here, but I’ve come back to it with a renewed purpose. There are plenty of positive aspects of this social media platform and I want to be one of the many voices that speaks real, honest truth through my photos.
Because friend, I’m so tired of all of the comparing and complaining and envying (myself included). We need to wake up and see that it’s the life that is right in front of us that can bring us deep joy and fulfillment. I’m bored of sitting back and watching other people’s highlights and not standing up to enjoy my own. I’m sick of being ungrateful for my life and loving the false realities of others. I want to love the life I live. I want to embrace this life, with all of its imperfections and mess and disorganization. I want to be proud of the life I am creating instead of wishing I was given a different lot.
Here’s the truth I am beginning to see – my life is full of wonder and beauty and blessings. But these gifts don’t come wrapped in shiny, expensive details or grand, exciting plans. They’re often invisible, so easy to miss altogether, unless my eyes are open and ready to see. And once I’m looking, I notice these gifts everywhere. Like little treasures, waiting to be discovered in any given moment.
“There’s always a sunrise and always a sunset and it’s up to you to choose to be there for it. Put yourself in the way of beauty.” – author Cheryl Strayed, quoting her mother
On my Instagram profile you’ll find photos from my real, normal, everyday life. Photos that highlight the simple things that I’ve chosen to celebrate, that have made my heart that much more full, and that much more grateful.
These are my tiny beautiful things. They are my Hallelujah.
I hope this inspires you to look for yours.