I’d be remiss not to mention the horrific attack that happened in Orlando. Keeping the victims and their families in my prayers.
Instagram is my favorite social media platform for many reasons. I love the colorful photos, witty captions and interacting with other users. Some food photos are to die (or to eat?) for and the pictures of exotic destinations leave me struck by wanderlust.
However, and I say this in the nicest way possible, sometimes that sh*t sucks. Sometimes everyone’s life seems SO DAMN perfect that it’s defeating. Trust me, I’ve been there. I compare myself to my friends and to people I’ve never met (which, let’s be real, is like 99% of my feed). When the comparison trap starts, I do something radical: I take an Instagram break. Even if it’s just a day or two, I don’t open my app. I don’t comment. I don’t post. Social media suicide? Maybe. Necessary? For me, yes.
One of the reasons I love doing these “Behind the Instagram” posts is to humanize some of the photos I’ve shared. By that, I mean share the full story. It’s not that the photos on my Instagram feed are a lie (um…NEVER) but I’m also not going to sit here and pretend that I don’t try to post good photos and captions. I’ll be the first to admit that I put effort into what I share…with lighting, editing and hashtags. As I continue to develop my Instagram style, I hope to find a balance of entertaining and intriguing. Of witty and honest. Of “picture-perfect” and plain ol’ real life. Because, it’s ok to be silly and have fun with it, too.
*P.S. Look out for a post next week on how a special tool helped me build my Instagram and transform my perspective.*
Now that I have that disclaimer out of the way, which I think I mention every time I do these posts (oops), time for the photos.
Behind the Instagram #6
1. To get this photo I had to find an area of the pool that wasn’t occupied by little kids. Ok, I’ll admit they were cute kids. Then I went to sit down and the only spot was against the wall, which was in prime sunlight and unfortunately blocked the wind. I ate my RXBar, posted this picture and read the magazine. 20ish minutes later I realized the ink had spread all over my hands and I was a mess. It was so. freaking hot. Buh-bye, pool.
2. I had one of my “Instagram husbands” help me with this one (aka my mom…my sister is the other one). “Instagram husband” is a term for someone who is always roped into being the designated Instagram taker. My mom, the only other kombucha lover in the house, was actually better at the “clinking” than I was. She was holding the Gingerade. We had to run inside immediately afterward because the mosquitoes wanted our booch. Not on my watch.
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3. The avocado rose. The thing that stood between me and eating my lunch was that damn rose. I cut it on a plate and then had to transfer from that plate to the salad. That was a doozy. It was my first go but, truthfully, I’m still awful at it. Maybe I need better knives? A less ripe avocado? More patience? All of the above.
4. I don’t typically get embarrassed taking obnoxious photos (Instagram or otherwise) but I ended up getting really self-conscious here. Bikini, me looking at a camera and lots of people staring. The beach was PACKED and I just stood in there right up against the water (probably blocking people’s views) to take the photo. My Instagram husband/mom was such a trooper and I think I snapped out of embarrassment.But it was a very summery photo, if I do say so myself :)
Also, I should note that I had such a fun Memorial Day Weekend at the beach with friends. Seriously, from start to finish it was a perfectly relaxing few days. However I left with one of the worst sunburns I’ve ever gotten. Two weeks later and I’m just now healing. So painful and definitely not Instagram worthy. I did wear sunscreen but obviously failed at reapplying….
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5. This apple made SUCH a mess. As the photo caption states, I really #diditforthegram. I never would have made my apple like that if not for the picture. Aaaand I also took it apart to eat in slices, not as a sandwich. I have to admit, it was really worth it because it tasted amazing. My dog licked up the sunflower seed butter that dripped on the floor, so he was happy too.
6. This last one is from one week ago, the first morning with my new puppy. It normally takes me 10 minutes to make breakfast. That morning it took me 30, plus a longer time than normal to eat it. Puppies know no rest and I underestimated the amount of attention they require.
You don’t want to know how long it took me to make this breakfast. Having a new puppy (!!!) is giving me a run for my money. Excuse the poor lighting 🙄Check out today’s post (link in bio) or follow me on 👻 snapchat (healthyishlife) for more puppy pics 🐶 . In my bowl: baked white sweet potato, sautéed kale and carrots, a fried @vitalfarms egg and @farmhouseculture sauerkraut 👌🏼
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Here is the behind the scenes photo of that breakfast with a side of puppy. He was right behind my feet when I was taking the photo. Cutie on a mission to disrupt my peaceful morning :)