I’m addicted to Instagram. Some days I try to relegate my scrolling to an hour a day in the afternoon, but most of the time it’s the cigarette I pull out every 5 minutes when something isn’t holding my attention.
Someday I’ll address the way I chain smoke Instagram, today is not that day. In the meantime, I’ve created a beautiful relationship with this addiction that has added a lot of beauty, peace, and education to my life.
When Instagram came out, I wanted to have my house in magazines. Some of it was because I was proud of my creativity and talent, but a lot of it was because I wanted the attention. I followed so many bloggers whose homes were being published in magazines and popular blogs. The spaces were always professionally photographed and perfectly styled, and every time I’d look at a picture I felt this sense of pressure and urgency to measure up. I’d quickly look at where they got that perfectly bohemian throw pillow and debate for days over whether or not I should spend the money.
I followed women who never shared what was really going on with them. I followed companies I didn’t really want to buy things from. I followed people from my past who I wouldn’t pick up the phone and call, but I knew everything that was going on with them.
Scrolling left me feeling drained, jealous, and bad about myself. Not a good use of my time.
So I *curated* an Instagram feed that was a reflection of who I am, and who I am becoming.
First I went through my feed and paid attention to my body and intuitive feelings that came up when I focused on a picture or their profile. If I didn’t feel AMAZING, I unfollowed.
Then over time, I followed people who are authentic and wise, people who talk about spirituality, herbalism, and witchcraft. I followed my close friends and family, a select few designers who are authentic and true artists. I also followed news sources I trust.
My mentor also taught me how to use Instagram as divine information. So in the morning after I meditate I ask the Goddess for a message, and as I scroll something lights me up and catches my eye as a lesson or message for the day.
So my invitation for you is to curate your feed. Make it art, a spiritual practice, a comedy show. How can you feel more like yourself after you scroll?
Many women in our community are doing the Live More Challenge right now and my Instagram feed is flooded with positive and inspiring actions to have a fulfilling and magical life. I hope you’ll join us there.
AND I’m sharing my favorite people I follow on Instagram so come check it out.
P.S. A note on Facebook, I find Facebook to be waaaaay too much for me and hard to control. I love the elegance and simplicity of Instagram so that’s where I spend my time, but if you have some ideas on how to curate a feel good Facebook feed, let me know in the comments below. Xox