Finding inspiration at times can be hard. I find when I travel I have endless inspiration. New people, new scents, new scenery, new everything… the inspiration is endless. I never run out of things to see, do, smell, eat, drink. It all feels exciting. At home is where it can be challenging. I did a post a while ago on 5 Tips To Press Reset and another recently on 3 Places To Go To Clear Your Head which are all helpful, but sometimes you need to do all of that plus a little more.
This week has been one of those weeks where I just don’t feel motivated. I sometimes hate admitting that, especially on here because I feel like in a sense I’m supposed to be your motivation, but the reality is I am human. Some weeks are better than others and some weeks I feel super motivated and other times I’m not. This week happens to be one of them. Not for any particular reason. Nothing specific is going wrong. Nothing specific is even going badly. It is just one of those weeks. The part that is important is that I am honest. It is important for me to be honest with you because I am human and although my life might seem and look perfect and so fun all of the time — I am human and I sometimes feel “blah” just because. I do strongly believe in all of my tips from the posts I linked above, but today, it actually helped me to look at other people. This may be risky when you’re in a mindset like this but this time it actually helped.
Admiring Vs. Comparing
Today, when nothing else was working and I couldn’t motivate myself to work…I went on Instagram. Instead of scrolling through and looking through all of the perfectly filtered and posed photo’s, I decided to look through people who I typically feel inspired by…which then led me to other accounts. I did this in hopes that I would feel something. Maybe it would be comparing myself to them or maybe it would be something else. Either way, I was committed to it and was going to let this happen.
Instagram Stop #1: @alwaysjudging
Courtney Trop is someone’s page I frequently look at. I love how unapologetically herself she comes off. I love how effortless her photo’s seem even though I am confident she puts much more time and effort into the photo’s than we know.
Instagram Stop #2: @vanillaattack
I started following Teresa more recently on Instagram but I love her. Her photo’s are so happy and bright. We need to meet in person one of these days because she is so sweet!
Instagram Stop #3: @taylranne
Taylr and I have been Insta friends for quite a while now but just finally met in person when we went on our Chloe trip (which is crazy that it took that long!) I love the story Taylr tells on her account — she tells stories in a special way.
Instagram Stop #4: @dylanasuarez
Talk about a cool girl. I love Dylana’s unique style and take on things. She can be wearing the same thing as the girl next to her, or at the exact same location yet her eye and style will capture it completely differently.
Instagram Stop #5: @mia_colona
Mia is amazing – in person and on Instagram. We met recently, which then led me to her Instagram, and Mia quickly became a favorite of mine. She is a girl who does it all. She creates inspiring content for herself and also works for The Zoe Report and just kills it all around!
Instagram Stop #6: @marinaingvarsson
Marina is a Brooklyn based stylist and I am obsessed with her. She has a way of capturing something as simple as a pair of shoes and makes it look interesting, when it would otherwise be the most boring photo if someone else took the same shot. She is also so beautiful!
I left my Instagram stalking break today feeling better. Instead of comparing myself to them, I let myself look at their pages and just admire them and their hard work. I let myself be ok with not being productive in that moment and just admire and support other women. As a result of me being able to admire them, I was able to leave feeling inspired. Lesson learned! Stop and appreciate the little things. The little things might be nature one day and another women’s hard work the next. Let yourself appreciate it all.