Monthly Archives: March 2014

Instagram happiness

Every morning when my alarm clock wails, my fingers immediately turn off the sound and find their way onto Instagram.

With one eye closed, I scroll through the images I have chosen to show on my screen and up until a couple weeks ago, I would usually feel a stab of pain near my ego. Because these photos are literally what I see when I wake up in the morning, they have an impact on how my day is going to pan out. Now, I love celebrities and Victoria Secret models, but my life is so far from all of that glam (especially when I’m under the covers in my pajamas) that I would begin to feel somewhat inferior. I would envy the beach homes and the gorgeous clothing wrapped around their figures.

After scrolling through all the photos and setting my phone down on the pillow next to me, even though in my mind I was planning my day out, internally, these amazing, unrealistic photos for myself would stay there- influencing me- for the whole morning and perhaps even into the afternoon.

On one particular morning I woke up and saw a woman looking unbelievable in her bathing suit and at that moment I thought that I needed to go work out. My very first concrete image that morning brought me to the conclusion that I needed to focus my whole day on molding my body based on an image that may or may not have been Photoshopped.

My mind began to process this and I had a beautiful realization- I was in charge of what was fed to my mind through Instagram. I can choose to follow and unfollow whomever I please. It’s not because I hated them, it’s not because I was mad, it was because I knew it was a healthy decision for both my body and mind. I went through the people I followed and deleted over 60 accounts.

This morning when I scrolled through my Instagram, I was flooded with images that only brought me happiness and healthy inspiration. Photos my friends had posted, healthy meals, gorgeous landscapes and amazing photos that made me remember there’s so much more than just me and my life right now, in this bed, from NatGeo.

I feel as though my Instagram is a “healthy” place to go now, a safe haven of photographs that influence me in the greatest way possible. I finally found my Instagram happiness.

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A proper goodbye to winter

snowinillinois snowinillinois3 snowinillinois2 snowinillinois4Although I never received any snow this winter, my aunt sent me these gorgeous photos of white snow blanketing over her backyard. As much as I’m drawn to it’s beauty, I cannot last an hour in the freezing cold.

Goodbye winter! Goodbye!

Lindsay

duckBelieve it or not, the photo above has not been Photoshopped at all! Nor does it have a filter. The duck is floating in the gorgeous blue, pure water of my best friend’s pool.

Yesterday was quite relaxing, laying out by the pool with a full application of sunscreen. I’ve never been one to tan. Well, I enjoy “tanning”, but I’m always covered in sunscreen.

Well, the OWN network has continued to capture my interest. I just finished watching the first two episodes of the documentary series perfectly entitled “Lindsay”. Far from a reality show, “Lindsay” focuses on the life of Lindsay Lohan post rehab. I can’t imagine her life, especially now that her vice has been taken away. Of course this is wonderful, alcohol was only going to destroy her, but the hard reality is that addicts turn to their drug of choice during times of distress, during times of happiness, anytime really, and rebuilding a sober life in the eye of the public has to be overwhelming and terrifying. I enjoy watching this real take on life. No scripts, just a talented actress tackling her disease, one step at a time.

“Ageless” beauty

This morning, with a plate of fresh fruit and orange juice in hand (no coffee!), I sat down and watched a show I’d been waiting for- Oprah Prime featuring Sharon Stone and Cameron Diaz talking about aging gracefully. It was a beautiful change from my typical shows I turn to in the early morning hours. They spoke of how it’s impossible to be an ageless beauty- everyone ages, we cannot defy nature. Although I feel that I already know this knowledge, I don’t practice it in my everyday life. It was refreshing to watch Cameron Diaz, a gorgeous woman who thousands lusted over when she first came onto the movie screen at the age of 21 and now, at 41, she feels as though she understands herself more, feels even more beautiful.

Something Sharon Stone said made me feel bittersweet. She was once invited to a Playboy photo shoot and the model’s body was being held up my electrical tape. Electrical tape was lifting her breast up! And the would just Photoshop then they tape out.  It’s insane. It’s so insane. How do these gorgeous women feel when they are literally taped to morph their body into Playboy’s unrealistic standard of beauty?

Today, when you look in the mirror, compliment yourself. Then, compliment yourself again.

Happy Mondays! xx

Updating

rose nails brightlights bestsandwicheverIt’s been a wonderful few days. Gentle rain drops landing on my very much alive rose plant, freshly manicured nails from a rare spa day, glowing skin from a photo that was far too kind due to the sunlight, and an amazing sandwich from Panera. I am now hungry from thinking about the tomato basil bread the veggies rest inside of!

I’m horrible with plants. They tend to die on me quite suddenly. I’ll water them carefully when they first arrive onto my porch, but if I have a couple of busy days I neglect to water them and they sadly fade away. I am determined to keep these beauties alive for springtime is nearly here! I want to cover my porch in plants. I feel they truly help keep positive vibes strong.

Am I the only one who becomes extremely happy when snap chat photos turn amazing because the sunlight erases all of your pores? I love when this happens! Yet I rarely post it because it’s really very deceiving, but still good for your confidence?

Oh, and the sandwich. If you ever find yourself inside a Panera, please indulge in their Mediterranean veggie sandwich. Pure deliciousness.

Today I am off to meet with my college roommate and BFF for lunch and shopping. I am going to try very hard not to spend any money on unnecessary items (thin, see through blouses that I can never find the correct undergarments to pair them with).

xx