A FRESH BREATHE OF NON INSTAGRAM AIR
One) I got my hair cut last week when Two) instagram went down.
Both being a woman and having an instagram account can be hard. I’ll just say it. ADD that difficulty to your account being attached to your small business and your life can sometimes be consumed of never endless scrolling resulting in feelings of less than.
It can be challenging pulling yourself out of a pit of comparison especially when you feel like you’re trying, screaming to the world to just acknowledge what you’re doing - and you’re still getting drowned out by all the “Diffy eyewear” ads (BARF!).
Know the feeling?
I gain both inspiration and doubt from Instagram.
And when it went down last week - I was amongst those who kept refreshing the app to see if it was up again. That panicked FOMO set in and then…some relief.
It was like, everyone got to disappear for the day. And I wasn’t being sold workout leggings or protein powders. No, “new blog post, link in bio!” A breather from stories of vacation palm trees and ocean side cocktails. No baby pictures, pets or engagement sessions. Nothing but twitter.
And it wasn’t cause and effect, but I decided to get my hair cut.
I got some bangs.
And I came back into the (IG) world, refreshed.
I‘m not one to make many dramatic appearance changes. I don’t dye my hair and I’ll go 8 months without cutting it. So I was definitely coming back into the IGverse with a new look. The change was well received -
with the occasional resentful toward bangs message, “good luck with bangs”.
Inspired to change it up?
This is how I’ve been adjusting
LONG SIDE SWOOP
BOBBY PIN TOP KNOT
PINNED BACK GYM BRAIDS
HIGH TAIL IT PONY
To some, it might seem silly. How can a social media outage realllllly affect you?
I run a business. Instagram is my biggest platform - it’s a necessary tool in engaging with people and promoting my brand. And, in all the times I hate it - I really enjoy it too.
The struggle isn’t the app. The app is brilliant, innovative…next level. It’s the users. It’s our mindsets. And that world - will only get tougher, more frustrating and more ads will continue to pop up.
Take a break, a breather. Instagram will still be there.
Or don’t - keep at it. Chomp at the bit, exhaust yourself, climb the ladder. Whatever floats your instagram boat.
It’s a free, expressive, visual platform. You have the power to choose it as just that. Comparison is not required.
Lastly, thank you - for those who noticed my absence all last week. The outreach you can bring to someone’s life is day changing.
XO, Stay lit. K