Social media (Instagram especially) has become more about sharing *created* moments over *actual* moments. Don’t get me wrong, I love magazine quality photos but when highly edited photos become the norm I’m seeing every day it makes me feel terrible. It makes me feel like I’m not good enough. It makes me look in the mirror and think, “What’s WRONG with me? Why doesn’t my experience look that perfect?” I’m sure some of you have maybe even felt that way about my posts in the past. This year, I made a conscious decision to share more actual moments: photos that are a reflection of my life experience. I didn’t want to look through my Instagram and not see parts of my life anymore. I’m tired of the highlight reel. I just want a reel of varied moments and that’s what I’ve done. I’m proud to say that the vast majority of photos I’ve posted this year have been taken on an iPhone, portray ups and downs, and show me with and without makeup. Even though my likes, comments, etc. might be down right now, I have never felt better about what I’m sharing here. There are plenty of places for highlight reels on the internet and I appreciate them for what they provide, but that’s not what I want to give anymore. I want to share pieces of what life looks like. I don’t want to obsess over making my posts “perfect” because it’s exhausting, unattainable and I’d rather spend my time LIVING. Life looks different for all of us and that’s part of the beauty. For me, life looked like a Twitter t-shirt, baggy shorts, cactus socks and pimple cream last night... and it was pretty damn great. 🙌 For transparency: I sometimes use filters from VSCO but I never alter any of my physical features or backgrounds in photos that are mine. Sometimes I may post photos taken by photographers for special occasions/events, but those posts are in the minority. In those cases, the photographer may choose to retouch the photo which is often out of my control. If I post it, that means there is little to no retouching. For sponsored posts it varies: a lot are taken on my iPhone and some are taken by a photographer. Every branded post is disclosed with the appropriate hashtags + IG partnership disclaimer tools.