Can I be honest with you?
This is long, but it needs to be said.
Today I'm feeling a little discouraged.
Between friends having their account completely deleted by Instagram itself without warning,
To getting on here and seeing a caption from someone that completely mimics yours,
To seeing the people that I've grown close with constantly harassed by trolls 🙄
I can't lie when I say it's disheartening.
I realize it's social media and I don't need it to be validated in this world.
My true friends I've created on here, I know I'd still have if Instagram were gone tomorrow.
But when it's something you put your heart & soul into
And a brand that you build
And a platform you can use to inspire and motivate
It becomes an extension of yourself.
And when it's flooded with negativity, it can weigh on you.
Sometimes I log on and I have to take a step back.
I couldn't tell you the number of times I've been asked if I pay for followers 🙄
This account isn't about followers.
It's about having an OUTLET.
It's about making those connections and real-life friendships.
It's about giving back to those who genuinely want and need it.
It's about me being able to share with you my journey with the hope that I can inspire and motivate someone who struggles the same way I do.
It's about BEING MYSELF.
That's how I gained my following.
At the end of the day, if all you care about is the number on the screen, you won't be happy.
If you're trying to post like somebody else because it works for them, IT WON'T WORK FOR YOU.
You can't connect with people on an intimate level if you're not being 100% yourself.
Like my girl @amandabucci said "the only difference between you and every person on Instagram... is YOU."
So just be your beautiful, badass self.
And if you don't agree with something you see, let it be.
And if you see something that inspires you, let that person know.
And, @instagram, please stop deleting my friends 😭
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