I used to hate Instagram… more than any of the other social media platforms. It made me so miserable.
Every single photo of celebrities, fitness gurus and interiors websites made me feel disgustingly lazy, anti-social and shamefully lacking in floor to ceiling bookcases.
Don’t you think it’s also the most mind-numbingly addictive once you open it?
You can scroll forever and the images require even less interaction than Twitter posts. It’s the adult equivalent of an endlessly spinning mobile over a baby’s crib, except with built-in judgement and self loathing.
And then one day, I remembered that I’m an adult and, in many cases, I don’t have to do shit I don’t want to do. So I deleted everyone off my account and started again.
Now I only follow people, companies and artists that make me feel inspired and/or hungry. Mostly, that’s illustrators, designers, photographers and cooks or cooking sites. There are a few interiors blogs, because… I’m weak. But really try and avoid too many of those, they are the WORST for making you feeling inadequate and poorer than a Church mouse (and if you’re wondering why Church mice are poor… I found this excellent rambling answer).
Below, I’ve included some of my favourite Instagram posts this week from a few of the people and companies I enjoy seeing regularly on my feed.
The top photo is from Somewhere Magazine, and it reminds me of growing up in New York in the 80s… even though I didn’t. Isn’t nostalgia funny that way sometimes? Below, the first two are a little sentimental maybe- read the full captions- but it’s nearly Christmas and they both share incredibly important messages about listening to other people, especially when they don’t agree with us. And not giving up when you’re trying something new, even if feels like EVERYONE in the world is better than you.
After that it’s just shameless beauty- art, food, a purple yellow colour combination and a bathroom that I would live in… especially as our apartment still has hardly any furniture. Told you I was weak.
Can I recommend one thing for Boxing Day? When you’re sat watching Die Hard 3 in your new Christmas pyjamas- delete pretty much everyone off your Instagram feed and start again. Don’t do shit that makes you feel miserable.