Yesterday morning, I woke up a little earlier than I would have liked. Still tired and sleepy, yet wide awake, I grabbed my iPhone and checked the Instagram feed before actually getting up to tackle the day.
My blog, social media, and our small business take up a lot of my time. But through it all, I have the opportunity to [virtually] meet some truly amazing people.
Here are four people that inspired me on Sunday (listed clockwise), via Instagram - and their IG handles:
1. A wonderful artist & blogger, creating beautiful pieces inspired by her travels and passions in life. I'm also proud to say that I own this print of hers!
2. An amazing food blogger sharing gluten-free recipes, gluten-free restaurant and item product reviews, and interviews with Bay Area eateries. The image that inspired me was a gluten-free coconut, oat & chocolate chip cookie (doesn't that sound delish?). But after scrolling through all of her amazing posts, I found the kumquat madeleines, and I couldn't help but share them in my image.
3. A talented bentwood ring-maker, who continues to amaze me with her beautiful ring designs (but my all-time favorite is still the wood burned heart ring that I shared here).
4. A new-to-me IGer that I found just yesterday. Here is where I'll tell you a quick story...
I love ocean photography (especially from California). I had seen one of Ann's beach posts and liked it earlier. When I got up on Sunday morning, she was in my activity feed. She had visited my IG and liked a couple of my posts in return (I always love that form of "thank you," because it's really social networking at its best.) Anyway, I returned to her page and read her bio. [Side note: Many of my blogger friends call this the "profile," but I've been schooled by my daughter that "No, it's a bio." And it's as simple as that, everyone. You will never see me refer to it as a profile in IG.]
After reading her bio, there was something there that caught my attention. Aside from the fact that the link she left is to a video, I was also intrigued by the words "creative communicator." Creative Communicator. How awesome is that? That's what made me click her link.
The link goes to a youtube video for one of her speaking gigs. I watched the entire thing. Didn't even push pause. In that video, she shares her story. It's the perfect introduction piece. It's a story that's inspiring and admirable. Her words are important and motivational. After watching, I had to let her know! I left her a comment. And now, we're following each other on Instagram. And I'm wondering what types of events Ann speaks for, because I can think of at least one audience that might be interested in having her speak, sharing her personal story.
Lastly, I participated in a live twitter party as part of Dove's #SpeakBeautiful campaign. The only twitter parties I've really done before were early Saturday morning Sharefest chats for fun with The SITS Girls. But it had been a really long time! So I joined the SITStahs on Saturday as a practice run, to get re-acquainted with the fast pace of a live twitter event.
And then I joined Dove for #SpeakBeautiful at Red Carpet time for the Oscars. Not because I was compensated (I wasn't, although there were some lucky winners during the first hour, but none of them was me), but because I strongly believe in this campaign and the message it has to share with the world.
Did you know 5 million+ negative posts were Tweeted by women in 2014? Change it: you, us, @Twitter. #SpeakBeautiful pic.twitter.com/QvQYBuVwpU
— Dove (@Dove) February 21, 2015
Image: Dove, via twitter
As someone who definitely struggles with self-confidence at times, I love the message that this campaign is sending for social change and social good. And it's all through social media - twitter.
And so - those were my Sunday Inspirations!
The bottom line is, social networking is a great way to find inspiration. Inspiration can be found anywhere, really, but social media is something pretty unique. I used to be against it. I thought it was a privacy invader. I used to frown upon it as an unnecessary productivity killer.
But now...Now, I wouldn't dream of being without it. Not only is it pretty fun, it can be useful as well (as long as you set limits!). It's yet another way to network and connect with people. Because - we've all heard the saying, right? Sometimes it's not what you know, it's who you know.
Did you have any weekend inspirations?
Share them with me in a comment! I'd love to read about what's been inspiring YOU lately.
Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. I'm just sharing some personal inspirations with you and have not been compensated in any way at all.
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