Being active users of social media and the Internet as a whole, we are exposed to so much negative and misleading content on a daily basis. From videos of people bullying one another to overly edited photos of girls with unrealistic bodies living unrealistically luxurious lives. The more we consume this content, the more the negativity becomes normalized. And eventually, it drags us down.
Throughout the past year or so, I decided to revamp my usage of social media and the Internet and use it as a source for inspiration rather than an endless cycle of mind-mushing content with no benefits or importance. As a result, I am now constantly taking in things that interest me, spark new ideas, and encourage me to do better. Scrolling through my Instagram, for example, is no longer a mindless way to pass the time but an awesome resource for positive content. Here are some ways you can do the same…
Go on a deleting spree. You know those girls you went to high school with that just love to rant about their lives and complain about everything on Facebook? Delete them and anyone else who consistently posts negativity and has no real role in your life. Think about how different your news feeds would be if every negative post was replaced with a positive one!
Follow people who inspire you. I love finding new bloggers with similar niches and aesthetics as mine. They inspire me to do my job better and help me develop new ideas. I also love following notable women who I look up to like Eva Mendes, Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Tracee Ellis Ross. They are always positive, thought-provoking, and give me total career envy.
Look at pretty things. What do you find to be beautiful? Nature? Fashion? Animals? I love illustrations! So, I am constantly on the search for talented illustrators to follow and support. Some of my favorites are Kerrie Hess (@kerriehessillustration), Ann Shen (@anndanger), Erisha from @athingcreated, and Talula Christian from @talulachristianart. I truly admire (and totally envy) what these artists do and seeing their amazing work on my feed just brightens up my day. Find the things that make your eyes a little wider when you see them, hunt down accounts that post just that, and you will always have something beautiful to look at.
Get real. I am a huge fan of makeup artistry. Sure, I love to do my own makeup but watching other people work their makeup magic fascinates me. For a while, I was watching a lot of famous YouTubers or “beauty gurus”. They are all very talented but it came to a point where I had to stop. Watching them started to feel like I was watching a reality show. Who’s dissing who. Who’s stealing who’s ideas. Who’s gotten plastic surgery and won’t admit it. Seriously? I didn’t think simple makeup videos could get so ugly.
I also started to see how a lot of them were misleading their viewers. From shady affiliate marketing to tricky lighting and photoshopped photos, I was really turned off by the greediness some of them have and the bad messages they are sending to young girls.
So, I unfollowed all of those people on social media and stopped supporting their videos. I now stick to watching and following artists who don’t buy into the negativity and keep it strictly about the makeup. Some of them include Stephanie Nicole, Kandee Johnson, and Lisa Eldridge, who are all amazing women, super smart, and very talented.
Get the positivity sent directly to you. This is where I come in! There can never be enough positive female role models out there and one of my missions with this blog is to be a role model while creating new ones at the same time. For me, being glamorous is not just about looking good. It’s about being independent, shamelessly intelligent, and sporting a style of your own. It’s being someone who others admire and look up to.
To continue this mission I have to spread the glamour onto other young women, I have decided to launch a newsletter in conjunction with this blog entitled Glamorously You. It is all about inspiring you, the reader, to create a life you absolutely love and defy any limitations the world may put on you.
It is a weekly, bite-sized newsletter that packs an inspirational punch! If this sounds like something you would love to see in your inbox every week, then sign up below. As a smalltime blogger who is still holding onto a vision and a dream, every subscriber means the world to me!
I urge all you ladies to stay inspired, stay focused, and stay glamorous. Until next time <3