Turn Your Instagram Feed Into An Affirmation Feed with These 7 IG Accounts

Turn Your Instagram Feed Into An Affirmation Feed with These 7 IG Accounts

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Oh how we love Instagram. Statistics continue to show it as more and more people hop on the IG train. We show it by how much we use it and refer to it either on a daily or at least weekly basis. It can be addictive looking at photo’s and videos after photo’s and video’s of people doing cool things, going cool places, and with other people!

Like anything addictive, it can be pretty bad for our health. No, I am not talking about our physical health (although I’m sure it affects that too) but mental health. It’s not unheard of anymore for someone to announce the need for an Instagram break for reasons related to the need to build up some aspect of self.

But what happens after the break?

It’s right back to the same feed that got us to that point. The cycle just keeps repeating… unless we do something to change that envy/self-loathing feed of course. In the words of Queen Bey:

Your torturer [can indeed] become your remedy. (All Night is the song… if you think I’m crazy and don’t know Queen Bey  *cough* jokes on you *cough*)

Simply following accounts that inspire, motivate, and lift you up could transform your frequent little Instagram sessions into little recharge sessions.

The following accounts I have listed are accounts I have found to be helpful sporadic affirmations as I scroll my own feed, helping to keep my mentality in check and my time on Instagram well spent. I’ve included the links (just click the titles) so you could check them out yourself and by following, transform your IG feed into an affirmation feed as well!

 

@thebehappyproject

The captions for these photo’s are quite short due to the fact that everything that needs to be said is in the photo. This account posts at least 4 times a week and is all about encouraging you in loving yourself!

 

@millionaire.determination

Approx. posts a day: 5

Posts by this account will help motivate you to get off of Instagram and do something productive with your time. Love that about this one! They also post things about how to positively navigate relationships and things of that sort.

 

@thebettermanproject

Approx. posts a day: 1

Although the title could lead you to believe this is an account for men, it’s not. Not only does this account include lengthy encouraging and inspiring captions, but some times it even includes videos which is a nice, semi-interactive touch to a motivational account.

 

@thegoodquote

Approx. posts a day: 16+

Because of how much this account posts, your very likely to stumble on one of there encouraging posts even if you are scrolling on Instagram for just a short minute. This IG posts short little encouragements related to relationships, self-love, finding happiness and many more good topics.

 

@wisdomfeed

Approx. posts a day: 4

If any thoughts arise that ever make me question God and his involvement/care about my life, this account is a way to remind me of biblical truths so that I don’t lean on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). This account offers good encouragement for believers in their walk with God.

 

@vexking

Approx. posts a day: 0-1 (maybe 3 posts a week)

Vexking offers superb good quality captions. All of which are pretty lengthy for IG captions (they seem more like short blog posts) but they are worth the read every time. He covers pretty much any and everything related to keeping a positive mentality and healthy perspective on life.

 

@positivevibesquotes

Approx. posts a day: 2

Similar to thegoodquote, positivevibesquotes offers short captions and pictures with small affirmations and proverb’s about keeping healthy relationships with others and a healthy mindfulness of yourself.

Even though these are my personal pics for amazing accounts, I also want to encourage you to do a little more looking and follow more accounts like these! You’d be surprised by how many encouraging and motivational accounts are on Instagram with big followings and with small followings. You may find more that you like.

If there are any positive accounts you like to follow, be sure to share in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bright and Springy

Bright and Springy

IMG_7646IMG_7648IMG_7670IMG_7682IMG_7698IMG_7715    April showers bring May flowers! 

When it comes to spring fashion, anything bright, floral, flowy, or all three is acceptable.

Rarely have I seen someone wear all black in the spring successfully (although I am tempted to take on that challenge…) because spring is the PERFECT time for bright colors!

That’s my favorite thing about spring fashion.

I am guilty of looking to pair articles of clothing together so they either match or have a good contrast but that can be difficult to do with shirts that have busy colorful patterns. Pairing a flowy shirt that has a colorful pattern (such as the one pictured above) with lighter color jeans is a great way to dress it up without making it look too busy!

During the spring time you can also take the same main color and just sprinkle different tones of it throughout the outfit in accessories. These shoes I tried on with this outfit just for the humor of it, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually liked the way it brought everything together.

What do you find you like the most about spring fashion?

Shirt: Rue21

Pants: Rue21

Shoes: Ross

Sacrifices You Have To Make When You Stay True to Yourself

Sacrifices You Have To Make When You Stay True to Yourself

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Staying true to who you are and what you believe in is something we should all naturally do without thinking twice. As true as that is however, it is also true that in life situations can arise that challenge your confidence in who you are. Sometimes being true to yourself means being looked at as an outcast or being humiliated. The most rewarding life lessons are often learned through the toughest situations. Here are a few things you may have to lose when you choose to stay true to yourself even when it’s hard.

1. Companionship

Haters are gonna hate. People aren’t always going to agree with you and the decisions you make. Because of that, they may not like you. At the end of the day sometimes the only right path to take is the one you have to walk alone. Sure it’s always nice to have a friend, but it can’t be that nice if that friendship only comes at the expense of being your true self.

2. Popularity

Authentic personalities are only valuable to the majority if that majority can relate or is entertained in some way. This doesn’t mean that any other authentic personality isn’t just as authentic, just that it isn’t valued by that group of people. Since when is anyone’s individual value based upon how many people they can get to like them? A diamond is considered valuable but it doesn’t mean that it is everyone’s favorite stone. In the end, you are extremely valuable whether you are popular or not.

3. Respect From Others

If someone is considered “weird” or any other word that isolates them from the majority of people, respect becomes something people view as optional… Optional with no real consequences if they choose to give it or not. It’s unfortunate but unless it is demanded in some way, shape, or form by either person, it won’t be given. But it is certainly something that can be demanded.

4. Invitations (A Social Life)

If you find yourself isolated because you are who you are, invitations may come far and few in between… if they come at all.  Your social life essentially becomes a small section of your life consisting of a few day-to-day exchanges and interactions. It’s the perfect set-up for a time allotted to self-discovery and peace in quiet. Which brings me to the last sacrifice…

5. Noise

Meaning pleasant noise directed to you. Conversations and laughter.  As mentioned in number 1, sometimes the only right road to take is the one you have to walk alone. That singularity is often exaggerated by a lot of quiet and because of this, it could make a person feel pretty lonely and isolated. While it often appears as a curse, it is actually a blessing in disguise. There aren’t too many times in life that you will have minimal noise. The best option when faced with it, by choice or not by choice, is to make the best out of it in every way that you can. Allow your creativity to roam free a bit and do the things that only you can do. Keep yourself busy and surrounded by things that will build you up and keep you happy. Being alone does not have to bring you to feeling lonely.

All throughout life there are plenty of situations that transform you and allow you to change different aspects of yourself naturally. Never does any good and lasting transformation come because being yourself isn’t the “cool” thing to be. Staying true to yourself even when it’s hard brings a priceless strength that only comes through the consequence of opposition.

 

 

Types of Journals that Help Increase Your Mental Clarity

Types of Journals that Help Increase Your Mental Clarity

At seven years old I was so inspired by the character Mia in the Princess Diaries that I started asking my parents if I could have a diary for whatever major holiday was coming up next. When I finally received one, I wrote in it religiously year after year, after year, and to this day I haven’t really stopped.

Yup! Thanks to seven year old me, I have 12 years of written documentation about my feelings towards every situation I’ve ever felt worthy of a diary page! You can imagine some of the hilariously overdramatic journal entries I have…

I’ve accumulated several different journals since then, all of which I’ve dedicated for different things. Today, I don’t know how I would function without one! I regard these specific types of journals as major tools I’ve used to increase my mental clarity and I thought I would share them with you guys!

Here are a few kinds of journals that help increase your mental clarity!

Vision Journal

Vision journaling is such a great tool to use to bring those “someday” goals so much closer to “today”. It’s similar to the idea of a vision board except it allows you to make the road map you need to actually complete your goals.

I started vision journaling recently and it has given me incentive to answer the questions you kind of shove in the back of your mind and label “will figure it all out later”.

Negativity Journal

The title explains everything you will ever put in this journal: Negative thoughts of any sort. This is the journal you get to let your emotions explode into… the bad ones of course.

I bought this journal at a time I felt terribly isolated and just down. I was attempting to go to the bible for strength and hope but every time I wasn’t reading the bible or praying to God my brain went on a down spiral of self/life loathing thoughts. I decided that I needed to release what I was bottling up inside somehow so I could find that positive voice buried underneath.

I decided to use a journal with a tie around it.

If you decide to keep a negativity journal, know that the number one rule you absolutely can NOT break is repeating, thinking about, revisiting anything you’ve written down. Once you write it, it stays there. It isn’t allowed to enter your brain anymore after that point.

Everytime I tie that journal up after using it, it’s as if I’m binding those negetive feelings in the journal, never to come out again.

Bullet Journal

My bullet journal is probably the coolest type of journal i’ve ever owned. It’s a completely customizable to-do list system & calendar.

I bought a journal from Five and Below for less than $5. It’s a simple notebook with regular lined pages (some prefer to use graph pages). Basically you get to create a planner from scratch. You can add pages such as a habit tracker page, inspirational quotes page, study log page, etc. The list goes on!

Prayer Journal

Initially I thought writing out prayers just seemed kind of extra and unnecessary but it really allows you to visibly see how God responds and even when he responds.

I’ve oganized my prayer journal in a similar fashion as my bullet journal. I have a prayer habit tracker page, a “Verses to read when…” page, and an index to let me know where I can find notes that I’ve taken for different bible studies.

The perfect way to start off my morning is with this journal, my bible, and a warm cup of coffee. Then I’m officially ready to start the day!

Self-Care Journal

I love using this journal for estabishing good habits. If I want to tweak anything about my day to day life I record it in here. You can also use a self-care journal to track your daily diet, workout progress, experiences resisting a bad habit, and more.

It’s all about maintaining mental and physial health in this journal.

Have you guys ever tried to keep one of these journals? If so, what has your experience been with them?

Happy Sunday everyone!

Lies About Forgiveness

Lies About Forgiveness
Forgiveness is the answer to the child’s dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again.”
– Dag Hammarskjold
 As I was in the car on my way home a few days ago, I heard the radio dj report a recent murder (one that happened this past Easter Sunday) in which the shooter uploaded a video to Facebook wherein he shot a 74-year-old man by the name of Robert Godwin Sr.
His reasoning?
His girlfriend drove him to do it. That’s the claim he makes in the video. Not that he has personal issues with the man he shot or that he even knows the man at all, but just in a fit of rage (which he claimed was his girlfriends fault) he decided to take 74 year-old, father of 10 children, Robert Godwin Sr.’s life.
What I heard next really resonated with me:

The family of Robert Godwin Sr. has offered their forgiveness to the man who allegedly shot him on Sunday and uploaded the video to Facebook.

“Each of us forgives the killer, the murderer,” Godwin’s daughter, Tonya Godwin-Baines told local TV station FOX 8. “We want to wrap our arms around him.”

“I want him to know that God loves him,” Godwin-Baines continued. “We love him. Yes, we’re hurt. But we have to forgive him, because if we don’t forgive him, the Bible says your Heavenly Father won’t forgive you.”

Added Godwin’s tearful son, Robert Godwin Jr.: “Steve, I forgive you. I’m not happy [with] what you did but I forgive you,”

-taken from http://people.com/crime/facebook-killer-video-victim-familiy-forgives-killer/

When I heard this over the radio, they played the clip of the children actually saying this and they were getting these amazingly selfless words out through their heart aching, grief filled cries.
How incredible that they would take such an attitude towards the man who killed their father. Such an attitude that they would wish and even consider wrapping their arms around this man.
It really spoke to me in that it was a reminder of the multitude of sins that forgiveness covers… which can make the things that I find quite hard to forgive very miniscule on the grand scale of things.

Forgiveness is one of the hardest attitudes to possess. And it is just that, an attitude.

It’s easy to think that forgiving is more of an action. You’re only ever faced with the act of forgiving someone if said person did something that requires your forgiveness.
Even if someone apologizes for their wrongdoing (which doesn’t always happen) it’s easy to say “That’s okay” or “I forgive you” and still have a heart harbored with bitterness.
 This type of forgiveness is not true forgiveness at all.
Like all hard things, an attitude of true forgiveness is one of the most rewarding things that benefit you in your personal growth.

Lie #1: Forgiving = Forgetting and Moving On

If that were the case, we’d be running into the same exact situations over and over and over again, and that is not growth.
In fact, it takes a strong person to accomplish true forgiveness in that you remember the negative experience, learn from it, take from it what you need to, and say “Thank you for waking me up, and letting me know what I need to be more careful about next time around”.

Lie #2: Forgiving = Merely Tolerating the Person You Forgave

Whatever wrong anyone has done to you is merely evidence of their inward struggle with their sinful nature, not who they are. We all struggle with something. No one should allow the wrong others have done to taint his own character by how he goes about treating those who’ve wronged him.
Not only is it not fair, but truthfully we are all in need of forgiveness of our sinful nature. We are not denied that by God, so who are we to deny someone else of that?
True forgiveness is allowing people the room to be human and loving them, in spite of their humanity.

 Lie #3: Forgiving = Keeping Record of Wrongdoings, So You Can Bring It Up Later

There is a fine line between remembering a wrongdoing so you can do all you can in your power to avoid it and remembering so when someone makes a mistake, you can remind them of all their past mistakes.
This not only shows a lack of forgiveness but a lack of love.
 “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
-1 Corinthians 13:4-7

 Lie #4: Forgiveness= Ghosting On Someone Whose Wronged You

 Ghosting is an easy and comfortable answer. Since when does anything morally good in life come from something easy and comfortable? Typically, it’s the hard things you do that dish out the best benefits.
You do not have to be besties with someone who has wronged you, but you don’t have to shun them either. I used to be extremely guilty of this  but in no way did it allow me to learn how to love people in spite of their imperfections. Even if those imperfections are at my loss.
Instead it caused me to kind of unknowingly adopt this attitude of self-righteousness and maybe even a little pride.
The most perfect example of an attitude of forgiveness is that no matter the magnitude of the wrongdoing, you acknowledge that people who are hurting hurt other people. God doesn’t deem you nonexistent when you sin, so who are you to deem others nonexistent when they sin against you?

Lie #5: Forgiveness= Three Strikes and You’re Out

This is the hardest one to come to terms with, but you can’t argue with the bible. Jesus himself describes true forgiveness best:
“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven”
-Matthew 18:21-22
 That’s 490 times…. truth be told… I mean tell me if I’m wrong but no one lives long enough to forgive each and every individual person that comes into their life 490 times. Do we even know anyone long enough to? I think that was the point here.
Learning how to exhibit an attitude of true forgiveness proves itself difficult and emotionally distressing at times (can you imagine the distress that the children of Robert Godwin Sr. felt when they found out about their fathers sudden death?) But there is so much freedom in letting things go and remembering that at some point or another, you’ll require the forgiveness of someone else too. Mainly God’s forgiveness, but even from those you come into contact with as you live your life.

 So I have two questions for you.

How far do you think is too far to extend true forgiveness to someone?
And secondly, Is that same measure the extent to which God forgives you?
 If the answer is no, it may be time to reconsider your idea of forgiveness.
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”

-George Washington Carver

Mad Cute Monday: The Matchless Skirt

Mad Cute Monday: The Matchless Skirt

Happy belated Resurrection Sunday!

I was super excited when I found different pieces to wear with this skirt!

I had purchased this skirt a little over a year ago and quickly grew feelings of regret about the purchase because for the life of me, I could not find anything to wear with it! Over the course of the following year I was able to pick up different pieces here and there and was able to come up with this Resurrection Sunday inspired outfit! I had so much fun picking it out, as well as wearing it!

Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!

I can’t promise Mad Cute Monday’s every Monday, but I can assure you that I will be posting more consistently, so stay tuned because more posts are on the way (;

Have a good week!

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”

-Tyrion Lannister

Cardigan: Agaci

Top: Charlotte Russe

Belt: Rue21

Skirt: Charlotte Russe

Shoes: Charlotte Russe