I’ve been struggling with my stance on social media lately, and it has really caused me to pause and reflect.
There are days that I question the point to it all, want to say “good riddance” and delete all of my accounts. What’s the point?
Every time it’s been on my mind, someone will reach out and express how much a blog post or a photo of the kids brightened their day or helped them in some way.
Well jeez; make me blush, and change my mind. Maybe it’s not such a waste of time if God can use it to lift another person up?
I’ve also been paying attention to a lot of other blogger feeds. To me, they all look relatively the same. They’re bright, professional looking, and many have gone through excessive editing and filtering to look crisp, clean, and flawless.
Do NOT get me wrong here- those photos are BEAUTIFUL. It’s a modern art form, really, and I have all the respect in the world for the artists that create them.
But if I’m being totally honest? They don’t always make me feel all that great. I see moms with cuter messy buns (seriously, how do ya’ll pull that off?! Mine make me look like a Who from Whoville), flawless skin, stylish “lazy day” outfits, and what looks like pretty put-together lives. Meanwhile, my pajamas don’t match, I have a postpartum acne breakout that won’t quit, my house is a mess, my hair is greasy, and my kids haven’t been bathed in a week.
My suspicion is that I’m not in the minority here- and that’s when the lightbulb in my conviction lit up.
I have deleted nearly all of my past Instagram photos (I’ve kept a few that highlight blog posts), and from now on the snapshots I share of our life and home will be untouched.
Unfiltered. Unedited. Totally honest. Much like the way I write on my blog.
I am a modern day stay-at-home-mom, and I’m just going to keep it REAL.
*disclaimer: some Instagram photos featuring blog posts or professionally taken family photographs may contain edited photos. The day-to-day will remain unedited.
**any black and white photos were taken in black and white and remain unedited. I just really like black and white photos sometimes 😉