I vowed to myself when I decided to start blogging that I would do so authentically and genuinely. The word “authentic” gets thrown around a lot, and it can mean something completely different from one person to the next. With the pressure of having to have a perfectly curated feed, Instagram has morphed from the once messy less-than-perfect place to share your day-to-day life with others into a pressure to post a beautifully polished collection of images.
I’m going to level with you though, being authentic on social media, to me, means being true to myself creatively. And while I do consciously think of how my feed will be viewed and the photos that I take (I am a Virgo after all, so “perfection” is something that is ingrained in me), I’m a firm believer in capturing the messy real life moments, but I have a deep desire to do so in a pretty way.
And while transparency is on the forefront of my mind when posting to Instagram, I just can’t shake the surge of happiness that comes when taking photos in a creative way. Sure, I could be a snap a pic and post it kind of gal, but I’m not. Learning how to document life in a beautiful way inspires and fulfills me. I enjoy taking classes and reading tips & tricks to take capture “the one” photo that helps me preserve a moment in time.
So how do I balance that act of being honest and transparent while continuing to post prettyish photos? I take it day by day. There are days I’m full of inspiration and all about posting. Other days I’m not. So when I see a beautiful moment, I try to capture it the best I can. I’m allowing myself to let go of the pressure of having to photograph a particular way or only allow myself to post images that are “on brand”. I’m choosing to be down to earth and embrace this messy, some times less-than-perfect life.
Want to join me? Friend me on Instagram @EightPepperberries, I’d love to see what wonderful things you’ve been up to lately. And in case you missed some of these moments when I posted them, here’s some snapshots of daily life lately on Instagram.
Like this one:
A month or so ago I came home to find these two playing basketball in my in-laws new driveway. It was so sweet to see father and son spending some time together – I watched them quietly for a few minutes and sneakily snapped some pics.
And then, I got in on the action myself grabbing the basketball to take a shot and…missed =)
We recently traveled to South Africa for a wedding and I remember this day so perfectly. It had rained all day, but we decided to go to The Cape of Good Hope anyways. Good thing we did, on the way there the rain stopped and the sun came back out giving us one of the most breath-taking sunsets I’ve ever seen.
And sometimes you have to just go for it and get creative when taking photos – I took this one from inside our car by pressing my phone right up to the windshield.
Sometimes when you’re out and about something beautiful catches your eye. That most definitely happened with these succulents:
My mom came in town for the weekend and we went on a search for air plants, but when I saw these I was like give me all the succulents, ha!
And I had a similar feeling when my friend gave me some fresh eggs from her chickens recently:
The blues, the greens, the browns and creamy colors of the eggs. They were almost too pretty to eat, but I did and man were they delicious. There truly is something to be said about fresh eggs. I’m trying to convince Eric that we need a chicken when we move in to our new house.
Eric and I have been in Vero for 3 years now. He grew up here, but it’s all been new territory for me. Joining the Junior League has been literally life changing. I’ve met these two lovely ladies through the league and have so much fun modeling for Seahorse Lane Boutique with them.
Staying healthy and active has been a goal of mine these past few months. Practicing yoga or taking walks on the beach are just what this lady needs at the moment.
The sun on your face, the wind on your skin, the sand between your toes – a morning on the beach listening to the sound of waves crashing fuels your soul.
Tea is back on my radar big time again. One tradition my family has for Christmas is each picking one person and making them a gift handmade with love. The tea I made for my grandma last Christmas was too good not to share.
It’s the perfect blend to relax and unwind with at night. Or you can make some as a gift, there are cute tea tags for you to enjoy.
A few months ago I ventured to St. Augustine to walk the runway for my sister, A Little Black Closet. While there I tagged along (like little sisters do) to my sisters hair appointment. The salon had such a fun corner of comfy chairs and records. And while a few people looked at me questioningly while taking this photo, I couldn’t let the prettiness pass me by without capturing it.
And there you have it folks, some glimpses into real life presented by pretty-ish photos.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you present “real life” on social media – or just what you’ve been doing lately. Pop in to the comments below or send me a message: firstname.lastname@example.org.
And just in case no one has told you lately – you are awesome my friend!
p.s. you can find me on Instagram @EightPepperberries.