Instagram Envy

Instagram Envy: Have you had it? I have.

Instagram Envy: Have you had it? I have.

I met a new friend today and as most conversations tend to do, we ended up talking about social media. She admitted to having a Facebook page, but didn’t like going on because whenever she did, she would get jealous of her friends. Pretty impeccable timing, since I read this article yesterday: “Instagram’s Envy Effect.”

This excerpt sums up the article:

My life looks better on the Internet than it does in real life. Everyone’s life looks better on the internet than it does in real life. The Internet is partial truths—we get to decide what people see and what they don’t.

A fascinating read, this article is spot on. I’ve been victim of Instagram (and Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Blog/etc) envy a time or two.  In fact, just the other day I was reading My {DIY} habits, a wonderful new blog written by my friend Katie Cole, and I questioned if/how I could be doing more myself. I’m not sure where she finds the time: Katie works, has a toddler and is an expert DIY home remodel-er and blogger. I’m not a slacker by any means and I like to keep myself busy: full-time job, full-time small business and an aspiring rock star blog all while trying to workout, keep up my FitBit numbers and cook delicious and healthy meals for Brandon and myself. I mentioned my envy to Brandon and asked him if I could be doing more and he laughed at me and told me no. So, that was that.

Pie crust #FAIL. Wasn't pretty but tasted great.

Pie crust #FAIL. Wasn’t pretty but tasted great.

I’m pretty good about talking about my failures along with my successes, especially with home and Pinterest projects, but I’m going to try and reveal a ‘more real’ version of myself and my life online and truly celebrate the everyday. Just tonight I made a highly-anticipated birthday pot pie for Brandon (at his request) and totally failed with the homemade crust. I made the most of what I had to work with and used double crust on the top and called it a “rustic” pot pie.  

I hope you’ll join me in committing to share the highlights and mundane parts of everyday life.

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