How to Feel Empowered by Your Instagram With The Help of ‘Hashtag Authentic’
Is Instagram getting you down?
Every time you tap that colorful little purple, pink, and yellowish icon on your screen, are you left feeling blue?
Finding yourself experiencing a slew of negative emotions that your brain wasn’t prepared to battle? Insecurity, FOMO, comparisonitis, and feelings of complete and total inadequacy?
Instagram has become notorious for acting as an incubator for every negative human emotion in the book, and has probably even created a few that had never existed before and are totally unique to our time.
Were humans even built to withstand this kind of information overload, this ability to see into other people’s lives? And not only that, but to see, almost exclusively, only the most beautiful portions of those lives? The perfectly curated, brilliantly color-saturated, meticulously Facetuned snapshots that make that person’s world seem like utter perfection? And therefore makes ours seem like utter shit?
And then on top of all this, we’re expected to answer to a mysterious algorithm in our attempts to measure up to the onslaught of perfection in which Instagram drenches us! Once we are finally able to create and post the perfect photo of our own, it gets eaten alive by what I call the Instabeast - the unpredictable, opaque, algorithmic nature of Instagram that decides the fates of our posts and our presence on Instagram as a whole.
And the Instabeast is a temperamental one.
But what if I told you that, despite all this, Instagram is… actually an extremely empowering place? (Haha, *record scratch*, right?)
Instagram is a creatively charged and richly diverse slice of the internet, a breeding ground for inspiring thoughts and ideas, a writer’s paradise, a megaphone for the voices of the marginalized, a forum where women gather together and raise each other up (shout out to the interiors community on IG), a portal to parts of the world and pieces of lives you would never see otherwise.
Yep, I said it. Instagram is an empowering place, beast or no. In some cases it can even be a life changing place.
And you have the ability to activate a sense of empowerment from your Instagram experience, to reframe your mindset and banish the negativity that Instagram has the tendency to catalyze.
Instagram can make a beautiful, enriching, and profound impact on your life. You are capable of using Instagram as a conduit of inspiration, creative fulfillment, and self-confidence.
And guess what? There is now a book that will help you tap into the empowering and creatively enriching aspects of Instagram. Enter Hashtag Authentic, a new book by Instagram goddess Sara Tasker, aka @me_and_orla.
A beautiful piece of art in its own right, Hashtag Authentic (full disclosure - that’s an affiliate link!) is a powerful manifesto on how to approach Instagram with a healthy mindset, with artistic integrity, and yes, with authenticity.
The book is like a warm cup of tea on a Sunday morning, a hug from an old friend, a pep talk from a wise mentor.
A thorough dive into the pages of Hashtag Authentic will give you a renewed sense of purpose and confidence when it comes to the way you approach your Instagram account. Upon reading it, you will emerge as an Instagram artist, rather than a mere user.
And aside from its valuable content, the book makes a beautiful addition to any coffee table. As I said before, Hashtag Authentic is a piece of art itself, and even the photos inside alone will leave you feeling inspired.
If it’s not apparent already, I am a devoted Sara Tasker fan girl. I’m an avid listener of both her podcasts - Hashtag Authentic and Letters from a Hopeful Creative - and an enthusiastic subscriber to her entire ideology on Instagram as an artistic forum and the relatively new role creativity plays on the internet.
From her defense of “book selfies” (please read that blog post of hers if you want a good “hell yes!” read) to her empathetic advice on talking to the camera on Instagram Stories, Sara Tasker is a true champion of creatives, and particularly of creatives who want to use Instagram as one of their canvases.
To Sara Tasker, creativity and artistic expression are not sacred, exclusive things reserved only for a privileged few, to be viewed in select, walled-off arenas.
No, now there is an artistic democracy in which we can all participate, and that is Instagram.
But like all things in art and democracy, Instagram has its pain points, and we need to properly arm ourselves in order to cope and to thrive. That’s what Hashtag Authentic does for its readers - it equips us with the confidence, audacity, and simply the permission to show up on Instagram and flourish.
I think Sara Tasker may in the process of slowly building a wave of confident Insta-artists who will carve out their own space on the platform and do so unapologetically.
To help you feel more confident about claiming your creative space on Instagram, I’ve assembled 17 of the most empowering moments from Hashtag Authentic in this post.
Whenever the Insta blues get you down, I encourage you to take a moment, channel your inner Sara Tasker, and keep the following moments from her book in mind. And better yet, buy the book and use it as your Insta security blanket - there for you whenever you need comfort and reassurance amidst your Instagram woes.
And remember: you are worthy of taking up space on Instagram and beyond. Your voice matters, and your story is meant to be told. That’s what my hashtag #interiorfairytale is all about. (Click here to read more #interiorfairytale!)
If I haven’t convinced you that your story, creativity, and artistry is worthy of being shared with the world, Sara Tasker surely will.
17 Empowering Moments from Hashtag Authentic:
1. When you feel like your story doesn’t matter, isn’t worth telling on Instagram:
2. When you feel like you’re drowning in the Instagram noise and say to yourself “no one cares about my voice here because there are so many louder, better voices out there”:
3. When you feel like taking photos for Instagram is pointless:
4. When you feel insecure for styling a photo for Instagram and coming across as “staged” or “inauthentic”:
5. When you’re worried that people just might now “get you”:
6. When you feel like a bad photographer who isn’t worthy of posting on Instagram:
7. When you feel insecure about posting a photo of yourself:
8. When you can’t seem to stop comparing yourself to others and it’s paralyzing your creativity:
9. When you catch yourself wondering if it’s silly to be posting so many photos of your interior decor:
10. When you need to be reminded that your interior decor is more than just a pretty sight; it a meditative, fulfilling act that keeps you from taking your surroundings for granted:
11. When you feel like you’re not worthy of showing up on Instagram just as you are:
12. When feel an Instagram identity crisis coming on:
13. When you feel like everyone else is ahead of you and has it figured out, while you’re trailing behind:
14. When you feel the haterade:
15. When you catch yourself measuring your self-worth by your follower count:
16. When someone unfollows you:
17. When you feel like everyone else’s lives are perfect just because their Instagram presence makes them appear that way:
I hope you walk away from this post with a renewed sense of why you choose to grace Instagram with your presence. Because that really is what you’re doing every time you post - you are gracing the Instagram world with something that it would otherwise be missing: you.
What is your greatest Instagram related struggle? Tell me in the comments!
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