So you know that social media can be a blessing and a curse. If you are on it to compare your life you will immediately fall into a state of depression and that is something you do not want to do. You really need to find your daily passions and inspiration. Since making dramatic changes in my life I find that I attract myself to those who are like-minded. It is also allowing me to naturally cut off those who don’t fit that lifestyle.
Inspiration is all around us. It could be with a conversation as you are passing by. It could be in nature. I don’t know how many times I have seen something go down and got completely inspired by a bird. It’s true. You can be inspired by social media and a post. The post I love is anything where flaws are exposed but hope abounds. People are looking for hope because all around them they might be surrounded by hopeless people or even hopeless thoughts. This world is super shiny and pretty all the time but it can shed a little light to add some light to a dark soul. In reality that is what we are supposed to be. When people see you, they should see light. It doesn’t mean they need to see perfection. They need to see your try. They need to know they can quit a job that wasn’t serving them and go on to bigger and better. They need to see someone leaving a raggedy marriage and not settle and even if another relationship isn’t around the corner they still know they will be fine. They need to see that parenting is super hard and trying, but with grace they can make it.
As a blogger I of course love social media because it allows me to put my blogs out, connect with others, and really see people doing their thing as they see me doing the same. You can have people or things that you like or that inspire you. I have a little small listing of the things that inspire me. From home improvements, to celebrations for my kids, anything self-care, and of course people who are doing their thing, failing I said that correctly, dusting themselves off and pushing through. Everything we see on social media has a back story to it. With that being said I will give you 4 women I find inspiring and tell you why!
One because she “be knowing.” If you follow her I don’t even have to explain it. She is a champion for the culture and she is about as real as it gets. She rarely sugar coats things and you know that’s how I live my life. I love her ability to be herself and she doesn’t appear to care if you or me like her or not. She is a jewel. I love her happiness. I love her passions. I love that Amanda is always pushing for people to take accountability. I hope that accountability doesn’t become a lost art. We really need it. She makes me check myself on all levels but especially where politics and culture is concerned. Like a mirror that constantly asks that nagging why. Although she is not nagging she will make you think and correct yourself quick. Amanda is like my big sis or that bomb friend who serves it straight but also is someone who can relate to you without judging everything you do. And she plays Tiffany on HBO’s Insecure. I love her character. That losing your friends with motherhood episode was real! Amanda been in the game a long time. Check her credentials. She really is about this life and about the culture. She is the culture! Check out her podcasts, Small Doses and then follow her on social media you won’t be disappointed. Also if you are on Instagram and you follow her, always and I mean always catch her Instastories daily, Amanda Seales
She is the owner of the internet radio show, “Oh So Radio.” She has alot of things on her plate you really should check her out! She is super dope and I found her one day at work on break with her “Good Day” inspirational moments. You might have seen her recently on the Shaderoom’s post about her helping a couple who’s wedding was semi ruined due to their child nearly drowning at a pool party. Well above her ability to help those in need, her “Good Day” inspirations really moves me. Now let me warn a few stuffy folks, this ain’t your momma’s inspirational moment but when I say no lies are ever detected, I mean it. She is super straight. You might not even want to accept the way she speaks but you can’t deny the truth that is coming out. She is the real deal. I try not to hit the “Good Day” moments every morning because when I do hit she always has the exact word for what I am dealing with. She speaks on owning your stuff and stop allowing others control over what you do. So if you are someone who lacks the ability to move forward, hit her Instagram. You will get the good kick in the ass that you didn’t even know you need it. But TRUST me you needed it!
So I had to take a little break from Heather for a few months. It wasn’t anything personal but I just take a break from social media folks quite often. Not only do I attempt to take breaks from it altogether during moments of life, I do encourage others to do the same. Heather Lindsey is a Christian who is also the wife of Cornelius Lindsey pastor of The Gathering Oasis church in Atlanta GA and a mother of 3. I was directed by a friend to follow her. I went scrolling along to hear what she had to say. She seems like a genuinely down to earth person who for one will let you know she loves the Lord, she loves her family, and she loves life. I love the way she takes care of herself. That is what caught my eye. Now I know it would be a thing to say why in the world would you be worried about what she is wearing. It was more than her outfit choices although let’s be clear they are super dope. I followed her at a time when I was struggling from looking like a whole mess calling myself a wife and mother. Now there’s nothing wrong with struggling but apart of my struggle was saying how I wanted to get me together and yet I did nothing to achieve that goal. She was so well put together that she challenged me to have balance. I needed that. I still push for that. Balance is more attractive than how much the pieces you have on cost. So for that, she inspires me get it together. I am sure she like we all do have super stressful days. But she travels by herself at times, travels with her husband, dates him often on date days and date nights, goes on girls trips, baecations, and runs a whole business with the Pinky Promise. That’s the type of balance that is encouraging to women no matter your background. Check out Heather Lindsey
I know a lot of folks that are in the church struggle with the ability of loving the Lord and still looking like the promises God said was for you. I grew up in a church where most folks was looking wayward. I know that can’t be the promise that God gave to the world. How can we reach folks looking like “Le’ Struggle” everyday. I mean everyday maybe, but not everyday.
Jenell B Stewart
She is like the all around mommy mogul. I know we give credit to all of the other mommy moguls who seem to have like millions of followers but this queen is one to be on the look out for. First of all as an African-American woman it’s always to see chocolate loves that mirror me or my kids. She is a lifestyle blogger, a mom, she has a podcasts, teaches lessons on things from growing social media, to balancing life. I love and stay glued to her InstaStories. She is just a mom who tries to have it all and do it all. You know that is possible, right? Yes. I found her quite a little while ago and she had me hooked from the first video. A few key reasons why I follow her, her page is eye-catching. Please check out her website
It is like everything you need in one strong dose. Her Instagram is relatable. With me changing my lifestyle to be healthier a lot of the products that she uses or endorses I have tried and loved. Andddddd I don’t know how much her whole family is into the healthier lifestyle but mine are taking way smaller doses than I would like. I like that I can be encouraged that if I alone stick to this lifestyle I at least have someone who is doing it with me in my head!!
Now with these super beautiful women in their own right, I do not even have the slightest energy to be them. For one like Heather always says, their portion is for them and mine is for me. I do not know what they did to acquire the lifestyle that they have. However what I will say is that with my portion, I am finding that I am able to do what I need to do for me and be inspired to be the best version of myself because I am just as dope as these women. However we all need a little nudge in a few departments. So whether that’s in how you press on, how you take in the culture around you, to be being balanced or living healthy, choose wisely who you link your aspirations too. They speak volumes of who you are in real life. Check out these beauties and I am sure you will snag a jewel or two from them. My hope is since Heather has the Pinky Conference is to get to one if not this year, at least next year. In my head, I am going to meet Amanda. I hope to keep being inspired by Jenell and Randi and maybe one day meet them as well.