When I started this blog, it was called Glow Baby Glow and it was primarily a way to hold myself accountable on maintaining a sense of self after having my older son. I wanted to post about the good, the bad, and the even worse. Over the years it has morphed to what you see today, posts that are a blend of motherhood, breastfeeding, and style. One thing has remained constant since the start: I try to portray my motherhood journey honestly. From heart bursting to heart breaking, I share it all.
I work hard to carry this over to my Instagram feed as well. Instagram, the land of perfect flat lays, coordinated mommy and me outfits, and well balanced organic home cooked meals (yeah, I'm a little jealous - who wouldn't be?). It's easy to see this "perfection" and feel bad about our kids, our cooking skills, and ourselves. The images that show vulnerability, pain, and sadness aren't always shared. When I first started posting regularly on IG, perfection is what I strived for. I wanted people to look at my feed and feel inspired. After a week or so, I couldn't hang. I didn't have the time or the inclination to portray perfection. Instead I decided to do me and stay true to my real, chaotic, messy, loud, non-organic, beautiful life. I decided to do me.
I recently read a post by the lovely Always Alexie about an initiative she's starting on Instagram. Her plan is for participants to share their real life - their chaotic, messy, loud, non-organic, beautiful life. It made so much sense to me to get involved. Anything that encourages women being their authentic self in a world that demands perfection is awesome. Starting on June 8, several bloggers will share their real photos and tag them with #behindthefeed. Get ready for messes, dirty diapers, crying babies, and less than perfect hair days. Want to participate? Be sure to tag your pics with #behindthefeed beginning June 8. I cannot wait to share my life with you and am excited to see yours.
Do you share your authentic self on social media? Share your thoughts in the comments.