Tips to Stay Inspired in a Sea of Picture Perfect Moments

July 12, 2017

Wherever you view photography and art, it can be tricky to stay inspired when you’re scrolling through a sea of picture perfect moments. I certainly let myself get sucked into the comparison game from time to time and whenever I do I find that my creativity and inspiration are no where to be found.

Brene Brown says it best, “We don’t compare when we’re feeling good about ourselves; we look for what’s good in others. When we practice self-compassion, we are compassionate toward others. Self-righteousness is just the armor of self-loathing.”

In those times my gut reaction is to just peace out and go off the grid, but I don’t believe that that’s the healthiest solution. The reality is that we live in a world where social media is a huge part of our personal and professional lives and if it’s making you feel less than for any reason it’s time to do a little self reflection. Once you’ve done that finding balance is key, because whether we like it or not social media isn’t going anywhere.

I feel my best when I am balanced. This is when my creativity and inspiration are at their peak so I thought I would share a few tips that help keep me grounded through this wild world of social media.

1. Create a healthy relationship with your phone. Sounds ridiculous right? Well, according to this study Americans spend five hours a day on their mobile devices, and it only seems to be increasing year by year. What this looks like for me is establishing two times a day where I check in on social media apps and email, each time for thirty minutes. It’s been really important for me not to start or end my day this way so they’re thrown in there somewhere in the middle. I shared my daily schedule a couple weeks ago here if you’re curious exactly where they fit in. Of course there are days where this balance is not achieved, but I give it my best effort each day!

2. Make sure you have a grip on how you measure your self worth. This is a biggy – this article dives into how most people do so. Take a hard look at what measuring stick you’re using and adjust if needed. We certainly aren’t all perfect and it’s so easy to get caught up in appearance, success or money, but ultimately is that what you’re after?

3. Spend more time creating than viewing.
We’re all guilty of the mindless scroll, but what are we avoiding when we’re doing so? Prioritize and make the most of your time. We all complain that there aren’t enough hours in the day, but if we’re all spending five hours a day on our cell phones I bet there’s an opportunity to give yourself a little more time to do something you love. The other benefit in doing this is that we’re ultimately more focused on what we’re passionate about, not what the rest of the world is doing.

4. Turn comparison into a compliment.
This is a new challenge I’ve taken on recently. Each day I’m making an effort to reach out to one person who is creating and tell them something I admire about their work or process. There’s so much going on behind the scenes for most people that you would never know. We all pretend we know everything about someones life because we follow them on social media, but I can tell you I certainly don’t share everything. Your kind compliment might just mean the world to them.

5. Find new ways to experiment weekly. It’s easy to get caught in complacent phase with your work, but I always find myself rejuvenated when I shake things up and try something new. Maybe this means you write copy that’s a little more heartfelt, share an image that’s slightly outside your comfort zone, record a video, come up with a new series, make an investment, ask for help and so on. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

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  • Great post! I feel like this is maybe the first post I’ve read that has said that turning off and saying good bye to social media isn’t necessarily the best answer to the problem. I really like that, especially, as you said, it’s such a huge part of our lives nowadays!

    • Thanks Laura! I’m certainly not against little breaks here and there, but yeah, I don’t believe that really corrects the problem. Everything in healthy moderation!

  • In the spirit of turning comparison into a compliment because I think kindness and community can be so key, I have really been loving your content lately. I’ve been a follower on IG for quite awhile now I think because I just really loved your style, and think that’s been mostly because your pictures feel really candid and authentic but hadn’t made the jump over to your blog very consistently. Now that I’ve started reading really regularly, (to no surprise) that same style is there in your writing and I’ve been really enjoy it – thanks for sharing!

    • Jess! So sorry for my delay here. My parents ended up surprising me in Hvar on Thursday and I’m just getting caught up on comments and emails and what not. Thank you so much for such a kind and thoughtful comment. It means so much that you follow along both on IG and the blog and that you took the time to share why! Hope you have a beautiful day!

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