Ah. Instagram. The fastest growing social media network. I remember when it first came on the scene. I saw friends posting images from it to their Facebook accounts and I wondered what it was all about.
This was back when I still had a Droid and Instagram was an iPhone only app.
When I got my first iPhone in 2012, Instagram was the first app I downloaded. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I couldn’t wait to start taking pictures and sharing with the world.
Fast forward three iPhones and 3 years later. I’m still just as obsessed with Instagram as I was on day one. I’ve already written a post on obsession with it. I won’t bore you with why I love it, you can check out that post to see why. Instead, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Instagram accounts. And yes, there will be some overlap with my older post. Because some are still my top accounts.
By the Brush
I’m a very visual person, and I love my images to very visually appealing. I’ve love her account for the simplicity of it, but her images are always beautiful.
Her engagement ring was featured on the knot one day right after she was engaged, which led to me to her account. She’s a lifestyle and fashion blogger, and is in the process of planning her wedding (kindred spirits perhaps?). But her account is filled with beautiful feminine images. It’s very whimsical at times.
I’ve always had a love for ballerinas. I never was a dancer (didn’t have the body for it…or the coordination,) but I absolutely love watching and seeing pictures. They are incredible athletes and this account captures this.
I’m obsessed with my iPhone. And as I’m siting here writing this post, I’m realizing that I probably should have written this one before Insta-Obsessed. It would have made more sense. But the Insta-Obsessed post is what inspired this. Anyways, moving on.
My iPhone is glued to my side at all times. If I can’t find it, I find myself in straight panic mode. I don’t particularly like that I’ve gotten that reliant on a device, but it is what it is. And I’ve learned to embrace it. Since I have a phone that I can’t live without, I decided I’d write about the apps that I can’t live without (Apple-installed apps not included!). And here they are, in no particular order.
1. The Weather Channel – I live by the weather. In fact, now that it’s summer, I find myself constantly checking it in hopes we’re due for a thunderstorm. Now, here’s where it gets weird. I hate thunderstorms – at least the really severe ones (but who really enjoys those..) but I love a good afternoon thunderstorm in the summer. It’s like the epitome of summer to me.
Severe Weather Alerts – BRING. THEM. ON.
2. Checkbook – The second I got my iPhone, I stopped using a regular checkbook register. I swear by this app. I love it, and I love being able to track everything right on my phone. My debit card is always with me, so it makes my life easy having my checkbook with me too! Plus, it’s so much less bulky than the old-school checkbook register.
4. PicTapGo!– This app is a recent discovery, thanks to a few friends that use it, and it has changed my life. Okay, that’s probably a bit of an exaggeration. I like to share some photos from my photography business on Instagram, but I always found they were too large and could never find the right app to get them to fit. This one was the answer, and now I can happily share my photo work (not from my iPhone), and the whole image is visible! Win!
It has a nice white border around it – but you can’t tell here. Since my blog is white.
5. Credit Karma – I’m an adult now (in case you didn’t know), and knowing what my credit score is, has become very important to me. Especially if I plan on buying a house anytime soon. I love this app too because it’s free, unlike most of those places out there that want you to pay to get your credit score. And it’s updated weekly so I always know my credit score is right on the money!
6. Us Magazine – I’m a sucker for this gossip magazine. So obviously it needs to be on my phone so I always know what’s going on with my favorite (or least favorite) celebs!
7. MapMyFitness – I’ve tried a lot of fitness apps, and this one is definitely my favorite. i love that it tracks any kind of fitness (not just running or walking), and it’s pretty accurate in terms of mileage and such. I love the community behind it as well, and being able to track my progress.
8. Dices with Buddies – I don’t play many games on my iPhone… however, I love Dice with Buddies. It’s essentially Yahtzee. But it doesn’t make me think too hard (although, maybe I need more apps that do that!). It’s a quick, easy game to play. And you should all start playing so I can have more friends to play with.
10. iPassword – I have a lot of passwords. And this helps me to organize and remember them all. It’s protected with a simple 4-digit code, and after inputting it, you have access to everything you entered in. It’s fantastic.
So there you go, my ten ‘I Can’t Live Without These Apps!’ list. Nothing too exciting, or out of the ordinary, but definitely ones I use ALL THE TIME.
It’s true. I am Insta-Obsessed. I live, breathe, and sleep Instagram. Okay, maybe not sleep. I haven’t gone so far as to post selfies while I’m ‘sleeping’ which we know is just a person laying down with their eyes closed.
I love taking pictures of EVERYTHING (the photographer side of me). I love chronicling my life through pictures.
I’m a visual person. I’d rather share my daily life with you through imagery, then through words. I’m never without my iPhone, which means I never miss a chance to take a photo.
When I get up in the morning, I’m already thinking about what I can take a picture of during my run, or what food will make for a good shot. At work, I’m always on the lookout for a cool photo; whether it’s for my personal account or for the company’s Instagram account. When I’m leaving work, I’m always eyeballing the sky to see if the clouds look funky or if there is a chance to play with the sunlight.
When I’m not planning or thinking about my pictures (let’s be honest… I don’t really plan them. I think about what could be a cool picture, but I don’t actually plan out my day’s worth of IG photos), I’m checking Instagram. I love seeing what my friends and favorite accounts are sharing. Of course, since I work during the day, checking Instagram takes a backseat, but at the end of the day, the app is back open as I catch up on my days worth of photos.
If you haven’t noticed, most of my tweets are actually from my Instagram. I rarely post something that doesn’t have a picture attached, unless of course, I’m retweeting something someone else has posted.
So if you’re Insta-Obsessed like me, come join the fun!
There are a lot of pictures of the sky, sunsets, my parents cat and horses. A lot of horses. Maybe not as many of the parents cat since I don’t see him as much. But definitely a lot of horses.
Some of my favorite Instagram accounts!
@2sisters_angie – I’ve posted this account before. Her and her daughter make dresses out whatever is in the house. It’s amazing and the daughter will be a future fashion designer, model or something along those lines.
@jaquieohh – She’s a fitness model, but she posts a lot super silly photos of herself. I’m not one to follow many fitness models, but for some reason, I just really like her.
@lexi_clean_eating – I’ve been following her since she started her weight loss and healthy living journey. Her account is really inspirational, but super honest too. She’s training for her first half-marathon right now!
@glitterguide – Yep. It’s how it sounds. And super girly. And I love it.
@tinyPMSmatch – This account totally makes the visual me super happy. It’s run by a designer who matched every day items to the Pantone colors. It’s pretty awesome.
@smpweddings – I’m getting married. I don’t think I need more explanation than that.
@balletbeautiful – It’s how it sounds and her photos are beautiful. And it makes me wish I could be a ballerina.
@hellolovephoto – a local wedding photographer up in the Massachusetts area – her work is stunning.
@pbfingers – She’s one of my favorite bloggers. And I love seeing pictures of her dog.
@ellepennerrd – Another favorite blogger. She’s the MyFitnessPal RD and always posts fantastic photos that make me super hungry…
Yep – I am introducing a new ‘weekly’ (I say that loosely) post. Essentially, it’s an update post with a fun title and a little of what’s going on in my head. There are always lots of things going through my head so it will be a way for me to express it. Off we go!
My foot: Yes, this has made a regular appearance on the blog since September. And hopefully soon, the appearance of the issues will disappear and be replaced with happy exercise and possibly even running posts! Keep those fingers (and toes) crossed for being pain-free within a week! Why you ask? I went to my ortho yesterday and he gave me a cortisone shot.
I knew this was probably going to happen since last week, and I was essentially dreading it since the moment I decided to do it. I’ve heard horror stories about the shot itself, but how much they helped in the end. So I prepped myself for the pain about to come my way. And the dreaded needle that was to be inserted into the joint of my foot. I hate needles.
Lucky for me, I didn’t feel a thing. And the so-called ‘giant needle’ was teeny. Like the smallest needle I’ve ever seen. Honestly, my foot pain has been worse than that shot.
So today, it’s turning all kinds of fun colors. It’s sore, but not the same kind of sore it’s been. It’s definitely more of a ‘you had a needle jammed into your foot’ sore. But this morning was the first morning since September, that I didn’t wake up and hobble to the kitchen because of how stiff and sore my foot was. I started to hobble, out of habit, and then realized that I had no pain. It was stiff, but not hurting. My morning immediately got awesome because for the first time in six months, I could see a light at the end of the tunnel.
And for the record, I’ve been diagonsed with synovitis.
Missing Malayasian Jet: I’m sure this is on most of your minds. This story fascinates me. And not in a good way. I’m GLUED to the reports. I’m anxiously awaiting news that SOMETHING was found. I just can’t wrap my head around how a jet carrying over 230 people can just disappear without a trace. I know things happen and it can cause a plane to disintegrate or crash, but wouldn’t they have found SOMETHING by now?! Anyways, my thoughts are with all those involved. It’s a horrible situation and I pray that they have answers soon.
Spring: I need spring. I need warm weather. I need the sun. It was 55 here yesterday. And I was practically ready to bust out the flip flops and shorts. (Okay, maybe not the shorts.) I had my sunroof open and let the sun just beat in on me. I felt so rejuvenated and happy yesterday. I caught an amazing sunrise on the way to work, and it was just a good day.
Today it’s back in the thirties and we’re supposedly getting 1-3 inches of snow overnight. It’s raining now. I want the sun back.
Books: No words needed. This book is available 4/1. You should pre-order it. It’s pretty awesome.
Fashion by Mayhem: If you haven’t seen this blog or Instagram, check it out. I’m kind of in love with it. This little girl is amazing, and probably a future fashion designer. I just hope when she makes it big someday she continues to use Mayhem as her name. It’s pretty awesome. They’ve been featured on Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Today, among others. Below is one of my favorites… I did a screenshot of their IG page, but make sure you go check them out for yourself. They are amazing.
Instagram: If you didn’t know, I love social media. So much, in fact, that along with my Master’s in Marketing, I have a graduate certificate in social media marketing. Unfortunately, Instagram was still pretty new to the game when I got my degree, and we focused more on Facebook and Twitter.
Needless to say, I’m trying to learn as much as possible as marketing successfully on Instagram, both professionally and personally. My personal one is a lot like this blog, just a glimpse at my life (it’s to the right of this post), but I still try to post things on their that people would enjoy seeing. I want pretty, whimsical and fun things on there, but can never achieve the effect I see on others.
Any ways, my current goal is to build my own personal Instagram up. I love it, and it’s easily become my favorite social media tool. I’m always working to build my professional (work) one. I would love to hear any thoughts/suggestions/ideas you have for both! I’m not a fan of doing the ‘follow4follow’, ‘like4like’ on my work page, so but haven’t tried it on my personal.
Also – I can’t stand the people that follow you, just to have you follow them back, and once you follow them, they promptly unfollow you…..
If you follow me, please don’t unfollow me once I follow you. It’s just rude. And totally spammy. (Rant over.)
If anyone has any thoughts/suggestions/ideas, please comment below. Would love to hear your thoughts.
Before I jump into Foto Friday, I wanted to do my weekly Weight Watchers update. Today was my weekly weigh-in and I am happy to report I was down 2.8 lbs! Here are the totals so far.
Starting Weight (1/2/14): 199.3
Last Weigh In for WW (1/17/14): 192.5
Current Weight (as of this AM): 192.5
Current Loss to Date: 6.8
My goal is to be down 15 by Valentines Day – just over a month to lose about 8.2 lbs. I think I can do it! Especially getting the gym back in the equation this week.
Okay – now for something I’m hoping to bring back. FOTO FRIDAY! As many of you know, my side profession is a photographer. I have loved photography since high school and began eryn e photography in 2011. While the business has become a lot of amazing families, I still love getting out there and snapping random scenes. Since my camera is currently in the shop for some repairs, I decided to have some fun with my iPhone 5S this AM on my way into work. I edited it with ‘Filtergram‘.
Usually I post a little blurb to go with the photo, but today – I’m not. I want to hear what comes to mind when you look at this photo! And for the record, I did pull over and stop my car to take this. Always be safe when taking pictures on the road
This may not be a ‘typical’ post for me, but it’s been something that I’ve been thinking a lot about and felt the need to write about. Maybe it’s the marketer in me…
Social Media. Exercising. Healthy Living. Three things that have become staples in many of our daily lives. It seems like no matter where I log onto, people are posting/tweeting/instagramming their exercise, food or daily adventures. I’m not complaining, I’m one of those people. I find that seeing those memes or hearing about another friend’s workout adventure is motivating. It makes me want to be active.
With the warmer weather coming, I think most of us have fitness on our minds. With warm weather comes swim suits and the beach. I know I want to be ready for that!
Social media has become a means for people to boast about their fitness wins, their diet woes and their major successes. It keeps us honest. It also makes it personal and holds us accountable. If you post on Facebook, ‘Heading to the gym after work!’ and then later post ‘Forget the gym, home to sweatpants’ chances are you’re a) going to feel some form of guilt (unless of course you didn’t go to the gym because of illness) or b) probably going to get some negative response. At least this is why I have found in my own fitness journey. I am that person who posts something and doesn’t always follow through. It is my laziness shining through and I am working to change that. Why do I think this happens? More than likely, positive feedback was received for the initial post. People were happy for you, proud of you and wanting to encourage you. When they see the latter post, it may be de-motivating for others and some may wonder why you posted your first post in the first place if you weren’t going to follow through. I’ve found that if I’m posting it to social media, I better be following through.
Here are my views on how social media plays a role in fitness:
Facebook: This is easy. You post, people respond. It’s like sharing with 600 friends your success or your failure. Granted, not all of your Facebook friends are going to respond, but it’s a mass way to tell EVERYONE, ‘I’m going to the gym today!’, ‘Wow, my muscles are really aching after that workout,’ or ‘Totally didn’t go to the gym. My couch was calling me.’
I can guarantee, each one of those will get a response. And it may not always be the response you want. But Facebook is a great motivator when it comes to fitness. It’s like having a support group constantly surrounding you and supporting you. Not only that, there are plenty of great Facebook pages devoted to health and fitness. Some of personal favorites:
Twitter: Twitter has a cool dynamic in the health world. I’m still just diving into it, but the fitness community really appears to bond together on here. As you connect with some of the health and fitness folks, you’re exposed to great tips, recipes and blogs. As I’ve made my journey into a healthier lifestyle, I’ve found many of these Twitter members motivating and helpful. I love seeing what they have to say, and since most of them blog too, I look forward to reading their blogs everyday! A few personal favorites:
PeaceLoveandLowCarb – @PeaceLoveLoCarb
Nurtitionella, MPH RD – @nutritionella
Bess Be Fit – @bessharrington
FitFluential – @FitFluential
Another awesome way Twitter functions in the health realm is their use of hashtags. Hashtags are great way to keep similar posts in one easily searchable area. One of my favorites is #SweatPink. It’s mostly all women, but it’s a lot of motivation and a lot of great people who are are living the healthy life!
Pinterest: Motivation. Motivation. Motivation. Seriously. If you are looking for motivation, join Pinterest and check out their Health and Fitness pins. You can find workouts, memes, and motivational quotes that will keep you moving. When I’m having a down day, I just hop on and take a look and am usually ready to rock and roll after that!
Instagram: Instagram is a visual Twitter. You can have followers and use hashtags to tag your picture so they can be found. It’s a cool way to show your cool new running sneakers, what you’ve been eating throughout the day and your latest workout that you were so proud of. Personally, I love Instagram. It makes my pictures look cool and it’s fun to use.
I know, I’m looking into this too much. I look at the use of Social Media as a way to fuel my exercise and my healthy living. Like I said above, it keeps ME honest. But at the same time, when I recently hit my first milestone (5 lbs!), I posted to Facebook and the feedback I got from it was incredible and really made me push. I couldn’t wait to post my 10 lb, 20 lb and eventually 30 lb milestone.
In today’s world, I think Social Media is great way to get healthy and stay healthy. I’m not where I want to be yet, but I know by posting my progress and my wins, I feel one step closer every day!
And for the record, I don’t consider myself in any way, shape or form an expert. I’m merely expressing my views on how I see Social Media fitting into the realm of health and fitness. There are plenty of others out there that are far more knowledgable than I am. Remember, this blog is just chronicling my journey and my thoughts
Stay tuned… at some point I’ll be posting a post about Apps!