Photos by: Alexis Foust Photography
Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway.”-Eleanor Roosevelt
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So as I have taken some time off to unpack and get a little more centered in our new home I have casually seen a few things on social media that felt the need to discuss tonight. I wrote back in the past about “Why I blog“ and “How I blog“ so you know a little bit about the feelings that came when starting the journey of blogging. It was not to be famous, and it was not to be the center of attention. But it was to use social media as the tool to spread my own “light” and talents I learned as a hairstylist wanting others to know as well.
Isn’t that what it (social media) should be intended for? To spread your talents and give advice where you think could benefit someone in a positive way? I know it does not happen everyday but that is why I began this blog: to do just that.
I don’t pretend to be a positive person, because I whine about dishes and laundry and all the postpartum hormones that come from having babies enters, and my day is over. But throughout the course of starting a blog, social media has been a way to connect with so many women I would never have had the opportunity to meet.
Shirt | Roolee (similar tagged)
Yes it is; but it is also about the things I love as a mom, a hairstylist, and the countless lessons I have learned from so many friends and family over the years since becoming a mom to my little babies. Not only that, but the many things I have also been able to learn through connecting with the women I have met through Instagram and opportunities when I have the chance to collaborate with many fantastic businesses.
“Social media can be a great tool for strengthening relationships—if the focus is on the other person and not on making yourself look good. Social media is a wonderful tool for looking for opportunities to serve—if the focus is on looking for quiet cries of help and not on your superiority. Social media can be an incredible tool for sharing truth—if the focus is on adding a positive, uplifting message and not on engaging in contention.”
I absolutely love this quote. On LDSBlogs, the article was called, “It’s how you use the Tools.” With that being said, she goes onto mention that how we use social media will increase our desire to serve and should be the focus of our time. I LOVE my job as I write on this blog. It not only is an incredible outlet for me to express my feelings, but it has become a job I can go to and “work in the salon” online then be home with the kids all while being able to connect with others who have been in similar situations, gone through similar things, or just need another mom to connect with through a simple picture.
Shirt | Roolee (similar tagged below and above)
That being said, remember how “a picture is worth 1000 words?” Well as social media can be a means for negativity and pain, we as women, mothers, and positive influencers should be using social media, and our pictures to send a positive message. Whenever I post a picture for my business account I often think if it would be one I want my daughters to see. Yes. I want them to see how their mother is modest in all photos and is using social media to send a positive message into the world by uplifting those I come in contact with.
“Where do you want to go? Who do you want to be? Are you doing today what it takes to get you there to that vision of your hoped for future? Or are you sitting there hoping that someday a reality TV director will show up on your porch and make your dreams reality?”
Exactly this. Who do you want to be and where do you want to go? I know who I want to be but I know I am not there yet. I fail often, and have to begin again. I have experienced many lessons in this life, you would have thought I would have learned already-haha. But I forget and make the same mistakes again. I am certainly not the same today as I was 10 years ago. The changes may be small, but the major difference is I have grown to learn who I am and who I want to become. Through the opportunity of social media we are able to not only learn from so many others around us, but I cannot stress enough the incredible impact words can have.
Photos by: Alexis Foust Photography
So make the challenge for yourself to be the one who uplifts instead of puts down. Serve those around you and you will see the light it brings. Share YOUR light with the world, it is that simple. It is still a new year to do so and I have not forgotten the #bethelight (ha I think that is what it was called!) campaign that went around last year.
Well, I’m getting off my tiny soap box. I am going to finish some ice cream that is definitely not on my “clean eating menu”, watch the rest of my netflix movie and go to bed with my hunny. Comment below and give us some ideas on how YOU use social media in a positive way?
How has social media changed you for the better? have you connected with people that have made you a better blogger, wife, mother? Let me know below! XO