Instagram Accounts Which Have Made Me a Better Person
5 Instagrammers that inspire me to do better
Now, before I get into this article I feel the need to write a little disclaimer here. In no way am I saying that the people behind these accounts are ‘better’ than anyone else. And of course, I’m not claiming to be better than anyone else either because of the things that I do. What I’m saying is that these accounts have made me feel better about myself and changed my life in a very positive way. And, in some cases, have opened my eyes to trying different lifestyle changes and find things that I’ve eventually become really passionate about.
Saying that I wouldn’t be who I am on Instagram without Dominique’s inspirational creativity might sound a bit dramatic, but it’s true. I’m not the first to say that I’m in awe of Dominique’s creativity, and I certainly won’t be the last, but she honestly has really inspired me to live more creatively. She opened my eyes to a different way of taking photos and for that I will be eternally grateful. I have just started talking about some issues on my feed which are really important to me, and it took me such a long time to figure out how to express what I’m passionate about in a creative way. Dominique’s litter critter series guided me in the right direction of talking about things that i’m passionate about but expressing them in my own creative way.
To say that I adore Sorelle would be an understatement. I love her positive energy and her outlook on life. As well as having a stunning Instagram feed, her YouTube videos have really helped me when I was struggling with the choice of being self employed or going into a steady, ‘normal’ job. Of course, she inspired me to continue with what I was passionate about. Sorelle also is never afraid to be unapologetically herself. She showed me that being yourself is the most important thing and you should never change for anyone, because eventually, the right people will find you. Sorelle also talks openly about how bad plastic is for the environment, and through her videos, I was inspired to really cut down my use of plastic by making some REALLY EASY switches.
The Happy Pear are largely responsible for me making the switch to becoming vegetarian. Of course, I’m not saying that I’m better than people who eat meat, that’s ridiculous and also very hypocritical on my part considering I used to eat meat. However, they have really inspired me to get creative with my food and be kinder to my body. Making the switch to vegetarianism, for me, also came with the promise to start eating more healthily and be more considerate about what I’m putting into my body. In the past, I have tried to become vegetarian twice and failed both times because I wasn’t putting the right foods into my body, But this time it’s different. I’m more educated on what I should be eating, I feel less lethargic and more productive, my skin has gotten so much better and overall I feel so much healthier and my mood has vastly improved. This time, i can safely say I don’t miss meat at all!
I have been following Jessica for the longest time and always looked up to her minimal lifestyle. (Partly because this is something I will never be able to achieve, I’m too obsessed with cushions, home decor and mugs to ever be counted as a minimalist!) Jessica is a cervical cancer survivor, which is amazing in itself, but I just adore her emphasis on slow living and slow fashion. However, even though I have been following Jessica for a long time, she has only become influential in my life very recently. I watched Stacey Dooley’s Fashion’s Dirty Secret and also read Lucy Siegle’s To Die For. Both of these things have changed the way I look at fast fashion forever. I knew I wanted to start investing more in sustainable fashion and small businesses, but I had no idea where to start. That’s where Jessica comes in. Her blog has a directory of ethical clothing brands and it’s honestly a God send! Many ethical brands are out of my price range (for now) but I found so many ones which are in my current price range. I love fashion and I adore clothes, it’s partly how I express myself, so knowing I can do that whilst still being kind and fair to the planet makes me feel so much better about my carbon footprint.
Wholesome Culture is brand which sells apparel which raises awareness on environmental issues (of course, they’re ethically made and ship worldwide) but they are so much more than that. Wholesome Culture have some amazing story highlights which includes blog posts on living a more ethical lifestyle, vegan tips, eco education and recipes. All of these have been so helpful to me in trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Again, I want to stress that I’m not claiming that these people are better than anyone else because of the choices they make. These are people that made ME feel like a better person. At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t educating myself on the impact that I have on the environment, I was eating terribly and I, personally, just couldn’t justify my lifestyle choices anymore. For some reason, it took my immune system taking a huge hit to realise that I needed to start looking after myself, and while I was educating myself on how to do that, I ending up educating myself on how to look after the planet too.