Hey there! I hope all of you are thriving and living life fine. Today I wanted to come to you with a post to continue to set the mood for what you should expect from the blog and me, as an influencer. Some of you may have noticed that my Instagram has taken a bit of a shift in these past weeks. Hopefully, this post will help clear up some confusion and curiosity.
This all started about 5 months ago and I was scrolling through social media, no less, and realized that so many of the pages I came across were so beautifully put together, almost to the point where I felt a bit skeptical about the truth behind the posts. Pages were set grayscale or white, grainy or polaroid, but the content was a little too staged. See, it hit me that all of these pages that I was seeing, pages run by these influencers that young men and women were looking up to, people these young kings and queens aspired to be, we’re not painting a fair picture. Now let’s backtrack.
There is nothing wrong with having an Instagram page that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It’s no easy feat! If it was, everyone would do it. I am here for the content creating, the brand partnership, the documentation of good things to inspire others. There is a problem with painting an unrealistic picture of how your life is lived. I say this because that same picture you are painting is what these young leaders are buying and hanging up in their house of trust, trusting that you are who you say you are, and no one else. That perfect picture may or may not be the whole story. Privacy is a must; I’m all for keeping certain parts of your life just for you; it’s when you allude to living a perfect life with no worries, or when you get to a certain place in life and don’t share the struggles it took you to get there is where it gets tricky.
See, these young men and women, they are looking to you, to me, to us, to guide them. It’s a heavy burden to bear- you want to stay true but sometimes the truth may not get 10000 likes, it only gets 400. Or it’s scary. Maybe your management isn’t down for it. But we’ve taken this job on, and we have a duty to not only to them- to readers, supporters, fans even- to urge ourselves to be our most authentic. I remember 4 years ago scrolling on social media thinking, ” Wow, I could never do what they do,” or “I wish I could be her, maybe just for a day. What’s that like?” I never wanted to feel that way again.
Which brings me to my new mission of #Raw Influencing. I curated this hashtag to stand as my pledge and promise to always be my most authentic self on and off of social media. It means that while influencing, I will be me, and only me. I don’t want to paint a picture of this perfect life where it’s all glamour and fun minus a bump in the road because let’s just real– my life is sometimes a mess, and you know what? That’s okay. #Raw I am a young woman, still figuring life out, wisdom comes in trials, failure comes with success. All days are not good hair days or skin days #Raw — trust me we’ll talk about that– and there are even days where I simply don’t feel like posting or writing or creating content. But I’m a big sharer. My parents and friends tell me that sometimes I share too much, and to an extent, yes, but there are times when the bit of over sharing is just enough. I’m happy to do so. Living a double life is not for me, that’s a whole other job that I’d have to take on and I simply will not. Some days it’s hard to stay true. To remain authentic. To tell the whole story, but you know what? When you become the person you were always meant to be and let that bit of fear go that is holding you back from truly shining, God will show you favor, the universe will treat you kind and breathing will come easy. I have faith in me to do this; I urge all of you reading this, wherever you are, to hold me accountable. Challenge me- push me further – all in love of course. I want to be more. Thank you in advance for being an active part of my journey. I’m so excited to grow with all of you.
Sending you hugs through the internet waves.