Passion Behind the Post with Instagram

June 23, 2017

I actually don’t have many close friends who use Instagram for professional or self-branding purposes. Most of them just use the platform to share personal phone-shot images, similar to the way we used to over-zealously share albums upon albums of photos on Facebook. I began my journey on Instagram without any expectations and without knowing what direction I wanted to head towards with my content, but over the past couple of years, the process has evolved and ignited into the fuel of my creative fire. Maybe it’s the result of immersing myself in the creative pool of New York City, or maybe it’s just chancing on remarkably talented individuals through the platform, but I’ve found myself being challenged and inspired to become a better content creator. Whether it’s through photography – both in front of and behind the camera – or through writing, I’m constantly looking to channel greater depths and raw emotions with what I create. Everyday, I stumble upon so many beautiful posts on Instagram that resonate so deeply with me, rousing me to produce content that will hopefully inspire others as well. A chain of empowerment, encouragement and inspiration: that is what I now see Instagram as.

A stream of endless inspiration, the platform has allowed me so many opportunities to share my work with strangers as well as connect with like-minded creators I would otherwise never have met from all over the world, and that is just absolutely amazing. With so many amazing artists out there, it’s easy to feel minuscule and inadequate in comparison which can become destructive, but it also transforms into a powerful tool that challenges me to never settle for “good enough.” I continuously learn to take smart risks in improving my eye and style while understanding that this is a community where we’re all uniquely talented and succeed in different ways. I’ve come across countless social media articles that tell me how important it is to build up a large following, but, while true on a certain level, numbers ultimately don’t dictate what kind of artist we are, or can be. The important thing is to find your signature, establish meaningful relationships with your followers, and be real and raw. We live in a world where the norm is to be the same, so it’s more imperative than ever to be true to ourselves and rise above that layer of sameness. I’m fortunate enough to find a “tribe” that genuinely engages with my posts, and there is nothing more humbling than when I strip down to my most vulnerable core to share personal thoughts, struggles, aspirations in my captions only to receive authentic, heartfelt responses in return.

I won’t lie though – there was a time recently when I felt so disenchanted with social media. It opened a gaping hole for anxiety and self-doubt to flood through my mind, because as much as Instagram is a place for artists seeking a safe space to release their craft, it is also saturated with noise. And this noise involves a lot of the sameness that I mentioned earlier: people copying each other, people chasing the same thing, people resorting to disingenuous efforts in the pursuit of building up a following. But I’ve learned to tune the noise out and look past that, focusing on discovering and nurturing connections with talented people I can only come across via Instagram, and whether I’m photographing with them, conversing with them, or simply just admiring their content, I’m finding ways to learn from them and creating new aspirations for myself to be better, and that is fuel to the fire like no other.

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Photography by Aaron Chen


  • Reply The adventurer June 29, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    I love that you are using instagram as a platform to share you photos and not worry about the usual social media follows likes and such.

    Great post!

  • Reply Vivian Yuen June 30, 2017 at 3:37 am

    I have a love hate relationship with Instagram. t’s been so interesting to see how in just a few years it has evolved into a huge advertising industry and how it has become an incredible outlet of creativity and passion!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • Reply thekaragon June 30, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    First, I love your top. Second, I love this post. I always really love your writing style so much!

  • Reply therealpinkblogger July 1, 2017 at 3:51 am

    I couldn’t agree more with this post. Social media has generally evolved to the point where it can be used for versatile purposes, both good and bad. Also, I love your outfit!

    Have a lovely day!

    Kris |

  • Reply writingmonique July 1, 2017 at 6:51 am

    I have such a love/hate relationship with social media. And especially when I start comparing myself to others, but you’re right it’s an amazing outlet for creative people and I do love finding new awesome accounts! 🙂

  • Reply Nathalie Alexandra July 1, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I love your post and how you talk about Instagram so openly. I love instagram for the fact that we can find and be connected with like minded people who are fueled by that same energy of creativity. But sometimes like you’ve mentioned gives anxiety and portray such false lives where numbers dictate who lives the best lives. But I agree that it is an amazing outlet for creativity. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! And i do love a good knot on a t-shirt


  • Reply heidisplanner July 3, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I used to hate Instagram because everyone is always wanting followers etc. I But now I have overcome it I actually enjoy it a lot more! This post is amazing, I love it and I love your outfit and these photos. Keep up the same way! ?

    Heidi ? | Heidi’s Planner | Instagram

  • Reply Brandi Matthews July 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Great post and I am in NEED of this Tee!!!
    Have a happy day babe!!
    Xx Brandi

  • Reply Shivangi Bhargava (@_outoncatwalk_) July 11, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I loved reading your post! 🙂 I have mixed opinions about Instagram! But these days its driving me insane because of its changing algorithm! :/
    Your pictures are amazing! Loved the one with the glasses on the table! 🙂 Have a great week ahead! 🙂

  • Reply Erica July 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I think it’s important to have a strong mind and use it to become a better creative, and never compare yourself to those around you. Keep up the great work love 🙂


  • Reply Dealman July 16, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Beautiful outfit!! Love the t-shirt!! A little cool!!

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