Hi SHE Fam! Happy Monday! I’ll jump right into today’s topic. Social media presence has a huge influence on behavior. I was watching Good Morning America and heard that there is a growing concern that Facebook, Instagram and other outlets are a contributing factor to depression. What do you think?

I pondered over this because personally I’ve never experienced it. Why? I don’t spend much time looking into the lives of others nor do I live for likes. This doesn’t mean that I don’t care; it does mean that I’m preoccupied with my life. I say this not to down play the feelings of others, because I recognize that depression is real. On the flip side, I want to encourage everyone who struggles with this to evaluate your feelings around what other people post.

My husband and I travel a lot. We enjoy it and very fortunate to have the ability to visit multiple cities and countries within a year. We don’t post every trip and when we post it’s never in our intentions to boast or brag. During a recent conversation, someone told me that they follow my page and posts and it looks like we’re always having a good time. I was honored to hear but felt a little weird when they said, “it must be nice….I wish I could travel and live like that.” Let me be honest, it was very awkward for me and it made me question what I post and share on social media. After days of thinking through it I came to the conclusion that I can’t dim my light or be ashamed of what I share because of what it makes someone else feel. Let me tell you why…..

  1. I know my intentions. I share because I’m genuinely excited about what I’m doing and because it gives the people who really know and care about me an update on my whereabouts. It’s never my intentions to prove anything about my life.
  2. You don’t know my story. You see the post of me traveling and having fun. What you don’t see are the countless hours of work I put in during the week. Yes…through God, my husband and I work extremely hard to afford everything we have and all that we do.
  3. I’m the same on and off the web. I have a strong sense of self and I don’t have to sell my life. I don’t use social media to build me up nor will I allow it to break me down.

We all get consumed with things and like many, I love some social media. What I don’t love is the idea that it makes other people feel low or less of what they are. I believe that we play a role in what we share and display, however, we can’t be ashamed of our blessings.

If you struggle with what you see on social media, it’s important to understand that what God has for you is for you. Your life may not look like the next persons and it shouldn’t. You are uniquely made and your journey is specifically designed for you.

From my inspirational corner to yours, have a blessed Monday and remember…be encouraged.

-Lyssa