How to Stay in Your Lane
It's so easy to fall into the trap. We're constantly seeing carefully curated content, photographic feeds and well designed websites, that we lose sight of our own journey. We place ourselves in competition with people we only see on social for a glimpse of living their best moments. We feel inadequate due to the lack of likes, comments and subscribers.
I find myself constantly balancing my own life versus curated content for the web. Often we tend to look at others' journeys and swerve outside of our own lane instead of staying focused on maintaining our own balance.
Work life balance is essential crucial to maintain a healthy mental and emotional space. I've been reading up on how social media can negatively affect people - the way we think, act and even view the world. For me, with my Marketing background, I always viewed social media as another form of communication. You could cultivate a positive experience for others and inspire them to be the best version of themselves with the click of a button - that's what it has been for me anyways.
However on some days, I can't see where that line is. I started as a new college student on blogspot a few years ago, my goal was simple: write about my life as a digital diary. It had soon morphed into a passion project where I would write about things I enjoy like beauty, wellness, travel and occasional style. This was when I realized I was beginning to stay in my own lane.
We're constantly seeing carefully curated content, photographic feeds and well designed websites, that we lose sight of our own journey.
At some point, I was redesigning my blog so much to match the best blogger that I felt I could imitate. I was talking about things I didn't have a whole lot of interest in, and for what? They'll tell you to post and change your content to be "on brand" and cater to what your readers enjoy. This isn't always the case.