I think it’s easy to look at all the fluff and fantasy through social media these days and experience feelings of self doubt. In a world where everyone’s highlight reel fills your feed constantly, it’s easy to make comparisons. It’s easy to feel like you’re not good enough.

You may puff up and you may pretend like you’re doing great and share your highlights to make it seem so as well. But behind the virtual masks we often feel like failures, inadequate, and nowhere near as successful as everyone else with more followers seems to be.

As my dear friend recently said, it’s a bunch of hooey. We need to focus on our selves and our circles more, and the world that seems to be watching, less. Social media is great in so many ways, but it shouldn’t distract you from what’s really important. Personally, I need to spend more time on me, my people and my art.

So I’m seeking innovation and insight through life that unfolds in front of me. I’ll be at my desk most days with my computer and phone in face. There’s no way around that. But I’ll also be stepping away, picking up the camera more and engaging with others most. Because as Van Gogh said, there really is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. And when you’re loving, you’re the best that you can be. No engagement rate can compare to that.



Photo by @julieunleashed

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  • January 12, 2018 - 6:33 pm

    Tracey Clark - I love your perspective, Jackie! I’m glad our paths have crossed at SOCO. : )

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