I have heard this term since I started my Instagram account way back in 2017! I had a private account for years before that…barely used it and had no idea what a hashtag was! 🤷🏼♀️ Fast forward to 2017 and a signed up as a MLM distributor for a makeup line…I know! What was I thinking!? 🤦🏼♀️ I realised Instagram would be good for it so I created a public account and called myself Lots of Lippy! 💄 If you go back far enough in my account you will see me modelling the lippy! 🤣
I learned ALOT about Instagram from my Lippy account and enjoyed connecting with other accounts and people. I stopped selling in the Spring of 2018 and just posted things that my family and I were up to and my everyday musings and people seemed to like this and I enjoyed making friends with mums, parents and people who got me and what I was about. So I changed my account name to Stephie Stories and the rest is history!
I’m still navigating the Instagram Seas and I don’t want to piss anyone off but sometimes I do feel like the community can be a bit hard to crack! I see loads of cool women and mums all bonding with each other over shared interests, being invited to the “in” parties and being called out on Follow Fridays.
I’m happy to say that I have made some amazing InstaFriends who I wouldn’t have met if it wasn’t for my account and I do truly think of them as friends. When I started my Instagram account not many of my “real life” friends were on it and that’s pretty much still the case. And if they are on Insta they aren’t very active. It’s been hard trying to find my InstaTribe but I think I am slowly building a group that not only comprises of Mums, but health bloggers, fashion bloggers and writers (Mum are not one dimensional and neither is my account). 🙌🏻
Speaking of the Instagram events…I have yet to be invited or go to one. I would LOVE to meet up with some of my other Instagram friends that I follow and chat with so maybe I need to bite the bullet and organise one myself! 💪🏻 I adore meeting people and hearing their stories as everyone’s stories is different and oh so interesting!
If I organise an event, will you all come?! 😉
Instagram has allowed me to connect with some amazing accounts. Discover some amazing people and find people with similar interests. This platform has inspired me creatively when I desperately needed it. I craved the Arts! I craved performing again, creating etc and Instagram and YouTube have given me an outlet for all of this and more. To “meet” likeminded people and be inspired again.
People say Social Media isn’t good and should be limited. I disagree to an extent! There should be balance in your life between the online and the every day life. I do t like my boys to see me on my phone much when they are about so I limit my phone time to before they wake, nap times and evenings mostly.
But through Instagram, Facebook and YouTube I have reconnected with long lost friends, become creative again and got my Stephie MoJo back that I had lost along the way after giving birth. It’s let me connect with like-minded mums and dads and build a community of friends all over the World and all from my SmartPhone! 🙌🏻 God I love the 21st Century! 😊 Although, there is something comforting about a rotary phone, the 80s and a simpler time! I guess when I fall out of love with all of this is the time to stop and I’m definitely not there yet!
I guess, to answer my question above, being an InstaMum is sharing all the good, bad and funny parts of being a Mother with a community of people. A support network, when some days can feel isolating I always know there is another Mother or Father out there whose feed I can go to and gain comfort in the fact I’m not alone. I love our little community! ❤️