For everything negative that can be said about social media, there’s one argument that is undoubtedly true in it’s favour. Through the magic of the internet, our horizons are broadened every single day. We have the chance to follow people from all over the world, from all walks of life. We get an inside look at their lives, and we get to hear their unique stories. This is so incredibly powerful, and I am exceedingly grateful for the difference this had made in the way I see the world.
At the start of 2019, I set a goal to ensure my social media newsfeed was filled with people from whom I could learn and be inspired. I’ve written about my focus on intention this year, and when it comes to my life online this means ensuring I am following people who challenge me to be the best version of myself. With that in mind, I thought it would be a fun feature on my blog to share with my readers some of the folks online who are inspiring me right now!
1. Cristen Conger & Caroline Ervin from Unladylike Media
I’ve been listening to Cristen & Caroline since their days as the hosts of Stuff Mom Never Told You, and have been loving their new podcast Unladylike even more. Following their Unladylike account on Instagram keeps me up to date with all the happenings at their growing media brand, and I do my best to never miss an episode. They tackle issues that are imperative to women (and men) everywhere and are a constant reminder to me of what it looks like to use your voice for the greater good. If you love listening to fearlessly feminist women break down topics as varied as women’s basketball, the right to reproductive choice, diet culture, and more, you must check them out. I have the literal definition of a girl-crush on both of these incredible women & am so grateful to have their voices in my ears every week.
2. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I don’t know if there is anyone in the public sphere right now who puts out content that challenges me moreso than Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. If you don’t follow her on Instagram you definitely should & if you haven’t read one of her incredible books I urge you to add one to your list. My personal favourite is “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions,” and I actually recently gave it to a friend who is expecting a baby girl any day now. Not only do I believe the principles she outlines in it are imperative to how we raise the next generation, they are also principles that we should aspire to live up to ourselves. Her stories and the way she boldly shares her experiences hit my soul in a remarkably profound way, and I am so incredibly grateful for powerful voices like hers in the world around us.
3. Stephanie May Wilson
Stephanie May Wilson is the host of the ‘Girls Night Podcast,’ and I can honestly say that every single episode feels like a conversation with one of my best friends. She is authentic and down-to-earth and completely wholesome in a way that’s actually relatable. She courageously shares her faith journey and draws everything back to what it means to follow Jesus. Over Christmas, she took a short hiatus from releasing new episodes during the holidays and I was so surprised by how much I missed hearing her voice in my earbuds during that time. Her Instagram feed is full of truthful goodness about life, love, and friendship, and I honestly cannot get enough. I also LOVE her approach to conversations about mental health and appreciate the way she’s shared her own struggles with her audience. Having her content as a part of my newsfeed is such a gift & I am so grateful for the impact she is having on the lives of women everywhere!
Thank you for reading. If you’re interested, I’d encourage you to check out each of the incredible women I’ve noted above. By adding their content to my newsfeed, I have been able to learn so much and truly grow as a person. They challenge, inspire, and motivate me to be better every single day. Also, I’d encourage you to click the follow button on my Instagram Account as well, if you are’t already. I’d love to connect with you over there & become friends through the path social media has paved for us!