November 10, 2015

When the Internet Wears You Out

Lately, I’ve been having more and more conversations about how tiring the Internet is. Can I get an amen?

Especially in the Small Business (and Creative!) World, there is a lot of pressure to ‘perform’ a certain way on the Internet. Let’s be real, the Pinterest Epidemic is higher than ever, and more and more, I see post after post filled with everyone’s highlight reel. It can be exhausting!

The internet tells you:

  • Your success depends on how many ‘followers’ you have
  • Your importance is measured in your performance
  • Your life is compared to all these other people

But truth is:

  • Your success isn’t defined by how many ‘followers’ you have
  • Your importance isn’t measured, because you are always valued by Jesus
  • Your life should never be compared to someone’s highlight reel

Our lives aren’t measured by the number of selfies we have, or the number of ‘followers’ we have. In fact, none of that matters! Personally, I’m love the more raw, vulnerable, and relatable posts.  Posts that have me saying, ‘You too?’ Posts about the 6 loads of laundry that are undone, the overwhelming dishes in the sink, and the realism of living LIFE.

Because truth is, we have 6 loads of laundry that are undone, I finally put the dishes in the dishwasher, and I’m trying my best to give myself grace, because we are human and that is life.

Do what you do. Do it well. And stop comparing highlight reels. Amen?

Did anyone need to hear this today? Let me know by commenting below!

Background Image via Everlane.

  1. YES! Thank you. I just started blogging again…with the goal of authenticity and vulnerability, because we don’t see that enough. AND YET, after only a few weeks, I was doubting myself and wondering if people actually wanna read that stuff!

    • Andra Barkey says:

      YES! I know I do! 🙂 I say, keep being authentic, real, and raw with yourself…and the ‘right’ kind of people will be attracted to that! I believe people crave the vulnerability, but usually aren’t willing to write it themselves. I say, go for it!

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