I’ve spent some time recently going through my Instagram following. Over time, I’d amassed a huge amount of people that I followed because I liked one of their pictures one time so decided to follow them, or the aesthetic of the account fit what I liked at the time. This meant I was following almost 3000 people, but thanks to Instagram’s awesome algorithm – #sarcasm – I was only seeing posts from about 1% of these people, everything else was just lost in the noise. I won’t start ranting too much about the Insta algorithm, but basically I stopped using the homepage feed because I was seeing the same people over and over, sometimes posts up to a week old, and no one new.
So I decided to go back through the people I follow, and to unfollow inactive accounts, ones I’m not really sure why I followed in the first place, or ones I followed with photos that don’t fit with what I like now – it sounds cruel, but I was following countless people that I wasn’t ever interacting with and would never actually see photos from.
In doing this, I had to look over all the accounts I follow, which pulled up a few old faves that I never see any more. And it also whittled down my feed so, hopefully, I’ll start seeing more of people that I’m actually interested in and the majority of everyone’s posts rather than just the select few Instagram decides I should see.
It also means that my feed is now how I want it to look. It’s filled with inspirational, aspirational but also real life photos. I like to have a mixture of things I can be inspired by as well as a glimpse into the everyday life of people like me. I want to be able to scroll through my feed and feel inspired.
So I’m rounding up 10 of my current favourite aspirational Instagram accounts in a few categories of my life. These aren’t necessarily huge accounts, but rather ones that I feel an everyday Instagrammer can aspire to. What are your faves?
RusticBones has Mountains, lakes, cabins in the woods, brilliant photography and a few beautiful outfits thrown into the mix.
The going is slow, but at least we’re going at all. Traveling this way allows you to pull over on the side of the road and pick up lava rocks or stare at windmills. There are some western roads where hardly anyone goes. You won’t see another car for several miles and you’ll feel pretty alone. But surrounding you are wide open spaces, rolling hills and sage-filled fields. It’s a reminder that there didn’t used to be so much urban sprawl. Once upon time, there were nomads like us, slowly moving about this land, down a dirt trail and into the unknown.
For inspirational minimalism in a way that is exactly the opposite of white and unclutteredness, while travelling the world, check out Tiny House Footprint.
I used to follow Megan from Briar Rose Cosplay on her blog which she no longer runs, but she’s now turned her hand to sewing gorgeous, whimsical cosplay costumes. While I’m not a cosplayer, I love seeing her process of sewing and the wonderful finished pieces.
As @meganjoy.m Said in her IG stories: “You don’t have to be fit to start but you do have to Start, to get fit” The “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga” or “I’m going to come for your class!” comments are probably One of THE most common comments anyone who does something yoga/flexibility related on instagram will get. But note behind a lot of these pictures is hard work, dedication and commitment So the question isn’t always “am I XYZ enough to do XYZ?” The question really is: “Am I willing to work?” #productofpatience
Erica Tenggara Yoga was one of the first yoga Instagrams I came across and I was obsessed. I scrolled waaaay down through her posts amazed at what she could do, but also by her story of how she could barely touch her toes (like me!) when she started.
SO THIS JUST HAPPENED.🙈🙈🙈 My heart is bursting. I know it may not seem like that big a deal because I’ve been able to do splits on my left side for a while now, but I swear I never thought I’d make it on my right. I started way further from the ground on my right in the first place, and it’s always felt so much tighter. As I’m sure you can tell from the constipated look on my face in the before photo😅 Then today… after feeling so tight in my legs for weeks… this happens out of the blue??? I was so happy I jumped up and down with joy and scared the crap out of the cat 🐱😂🙈 It feels amazing after over a year of practice and dedication, to finally get there. They say it’s all about the journey, and as much as I’m delighted to be here, its true that the most valuable thing this process has taught me is not to do a split, but to have patience, acceptance and perseverance. ✨🦋 HUGE thank you to @jessicaolie for her @letsstartyoga guide- after a year of following her tips on getting the splits i can safely say they work miracles on inflexible yogis like me 💁💜
I love Yoga with Bethany for her more realistic photos of yoga for someone like me. Erica above is more aspirational, and while Bethany is definitely an aspirational one for me too, her pictures are taken in her house and garden. I also love her comparison posts showing where she was a year ago because it shows what can be achievable with a bit of work.
Wearing the loveliest pieces from @tigalilyclothing on an autumn bike ride. Not pictured: my coat & gloves! Necessary layers in our brisk weather! 🍂🍂🍂 #fbloggersuk#fblogger#ootd#quietinthewild#sgiew_autumn#upandautumn#thisisautumn#thisautumnlife#stylingtheseasons#flashesofdelight#thewildernesstonic#achbikeride#bikepretty#cyclechic
I’ve followed Rebecca at A Clothes Horse for years on her blog – she was one of the reasons I started my blog. Her tagline “finding quiet in the wild” really fits with my goals in life, and her outfits are so gorgeous – she has a style I definitely want to emulate.
Take me to the bluest of seas, there my heart is at peace ❤ . . . . . . . . #flashesofdelight #thehappynow #darlingweekend #darlingdaily #fashionista #minimallove #visualcrush #summervibes #stylemepretty #positivevibesonly #fashiondiaries #hygge #myunicornlife #instasummer #mybeautifulmess #finditliveit #holidayvibes #pursuepretty #ohwowyes #myhappypopsofcolor #summerready #petitjoys #howyouglow #candyminimal #travelbug #vscocam #outfitoftheday #itsinthedetails #zaradaily #croatiafulloflife
Elanor Dawn‘s Instagram is a mix between cute, retro and fun style with sun, sea and travel photography. That screams almost every Instagrammable girl out there, but there’s just something about hers that is a little more relatable to me.
For Flat Lays & Photography
Elvira’s Story is a seasonally beautiful photography focused Instagram account, currently filled with autumnal flatlays, flowers, leaves, beautiful architecture and country views.
Feather & Flint is a new discovery for me that’s filled with gorgeous photography and colour.
Feeling 25 and alive🎉 . . I am completely blown away by the love I’ve been shown on my Birthday and it isn’t even noon yet 😭 @kaitkillebrew had me crying over her newest blog post (link in her bio) about our Disney friendship- I loved how she named it The Perks of finding your Disney person because it was a reflection of both my Disney and personal Instagram Names ( @perksofaparkhopprincess and @perksofbeingaparis which are both named after my love of the book and movie Perks of being a wallflower ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #disneyside #disneygirl #disneyfashion #disneyparkstyle #disneygram #disneyig #fallintodisneystyle #disneyresort #pursuehappy #thatsdarling #flashesofdelight #thehappynow #disneyblogger #disneystyle #wdw #artofanimation #waltdisneyworld #disneyinsta #Bestiedreamtrip2k17
What would Instagram be without a bit of Disney? Perks of a Park Hopper Princess is my fave right now with her cute and colourful Disney inspired outfits.