What I Posted on Instagram vs What Really Happened

Last week, I read a post by a blogger who revealed what really happened behind her Instagram pictures. Feeling inspired, I’m sharing my Insta feed, but I’m taking it a step further. I always tell my students to ask themselves WAIP (Why Am I Posting) before they upload, so today I’m going to show you why I posted the pictures I did (and what didn’t make the cut).

THURSDAY

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Why Am I Posting:

My intern and I are working hard on creating Modern Mentor give-aways this summer and if you’re one of my students, I’ve been talking about these babies for awhile! I posted this picture because I wanted to make girls happy knowing they’d get cute MM gear soon!

What I Didn’t Post:

I did lots of work at a cafe, held a private group, and had a private one-on-one session. At night, I took a yoga class, ate a healthy dinner, and read a book before bed. Trying to be really present in my everyday life means not taking pictures of everything.

FRIDAY

Why Am I Posting:

I posted nothing.

What I Didn’t Post:

Busy day! In the morning, I visited my family in town from Texas on the Upper East Side. After, I walked through the park to a meeting on the Upper West Side, while on my phone for another meeting. I took pictures of the Central Park Zoo, but didn’t post because they were just for me. No pictures of my meeting on the UWS because we were too busy chatting.

My friend and I met our mentor, Gabby, for lunch. We haven’t seen each other in awhile and spent all our time catching up, not on our phone. I got my nails done then headed back to the apartment to send out a bunch of emails before the end of the day.

In the evening, I met friends for dinner. We had Mexican food and if I posted all the tacos I’ve eaten this summer, my whole entire feed would be food. There were tons of opportunities for posting pics, but I don’t need to show I’m having fun because I’m too busy having fun!

SATURDAY

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Why Am I Posting:

I went with my sister and a friend to the Conservatory Gardens in Central Park. It was so peaceful. I’m always amazed that in the middle of the concrete jungle there is this gorgeous green park. It’s a metaphor for life. You can always find inner peace, even when life around you gets crazy. It was very meditative. I wanted to share and inspire!

What I Didn’t Post:

In the morning, my sister and I got coffee at a cute little place before I headed to my friend’s awesome yoga class. I didn’t post pictures of the crazy poses we did because I was too busy being upside-down! After, I met up with my sister and our friend for brunch before heading to the garden.

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Why Am I Posting:

You know how I tell you to be active, get moving, and make sure you take care of your body? I just wanted to show you that I take my own advice and inspire you to move your body!

What I Didn’t Post

My sister and I met my mom and dad for a family dinner with our cousins in from France. I tried escargot (which just tastes like lots of butter). Took pictures of the snails, but it stayed in my personal file because I didn’t think it was inspiring. After dinner, I met my friends visiting from Boston. I was too busy having fun to post pictures.

SUNDAY

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Why Am I Posting:

I was so happy to meet another friend in from Boston for brunch. We went to a really cute place where the sugar had quotes on it. I felt inspired by the sweetness and wanted to pass it along.

What I Didn’t Post

Walking through the city, catching up with my friend, making lunch for my grandparents, being super tired, going to bed at 9:30pm.

So there you go, my weekend on Instagram. Now, what feels authentic for me is going to be different for you, but I hope this inspires you to really WAIP before you post!

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