Community Over Competition

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Hey friends. I’ve got a little bit of a different post for you today… I’ve been seeing and hearing some things on Instagram lately that, truthfully, have just rubbed me the wrong way. Being in this industry of having a blog and showcasing my life on Instagram as a job is definitely unique and a bit weird at times, but it’s also been an amazing way to meet people, experience new things, work with great brands, and learn SO much. Lately, I’ve been feeling a little discouraged on the platform though, and after listening to a recent podcast where this was a topic, I felt like I needed to share my two cents on the matter. Below is post I shared on Instagram last night, so if you don’t follow me over there, 1) I think you should and 2) here’s your chance to read my thoughts on this whole idea of #communityovercompetition. This isn’t in response to someone being mean to me directly but instead, just my own thoughts on how we should be better about working together instead of treating each other poorly or being insecure about our peers finding success.

“STOP THE MADNESS! When did it become okay to tear one another down and make fun of our peers, even if in a “clever” or “funny” way? Being in this influencer world, I have had the opportunity to see the good, the bad, and the straight up ugly.

I’ve made amazing friends and connections on this platform. I’ve had people cheer me on, champion the work I’m doing, give me advice, and just BE NICE. At the same time, I’ve seen people poke fun of what other people do - the things the say, the poses they use, and the faces they make. Do I have my own opinions on some of those things? Sure. Should I share them with you? Probably not.

I’ve had peers be extremely helpful and I’ve had other peers not want to share ANY advice or feedback with me. I can’t think of any other reason than for fear or insecurity because when we help one another, when we work TOGETHER, we are better! We are smarter, stronger, and more successful. This seems obvious to me.

I’m not an expert. I don’t have 100k Instagram followers. But I have learned a lot these past two years of blogging and my main takeaway is that you can’t do this alone. If you’re not an influencer or blogger or “instagrammer” this still applies to you!! Life is better when we’re in community with one another.

So let’s stop tearing each other down or keeping all our secrets to ourselves. Instead, let’s be open books. Let’s be helpful, resourceful, and most importantly, let’s be KIND.”

I’d love to hear your thoughts in regards to this conversation. As always, thanks for following along, thanks for being nice to me, and thanks for reading today. I appreciate it so much.

xx Alex