Want to know what changed my life? An email and a coffee date. I found someone who felt like my kind of person from her website and Instagram, and I reached out and pretty much said I just want to learn and grow alongside you. We met for coffee and talked for hours, and now, I have one of my closest friends and supporters cheering me on as I live out my dream of being a full-time photographer. Without that coffee date with one of my favorite humans in the world, @jenniferlarsenphoto, I would be lost as all heck. I’m grateful beyond words for taking that first step to email a total stranger and tell her I was inspired by what she does.
I wouldn’t have connected with just about any of the amazing creative and unique people I know now had it not been for one of us just reaching out. Total strangers on an app just finding inspiration or enjoyment in one another and being willing to say hi. Sometimes it feels super weird or lame to comment on a random stranger’s posts or shoot them a DM, but it can seriously spark the best friendships. And who knows, you might just find yourself grabbing lunch with them a few months later, texting them late at night about all the life things, or dreaming up creative collabs together.
Sooo, I have a little giveaway for ya!!! One Starbucks gift card for you to, hopefully, reach out to someone (a stranger or a friend!) and just let them know that you want to know them better. Take them out for coffee and build a genuine friendship. Connect with someone you admire. You can also just use it for yourself if you want 😋 Here’s how to enter:
1. Make sure you are following @torikelner
2. Tag a friend in the comments! Every new comment with a tag is a new entry!
3. Extra 5 entries – share this post to your story and make sure to tag me in it so I can see it!
I’ll choose a winner on Wednesday, February 20th! Good luck, friends! ✨
49317810 hours ago
Hey peeps! 😄 Just wanted to check in and say 👋🏼 on this lazy Sunday.
If I’m being honest, part of the reason I haven’t been posting as much is because there’s a lot going on in my work life, BUT the other part is because I’m trying to figure out the type of content that balances my aesthetic with reality.
I get upset pretty much any time I go on Instagram because I see soo much “fakeness” and it makes me sad. Why? That type of content creates a standard that everyone thinks they should aspire to achieve, which usually means they abandon their identity to impress others.
Not gonna lie, I’ve been guilty of this in the past, and we all have at some point or another. It’s hard to be comfortable and confident in the seemingly unspectacular/ unpleasant aspects of life but a lot of times it’s those moments that make us who we are.
I’m gonna close with a silly example from my life, but I hope this is relatable for you guys. I jam out in the car ALL THE TIME. However, in the past, whenever I pulled up to a stop light and people were next to me, I’d stop because I didn’t want anyone to see. Now, I don’t give a 💩 and I’ll keep jamming out with my 🔥 gay white boy moves. 😂 Point being: Life’s too short to obsess with what other people think, both in real life and on social media. DO YOU, BOO!! 🥰
It's almost the full moon and we got the fever! Beautiful amber colored moon by @leyna_rose ! Thanks for sharing!
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