Every week, we’re participating in #totalhonestytuesday, sharing the things we’d usually keep off of social media, and giving a little more insight into our real (and very un-perfect) lives. Hopefully, in doing this, we can all feel a little less pressure to appear a certain way online, and remember that everyone around us is much more than just the highlight reel we normally see.
I am partaking in #totalhonestytuesday started by @faganchelsea. I just wrote an article for E! about coming clean about what you are struggling with on social media. People say to me all the time, you look so happy on Instagram! Don't get me wrong I am so happy and I have an amazing life but the day to day is hard. I am homesick in Los Angeles. I miss my family and best friends. I am struggling with what I'm going to do when I graduate in 2 months. So today I broke my overly strict diet and had an amazing lunch with someone I love. Thanks @danakaps for making this tough day a little brighter. Read the link in my bio for the full article.
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Today I want to participate to #totalhonestytuesday , a hashtag created by @faganchelsea from The Financial Diet to share those aspects of our daily lives that we don't usually share on social media. We're one hour away from my 22nd birthday and I'm feeling kinda bittersweet about it. I always struggle with the feeling that I haven't accomplished much for my age. I have to remind myself constantly to stop comparing myself to others, that it's OKAY to be a mess sometimes, and that I don't have to have everything figured out already. But at the same time I feel like I have grown so much these last year: I learned to love my self wholeheartedly, I became stronger, more determined, more cultivated, more positive and a happier person overall. I think that the little girl I once was would be proud of the woman I became today.
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#totalhonestytuesday I'd love to own a dog, but I can't afford the upkeep and frankly I'm too lazy to take care of one…I don't want the responsibility. Good thing I have little mona to fill that hole.
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This #TotalHonestyTuesday running late because I was working on it all weekend through today. My house has been upside down and in a sad half-finished state for the past year while I sludge through projects at a snails pace. This is currently the only acceptable wall in the whole thing, and I'm really proud of it. (Not shown: the cleaning & painting supplies hiding behind the wall)
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#totalhonestytuesday I gave notice at my stable office job in commercial real estate to begin working remotely for a boutique travel company, so that I can leave South Carolina in favor of Germany. I will miss my nice office, our friends and our beautiful house, but I am so excited to finally work in my desired industry and move to my desired continent. I'd be lying, though, if I said I wasn't also nervous as hell since financially, it's a big leap. There are several productive things I could be spending my evening working on in pursuit of eventual [hopeful] monetary gain, but instead I'm posted up on the couch watching TV because Shark Tank.
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#totalhonestytuesday I've been sitting at the top of my stairs in silence for an hour now, contemplating how 'unbalanced & unfair' my cubs think life is & how to make teaching them to be more responsible a little less like pulling teeth from sharks, & how I respond to them objectively as a parent; both as individuals & collectively. at a time when I should have been instilling sound financial practices w them & teaching them the value of working hard, I instead was trying to buffer them from the hardships in life being that they'd just lost thier step dad & i was battling cancer. so today when I ask for more than what they are used to I'm met with 'why doesn't he do this' or 'why can't … do it' or 'i did that last time'… & my personal favorite 'I'm just a young man trying to save up for… and i dont think it's fair that I have to pay for …' it's exhausting at times. and today I just want to say fuck it & come unglued on them. It's times like this I wish I had a time machine. #lionessandhercubs #intrepidus #thetruthaboutparenting
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I have spent more time with this book than all the time I spent writing for work this month. Sometimes reading from it, underlining the lines that electrify my creativity. Most times carrying it wherever I go, and setting it in plain sight while I work. It's become a touchstone to remind me that I want to do more than write other people's headlines. I want to make my own. #totalhonestytuesday
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26-year-old professional and I have more products for acne/rosacea than i do for moisturizing, sun protection, and makeup removal combined. Here's to 10 more years of terrible skin! #totalhonestytuesday
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One year ago today I got released from the hospital. What I thought was the end of a freak medical incident was actually the beginning of a year of appointments, lab work, and imaging that still don't bring answers. A couple weeks ago before an exploratory procedure my doctor chuckled and said, "Well you're just a puzzle, aren't you?" but it's not especially funny. I've grown weary of the healthy living community, with its rallying cries to take ownership of your own health, because you have the power to heal yourself. I want to believe that's true for me, but I haven't found a solution yet. #totalhonestytuesday #totallyhonesttuesday
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For my first #totalhonestytuesday I present my yoga mat after a practice. When I graduated college I turned to yoga to fulfill the empty space but then injured myself and stopped my practice for over a year. When I first started yoga I was constantly frustrated. I wanted the handstands, the flexibility. I ignored blocks and sacrificed the integrity of poses. I didn't listen to my body and suffered because of it. I went to my first class in over a year and vowed to accept the limitations of my body. I found with the blocks I had a much more deep and successful practice. Sometimes you need to acknowledge your limits before you can overcome them. #yoga #yogaeverydamnday
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#totalhonestytuesday I never really post selfies…mostly because I'd rather show yall what I'm doing than my face…but I'd be lying if I said there wasn't an insecurity factor as well. But, even though it was first dyed ORANGE and had to be fixed, I absolutely love my hair and love how I look with it. And that's ok! #confidence #redishhairdontcare #nofilter #iactuallyhatehashtags
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#totalhonestytuesday: I did a post yesterday about how I'm trying to eliminate distractions and focus better. So, I created a "STOP" folder because I legitimately need capital letters yelling at me in order to limit my social media usage. (I had to delete my Facebook app altogether…it was the only way to tame the addiction.)
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I bet many of us have already read the story about the dermatologist girl who died because of drug overdose. Everyday, we see hundreds of photos on our timeline (of our friends or people we like), and there is nothing but happiness – sunny beaches, meetings with friends, parties, holidays, beautiful selfies. But no one knows what stands behind this. I've seen lots of people whose instagrams are shining, but there is also a deep emptiness in their souls. For that, I ask you to support a new stream invented by american girls – #TotalHonestyTuesday. This day is completely dedicated to saying the truth – just as it is. WARNING: this can break people's vision of you, but you also have a chance to show a part of the real YOU. If you're brave enough to try #TotalHonestyTuesday and if you're not afraid of being real, let's start the next Tuesday. I'll be happy to be a part of this as I've noticed some people who see me as an ideal creation – let's prove that no one of us can be completely ideal! First of all we are PEOPLE, not somebody's idols. #TotalHonestyTuesday #tht
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Share your own honesty next week, and join the conversation.