Comparison is the thief of joy.

This is my favorite saying and in this social media-obsessed culture, it’s important to hear.

I find myself scrolling through my algorithm-ruined Instagram past models and famous bloggers thinking “Why can’t I look like that?” or “Why can’t I be that popular?” Having thoughts like that every day can really impact the way you see yourself.

I became more dissatisfied with my body because I didn’t look like the girls with heart eyes filling their comments. I was so jealous of women I didn’t even know because I thought they were superior to me. I will admit that my self-esteem is still recovering from my obsession with Instagram and I know there are many girls who have experienced the same thing.

I thought about quitting my blog because there’s no way I’ll be able to grow my following as much as the next person. In reality, I have no clue how long that person has been working and it doesn’t matter!

The issue with social media is that we only see the best parts of someone’s life. Using the information a person chooses to share with you to compare with your life is unfair to you.

It is important to remember, what is for you WILL NOT PASS YOU.

We are all on different paths and at different stages in our lives. Getting caught up on what the next person is doing will not only slow you down but it can hinder your growth. I encourage you to take those moments of frustration and turn it into motivation. A fellow blogger was offered an ambassadorship? That’s awesome for them! I am going to continue to build my brand and hopefully one day I can do the same.

And while I used this post to focus on the two things that impact me the most (blogging and my self-esteem) this can be applied in so many places. In careers, relationships and life as a whole. Focusing on what you don’t have makes it hard to appreciate all the things you have worked so hard for.

It does not matter what the next person has, as long as you believe in yourself your journey will be worth it.

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