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20 Refreshing Instagram Accounts To Follow

20 Refreshing Instagram Accounts To Follow

Instagram can seem quite repetitive. And if you are feeling stuck, it’s not a very inspirational place to be, as numerous selfies and baby photos populate your feed. Here are 20 accounts that will take you out of your Instagram rut.

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1. misvincent

Melissa Vincent shows her dreamy version of Mississippi and nearby places through her stunning photos of flowers, wildlife and sunset panoramas. Her account is the perfect place to take a break from everyday routine and get lost in her beautiful photos.

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    2. elisabetherin

    Erin is a part-time teacher who has a knack for capturing the beauty of her Southern Oregon home. Her frequent photos of the moody coastline and sunlit forests are enough to make any visitor swoon.

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      3. jacnor

      Jacqueline is an artist who has an eye for capturing unique angles in the world around her. Mixed with her original, geometric art pieces, this is an account you will return to again and again when you are in need of a fresh dose of inspiration.

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        4. irenekly

        Irene’s clean photo aesthetic and penchant for brightening up her space with flowers and potted plants makes her photos instantly appealing. Her account is filled with simple, beautiful shots and is perfect for perusing after a long hard work day.

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          5. laurendavison

          Lauren’s account is appealing and soothing at the same time with its neutral color palate and beautiful composition. Whether she is capturing people or the rugged California coastline, it’s hard to draw your eyes away once you arrive at her page.

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            6. adrianasinke

            Adriana’s photos are filled with large open spaces, often of her home in Vancouver B.C. and her account is the perfect place to come to feel calm and collected.

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              7. able_ground

              Vanessa Knight’s feed is instantly grounding with its beautiful gems, including its richly-hue crystals. Her photos are the perfect break from all the other clutter that crowd your social media feeds.

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                8. yoga_girl

                Need to infuse a little zen to your hectic life? Yogi master Rachel Brathen’s soothing feed of her doing yoga poses in various locals around the world, is guaranteed to give you the perfect pause for your day.

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                  9. jimmymarble

                  Need some color in your life? Jimmy Marble’s feed is sure to calm any frazzled mind with vibrant pops of color from photos around his home of the City of Angles. Lots of blue skies and beach panoramas guaranteed.

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                    10. sheila_gim

                    Sheila Gim is a master at clean, simple photos that will make you want to browse her feed over and over again. Plus, she features her dog in quite of a few shots, gaining points with dog lovers everywhere.

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                      11. llruth

                      Laura Ruth’s artistic eye is reflective in her beautiful photographs, whether she is at home or on the road. Her snapshots of her daily life provide any weary soul a visual respite from any hardships of daily life.

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                        12. lilystockman

                        Painter Lily Stockman has a sharp eye for beautiful patterns and landscapes that is evident as you scroll through her feed and feel a sense of peace to your life as well.

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                          13. gemagenta

                          Lorena is a jeweler, whose feed is filled with stunning panoramas of her worldwide travels and her latest creations. If you need an escape, this is an ideal place to start.

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                            14. peachesandkeen

                            Artistic pair Lucy and Lily’s feed are filled with beautifully unique patterns created out of natural materials. Best part of all? Some of the prints are available for sale, so you can brighten up the walls of your own home with their whimsical art.

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                              15. leelacyd

                              Leela Cyd will give you a fresh view on life by letting you peek into her beautifully curated photographs of her meals and everyday scenes. Warning: do not view on an empty stomach.

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                                16. julieskitchen

                                If the last account did not get you drooling, Julie Lee’s food-centric account is bound to do the trick. This feed is perfect if you are looking for inspiration for your next meal or just inspiration in general.

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                                  17. sam_kalda

                                  Illustrator Sam Kalda’s feed is full of his quirky and always uplifting prints that will help any viewer get into a better head space. A bonus is that there are plenty of cat photos for feline enthusiasts.

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                                    18. gdax

                                    This account that belongs to a Tibetan Buddhist Monk, gives an insider view to what life is like in a monastery. Also, there are a lot of stunning outdoor shots that will cause any stress that built up from your day to instantly melt away.

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                                      19. hirozzzz

                                      Hiroaki Fukuda takes beautiful captures of his home in Tokyo, whether they are of the skyscrapers or the cherry blossoms, his feed is filled with dreamy photos that will have you feeling newly inspired.

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                                        20. mortenordstrom

                                        Morten Nordstrom has a keen eye for photographing his home city of Copenhagen and his feed serves as the perfect escape for armchair travel.

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                                          Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                          Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                          One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                          When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                          So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                          Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                          This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                          Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                          When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                          Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                          One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                          Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                          An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                          When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                          Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                          Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                          We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                          By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                          Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                          While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                          I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                          You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                          Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                          When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                          Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                          Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                          Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                          One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                          Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                          Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                          This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                          While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                          Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                          Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                          This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                          For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                          Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                          Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                          For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                          To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                          We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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