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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 July 10, 2020

                                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                          We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                          We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                          So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                          Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                          What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                          Boundaries are limits

                                          —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                          Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                          Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                          Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                          Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                          How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                          Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                          1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                          Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                          You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                          To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                          You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                          • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                          • When do you feel disrespected?
                                          • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                          • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                          • When do you want to be alone?
                                          • How much space do you need?

                                          You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                          2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                          Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                          Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                          3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                          Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                          That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                          Sample language:

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                                          • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                          • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                          • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                          • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                          • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                          • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                          • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                          Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                          4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                          Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                          Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                          Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                          We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                          It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                          It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                          Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                          Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                          The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                          Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                          Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                          They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                          Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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