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16 Inspirational Instagram Accounts You Should Start Following Now

16 Inspirational Instagram Accounts You Should Start Following Now

It is so easy on Instagram to encounter individuals who will use Instagram as a place to post their latest vacation spot or the coffee cup in their hand. However, there are very few Instagram accounts you will encounter that can truly be considered inspirational. These are Instagram accounts of individuals who have chronicled through something difficult, inspirational speakers or individuals who are attempting to reach their goal. Today, we will take a look at 16 Instagram accounts that will add a bit of inspiration and pep to your day. Let us know in the comments below if you know of any Instagram accounts deserving of this designation but we failed to mention.

1. humansofny

humansofny

    Humans of New York is from the famous Facebook page that turned into a book which chronicles encounters and unique stories of the residents and visitors of New York City.

    2. earthxplorer

    earthexplorer

      JD Andrews photographs and videographs his experiences of travels around the world.

      3. junantoHerdiawan

      juanto

        Through photographing people levitating, Junanto Herdiawan hopes to give the viewer a look into what looks like a free-standing subject with a beautiful backdrop.

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        4. jimmymarble

        jimmymarble

          This photographer based in California photographs subjects and scenery both in his home state and away on his travels.

          5. jaredchambers

          jaredchamber

            Jared Chambers presents photographs of scenes that are a mix of mystery and approachability.

            6. vsco

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              The VSCO is now on Instagram, featuring amazing photographs to inspire you to put more creativity into your own personal Instagram photos.

              7. charitywater

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              charitywater

                Charity Water is an organization who works to bring drinking water to villages in developing countries. Through their Instagram account, Charity Water hopes to increase awareness and inspire others to give.

                8. petehalvorsen

                petehalveson

                  Manhattan Beach based photographer captures landscape and elegant photos from both within and outside of the Golden state.

                  9. couldihavethat

                  couldihavethat

                    This Instagram account shows individuals the best in scenery and daily life that Southern California has to offer.

                    10. witanddelight_

                    witanddelight

                      Through simplicity, this Instagram account hopes to inspire individuals to look outside of the box in the way they look at things and, in return, get the bigger picture.

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                      11. happsters

                      happsters

                        What better way to inspire you to do good and to uplift your day than through quotes. This Instagram will offer you a regular flow of inspiration.

                        12. thetravelingmrfox

                        thetravelingmrfox

                          Travel the world with a fox, Mr. Fox, who offers you a look of everywhere from the beaches of Florida to the city life of Italy. This will surely inspire you and your family to travel more.

                          13. yoga_girl

                          yogagirl

                            Need inspiration to get into yoga? This Instagram account will surely do that, offering the audience a look at the variety of poses and yoga-related images.

                            14. karlthefog

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                            karlthefog

                              This Instagram account is a surefire way to see the San Francisco sky in all of its glory, inspiring you with everything from the beautiful clear sky to the San Francisco sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge.

                              15. madewell1937

                              madewell

                                Madewell features the products that are for sale on their site in Instagram photos, allowing viewers to see the products in their natural habitat.

                                16. aoadnow

                                aoadnow

                                  The aoadnow account on Instagram hopes to inspire individuals with inspirational and uplifting quotes.

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                                  The Gentle Art of Saying No

                                  The Gentle Art of Saying No

                                  No!

                                  It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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                                  But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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                                  What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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                                  But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

                                  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
                                  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
                                  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
                                  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
                                  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
                                  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
                                  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
                                  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
                                  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
                                  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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