Recently, I’ve found myself pulling away from a lot of social media. Months ago, I deleted my Facebook, with no plans to return. Same with my Twitter and Yelp accounts. (Yelp is a bigger story that I’ll tell on another day.) I’ve always struggled with my self-esteem and one of my best friends recently recommended that I walk away from my Instagram account. She felt that I was focusing in on pictures of people that were just making me feel bad about myself. And then she went on to explain her reasons for not having any social media accounts, which include this constant need we have to compare ourselves to each other. And how unhealthy that is. I couldn’t disagree. So I followed her advice and turned off my Instagram account. It’s still there, I’m just not doing anything with it or checking it.
With no social media, I got bored – fast, which is totally sad and something I need to address….later! So I started to focus more on Hank’s Instagram account. Yes, our cat, Hank – has his own account. And then last night, Ben made such an amazing looking dinner that I had to take a picture. I couldn’t figure out how to share this gorgeous picture with the masses so it hit me – we need a food Instagram. Ben and I are self-declared foodies. Food is good and makes us happy. And while Ben doesn’t have a smart phone (and wouldn’t know what to do with it if he did) I take lots of food pictures. So I created a new (yes, third) Instagram account: benandvickyeatfood. In case it needs explaining, this IG will focus on amazing food we eat or make. The focus is food. Food is the focus. I’m not really concerned if people will like the photos or follow along, but it’s really more of a database for the two of us. There are those days when we ponder what to have for dinner, so it’s great to think back to awesome meals we’ve have in the past.