Instagram live is a tool that I’ve always been intimidated of using. Looking back, I don’t know why. I think it was the fact that once something is live – you can’t take it back. There’s no room for mistakes, and that idea frightened me. Until, of course, I actually did one. Then I realised that I’m human – as we all are – and of course there’s room for mistakes. In fact, that’s part of the fun! Life isn’t picture perfect all of the time, and neither should our live shows be. They’re real life, including drop outs, blunders and all the goofs you can fit into them!
The reason I went live was to be on my incredible friend Lauren’s Instagram live show series that she does weekly. She invites a guest on, interviews them and practically has the best time ever! As soon as she asked me, I don’t think there was a quick enough response time for how eager I was to get involved. I knew from the minute I received the request it was going to be a great time!
But, as I said before, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I was terrified, too. I had never gone live, and was so nervous about what it entailed and what I could do to try and prevent any mistakes from happening on my end. Well, today I wanted to cover the topic of what exactly this Instagram live show taught me. Not just about live shows, but about myself, the blogging business – and why you should never be scared of being real online.
Positive Energy Attracts Positive Energy
Before I dive in too deep, I just want to say this. Positive energy attracts positive energy. Lauren, who hosts these incredible Instagram live shows along with generally being one of the most positive, empowering and encouraging forces online, is an absolute pleasure to call my friend. And not just that, but from talking to her on the Instagram live, it felt as though our positive energies were totally in sync.
This entire process has been a great reminder of the incredible friendships you can make online. Friendships with people who encourage and lift each other up, and who empower one another to shine as bright as they can. That’s the real treasure about blogging. You meet so many incredible people from all over the globe that cheer each other on constantly. There’s no end to the encouragement and positivity that you receive from so many of these brilliant people, and we all love to create and serve our content.
Fear isn’t the Enemy, it’s the Motivation
This is a little mantra that I try to always remember. “Life exists on the other side of your comfort zone”. That’s a quote that I’ve seen around the internet almost for as long as I’ve been online, but it’s so true. In fact, for almost every big decision I’ve made in life, especially the ones that scare me either a little bit or a lot – I try to remember that specifically.
If you never push yourself, you’ll never know. And not knowing is one of the most restricting things you can do to yourself. Life is meant to be lived – and embracing nervousness and fear as a part of that is what helps me flourish. Knowing that yes, I’m scared. Heck, I’m terrified! But am I going to do it anyway? Yes! Because not doing the thing that scares you, and restricting your growth because of that, is a whole lot scarier than just diving in headfirst.
The Best Things Aren’t Scripted
This comes down to preparation. Before going live, I wanted to be as prepared as I could be. In fact, I sat in my room and tried to think about all the things I could say about any questions that I might be asked. Did I actually use any of these premade answers I thought of? Nope. Not a single one. The magic about doing an Instagram live show with Lauren was that all of it was candid, and as soon as I was asked any question – I had an immediate answer anyway, because we were talking about a topic that we’re both so passionate about.
In fact, the point that I hadn’t scripted myself was even better, because it meant that I was speaking from my heart the entire time. Giving better advice, and answering with my true feelings. Candid beats curated, especially when talking live.
Real Connections Happen From Being Real
Those little mistakes, all of the things I was so scared of doing, they’re actually a saving grace. Because they’re what makes you real. And real is where the magic happens. As fun as perfect looks, nothing beats being real. Ever.
People accept real. They understand that nobody is perfect. Mistakes are made daily, and showing the grit and determination of showing up irregardless is what’s important. With whatever you’re intimidated by. Just. Show. Up.
Overall, this live show was one of the most fun things I’ve done on social media this year. In fact, I left feeling inspired and excited for what might be next, and where I want to take Mile in My Glasses. It was so much fun chatting with Lauren, and anybody who popped through in the comments. It was everything that I had wished it would be, and nothing that I was terrified of.
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