Instagram has garnered a reputation for being an overt display of filtered perfection, a bastion of FOMO, and a crowded environment of people trying to be something other than what they are.
Like many things on the internet, however, it has its good side. It’s a great place to research different interests or topics via images and be inspired.
The easiest way to dive deep into a topic on Instagram, of course, is to follow hashtags. Specific hashtags (#pourovercoffee as opposed to #coffee for example) can offer you a more accurate depiction of what you’re looking for.
Here are a few hashtags I encourage you to check out if you’d like some uplifting inspiration coming across your Instagram feed.
“Poetry Tea Time” is a popular practice of homeschoolers, coined by homeschooling expert Julie Bogart. Homeschool families typically spend a portion of their day at a lovingly set table, with tea or other beverages of their choosing, seasonal snacks, and lots of poetry books.
There, parents and children enjoy the tasty offerings and take turns reading aloud poems from their books. That’s it.
It’s not complicated, but it’s an extraordinarily lovely and warm way to explore an aspect of language arts, and you certainly don’t need to be a homeschooler to incorporate it into your family.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Danish term hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), it means, roughly, a cozy environment conducive to quality time with others and a sense of contentment and comfort that is a key component of Danish life. Picture being inside a cozy cabin in the winter, with a roaring fire, a pie baking in the oven, with close friends enjoying a stew. So good, right?
Well, if you’d like to see more cozy scenes like that, search #hyggehome for inspiration for adding more hygge into your life.
Less visually impressive and more encouraging if you’re on a journey to become debt-free (or simply need motivation to stay that way), #debtfreeliving is your ticket to countless impressive people taking responsibility for their lives, along with tips and motivation for this worthy goal that, as financial guru Dave Ramsey says, could “change your family tree.”
Possibly the most adorable hashtag on the list, #letthembelittle refers to the protection of and appreciation for the precious years of childhood. Search this and you’ll be faced with many loving, adorable families with little ones delighting in the joys of parenting and family. It’s a heartwarming delight.
If you haven’t heard of “world schooling,” this refers to families who homeschool but don’t spend so much time at home. Rather, they make the world their classroom and give their children experiences as a key element of their education.
What you’ll find are inspiring families that are carving their own path in the world, amazing windows into different locales around the world, and a reminder that the prescribed way is not the only way. It’s mind-opening and worth checking out.