Who among us hasn’t crawled on the ground, altered the brightness, added several filters, and generally distorted our favorite pictures to make sure we look our best? Turns out, even Joanna Gaines catches herself manipulating her surroundings for social media, too.
The former Fixer Upper star got candid about her relationship with Instagram in her latest issue of The Magnolia Journal, . She admitted that she didn’t used to feel “pressure” to post when she had fewer followers, but as her business and fame grew, her perspective changed.
“I could feel insecurity start to creep in,” she said. “Eventually I realized that I was letting this small square on my phone become yet another thing to perfect.”
This desire to portray a certain lifestyle didn’t just extend to her job as a designer and TV star, either. It also affected her life with husband Chip and their five kids, too.
"What happens when we don't think out 'real life' looks as good as someone else's? We make adjustments—find better lighting, dress our kids in something nicer, place a vase of fresh flowers in the background, or add the perfect filter,” she said.
But now, the author is trying to be “mindful of when the red flags of comparison or anxiety begin to move in.”
Exactly how she’s doing that?
“I love to snap photos of my kids whenever it's physically possible," she admitted. "My camera roll is constant full because of it, but when I hear myself start to say something like 'move slightly to the left' just so I can get the perfect angle, that's when I know it's time to check myself.”
She continued, “Perhaps I'll post that photo in a few days when I have some distance from it and a fresh frame of mind. Or maybe I won't."
And as much as we love photos of baby Crew, we can’t argue that her strategy sounds pretty great.