I Took The Filter Off My Instagram And I've Never Been Happier

I Took The Filter Off My Social Media And I've Never Been Happier

Likes and comments come second to self-expression.

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Months ago I began a fitness page for all of my fitness content. I started this page because I was getting dozens of questions about dieting, workout routines, and what makes a healthy lifestyle. At the time, I felt like a burden to my followers to post so much fitness content on my personal account because I felt like my personal social media had to be the most polished version of myself. So, my fitness page was born.

I posted fitness content twice a day for about six months on this account, covering everything from the most hardcore deadlifting videos, to posts about mental health and positivity. Anything that came to my mind about mental and physical health, I posted about. And I was happy about this and truly enjoyed posting content. There was a problem, however. I felt like I was trying to separate my personality on social media.

With my fitness account, I was reaching many new people I had never met before. Eventually, the engagement with my account picked up and I was getting respectable numbers on my posts. As I said before, though, all of my fitness content was going to my fitness page and none of it was hitting my personal page. Separating the two eventually became exhausting because I was being entirely too selective with my personal account, and putting all the things that made me happy on my fitness account.

A few weeks back, I reluctantly made the transition to begin orienting my personal account towards fitness, and it could not have been a better move for my happiness. I was so reluctant because I had a complete misunderstanding of how I should approach social media. Before, I was doing it so my followers would be happy. Now, I do it because I want to be happy and be true to myself.

So often, people get so entirely caught up in their social media to a point where they become a caricature of themselves. Nothing seems authentic, and you can obviously see that they are adapting a false identity to push some kind of narrative. Whether this narrative is to satisfy some self-esteem issues, to entertain themselves, or even to make money, it concerns me to a point where I question everything I see on everyone's social media.

Is everything just an illusion on social media? People don't like to be entirely transparent about their lives, which is why they post the highlights on Instagram or Facebook. So rare is it to see the struggle of a person, who humbly presents it as authentically themselves. I was like this on my personal account – I only wanted people to see the best parts of everything because I felt like the burden of transparency was something they did not want to see.

"But won't future employers be turned away from your profile if everything is unfiltered?" is a real question I have been asked. First, employers should want to see what makes you an interesting and vulnerable human, especially if it's on social media. Second, if they don't like what they see from you being self-expressive (of course in good taste), you would probably be miserable working for them. Three, why would you want to look like everyone else?

Making the transition to posting what I want, regardless of my followers cares, has allowed me greater freedom to express myself, which is what I believe social media was created for. Additionally, authentic and totally transparent expression is becoming rarer as people put more filters on their faces, bodies, and lives. I have challenged myself to be true to myself – unfiltered.

I have never been happier.

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

Make your life easy by choosing a caption that's already been written for you.

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Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

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  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

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    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

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    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake

    Drake

    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

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    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

    Mac Miller

    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

    A$AP Rocky

    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

    Kanye West

    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

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    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

    Lil Wayne

    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"


    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    10 Best Spots In NJ For Your Next Instagram Photo Shoot

    Spring is coming and so is a new Instagram feed!

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    Goodbye to the pictures with the stylish fur coats and hello to the pictures with the flowing sundresses or flowing ocean waters! Often times in New Jersey, I hear people talk about how there's nothing to do. While it may be hard to find something within walking distance, that doesn't mean there are no places to explore! New Jersey is a beautiful state with so much to offer, and if you're looking to spice up your Instagram aesthetic, looking for photography worthy places, or just looking for some beautiful locations to explore, you've come to the right place.

    1. Liberty State Park

    Jersey City, New Jersey

    Liberty State Park

    Known for its stunning view of New York City, Liberty State Park is the perfect place for the perfect picture. It has the perfect combination of city, bay, and greenery to let your imagination and photography skills run wild. It's great for any type of photo, or even beautiful enough for a nice morning of an afternoon stroll. We're lucky that we live so close to one of the most famous cities in the world - we should take advantage of it!

    2. Ideal Beach

    One of my favorite places to visit with friends is Ideal Beach, located in Keansburg. We've seen the sunrise and sunset there together. In fact, the day after a tough break up my friends took me here to make me feel better and its beauty really did take my mind off of things. The East Coast isn't known for the sun setting on the beach, so the Ideal Beach truly is.... Ideal. If you go on a day with clear skies, you may even get a glimpse of the city at the horizon. With smooth water, smooth sand, and beautiful views, what more can you ask for?

    3. Grounds for Sculpture

    Hamilton, New Jersey

    https://jenniferlarsenphoto.com/blog/julia-scott-grounds-for-sculpture-engagement-session-hamilton-nj/

    This place is like a dream. Grounds for Sculptures gives off fairy tale vibes, and is often times a place couples go to for engagement photos! If you're not quite there yet, don't be alarmed. Grounds for Sculpture is perfect for any type of photo, or even just a relaxing day. If you're in the mood for a place with beautiful gardens and sculptures in one, this is definitely a place to check out.

    4. Stairway to Heaven

    Vernon, New Jersey

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    Not as famous as the Led Zeppelin song, but it'll do. This hiking trail in Vernon is about 2.9 miles long, with beautiful flowers and grass surrounding it. If the beauty of it hasn't convinced you to check it out yet, I know what will. Dogs. Your best bud can come along for the ride, and if you don't have one you can still get lucky and possibly run into a cute Golden Retriever along the way. If you're more of a cat person, the climbs, waterfalls, views, and rocks should be enough to make this one of the best hikes you've been on.

    5. Botanical Gardens 

    Ringwood, New Jersey

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    Botanical Gardens are a dream, and one of New Jersey's finest are located right in Ringwood. This is another place known for wedding photos, or even weddings themselves, showing how it really is the spitting image of a fairy-tale come to life. If you're looking for even a cute day date, this is definitely the place to go. Walk around and enjoy the beautiful flowers, water, rocks, and just overall nature of these gardens.

    6. Verona Park

    Verona, New Jersey

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    For a more casual day, try Verona Park. It has perfect grass space for a nice picnic and beautiful scenery for the perfect picture. You can also rent little boats to use in the lake for a bit, including ones that look like swans. This is the perfect park to go to when you just want to unplug from reality for a bit and enjoy what New Jersey has to offer.

    7. Round Valley State Park

    Lebanon, New Jersey

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIJsYmkMhEg

    This place is great for a number of reasons. For one, there's a hiking trail that leads out to this beautiful scenic view. There are also picnic areas for relaxing, and a "fake" beach nearby to swim in! It's great for any type of day - whether you want to take pictures, spend time with friends, go on a date, or have a nice family day.

    8. Duke Farms

    Hillsborough, New Jersey

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    Duke Farms is another great place where nature captivates you enough on its own. While sunflower season is around mid-August, Duke Farms offers plenty of other treats such as gardens, lakes, wildlife, and more! You'll be sure to rack up the likes after a day here.

    9. Colonial Park 

    Somerset, New Jersey

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    Clearly, I seem to love gardens, but this is the Garden State after all! Colonial Park in Somerset provides beautiful landscaping for you to stroll through and pose through. It also displays historical sculptures and is on the Delaware and Raritan Canal as well as the Milestone River. With beauty and history, this place is essential for any New Jersey resident to visit.

    10. Lambertville

    Lambertville, New Jersey

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    Lastly, experience a good old fashion downtown. Lambertville offers a lot of aesthetically pleasing shops and restaurants, giving any picture a cute suburban feel. The best part is that it's only two minutes away from New Hope, PA. It may be no New Jersey, but New Hope is another beautiful downtown area that you definitely need to spend a Saturday afternoon exploring.

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