Where do you turn for inspiration?
(This post may contain affiliate links)
It's official; I've joined Crossfit.
Every day around the lunch hour, I venture across town and hang out with some pretty incredible athletes. While they load up their bars with weights, I wonder which one is the lightest? “I think I'll start there” While they do things like toes to bar, I ask, “What's an alternate exercise?” Walking handstands(?) ..
“I'll be over here cheering you on.”
I'm learning that pacing yourself is a beautiful thing. Especially if sitting down is high on one's list of priorities
The class is a mix of some really cool people. Old(er), college-age, and everywhere in the middle. Oh, and a chocolate lab puppy named Moose who loves to roll on my sweater
Today while we warmed up, the conversation turned to inspiration. The answers were as diverse as you can imagine. Everything from websites, blogs, Instagram, Youtube. The sweetest? One man said his wife
While my sources of inspiration are always changing, there are a few Instagram accounts lately that I've been attracted to for one reason or another. Those that I scroll through again and again when I want to laugh out loud, learn something new, or wonder what I should make for lunch
And so, in the spirit of spreading the love and shining a spotlight on some really talented people. I thought it might be fun to share a few of them today
Gretchen Roehrs – what she does with a few lines of ink and fresh produce is truly impressive
Poet Nayyirah Waheed – who can break your heart with a handful of words. (She also has two books)
Related: Daily Dose – because it's creator believes we have a duty to act – not talk, not think, not imagine, but to step up and make a real difference in the world
It's Doug the Pug – Because life truly is better if you're lucky enough to have a pug (or two) to love
Related: The Dogist shares photos all sorts of puppies, along with quotes from their owners. “He hates leaving the house and also hates coming back to the house.”
Lucy Litman – A lot of her work is inspired by an eating disorder. “Food wasn't always a happy thing for me, and for many friends and family food still isn't fun – so I'm hoping to show a more playful side to what we eat and get people thinking about colors, shapes and textures instead of calories or how much exercise they'll have to do to burn it off” ~ Lucy Litman
Daily Overview – A collection of satellite images of landscapes around the world. Think the lava and ash blowing out of a volcano, an iceberg separating from the Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica, or Pulkkilanharju Bridge in Asikkala, Finland
On the healthy living (and eating) front:
Kale and Caramel – Beautiful, white backgrounds and healthy food with out-of-the-box flavors and ingredient combinations. Think Chèvre Cherry Buttermilk Ice Cream or Roasted Lemon Mint Pesto Tartines
jescoxnutritionist – Jessica Cox's recipes and ideas will elevate your everyday meals without an awful lot of work
8th and Lake – Unlike many healthy accounts, Jeannette Ogden's photos look like snaps of what she's really eating that day, making her tips, tricks, and inspiration feel truly attainable.
nomnompaleo – Michelle Tam is an NYT bestselling author, Saveur Award-winning food blogger, and creator of all things Paleo
brownpapernutrition – Nutritionist, health and wellness writer, and mother, Jacqueline Alwill, who's always real food ideas are always inspiring
livegreenhealthy – Nourishing meal ideas from around the web. They're the best of the best
nutritionstripped – Plant-based, gluten-free blogger and green smoothie connoisseur
What would you add? Any Instagram feed you love these days? I’m at @veggiesbycandlelight if you want to be friends. xx
(Featured image photo credit: Instagram – @lucialitman)
Great list! I’ll check them out one by one. I am almost on my follow limit which is 7.5k 🙁 I want to grow my followers so I can follow more people
Looks like I have some instagram accounts to check out. Some are funny and some are just beautiful. My favorite is @subwaybookreview. It asks bookish commuters to share their thoughts on what they’re reading. Great inspiration!
I love following logs that are very interesting and different. I will have to check out a few of these because it looks like a lot of these are fun to follow.
Wow lovely post on inspiring Instagram profiles, that inspires us and tempts us to follow them. I loved the aerial shot of Botanical Garden by Daily Overview. Will check the profile in detail.
I think Instagram is my favorite of all of my social media sites. I visit it almost everyday. I’d like to have more time to use it more often. I love the creativity of it. I just need to get better at photo taking.
I am going to have to check out some of these accounts, I follow Doug on Facebook he’s a right little cutie!
These are awesome photos…esp the pooch and flowers! But about Crossfit, when I joined last year (but didn’t finish), I joined as a group…like an Introductory 6-week class. So are you saying they have it where you can just go when you want and do what you want?!? Because I really want to join again.
Instagram has got to be my favorite social media platform – and perhaps it’s my knack for good photography and lovely meals. Good on you joining Crossfit. Not sure if it’s the same program that my best friend joined, but it sounds awfully familiar. I just made my first appointment with my nutritionist and I am so very excited for it! Here’s a cheers to good health habits and fun IG accounts!
Too funny. I followed JacksonBeetle for a while. Haven’t seen updates from him lately. I’ll have to check on that.
These are some great suggestions. I think sometimes with IG I can get caught up is who is doing what and more specifically what I am not doing. I love that these accounts focus on goodness and positive vibes. I am going to be following Doug the Pug – so cute!
Ok.. Doug the Pug! Has to be the best insta account I’ve seen yet! Thank you for these, I just got totally distracted checking some out!
Doug the Pug is like one of my favourite ever instagram accounts it is just so cute <3
Yes, I agree. Doug the Pug is one of my favorite happy to follow instagram accounts. Such cute pictures.
I need to check out these accounts. I do follow Doug the Pug because my daughter is obsessed with pugs. She loves him.
Good luck with Crossfit!
Hahahaha– again, our paths cross with irony in your posts. I would do the same thing with cross fit too! These are some interesting IG accounts. I will have to check them out. The artist one that is very abstract is really cool!
These are all great accounts! I love discovering some new people to follow and am all for the pretty inspiration!I tend to follow home decor IG accounts, but babies and animals also always get me googly eyed 🙂
Well as you know I love pugs so naturally I am following Doug The Pug. It never fails to bring a smile to my face because he is just so darn cute so I am glad he makes you happy too x
Ooh, great recommendations! I love how creative some people are on Instagram. I definitely need to check out some of the foodie accounts.
Great round up of instagram influencers. I am always looking for more people to follow. I love Instagram. It is a great way to get to know people by their pictures.
I always love lists like this as I love finding new accounts to follow. I already follow Doug (he is literally the cutest!) but I will go check all of the others out.
What a great roundup! The tongue-in-cheek Sad Animal Facts @sadanimalfacts gets it right every time.
This is a great little list that you’ve got going here. I happen to agree that Doug the Pug is the absolute best. For the past three years, I’ve lived in Istanbul, and one of my best buddies there has two gorgeous pugs. Pretty much from the onset, he forced me to follow that account, and am I ever happy he did!
Wow, how cool that you’re getting into crossfit. I hear that is a pretty intense type of workout! Also, great instagram suggestions. I love Doug the Pug.
I love to scroll thru Instagram and get inspired by what I see. I will have to check out these accounts. Congrats on joining Crossfit.
Instagram is so much fun to binge on! If you love Doug the Pug, you’ve got to check out Dean the Basset @deanthebasset! Crossfit sounds like so much fun and such a great way to get into shape.
My brother turned me on to @nitch. It features photos of celebrities with quotes. Jackie Kennedy Onassis advises: “Minimum information given with maximum politeness.” Awesome!
I am a total instagram junkie. I’ll be checking these out! That drone shot of the botanical gardens is amazing. One of my favorite feeds is @ihavethisthingwithfloors. It’s people all over the world standing on cool floors. It’s weirdly inspiring and beautiful (and I love the shoes).
This is a great list and I looooove following Doug the Pug! I also get excited when Laura Grier’s photos come into my feed. She’s a wedding photographer turned travel/destination photographer and everything she does is fabulous! If you’re interested, you can check her out here: https://www.instagram.com/lauragriertravel/
Stopped at thedogist and can’t stop scrolling their feed haha! Instagram is probably the best social media platform for inspiration aaand also the best as a creative outlet as well! LOVE ITT
Wow. These are really good Instagram accounts to follow! I will check them all out one by one over the weekend. It looks like I am going to follow some really creative people! ps: I love The New York City Ballet’s account: @nycballet.
Wow these are some great accounts with some beautiful and awesome pictures. I will have a look at each one of these, and I am sure I will be following most if not all. I love to be motivated and inspired.
That drone shot is amazing! Along those same lines, my husband loves any of the National Geographic accounts. Especially @natgeo and @natgeotravel
I love these, time to add some amazing inspiration to my feed. Although I already follow Doug the Pug…because who doesn’t want some pug lovin’ on their instagram!
Wow thanks for sharing some of these accounts. I really love @groehrs this is a fun and creative account I am a new follower and fan really enjoying the fun foodie pictures!
I love this list. I am always looking for creative and unique accounts to follow. Have you checked out @bymariandrew? She’s a writer and illustrator, and her sketches are always great!
This is a great list! I love different accounts to follow! I’ve tried CrossFit once, not my thing! LOL
I know what you mean about looking for alternatives at the gym, I used to do that but found inspiration and now like trying new things. Thanks for introducing me to a whole new bunch of IG accounts.
What a great list! I’m a huge Instagram junkie. The one I’ve been into lately is @minimalistbaker. Her recipes are made with 10 ingredients (or less), in one bowl, and take 30 minutes from start to finish. x
I love your list! A couple of my favorites as of late are: @mynewroots (Sarah Britton) and @thefirstmess (Laura Wright). Can’t get enough of their plant based recipes. x
Thank you so much for introducing me to Nayyirah Waheed. Her words are just so amazing.
Such a great list! I am off for a wee insta wander. It’s my fav social media. Have you followed @emilyskyefitness? When I can’t make it to the gym, I do some of her videos and they leave me sore for days!
I often find great instagram accounts by searching the hashtags. I am into fashion, travel and food related. These are some great accounts, love all the contrast!
Oh I love your picks! I love finding awesome Instagram accounts for inspiration and such. Your feed is beautiful too though – I love it! Lately, I’ve been following @thebodycoach and @blackgirlinom, inspiring in their own ways!
I really liked Gretched Roehrs’ account..so much talent in the world with such simplicity.
Yet to check some more..looks like a great list to follow 🙂
I love your collection of creative accounts. It’s amazing how accessible and diverse art can be these days. Have you followed @mynameisjessamyn? She’s a yoga instructor and body-positivity advocate. I just love her advice about thinking of you feel, rather than how you look. x
Doug the Pug is so damn adorable!! Welcome to the Crossfit family, although I am not a full member! I do weight-training at home (in Canada) but when I’m visiting family in Italy for the summer I do Crossfit. What a workout!!
Thanks for sharing these Instagram accounts and I’m definitely checking them all out later! Doug the Pug is just so lovely!
I love finding new Instagram accounts to follow. I can’t wait to check each of these out. I’ve been loving @deliciouslyella. All of her recipes are so good!
I love finding new Instagram accounts. Some are curated so professionally. Always great inspiration. Bty, do you follow @mindbodygreen? They’re one of my favorites
I got to check out some of the Instagram account and they are so nice. Well done with finding all these great accounts. BTW the dog is so cute.
I love finding great instagram accounts to follow. I definitely follow Doug the Pug. He’s such a cutie!
All of these accounts are so good. I love Gretchen Roehrs. The account is so creative.
Looks like I will be Instagramming myself for most of the day. I would love to discover new and interesting Instagram accounts, so thank you for giving me these suggestions. They all look follow-worthy to me!
All of these accounts are so good. I love Gretchen Roehrs. The account is so creative. I also love Lily Diamond’s feed .
One of my favorite accounts is @coryrichards. He’s a photographer for National Geographic and also a mountain climber. His photos are nothing short of incredible.
Oh we love Doug The pug… in fact we were supposed to do a collaboration together last year which fell though as I was too unwell but he is super cool!
It’s Doug the Pug is a really cute IG account. Pug owners always go beyond to show their love for their pets. They are the ugly yet cute at the same time.
I haven’t checked that one out yet but I need to! I’m definitely a fan of pugs!
Omg this botanical garden in australia is super duper gorgeous! I’ve never seen a botanical garden in this view before.
great list! I follow a few of these accounts already, love Doug the Pug!
Really wonderful list full of inspiration! Love the drawings by Gretchen Roehrs and even though I never heard of Doug the Pug, I am now going to follow the account because… pugs!
I am mad at Insta right now for their constant algorithm changes, but I am working on new strategies to make my insta work for me. I will check these accounts out for sure.
Tons of great instagram accounts out there floating around just have to explore them. The flowers and that dog just makes me smile overtime I see it.
Doug the Pug! He’s one of my faves – what a cutie! You have some great picks here and I will definitely check out your healthy living ‘Grammers!
I am so in love with instagram. I cant wait to check out these accounts and get some new inspiration in my feed. I am going to Daily Dose first!
I envisioned a dog doing crossfit and it made me chuckle. I don’t have any Insta accounts I get inspiration from, if I find inspiration anywhere it is in real people.
I just love these Instagram feeds. I am very particular about which accounts I follow because I want to be inspired and motivated by them. Thanks for introducing me to some new ones!
I am all about the dog accounts. There are so many cute puppies out there and I love seeing them do funny thing that are pictureworthy!
I love getting inspiration from great instagram accounts. So many out there to check out.
Good luck with Crossfit! I love how unique Gretchen Roehrs posts are on Instagram. The fruit dresses are really neat!
So many crazy great accounts here!
We used to love IG till they changed their algorithm and everyone started cheating. However it is still a wonderful too.
Thanks for this post
Ohh the daily overview picture is beautiful! My favorites accounts on Instagram are the ones that has anything to do with underwater life! I love snorkelling and scuba diving and I think I was a mermaid in my pass life!