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January 2, 2018

Instagram “Top 9 of 2017” vs. MY Top 9 of 2017

How instagram got my top 9 WRONG.


This is not my typical blog post. But bare with me.  If you follow me on instagram, you know I was disappointed when I saw my instagram”top 9 of 2017″.  The top nine are the most liked photos on instagram throughout the past year.  In theory it is a fun way to see what content was the most impactful. In reality it tells you what the most popular content was.  My top nine were photos were of my face and body…NOT what I consider to be my most impactful or insightful content.  If you want the whole scoop on that story, you can see it over on instagram. I go into plenty of detail in the post with my top nine.

Today I want to share MY “top 9 of 2017” on instagram with you. These were the nine posts that I felt were the most valuable + vulnerable.  The instagram posts below are the ones that I feel show my heart + my mission to inspire and educate YOU.  I am on social media to give, not to gain affirmation that I am pretty or fit.  I am there to serve.

Without further ado, let’s reveal my top nine and WHY I feel they deserve recognition.

These are not in order of importance. They are chronological, from the beginning of 2017 to the end of 2017.  I do however feel they get better throughout the year.

#9 My first ever FreeWorkoutFriday video

This was the first time I gave y’all a workout you could do at home. It was when I upped my video + content game to provide you with a higher value through social media.  This was really a turning point for me and my plan for you + your needs.  You can see more #freeworkoutfriday’s here.

#8 My “movement” video

Before I was on the Women’s Strength Summit with Steph Gaudreau I threw together this video with my thoughts on “movement” and what it means to me.  This video is my soul when it comes to my perspective on people moving their bodies.  It IS NOT about freaking looking good. Of course I don’t hate looking “fit,” but that is certainly NOT the driving force behind WHY I move my body.

#7 Reflecting on my dreams + encouraging you to do the same

I cried when I wrote this instagram post.  I don’t cry very often.  When I do it actually catches my be surprise.  The water works started because I was where this post was.  The things I have prayed for, and dreamt about have become realities.  That’s insane! So often I find myself just reaching for the next goal, never being satisfied.  We often don’t slow down enough to be grateful.  It is something I struggle with but LOVE doing when I make time.  It is so essential for growth to slow down + remain grateful. I feel like I need that tattooed on my forehead sometimes, I swear.  This post was for you and me both.  I just wanted you to slow down, and reflect in this crazy fast-paced society we live in.

#6 The “I don’t care what people think” post

This bad boy was food for thought. On social media I just saw such a facade on across accounts I followed.  I wanted to address it and challenge you to challenge your own walls/facades.  I know this is a “fitness” account but I really just want to make humans better.  A huge part of fitness is mindset and self love.  This post was all about that.

#5 Spain train reflection

I wrote this post when I was on the train from Barcelona to San Sebastian in Spain. Tears ran before writing this one too. I think I just cry when I reflect because I am so passionate about what I am doing + grateful for the fact that it is even a possibility. In regards to this post, I wanted to inspire. I don’t “fit the mold” of the American Dream.  YOU are YOU and you have the passions + interests you have for a reason.  My desire was for you to dream big and be open to growing in whatever direction you need to grow in.  I believe you should take leaps, and risks.  Some calculated, some not so much.  You’ll be a better human because of it.

#4 Calling you out + holding a standard

This was a little tough love for you. Maybe it applies to you, maybe it doesn’t. But either way I felt the overall message of “fulfill your potential + use your resources” was a pretty applicable message no matter what.  Excuses don’t suit you.  I just wanted you to know you’ve got a lot more to give than you might think before you peace out or give up.  And no one is going to do it for you.

Basically I like some tough love and don’t think there is enough of it around these days.  Allow me…

#3 Injury relation

Most of us have been injured.  I posted this for myself.  I needed a reminder.  So I thought I would just share it with you. It was a valuable reminder for me, and I figured it couldn’t hurt to pass it on.  I loved the messages + comments relating to the struggle of being injured or just wanting your body to be capable of what it once was.  I’m finding these posts are anything but the “prettiest/put together” instagram posts…

#2 Upping the education

This is where we are heading in 2018.  The reaction to this post and the first KB post were a definite sign that you are wanting solid, clear cut education.  I am beyond excited and happy to provide that for you.  Every time I post something on instagram I am taking a risk. How will it be received?  Is it content that really provides value or a good laugh?  This was awesome content for you + inspiring for me.

#1 Don’t be a d*** + have good form

This might just be my favorite post to date. It is a combination of humor + TRUTH.  Although I don’t give form tips, or direct help to you; this instagram post communicates and makes clear what I stand for.  I don’t care how much weight you lift, I care what your body looks like + feels like while lifting it, and I hold a standard of being a decent human in the gym.  I enjoyed making it, you clearly enjoyed watching it. It was truly a win-win.

That my friend is my top 9 of 2017.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Did you love these posts?  What were your favorite posts this year? I want to hear from you!

Leave me a comment below with what you’re thinking!

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I'm an adventurous introvert from Vancouver, Washington who lives on sleep + "me time." I'm a lover of lifting weights, dinosaurs, real talk and traveling with my husband. I am here to help you move better, lift more, bust the myths of the fitness industry, and inspire you to love the process.

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