Recently, my health Instagram Meg Says Eat hit 4,000 followers - yippee! - and I decided that I wanted to do something more than my usual milestone 'thank you x ten million' posts. I'd seen a few other people hold 'shoutout competitions', and I thought it was a really good idea and the perfect way of showing appreciation and giving something back.
I get a lot of 'sfs?' and 'can you give me a shoutout?' questions via email, private message and comments and although I'm not against shoutouts when they're genuine, I would never promote somebody's feed if I didn't actually follow them or enjoy their Instagram. Far too many people simply do shoutout after shoutout to gain a large following and in my opinion, it looks pretty fake and unappealing. For a while I had barely any followers and nobody liked or commented on my photos, but I consistently uploaded every day and put lots of thought and love into what I was doing - which is what I tell people who spam my profile for shoutouts and then I see that they've had their account for a day.
However, if I honestly love a person's feed I'll happily feature their profile on mine as I want others to be able to see how brilliant they are, too - it isn't about followers, it's about an online community where we can share ideas, recipes and inspiration. With that in mind, I decided I wanted my 'shoutout' competition to be a 'share the love' competition. I wanted to be able to actually get to know the people who so kindly follow me and discover new feeds that I previously wouldn't have seen. Thank you to all of the lovelies who entered.
Here are the four winners, each extremely talented and deserving in their own right!
I was so excited when Mel, a designer from Sydney, entered as I've loved her feed for such a long time. If you've read my blog before then you'll know that wanderlust takes up a lot of space in my head and I'm forever dreaming of clear blue seas and palm trees - and Mel's profile is like wanderlust heaven. I get a slight case of envy whenever I see her toes dipped into a sparkling ocean - and not to mention that gorgeous body, have you ever seen someone look so fabulous halfway through a yoga pose? Her dairy, gluten and refined sugar free recipes all look stunning and I have to take my hat off to her for her photography.
Okay, Sophia is just an absolute gem. As we both suffer from chronic illness I relate to her in so many ways, and her attitude towards continuing to live life with a smile regardless of the struggles we face with our health is both inspiring and encouraging. I find it incredibly humbling to see another spoonie - read Christine Miserandino's spoon theory here - trying her best despite her limitations, and if you're familiar with Sophia's blog - here - you'll know that she is so much more than her disability. As she uses food as medicine like me, I'm never lost for ideas when scrolling through her feed. Sophia is beyond lovely and always has a kind word to say. Her recipes are positively beautiful and I'm such a huge fan of hers!
In Johanna's profile she has the quote, "at first glance it may appear too hard. Look again - always look again" and I can safely say that her Instagram is nothing short of sweet motivating goodness. Just look at those abs. For a Pilates instructor you'd expect nothing less, but she truly outdoes herself with every post and I'm constantly looking like the loveheart-eyed emoji every time she uploads a new photo. As you can probably guess from her username she specialises in breakfast and oh boy, do her breakfasts look good. And she eats them tucked up in bed and always has cute bedsheets - a woman after my own heart. Johanna is nearly at 1,000 followers so it would be fab if we could get her there!
Oh, Maddie. My little ray of sunshine. If you've ever seen '#eattherainbow' doing the rounds on Instagram before, I'm going to be bold and say that Maddie's feed could be the ultimate Instagram for that hashtag. Her page is bursting with colour and vibrancy, just like her personality - the comments she leaves me are seriously the cutest, nicest things ever and I'm so appreciative that she takes the time to support me and what I'm doing. I was over the moon when she entered and I could return the favour, as it's obvious how hard she works on her account and how passionate she is about healthy living. She's such a beautiful soul, inside and out, and I couldn't be more proud that she has hit 1k! You go, girl.
So there we have it, four gorgeous ladies and four amazing new accounts for you all to feast your eyes on! Meg Says Eat is now at 5,500 followers which I find pretty unbelievable, and I'd like to take the opportunity to say one last big 'thank you' to you all.
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