Well, 2020 has been quite the year! Maybe it’s the socially distancing or the never-ending news cycle, but it’s NORMAL to feel drained. Staying creative and inspired during times of stress can be a challenge, which is why we love to surround ourselves with empowerment and motivation. Jazz up your Instagram feed with a dose of positivity, color, and self-love with our favorite inspiring Instagram accounts to follow.

Types of Inspiring Instagram Accounts to Follow

Party Style

Just because we’re all quarantined doesn’t mean you can’t dream up a socially-distant soiree! From home table settings to flower arrangements, there’s never been a better time to get crafty and put your creativity to work. Whether you are hosting a Zoom birthday dinner or decorating the patio with vibrant pops of color, festive decor can help improve your mood and productivity level.

According to Lifehack, color and decor can play a huge role in your productivity and mood. Stimulating colors, flowers, and lighting can help your disposition instantly. We could all use a little boost of joy and motivation as we work from home, so make every corner of your home a reason to smile. 

Jove Meyer, Slaack Productions and PartySlate have some of the most unique and fun party decor ideas to add to your inspiration board. Replicate a project with your COVID-19 quarantine pod or save it for a celebration in the future. For at-home inspiration and lively hostess tips, Ashley Smith, DIY blogger and founder of Sugar & Cloth, and Sam Ushiro, lifestyle blogger and founder of Aww Sam, will bring vivid color and charisma into your space. Check out these five fabulous event decorators and influencers:

@jovemeyer

@slaackproductions 

@partyslate

@aww.sam

@sugarandcloth

Words of Wisdom

Words have power. If you think inspirational quotes are cliche, think again. Motivational psychology has helped shift people’s perspectives, behaviors, and moods. 

“Humans are aspirational. We want to look up to role models and leaders and follow what they ask,” said media psychology expert, Scott Sobel, in an interview with Fast Company. “Leaders and their words–inspirational quotes–affect us on a primal level,” he continued. 

While quotes by famed icons have carried on like age-old mantras over decades, Instagram is responsible for igniting a new generation of wordsmiths. Instagram poets and graphic artists gain tens of thousands of followers for their intricate way with words and design. In uncertain times, these accounts have only grown in size. Here are a few of our favorite inspiring Instagram accounts: 

@morganharpernichols

@cleowade

@artsyaffirmations

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Anais Nin coming in with the heavy hitters

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@arielleestoria

@sosheslays

Positive Vibes Only

We know how it feels to get wrapped up in a negative news storm. With constant notifications and headlines pinging on our phones, it’s easy to fall down a rabbithole of bad news. Do yourself a favor and add some positivity to your feed. Thankfully, a slew of accounts have become havens for good news and motivational content. 

From international updates highlighting good doers to feel-good video content, these five incredible creators will do you proud. Feel the encouragement flow through you with these five motivating accounts that will make you want to be a better person:

@goodgoodgoodco

@goodnews_movement

@tanksgoodnews

@upworthy

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Well shiver me timbers this is too cute 🐧

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@soulpancake

Self-Care Gurus 

Let’s be real: therapy and self-care are no longer taboo, and they never should have been. The world is going through a global pandemic, a racial reckoning, an election, and climate change simultaneously. Being overwhelmed is the understatement of the year. While everything feels out of our control, it’s essential to focus on the little things we can do each day to make us feel purposeful and whole.

Self-care isn’t all sheet masks and scented candles (although we love those things, too). The practice of making time for yourself is a daily effort. Now more than ever, it’s vital to be present and give yourself grace in this unpredictable time. We have loved filling our feed with mental health heroes and advocates over the last few months as we learn to find joy in the little things. From professional therapists to online movements, the number of feel-good accounts on Instagram feels endless. Commit to your wellbeing and learn from these self-care accounts:

@i_weigh

@selfcare4yu

@blessingmanifesting

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Your self-care homework for today.

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@nedratawwab

@findmywellbeing

Trailblazing Women

As a woman-owned company, we are always looking to the leaders and activists breaking the glass ceiling in their industries. We admire strong, brave, and vulnerable who aren’t afraid to make waves. This year, many voices—both new and old—have contributed to movements around the globe. From trailblazers in their industry to women using their story to inspire others, we are so lucky to have such incredible women who share their courage and tenacity with the world. 

For starters, Houston’s very own Brene Brown has been a source of inspiration for many. As the queen of vulnerability, she uses her platform to share stories from the arena and what it’s like to lead with vulnerability and bravery. Outside of her podcast, she is also the author of a number of self-help books. 

Chanel Miller, the remarkable author of “Know My Name,” exhibits the same virtues of openness and courage in her landmark memoir. Her Instagram is filled with her brilliant comics that will make you laugh and love all at once. 

Outside of COVID-19, 2020 is undergoing a massive racial reckoning with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Elaine Welteroth, the former first Black editor of Teen Vogue, continues to pave the way for women in media as a role model. Both Rachel Cargle and Blair Imani, two Black educators, have used their platform to inform their followers on the importance of the movement while sharing tips on how to be a true ally to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. 

@elainewelteroth

@chanelmillerknowmyname

@brenebrown

@rachel.cargle

@blairimani

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BE PRESENT ✨ Don’t be so preoccupied with showing up that you fail to be present. Art by @zeaink. It is so easy to get distracted by the chaos of the world. Sometimes all we can do is SHOW UP. But there’s a difference between attending a party and partying—or—more relevantly there’s a difference between logging on to a Zoom meeting and actually PAYING ATTENTION.⁣ ⁣ Sometimes “showing up” isn’t even the best way to BE PRESENT. Here’s an example: It’s really traumatic for me to go to public demonstrations and protests now, so I don’t. I made an exception thinking that I could “handle it” and guess what? I couldn’t. I cried and hyperventilated for almost an hour while wearing my mask and I could barely say hello to my friends. There wasn’t even a significant police presence and I was super disappointed that I was so easily stressed by the crowd. I was so preoccupied with showing up that I forgot to be PRESENT. I mean sure, I was THERE but my mind was all over the place. ⁣ ⁣ And it’s not fair to myself to beat myself up over the fact that being arrested in 2016 has prevented me from participating in public protests because of the trauma and anxiety is causes me, that’s just how my brain decided to cope (or not cope) with a traumatic event. ⁣ ⁣ It doesn’t mean that I can’t be there for organizers, it just means that I have to redefine what “showing up” means for me. And that’s an important practice. Disabled activists like @crutches_and_spice, @seemiaroll, and Alice Wong are some of the most prolific organizers THAT I KNOW and they make “the movement” accessible to EVERYONE. ⁣ ⁣ The movement can not be accessible to only physically, mentally, and emotionally abled folks. It must be accessible to everyone. Because everyone cannot be present in the same way, nor should we be expected to! What does “being present” mean to you in the current moment?! Let’s talk!

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Do you have a favorite Instagram account that didn’t make the list? We want to hear it! Leave a comment or share it with us on our Instagram, @plannedwith.