If you keep up with Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines, you likely follow her social media accounts. Although the designer posts messages on social media, she shared in the Spring issue of The Magnolia Journal she had to take a step back and evaluate the way she participates in social media. Here’s the reason Joanna Gaines is careful about her social media use.
Joanna is no stranger to being in the public eye
Joanna has been in the public eye for quite some time. She and her husband, Chip, first became widely known after appearing on HGTV’s Fixer Upper in 2013. Since the show took off, the couple has had speaking engagements and given countless interviews Chip and Joanna also recently announced they would be starting their own network. However, when it comes to social media, Joanna has been very careful.
The reason Joanna Gaines is careful about her social media use
In the Spring 2019 issue of The Magnolia Journal, Joanna said she sometimes feels insecure about her social media posts. She says she didn’t feel this way at the beginning of her Fixer Upper fame, but once more people started following her, she felt pressure to keep up appearances.
It wasn’t so very long ago that I had only a handful of followers on Instagram. There wasn’t any pressure to post anything at all, so whenever I did, it didn’t really cross my mind whether or not people would “like” it. When that number started to rise and people were sharing their opinions about what I was posting, that changed. I could feel insecurity start to creep in, and posting a photo was no longer an act of enjoying the in-the-moments of life but rather a more calculated decision. With every picture I found myself critiquing if there were messy backgrounds or blurry smiles.
Joanna Gaines has spoken about being insecure before
This isn’t the first time Joanna has mentioned her insecurities. She told Darling magazine she felt insecure in high school. Switching schools during her sophomore year made things tough for her. Joanna’s parents told her to just walk into school and that she’ll make friends, and everything will work out. However, things didn’t go as planned. Joanna said she had a tough time meeting people and she was so fearful she stayed in the bathroom during lunch time.
My parents told me, ‘Walk in. You’ll make friends like you always do,’ and I just remember walking in and … I just did not know what to do with myself. In the lunchroom everyone was a blur and I was thinking, ‘How do people do this? How do you find that one person to sit with?’ So, I literally walked in the lunchroom and walked out and went into the bathroom. My fear and my insecurities just took over and I felt like I’d way rather sit in the stall than get rejected.
How Joanna handles the pressures of social media
Joanna says now that she is aware social media sometimes makes her feel insecure and anxious, she takes a step back and thinks about each piece of content she posts. Sometimes she chooses to just enjoy a moment and not post on social media at all. She also says she puts her phone away when she starts comparing herself to others on social media.
I am also, finally, mindful of when the red flags of comparison or anxiety begin to move in. They kindly remind me that something in my own heart or mind is a bit out of sorts. My best next step is to stop scrolling and put my phone away.
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