Sharing my personal Instagram post here with the caption!

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Woke up in Miami 🌴

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On a real note, this picture was taken back in May in St. Lucia with @clickpicvic. Our first day in paradise and I was sick as a dog with a fever. OH AND it was my birthday. But even with my fever... it was one of the happiest moments of my life. I remember wanting to pick that flower for my hair so badly but being scared I was gonna get yelled at 😂 Obviously,   I was successful. 

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I found this photo and I couldn’t stop looking at it. Sometimes I find photos of myself and I’m like “oh hey damnnnn girl you look hot” But this one I kept looking at and thinking about how happy I looked. I love how I look here because I know that my smile was real, the moment was real, and the happiness was real. I was thinking about a caption for this photo and came up with “woke up in Miami” because well, I did. BUT I was just like “omg that’s so fake... that’s not what this photo is about and not what this photo means to me.” This photo is more than just pretty girl and a cute caption... it’s a moment. 

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I feel like so many of us are afraid to share our thoughts online because we are afraid of criticism and people unfollowing us. I just want to share that I’m not scared to be myself and type these long ass captions. I used to believe people only cared about a hot pic. Well truth is maybe they do... but as long as you don’t let being perfect consume you and you just post what YOU like and what YOU want, then who cares if they only care about your hot pic? Just remind yourself that it’s okay to show who you are beyond a photo. YOUR Instagram should be about YOU.  

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If you look at a photo of yourself and you love it, POST IT. Don’t worry about if it’s perfect enough for instagram. If you feel beautiful, that’s all that matters. There are so many pictures I love of myself but never posted because I didn’t think it was good enough for the gram. I was looking at this photo and thinking that I looked so beautiful in it —but in a different way than usual..... I love my modeling photos, and my sexy bikini pics, and playful videos... but I discovered that my REAL, TRUE, GENUINE happiness, is my favorite look on me.

PersonalKari Riley