Have you ever seen a hashtag and used it without knowing its origins not purpose? As a social media marketer, I sadly see this quite often.
Over the last few years I’ve focused on keeping my clients informed of the latest and greatest trends, what they mean and how to use them or advice on why they shouldn’t be used, and et cetera.
My recent attention has been drawn to the hashtags: #SpiritJunkie and #LightMaker
If you follow my social accounts, you’ll realize I use them both frequently and have done so for the better part of three years. But the reality is that I’ve actually read the books that go with the hashtags.
I’m sure you’re wondering who the author is … She’s one of my favorite self-help authors … The ultimate spirit junkie guru, Gabrielle Bernstein.
*If you don’t know her books, check them out on Amazon. OR if you prefer to shop local, drop by a local bookstore to see if they have them; if not you can order it through them or online.
Spirit Junkies are people who are guided by love and light, nothing else. Sweaty Selfies, need not apply because it’s not about your body, it’s about your mind. It’s not about surface click bait, it’s to have you dig deep to find yourself and to shine your most inner light.
The term “light maker” is a part of the Masterclass she offers with another life coach. The term is representational of finding enlightenment and being brave enough to chase an authentic life without using hashtags that go against the core practice of yoga, alternative therapies, and meditation.
This is where my term “Glitter Thrower” stems from … Taking her teachings and applying them to my life as me which is different than her.
These are the moments ego has to be called out because we’re not being true to ourselves when we say words from teachings we don’t know.
So you see, while we can be attracted to using “fun” hashtags, it’s important to remember that if you use it, people will think you’re reading her books, you’ve taken her classes, or something of depth and experiences that gives you an understanding of her teachings.
Perpetrating to be what you’re not for the sake of using a hashtag must feel hallow. Trust me, I totally understand the attraction to social media followers, likes, and loves but be authentic and use hashtags only for the things you know. Otherwise someone could assume you’re someone other than you; which would only create another layer of confusion and inauthenticity. Which means they’re not liking you, they’re liking someone else that isn’t you.
Be you not a light maker nor spirit junkie that you can’t define. Dig deep to that inner glitter you seek because it’s there. You just have to learn who you really are then you’re your own light maker / glitter thrower / whatever you desire. JUST BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.
Go be YOU because the world needs YOU not another mask.