Dear Instagram, it's not me. It's you.

On April 5, 2012, I joined Instagram.


I was 34 years old and I had two almost 4 year old toddlers running around. I was smack dab in the middle of my career at a Quaker seminary and I hadn't found my way back to art yet. I was creating lots of DIY projects and experimenting with taking photos with my phone. Filters were all the rage and photo apps were being discovered.


Are you even a 42 year old midwestern woman if you don't have nostalgic memories of the Nashville filter?


It made everything looks so dreamy.



Pretty sure this is the Nashville filter on a collage photo of my boys. Pure 2012 trifecta.


I was also still obsessed with scrapbooking and blogging was a huge part of my life. Remember when I posted my daily outfits? And what about those blog hops? That was how we got followers back in the day.