An Instagram feed can tell you a lot about a person. Are they into celebrity gossip, do they love to travel (even from the comfort of their own bed by liking a good wanderlust pic), or are they obsessed with puppies in cute poses? One theme that’s taken over our feeds in recent years is the motivational quote. As much as we hate to admit it, hitting the follow button on a good motivational account feels like you’re doing something productive with your life. Instagram is flooded with these pages, so it can be tough to filter through to the good stuff (i.e the most aesthetically pleasing), but we got you. Below are our picks for pumping up your feed:
Subliming.jpg was created by artist Tessa Forrest in 2016 and has racked up 45,000 followers since, and it’s easy to see why. The power of typography is clear on this page, with 70s pink and orange a running theme on the colour wheel. It’s a strong favourite here in the IMAGE offices, not just for its look and feel but for its great balance of punchy kick-up-the-bum quotes, and longer musings with more depth.
If you’re a female who’s been on the internet at all in her life, chances are you’ve come across Girlboss. Created by entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso (the founder of Nasty Gal), the Girlboss brand has stretched across books, websites, events and podcasts, with the Girlboss Radio show. They host some brilliant guests on the weekly cast, and all of their most insightful quotes about career, success and self-confidence are curated in their account.
If millennial pink and Tumblr-esque snaps are more your vibe, Ms Millennial is right up your street. The quotes are a little less refined than the other accounts on this list, but weirdly, it doesn’t make them less impactful. Sometimes all you want is a quick pick-me-up with a sparkly background, and Ms Millennial has it in spades.
You may have heard of Bumble as the new fad for the dating app world, but did you know there’s also a Bumble for business? It gives you the opportunity to network and strike up conversations with potential career connections and to be honest, we don’t know how no one thought of it before. Bumblebizz is your daily dose of career-boosting wisdom, with titbits of advice on office politics, imposter syndrome and setting goals.
Sometimes quotes all about career and being a ‘girlboss’ can be a bit overwhelming for a morning scroll. At those moments all we really want is to be reassured that we’re doing okay and that we deserve a break – enter Recipes for Self Love. We love the diversity of the girls portrayed in the stunning artwork and paired with the simple reassurances of our self-worth, it’s a great account for the soul.
Mend is an app for the broken-hearted ladies among us. It’s a daily self-care app that gives support to those going through their first 28 days after a break-up. With an app that’s all about supporting us at our most vulnerable, it’s no wonder their Instagram feed encourages our happiness too. With calming blue typography and quotes from successful women that we all admire, it provides a nice place to escape online.
If you’re a stilettos-and-coffee, career-driven woman, then you’ll love Boss Ladies Mindset. Stay focused on your goals, hustle the game and glow up mentally, physically and emotionally. Yeah we know, it’s a little cringe but believe us, it works.
The thing that sets apart Kimothy Joy from her counterparts on this list is that she’s creating her post from scratch. An incredibly talented illustrator and author, Kimothy is all about championing incredible women and illustrating their achievements in gorgeous ways. An account that you, your mother and your daughter will love.
Levo is a self-described community for game-changing millennial women, and in a time where sisterhood is more important than ever, their ideas about success and solidarity are exactly what your feed needs. We particularly love how their quotes lean towards self-assurance and being certain of your worth and influence, and how we can use that to help our fellow humans.
Her Agenda is all about equipping women to be the best they can be professionally, and while the quotes on their feed might not be as punchy and eye-catching as some others, the honesty and realness more than make up for it.