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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
InstaGrateful: Finding Your Bliss in a Social Media World by Sheri Fink is a non-fiction self-help/inspirational guide that acts as a self-applied soothing balm to invigorate and strengthen the soul. Fink offers a roadmap for putting out positive, authentic content that reflects the positive, authentic contentedness that we seem to have lost in the digital age. Fink's blueprint isn't about being swallowed up by Insta-envy; it is about leading the charge for change that begins in our own output but is pulled from within. Broken down into five separate parts, InstaGrateful follows the backstory of Fink's path to her own personal success as we're taken on a journey to bliss and freedom from the bonds that seem to hold us back. InstaGrateful lays the pieces out in much the same way Fink herself enjoys putting together a jigsaw, doing so categorically with passion, peace, power, prosperity, and panache.
Fortunately, I have a pretty strong understanding of the curated lives that are created on social media so I never fell victim to the Insta-trap of comparing my own life to others. However, Sheri Fink flips the whole notion of social media fatigue back onto us in a way that completely blew me away. InstaGrateful and the bliss it helps us find harnesses the “you get back the positivity that you send out” ideology and applies it to our lives, and the life we present to the world. This absolutely goes beyond social media and moves into our interactions on a daily, real-life basis. What Fink shows us is that while social media serves a good purpose to those who use it that way, and definitely has its place in our lives, it is not actually our life. My favorite piece in Fink's book is in Part 3: Power, and titled Women Empowered. In it Fink tells the story of when she ventured out of her comfort zone and ended up in a Jiu-Jitsu class, a transformative invitation that brought a wonderful deluge of lessons learned that transcend the mat. This is an excellent guide and I am so happy to have read it.