Popular quotes: “Lonely but fabulous”…and why being lonely may be a good thing

Lonely But Fabulous Screenshot No UI.jpgHi Hearters — Molly here!  I help out with content at We Heart It, and will be adding some guest posts to this blog.  I’ve been a major fan of We Heart It for what seems like forever, and I’d love to hear more about you and what you’d like to see on the blog — more .  Feel free to drop me a line at any time, for any reason at hello@weheartit.com.  And of course, feel free to follow me on We Heart It.

Today I was browsing through my feed when I came across this image, first hearted by user Leticia Tomazini. It got me thinking about the concept of loneliness–can it actually be a good thing once awhile? And if so, what can you you learn about yourself from being alone? 

One of my favorite things about We Heart It is that it’s a safe place we can come to explore our thoughts and points of view without being judged. “Lonely but Fabulous” means something different to everyone.

When I first hearted the photo, I immediately thought of when I first moved to New York City the summer after my sophomore year of college. I’d moved for an internship and lived in a dorm with three other girls, all of whom were strangers, for three months.

Ironically, despite being literally surrounded by people, it was the most alone I’d felt in my entire life. Actually, the presence of other people made me feel more lonely–everyone seemed to be having fun with their friends, chatting away, laughing, smiling…while I, even if I was faking happiness, felt emptier inside by the minute.

What I didn’t realize then was that it doesn’t matter whether you’re in the busiest city in the world or an empty, wide-open field all by yourself–loneliness can creep up on anyone, at any time. I decided it was okay to feel sad — and that instead of looking at it as a negative, I could use the experience to learn to rely on myself and myself alone — something I’d never done before. 

In New York, by myself, I became my own best friend. I learned I could take care of myself. I learned I could entertain myself — with a book, alone in a restaurant, for example. When situations arose that made me uncomfortable, I heard myself loud and clear — “Get out of here, it’s not safe,” or “What are you doing? You aren’t okay with this. Leave. It’s okay.” When I accomplished things–at work, or even just venturing into a new part of the city by myself–I learned I didn’t need praise from others in order for my accomplishment to count. I could be proud of myself and that was enough. 

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This is just one example of “Lonely but Fabulous” — I see instances of this concept all over We Heart It every single day. Check out my collection of “Lonely but Fabulous” images for inspiration to use in your daily life and feel free to start your own collection inspired by this awesome phrase — I’ve included tons of photos of people curling up with a book, traveling alone, spending time meditating and listening to music.

Hearters, what does “Lonely but Fabulous” mean to you? Tell us below in the comments section, and don’t forget to post links to your favorite quote collections.

The new We Heart It is here!

We Heart It version 5.0 for iOS

It’s here! Rewritten totally from scratch, our new app for iOS is out today. Here’s what you’ll experience in the new update:

  • Higher-quality and larger photos, pictures, videos and gifs.
  • Double tap to heart! Connect with the images and people that inspire you more easily than ever.
  • Customizable canvas that lets you feature a collection, like your favorite tattoos, latest fashion, or whatever you love.
  • Clean, modern and beautiful design. We Heart It has never looked so good!
  • New and improved browser, so you can save, upload and post new images from the web or your favorite blogs.

Be sure to download it now on your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod Touch®!

We Heart It for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

As always, we welcome your feedback and comments. You can always send us a quick note at hello@weheartit.com.

This release comes after many months of development, design, and product research. And many cans of Red Bull. We truly hope you enjoy it!

Happy hearting!

 

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Following Collections – now on our site!

Now you can customize your following feed with the option to follow collections on our website!

Look for the follow button on collections to add just that collection to your following feed.  Mad about coffee, dogs, colorful images, or music?  Make your following feed about just the content you love!

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iOS users – stay tuned!  We’ll be rolling this out to you soon.

Enjoy!

Introducing Following Collections on Android

If you download the latest Android We Heart It update, you might notice a little something extra. After hearing your countless emails and tweets, and doing a little engineering magic, you can follow collections on We Heart It!

We Heart It - Android - Follow Collections

As much as you dig who you’re following, we understand that you might enjoy some of their hearts more than others. That’s precisely why we’ve released following collections. Collections give you a peek inside someone’s personality, dreams, and aspirations, and we want you to connect with others on the images, topics, and inspirations that matter to you most.

We Heart It - Android - Follow Collections in List View

Next to the title of each collection, you’ll now have the option to follow it. When you follow a collection, the activity from this collection will now appear in your Following feed.

Love someone’s travel collection, but aren’t too fond of their nail art collection? Toggle which collections you’d like to follow or unfollow directly from the Collections list view, or from your dashboard.

We hope you enjoy this new feature, and we look forward to hearing what you think.  Site and iOS users – we’ll be rolling out to your platforms soon.  Please reach us at hello@weheartit.com if you have any suggestions or other feature ideas. We really value your input, so … we might just build it!

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We Heart It Community Spotlight: Tashina Combs

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In our last We Heart It Community Spotlight, we featured the spectacular Marie Brudevold. Luckily, at We Heart It, there is no shortage of amazing, inspirational users, so we’re happy to introduce to you Tashina Combs, the writer behind the vegan beauty and lifestyle blog, Logical Harmony.

Our friends at I Heart Daily chatted with Tashina about her inspirations, gold spray paint and her current beauty must-haves.

We Heart It - User - Tashina Combs

How did you find out about We Heart It?
I honestly cannot even remember because I have been using it for so long—literally for years!  Between the web browser and iPhone app, I’m on the site several times a day! I use the app during my daily commute, and then hop onto the web browser at some point in the morning or evening as well. I’m seriously addicted.


What do you love about the site?

I love that it lets me easily save and share inspiring images. It’s a great way to create vision and inspiration boards for different areas of life. I also love that it’s so easy to find images that appeal to you.


Who are some of your favorite people to follow, and why?

My favorites are Lauren Cosenza, Put Your Lipstick On, and ZOVA Fitness. Each one speaks to a different side of me. Lauren has awesome beauty images, Put Your Lipstick On has great fashion and house posts, and ZOVA really keeps me motivated with my workouts!

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What types of photos inspire you to post to your page?
I love photos that make me feel good! Beautiful locations, cute animals, fresh fruit… I also really enjoy photos that are beauty and fashion related and can help inspire my own style.


Do you prefer expressing yourself through photos or words?
Both. As a blogger, I express myself through writing. However, not everything can be appropriately expressed through words. Sometimes you just need a photo.


How would you describe your aesthetic?
Girly and fun. I love pastels, pink, and florals. I also love fitness, so there’s a lot of workout-related hearts on my canvas as well.


What was the last photo you hearted and what do you love about it?
A watercolor of a fox with raw crystals all around it. I just thought it was a great representation of nature, harmony, and positive creative energy.


What kinds of creative things do you do offline in your daily life?

Offline, I do a lot of cooking, recipe creations and small DIY projects. These projects usually involve another addiction of mine—gold spray paint. Each week I publish a new recipe on my blog, Logical Harmony, so I’m constantly coming up with new recipes, trying them, and photographing them.


You’re way into beauty—any favorite products to share?

Right now, I’m really into the Sibu Beauty skincare line. Since I started using it, my skin has never looked better! Other favorites are the Babette lipstick from Lime Crime, Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced, and the nail polishes I Only Fly Private and Blush Boudoir Pink from NCLA. I love simple and natural products too, so I am rarely without cornstarch to use as a dry shampoo and coconut oil to moisturize and remove makeup.


Is there a quote or motto that sums up your feelings about life?
Gabrielle Bernstein said: “I am not the victim. I am the lighthouse.” Gabby has been a huge source of inspiration in my life and I love this quote because it’s a reminder that it’s important to rise above and always choose love over fear. We all have this amazing light inside of us—you need to let it out!

We Heart It Community Spotlight: Marie Brudevold

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In a new blog series, we’re featuring hearters whose profiles inspire us. First up: Marie Brudevold, who fills her canvas with wanderlust and wild spirit. Obviously, we love her. Right up our alley! We wanted to get to know her more, and asked our friends at I Heart Daily to ask her a few questions.

We Heart It - User - Marie Brudevold

I Heart Daily: How did you find out about We Heart It?
Marie B: I found it through a blog I followed many years ago, it was love and one big heart from me at first sight! It’s such a source for inspiration, a place where you can lose yourself in dreams and ideas, and of course share your own dreams and inspire other with your own pics. Oh, I can browse on We Heart It for hours! I’m on the site almost daily. I turn to it when I’m at home on the couch with my MacBook, looking for pictures that can describe my mood.

IHD: Who are some of your favorite people to follow, and why?
MB: Mikson, she finds the most beautiful and telling pictures in the exact same style as I like ‘em. http://weheartit.com/mikson

We Heart It - Mikson - Hearts

IHD: How would you describe your aesthetic?
MB: I’m attracted to melancholy images. When feelings are involved, when there’s a story behind a picture. But I also love art that is inspiring and happy, and I like pictures with people. I always sit and think about what the people in the pictures are doing for a living. Who they are, what they’re thinking.

IHD: What was the last photo you hearted and what do you love about it?
MB: Oh, that’s… My own, haha. (http://weheartit.com/entry/114030920/via/supermarie) I love the beauty of it, the light and the magic, made by our Earth.

IHD: What kinds of creative things do you do offline?
MB: I take a lot of pictures, mostly for my blog www.supermarie.no, and I love to decorate my home. I also go for walks in the mountains or the forest–Norway has so many places to go for beautiful walks in the nature, and that’s where I’m the most creative.

IHD: Is there a quote or motto that sums up your feelings about life?
MB: Don’t count your days, make your days count.

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