Instagram.

The weather was a typical sunny Southern California day. Glorious as always - too perfect to call winter. We gathered in Venice and made our way up PCH into the Santa Monica Mountain Range. Listening to good music and harmonious conversation in the car, the warm breeze rolled through smelling like salty ocean air. I looked around, melted into the present moment. And I realized..

If it weren't for social media, I wouldn't be HERE right NOW.

A crazy thought I guess. I still remember when we got internet on the family computer. How complex of an idea - it still baffles me. Up until about four years ago Facebook was my means of communication to those far away. Looking around at friends of friends, seeing who I might know. Maybe someone from the past would pop up!? It all seems like a distant memory now.. lol.

When I started @mountaingirls I was hesitant to tell anyone, assuming I would get some backlash for being...corny, I'm not sure. Things like that don't bother me so much now. Every once in a while you will read something about how terrible social media is. It's rotting the brains of our youngsters, most common - "it's all just fake".

My perception: it's all what you make of it.

Instagram is filled with photos of dream-like lifestyles so far fetched, things can seem unrealistic and unobtainable. ..The girl with the perfect body, luxury cars, mansion homes and yachts. But beyond all of that subjective matter is a mecca of possibility where people are logging on from around the world - creating together, collaborating, meeting up, generating partnerships with others who are like minded. The potential to go somewhere new, grow your business, meet people and cultivate a bigger bubble is enormous.

Over the course of the last four years I have met some of the best people I know, explored places I never imagined I would, grew opportunities - not just for myself, but my friends too. It feels silly to say.. I have expanded my world through social media and I am grateful for it. I love to reference one of my favorite quotes when it comes to this topic:

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." - Anaiis Nin

Beautiful people I met through Instagram