My “Top 5” Favorite Instagram Influencers

To be honest I spend way too much time on the internet and social media platforms. I absolutely love it and hate it at the same time. There are so many people and accounts out there that hype up unrealistic lifestyles for the everyday person like myself. The number of times I have gotten down on myself over what someone else was doing on social media is crazy.  I can’t believe that I let fake ideas and unattainable looks discourage me.

Recently I have cleaned up my Instagram feed and removed accounts that weren’t serving me in a positive and encouraging way. There is absolutely no reason why I should voluntarily allow myself to be put down by people when I have the power to not associate myself with it. After reviewing my newly cleaned out Instagram, I decided to share with my current top five favorite ladies I follow who inspire me and lift me up daily.

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5. @chelsvaccariello // Chelsea Vaccariello

42.8k followers on Instagram

Chelsea (CV Fitness) is the REAL DEAL. She is not like other fitness influencers who just promote products and show off their rockin’ bodies. Chelsea is genuine and creditable. She provides her audience with informative and educational videos to perform target workouts properly and effectively. She shares her personal experiences to inspire others and encourages a healthy balanced life. Chelsea is really great at connecting with her followers through her stories. She constantly is answering questions and showcasing her favorite things, which shows her friendly and perky personality.

The crazy thing about Chelsea is that when I moved to Chicago and started working at a new lululemon store, I found out she was employed there too. I fan-girl hard and Chelsea just blushes and smiles. She even let me do a school video project on her and let me say she was just beyond grateful that I looked up to her the way I do. Now that I personally know Chelsea and her background in the health and wellness field, I have to say she knows what she is talking about.  She truly is one of the sweetest humans I have ever met.

On and off social media Chelsea is a kind-hearted soul who is always open to helping others and inspiring them to live to their highest potential. I love saving her videos and doing her exercises in the gym. Thanks to Chelsea’s recommendations I found a protein  and supplement brand (1Up Nutrition) that works for me and is actually delicious.

4. @wearesoulsparks // Kristin Lohr

41.8k followers on Instagram

We Are Soul Sparks is another Chicago based influencer. Kristin is a life coach and writer who posts daily inspiration quotes. Sometimes they are written by herself, famous names, or names I have never heard of. What I love about her page is how aesthetically pleasing it is to the eye. She keeps a consistent look to her page, so the quotes always pop out in my crazy, cluttered, all over the place feed. Whenever I am in need of a pick me up, I can always count on the most recent post from Kristin to inspire me.

Kristin also has a weekly newsletter that is SERIOUSLY THE BEST. She writes about topics that are so relatable. Kristin’s vulnerability contributes to the authenticity of her words. She really knows how to open her heart, remove judgement, and problem solve. I actually had the chance to sit down with Kristin at her first ever “Soul Sparks Hangout” and it was so uplifting to hear her speak in person. She really lives by her words and practices self-love every single day. To be in a small group setting with her talking about life and enjoying wine was something I will never forget. She is a great person to follow on your good days and bad days.

3. @leefromamerica // Lee Tilghman

291k followers on Instagram

Lee from America is a real fun and educational account to follow. She is the cutest Cali girl who talks about all things self-care, holistic living, hormone balancing, and plant loving. I have only been following Lee for a few months now but she has opened my eyes to a whole new world of opportunities. She provides so many educational tips and tricks to make more conscious life choices that are better for your mental, physical, and emotional health.

I started to write my monthly intentions and post them in a place I look at daily because of Lee. She really inspires me to tune into my body and listen to my heart. That I should live my life for me and not society. I love reading her blog articles because they always teach me about new food choices, lifestyle products, and ways of thinking. I even have a list going in my phone of things from Lee that I gotta try.

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2. @chickpeainthecity // Addie Martanovic

55.5k followers on Instagram

Chickpea in the City is the gal to follow if you want to know where the best spots for sweating, eating, and grocery shopping are in Chicago. Addie has a passion for health and wellness, music and celebrating the little things daily.  Addie has all the connections with local businesses and she shares some of the best new music finds. She documents her travels to other cities like New York City and Los Angeles and shares her favorite sports there too! She is the go to guide of finding the hot spots in the health and wellness field.

Addie has introduced me to some favorite products like Simple Mills crackers and baking mixes and Kite Hill dairy free cream “cheese” spread. I have also tried places I’d never think of trying like Kitchfix and Real Good Juice. I can’t tell you the number of times I have screen shot her story because she was talking about an amazing place or food item. One time Addie was riding behind me in Soulcycle and I freaked out and ran up to her after classes. She is so funny and sweet.

1. @carly_bergman // Carly Bergman

19.6k followers on Instagram

Carly Bergman is the most down to earth, loving, and caring soul I have ever come across. We are from the same hometown and to see someone you’ve crossed paths with growing up transform their life into something bigger than themselves is truly beautiful and inspiring. Carly is an advocate for sustainability and promotes a conscious lifestyle. She has so much love for the earth and everything it offers to us. She educates her followers on a vegan lifestyle and how to create a more judgement free wholesome life.

On top of that she apart of the dream team couple (@sustainable_duo) with her boyfriend Brendan Fitzgerald (@the_sustainable_ceo), the creator of @planet_protein. Together they travel across the country promoting plant-based nutrition, conscious eating, and zero waste lifestyle tips. They share a such a strong connection and real love that I’ve never seen before. They make me want to grow my own garden (which I will one day) and explore options that are more eco-friendly.  

Carly is the reason why I first bought kombucha, she’s the reason I had my first acai bowl, she’s the reason why I decided to eat a plant-based diet in 2018. She just radiates a positive vibration that makes me want to evolve into a better version of myself. She really stays true to herself regardless of what people say and that itself really speaks to me.

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Each of these ladies contribute to my positive attitude and encourage me to live my #bestlife. They have taught me to follow my dreams and just go for my goals. Seeing them share what they love in their lives is part of the reason why I share what matters to me. You never know who might read and who it might affect in a positive way. It’s an endless chain reaction that could change people’s lives and make the world a more loving and happy place.

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Kasey Elizabeth