When I first started out my Instagram account it was for fun. I had no idea how to really use it and my first pictures are upside down (yes they are still there!). Fast forward a year or two and I became really really sick with Lyme disease.
I was too ill to work and you can only imagine my panic of having to give up my career. I still had bills to pay so I had to find a way of making money from my bedroom that I could do whilst sick. I knew I was creative so I started an Etsy shop selling digital prints and invitations and I had grown an Instagram following of about 5,000 but with very low engagement before coming across Helene.
As I said at this point I was bedbound and very ill, so when I found Helene she was a huge source of inspiration for me. She was real and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind and she travelled to places that I could only dream of being able to travel to when I got better. She also gave the encouragement of “if I can do it, anyone can do it” and that belief stayed with me when I slowly started getting better.
I decided to not hide behind my prints on Instagram and be a voice for my business and brand. I took Helene’s course Instagram for Success and it taught me how to grow my account organically whilst still staying true to myself and using my own voice. I learned how to take pictures of myself and more importantly how to edit them to with my own style and within 3 months I had grown my account to 10k followers!!
More more importantly than that I had gained a community of like minded followers happy to engage on my posts. I gained the confidence to start a blog and apply for sponsored travel and blogger trips. Before Instagram for Success I never would have had the confidence to even think that I was good enough. Now I have the belief that if you work hard using the tools that Helene teaches you anything is possible.
Within 4 months of having stem cell treatment for my Lyme disease I went from being completely bedbound to climbing mountains in India as a selected blogger of the Kerala Blog Express. My account has grown to 17.3k and is growing daily and I am now busy ticking all of the places that Helene inspired me to travel to off my bucket list.
Find Nicola on Instagram @all_about_rosalilla