The Story of Unfiltrd

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I used to commute 90 minutes per day. On that commute, I’d read books, listen to podcasts, and then scroll through Instagram like my life depended on it. (In some ways it did but that’s an entirely different story.)

In those books and on those podcasts, I’d listen to expert after expert dole out advice on what we should be doing in our careers right now and the glossy and glamorous story of how they got to where they are. It seems so easy when you’re listening to someone who is already at the top. Have an idea. Work hard. Find the right people and then boom! You’re a billion dollar company.

But what makes a good idea? How do you pursue your dreams while making rent? What does hard work actually look like? How do you stay persistent? Can you hire your friends? Is it okay not to have ambition?

While you’re trying to figure out your life and subsequently what you’re going to have for lunch, you get on Instagram only to look at everyone’s amazingly beautiful and perfectly curated pictures.

Sound familiar?

On the weekends, I’d get to happy hour or sit on the living room floor with my best friends and go beyond those face filters to have the real conversations. How do you make mental wellness a priority in the workplace? If I’m not climbing the ladder, should I quit my job? Are you happy? A million conversations and I determined that no one had any of the answers, but there was so much shared wisdom in beauty in finding out that there was entire community of people willing to live in the “grey.”

And that is the birthplace of Unfiltrd. Actually, it’s on a yellow post-it note that I wrote down while waiting for someone to pick up the customer service line at Xerox.

Unfiltrd is the community for those who are in the valley of their careers. They are becoming what they’re becoming and the want to talk about their journey. Unfiltrd is the place to come when you realize that the grass isn’t greener on the other side and EVERYONE is using a filter on Instagram. It’s the place to get real, live in the grey, and engage with like minded souls.

Unfiltrd is powered by a community of dreamers, seekers, writers, and professionals who have something to say with the world. You do not have to be an expert and we don’t want you to sell yourself as the perfect person with all of the answers. We just want you to be real and share your story with others.

While you’re becoming what you’re becoming, while you’re on that journey and adventure: Let’s talk about it and let’s learn from each other. Also, let’s be completely honest about the fact that it’s not perfect.

Welcome to Unfiltrd!

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Published by Kristian Gist

Kristian is the founder of Unfiltrd and mother to the best little boy around. She's currently teaching herself sign language and probably off reading a good book somewhere and thinking about pizza. You can find her on Instagram @kristianologist.

3 thoughts on “The Story of Unfiltrd

  1. Love this purpose! I remember my mentor in college told me, life gets a lot easier when you realize that no one has it all figured out. I sometimes forget that lesson.
    Once when I was in a yoga teacher training session and we were journaling and then sharing with the group, I got up and talked about someone who i had to interact with at work who really grinded my gears and I was trying to dive into why she really bugged me. Finally I just let it go because even though she presented a great face I know her boyfriend sucked and that I had so much more to be thankful for in my life. I think its the first time I have ever intentionally let go being annoyed from someone. Its definitely not always possible for me, but magical when i succeed


      1. Totally a skill a learned over time. And I totally think it gets easier the more you do it. But sometimes its still hard.


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