Today's My Birthday. I Just Want ONE Thing...
I've been fired up lately, you guys.
Fired up because I'm sick and tired of living in a society where beauty is tied to my size.
I'm fed up that my whole life, I've been fed messages from the media that I need to trim my belly fat and be skinny in order to be beautiful.
I'm fed up that the diet industry is a 66 BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY. So when I buy into their messages that my body isn't good enough, that I need to lose weight to be valued, they keep winning.
And even worse? These advertised diets actually wreak havoc on our mental, emotional AND physical health. It's the most brilliant scheme! They tell us to go on a diet, know the diet will fail, and thus we will feel like failures, and thus fall off the band wagon, and then go searching for our next diet... they keep winning (making loads of money).
I'M OVER IT.
I'm over being told that my size matters. I'm over being told I should work for the #bikinibody. I'm over being told that my thighs should be cellulite free.
I'm over being told I may be successful in every other area of my life, but God forbid I don't look a certain way... I AM A FAILURE.
I'm over being told what I need to be or do to be beautiful.
I'm over being boiled down to MY BODY.
I am more than my body.
And my body is also a freaking miracle, thank you very much.
I want to live in a world where we see beauty in every woman, no matter her size. That there is no stigma around bigger bodies. Where every woman knows she can have a larger body AND be healthy and beautiful.
And guess what? I get to decide that THAT is my world. That I get to see the world that way. I get to look around and appreciate beauty in all it's different shapes and sizes. And, I get to decide that if someone judges me for the way I look, that's on them. That judgment means WAY more about them, than it does about me.
I read a post the other day that said, "weight stigma becomes very clear when we recognize that as a society, we are more comfortable with people being thin and unhealthy, than fat and healthy."
So what do I want for my birthday? I want you to join me in this world where body diversity is CELEBRATED and appreciated! And to take one little step in that direction, I want to fill your social media feed with empowering women in bodies of all shapes and sizes.
It may sound like a small thing, but seeing healthy, confident, proud, STUNNING women in ALL different body shapes ad sizes is so empowering and helps to retrain our brain to see that beauty and health look different on everyone.
Like flowers! Flowers all look different: various sizes, shapes, colors, heights... and yet they're all beautiful.
I want to live in a world where we can all appreciate each other's beauty without questioning our own.
So below, I've listed (just a few, I have so many!) of my favorite body positive/badass/boss lady women to follow on instagram. They're all different shapes and sizes. And they're all beautiful, incredible women. Give them a follow and start to see beauty in all forms, not only in others, but most importantly: in yourself.