My Journey to Self Love & Body Acceptance
Self love, body acceptance, self esteem - those three things are the hardest for any girl to achieve. Whether your a famous model, or a girl who hates her picture being taken, we all struggle.
We all struggle with body acceptance.
We all struggle with our self esteem.
We all struggle with self love for our own bodies.
Self love and acceptance is a life long battle, and a life long journey. What I can't seem to understand is why us women aren't movre supportive, and encouraging of one another when it comes to the subject. Why are we all so quick to judge another woman's own personal journey? Why can't we all be rooting for one another, instead of tearing each other down?
I've never understood why we can mistake self love, and confidence for cockiness. Why can't we see that self love, and confidence is a beautiful thing to have for our bodies? We should all be incredibly encouraging and loving when it comes to the topic...why? because everyone struggles.
Everyone has flaws.
Everyone has insecurities.
And everyone is fighting their own personal battle with themselves.
Self love is a long, hard, and sometimes painful journey for each and everyone of us. I'm here to tell you today, no matter who you are, you can learn to love and accept yourself. It's not the easiest thing in the world, and it does take a bit of time. It also takes being surrounded by the right type of people. The positive ones, the most encouraging ones. You must first surround yourself with a good tribe. Filled with people who are there to lift you up, and not tear you down. Wherever you're at on this journey, I'm here to tell you......
I understand what you're feeling, and understand the struggle you may be facing and I am here for YOU.
And I'm here for each and everyone of you, no matter your struggle, or our relationship, stranger, friend, whoever you are, just know that I am here. To listen, support, encourage, and help you grow.
We must all be respectful, and helpful, and super encouraging to one another. For me, self love, body acceptance, and body acceptance has always been an interesting topic. Today, I'm going to share with you my personal journey, thoughts, and feelings towards the topic.
It took me years to finally learn to love and accept my body. Growing up, I was always playing sports: track and field, field hockey, and volleyball. I was always super active, and doing so gave me strong muscles, and bigger thighs. For years I could not understand why I wasn't pencil thin, with dainty little wrists and little to no curves. I had it in my mind that thin was beautiful, and I was different, and that was not so beautiful. Throughout my high school years, I ate super healthy, played sports, and still could not understand why I had wide hips, big thighs, and curves that most of my friends did not have. I wanted so badly to be taller, and have much smaller thighs....but that wasn't in the cards for me. My body was built strategically. It was made to have a definite waist, strong thighs, and arms that looked small, but could carry the weight of the world, or at least my world.
I'm here to tell you that every single body, is beautiful. Short, tall, thin, or thick, that is unique to you, and that is beautiful.
Everyone has insecurities, and I'm here to tell you that's okay. Learning to love your body is a lifelong journey.
No matter who you are, you can learn to accept yourself, flaws and all and love the skin you're in.
I hope today, you choose to take a step forward, and choose to love the body you were given. I hope you choose to nourish it, celebrate it, and make the best of it. We only have this one life, how do you want to spend it? I hope you choose happiness, and self acceptance today.
All above pictures were taken by Abby Ball, check her work out, she's absolutely fabulous!