Happy Wednesday, Lovelies!
Thank you so much for your encouragement on Monday after I shared with you my struggle with body issues.
I had such a positive response, that I want to touch a little bit more on that.
Ever since I was young, I was terrified of getting scars.
Scars didn't have any place in the perfectionistic standards I had for myself and my body.
So you can imagine my horror when I went out for a fun horseback ride, and came back with this giant cut on my back from an unfortunate tree incident on the trail.
The thing about comparison and perfection is that not only do they steal our joy, but they are relentless little suckers that don't want to be forgotten.
I have a nasty little habit that I've had ever since I was 15 and tried to get into modeling. Every time I walk by a mirror, I turn sideways, sometimes lifting my shirt up a little, to see if I look "skinny" that day.
I still do it sometimes.
Friends, I have missed out on so many fun things in life cause I was afraid of getting a scar.
I thought it would affect my "modeling career."
The "modeling career" that made me INSANELY aware of my body, to the point where I couldn't walk by a reflective window without scrutinizing it.
Our bodies are going to change.
It began at puberty and the fun only continues.
But our bodies are made to fluctuate.
Periods. Water weight. Babies. Menopause.
It's just fact.
I know how difficult it can be to accept aging, especially in a world where the young, hot secretary is all the rage and you're stuck at home with baby vomit on your clothes trying to sneak in a 2 minute shower.
Now, being HEALTHY is important.
I always support that.
But what you see around you aren't healthy standards.
They're advertising, wanting you to feel bad about yourself so you buy what they're selling to "make you look/feel better."
Don't buy into the lies.
You don't need what they're selling to be beautiful.
It begins in your heart.
Believing you're beautiful in every season of life cause God says you're beautiful.
Scars, stretch marks, cellulite...these are all just battle marks from braving this world as Warrior Women.
Now be brave enough to love yourself.