Like most people, I've struggled a lot with feeling less than beautiful physically. I have a slightly lazy eye, I have an athletic build rather than petite, my cheeks are pretty round, I didn't get acne until I hit my 20's, & I could probably continue this list for a few paragraphs. When expressing my insecurities to my best friend Grace, she left me with this beautiful piece of advice..
"When it comes to insecurity I think it isn't about how we get over it, but how we allow it to feed us. Putting that energy into something else, something that lets us use our hands to where we can see that we are more than beings that need to be validated for our physical appearance. You know? Putting that energy into something YOU can appreciate more than anyone can ever appreciate your body."
PHEW. It's so easy to forget how amazing our bodies are - for far more than their beauty. Our bodies can heal many injuries, they can feel heartbreak from losing a loved one, they can reshape based on how we feed them, they can show us what's going on inside ourselves, they can build things, they can make humans (still freaks me out - I don't do pregnant tummies so don't show me), they can create SO MANY INCREDIBLE THINGS. You are more than the skin you're in. If you're a generally healthy, able person - celebrate it. If you're living with an illness (visible or invisible) - celebrate how strong you are.
I hope in this space we can build each other up. Regardless of gender, personal beliefs, status in life, etc. - we are all human & we're all in this together (cue High School Musical being stuck in your head for the rest of today).
Celebrate you, friend.
shoes: nordstrom rack