This week I want us to practice acceptance of ourselves. This post is one of the realist ones I have written. I feel it’s time to.
This is me in 2011 at the age of 21.
You wouldn’t know it but I am struggling with body acceptance in this photo. I thought I was fat. I thought I was ugly. I wouldn’t never have my hair natural it had to be permed and blown silky straight.
Now this is the most recent full body photo I have. This was September 2017 at the age of 27.
This photo I am still struggling with body acceptance. I let go of some misconceptions I had about myself. I LOVE my natural hair. I don’t ever have it straightened unless I feel like it. I struggle to see the beauty in myself at times.
I struggle with acceptance of my body. Growing up it was hard. I fully believe loving oneself starts at home where your more comfortable with family. It was not like that for me. I was more developed up top than most girls. My mother would always bring that to my attention and put me down for it like I could control my genetics. She would buy me big shirts to
hide my breast and make me where them. I had to listen to negative comments about myself and my weight. Hearing negative thoughts all your childhood has great impact on who your are in your adulthood.
I’m at a age where I can’t blame my mother for it any longer. I understand it’s time for me to accept me for me. But it’s so damn hard.
Today I want to encourage men and woman to love you for you. I know it’s not easy but start small. Here’s some tips I suggest:
- Have your friends text you encouraging words everyday.
- Download Pinterest and find uplifting and encouraging wallpapers for your phone that you like.
- Have a mirror and a dry erase marker? If you do, write some encouraging words to yourself.
- Have post it’s and a sharpie? Leave stickies in hidden places so you can find them randomly.
Gabby quote is so inspiring. It’s time we love our bodies💜
One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body. I got tired of hating myself. < em> -Gabourey Sidibe Let’s begin the journey of self acceptance together. It’s going to rough road but I am ready. Are You?!?