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Megan Jayne Crabbe 🐼  I like talking about body positivity, feminism, and how dogs are better than humans. πŸΆπŸ’œ Bestselling author of Body Positive Power πŸ“–πŸŒž YOUTUBE ⬇⬇

Don't even try to tell me that the shapes and textures of our bodies are things we should be ashamed of. ❗ Β·

How could that be true when every ripple and roll create such beautiful waves on the oceans of our stomach. 🌊 ·

When our thighs are covered in the same constellations that are called miraculous by people watching the night sky. ✨ ·

When every bulge, dip, fold or swell are reflected in the landscapes that are called masterpieces when they're made out of paint. 🎨 ·

And when every mark, scar, patch or bruise that doesn't match the rest has decided to choose your body to tell a story through. πŸ“– Β·

Don't even try to tell me that those things are anything less than mesmerizing. πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸŒˆπŸŒž
Photo by @pantone705 🌸

Reminder to my damn self because I still lose track of this pretty much every day. Be you for you and only you (or at least try your best to remember that you're ALLOWED to exist for yourself, and I'll try my best too!). πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸŒˆπŸŒž
Quote from internetcrisis on Tumblr 🌸

I've been thinking a lot lately about how often we see things online and we believe in them in theory, but still aren't able to put them into practice.
Like when we see a post in support of mental health awareness and think YES let's be more understanding to people with mental illness... But then don't realise that also means being more supportive to the quiet kid in class who's perceived as 'weird'. Or being less judgemental of the person we pass in the street talking aloud to themselves or simply acting a bit differently to everyone else.

Or like when we read quotes about how it's okay to set boundaries, cut ties with toxic people and protect yourself... But then we still judge someone's reasons for unfollowing that person, unfriending that person, or deciding not to speak to someone if it's detrimental to their wellbeing.
Or when we like a tweet about how much we should be uplifting and supporting each other, how we shouldn't judge so much... But we still listen to the gossip. We still make our assumptions. We still judge even though we're all so much more complex than what another person might say about us.

The point being: we're all imperfect af. I still do all the above, without even realising most of the time. But I think we can all try to be a bit more aware of it. Try to put the things we believe in theory into practice with the people in our lives. ACTUALLY be kinder. ACTUALLY support more. ACTUALLY judge less. At least that's what I'd like for us all to do. If you got this far (love u!) and have another example you wanna add, leave it below ⬇
oh and here's a picture Ben took for me today bc we drove past these flowers and I thought they were pretty πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸŒˆπŸŒž

"When you're in a dark place, you sometimes tend to think you've been buried. Perhaps you've been planted. Bloom." πŸŒΈπŸŒ»πŸŒΊπŸ’πŸŒ·
Quote by Christine Caine 🌞
Image by @mantraband 🌈

Photographic proof that my hair turns into candyfloss in the sun and that you don't need to look like the girl in the rom-com for someone to look at you like you're the whole world. Thanks for the love @johnsty89 πŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’™πŸŒˆπŸŒž

Hi it's your local diet culture slayer here reminding you that you don't need diet pills, detox teas, or 'appetite suppressant lollipops' in order to feel good enough or love your body. No matter how much Kim Kardashian or any other celebrity sells you the idea that thinner = happier or that eating = bad. Eating is not sinful. Losing weight does not make you more worthy of happiness. And if they're selling you a 'miracle' diet product that's 'unreal' or 'guaranteed to work' - best believe they're making $$$ from it, and best believe it's bullshit. #GirlByeeeeee πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸŒˆπŸŒž

Important reminders for anyone coping with mental health issues on a daily basis:

On the days that you manage to get up and go out in the world - you are wonderful and worthy of your own love. 🌸

On the days when all you can do is breathe and hide away because the world just feels too harsh to go into - you are still wonderful and still worthy of your own love. 🌻

We're always seeing things telling us to love ourselves more, self care more, be kinder to ourselves. We're still not very good at putting those things into practice. At least I'm not.

But I'm trying. I'm trying to tell myself (and really believe) that neither of those two versions of myself ⬆ did any better or worse than the other. One went out with friends and pushed the anxiety onto the next day. The other got completely swept away by it and cried all day long, cuddling her dog and beating herself up for not being 'better by now'. But they are both worthy of my love. They are both doing the best they can. There's no reason why that shouldn't be enough all by itself. And if reading this hits home for you too: take a minute to send just as much love to your smallest, most scared, most hurt self, as you do to your brightest self.
Give yourself credit for surviving to this point. Remind yourself that it's okay to respect your own mental and emotional limits. And keep going, however that looks each day. You are doing amazingly. πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸŒˆπŸŒž Shoutout to Dana from @dothehotpants who inspired me to write this today with her latest post 🌺

Honestly people who shame you for your appetite are pretty much asking to be eaten so I see nothing wrong with this advice πŸ’πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸŒˆπŸŒž
Art by @chrissimpsonsartist 🌸

@ all the companies who still creep into my emails trying to tell me about their miraculous [read:bullshit] cellulite reduction treatments - remind me again why I would ever want to get rid of a part of me that looks this glorious in the sunshine?ΒΏ 🌞 keep letting those thigh constellations glow my loves ✨ #CelluliteIsNotAFlawNeverHasBeenNeverWillBe #YouJustConvincedUsItWasToProfitFromOurInsecurities #NotBuyingIt πŸ’πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸŒˆπŸŒž Photos by @johnsty89 🌸

Shoutout to anyone who feels like they're failing because it seems like everyone else is doing so much more. 🌸 Remember that it's okay to respect your own limits and take care of your mental wellbeing along the way, even if that means going more slowly. 🌻 Remember that all the achievements and big moments other people post online are a highlight reel, not every day reality. 🌺 Remember that there is no set path and no set pace in life - however you're doing is good enough. You're actually doing great. πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸŒˆπŸŒž Quote from novice-heartbreaker on Tumblr πŸ’

Honestly this picture of @glitterandlazers is ART and I want as many people as possible to see it & appreciate this wonderful human! πŸ’› and the message behind it is just as much of a masterpiece ⬇
"I find it ironic that I’ve taken photos in swimsuits all over the world and the one place I was told to cover up was Las Vegas. Sure, thin girls in thongs and pasties are A OK but a plus girl in a full coverage suit, trying to take an epic editorial shot- now that’s just too much. Jokes on them though, I’d already gotten the perfect photo. They can’t erase this happened. I’m learning as I push myself to do more editorial type concepts, the push back is greater. But that’s why I push. It’s more than just a girl in the city of sin in a bikini, It’s a statement. We will be seen. We’re not hiding anymore. And we’re going to wear whatever we want, wherever we want. Not just in Vegas. EVERYWHERE. Change is coming; the question is are you going to stand in the way or help us push through? πŸ“Έ @larabellenewyork"

"It's okay, my body is exactly where it's supposed to be right now". That's what I said to myself this morning when I tried on the shorts I wore all last summer and they didn't fit.

We're always asking HOW we can get rid of that internal voice that tells us our body isn't good enough, but I think that's the wrong question. Because trying to make something that's been conditioned into us our entire lives disappear like magic isn't very realistic. And before we can even think about how to get rid of it altogether, we need to be asking how we can respond to it. Protect ourselves against it.

That up there ⬆ is my favourite defense. "It's okay, my body is exactly where it's supposed to be right now". Because that one sentence means: - I trust that my body knows best - I will respect all variations and fluctuations of my body however they come - this body is good enough

Some days I have to say it more than others, some days I have to say it out loud to myself and not just in my head. Some days I believe it more than others, too. But everytime I shout back at that voice with an affirmation that this body IS good enough, I unlearn another layer of that lifetime of negative conditioning. So that's my advice for how to deal with that voice. Shout back. Unlearn. Or just tell it to fuck off. πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸŒˆπŸŒž What are your favourite body positive affirmations? What do you tell yourself on the not so good days? Let's share some wisdom! ⬇

Artwork by the amazing @moosekleenex 🌸

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