Yesterday I HAD to teach a friend how to love her body. I couldn’t keep my mouth closed as I helped spot some gremlins that were showing up in her thoughts...like many women, she was finding fault with her body.🙄I taught her that change starts with gratitude for the little things. “Look at those toes!! They take you everywhere and you have 5 on each foot! Ten toes!!! Thank every single one!Those ankles...you can see them & never even have to think about how they help you walk everywhere. Those thighs!! Have you ever seen anything so voluptuous? 🤣 And your entire body works!! You don’t even have to stop to think if your brain and colon are working together!! Every single day, it just works like magic ✨”...On & on I went until she was laughing and seeing the miracles in her body. We focused on each little body part & praised those cells for showing up so strong! We recognized the little things working in her body are true miracles to be appreciated! We talked about how to celebrate her body that had been through TEN+(!) pregnancies & shown up for her again and again at all hours. That beautiful body that fills a little bit foreign & kind of pudgy right now is Gorgeous with a capital G.
I turned 40 this year. How that happened, I can’t even fathom. But I remember shortly after my birthday, I walked naked by the mirror, mostly avoiding a glance. I had the strongest impression...”How long will it take you to love your body?” I stopped right there and looked at myself. “Seriously...isn’t it time for you to love all of you?” I knew I could not spend one more year wishing my joy away because of imperfections and rolls of abundance! (See what I did there? 😉) Life is too short to waste away good days and solid joy because my body doesn’t look the way it did ten years ago or like a super model. (I mean I kind of do look awesome, but we all know nobody had paid me for my looks! 😂) And so since that day, I have tried to love this body. To show up for it. To nurture it. To forgive it. To be just a little bit kinder to MYSELF than I have in the past. I loved @thebeyoutybureau post today. Real is beautiful. My thighs? My smile? Real.