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I am fully, fully aware that @theashleygraham's representation of plus size women's bodies is just a drop in the bucket - white, hourglass, flatter tummy- but these pictures have me in actual tears.
Do you know what it would have been like to grow up and see a body that looked like mine in magazines and on TV?
That booty right there? That is MY booty👏🏼 It has never been fully round or undimpled and goddamn it's taken me so long to embrace that but here it is, right here, represented on this gorgeous woman, making waves in the world.
Those are my thighs, my hips, my bum, my cellulite, my arms. This is a body that looks like mine, a woman that looks like me, on the front covers of magazines and strolling down runways knowing damn well that we ALWAYS belonged there.
What would have changed for me if this is what I saw when I was in middle school?
Would I have spent a little less time picking apart my body - the fat around my knees, the dimples on my thighs, the size of my hips and the way they squeezed into chairs, the way my upper arms moved when I ran and danced?
What will change for the little girls who see a body like theirs being represented by this woman and the many others stepping into the spotlight? How much will their lives be impacted by something as simple as cellulite on a TV screen?
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THIS is why representation matters 💥
Now let's get representation for trans women, black women, disabled women, women whose bodies aren't built like an hourglass. Let's keep making waves so that our daughters don't have to fight quite so damn hard to see themselves in the women on their billboards, in their magazines, on their TV shows. .
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Side note: DO NOT start with some shit about "there goes a real woman" or that "curves in the right places" nonsense.
ALL WOMEN ARE REAL WOMEN.
THERE IS NO WRONG OR RIGHT PLACE TO HAVE CURVES.
Got it?
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#CantSpellCelluliteWithoutULit #HonorMyCurves #EmbraceTheSquish #MakeWaves
#HealingUnconditionally

Sometimes I wonder what my life would look like if I had not invested so much of it stressed over the size and shape and contents of my belly. .
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What would I have done with all of that time? What would I have achieved?
What relationships would have been made more simple or less derogatory, how many less shopping trips would have ended in tears, how many fewer days spent counting the number of bites that went into my mouth followed at the gym by number of crunches meant to erase each and every one of those bites. .
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I get angry with myself sometimes, for still struggling.
For still seeking validation from the morning "flatness" of my stomach.
For sometimes forgetting the worth in a life not spent sucking in and crying over my stomach. .
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My body love journey has looked fucking messy over the years, and it's not done. Maybe it will never be done.
But sometimes, I just need to remind myself that it's ok not to be ok with it all just yet. ❤️
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Excited as fuck to get started this Sunday with @mumumansion online workshop Get Naked Get Free 🙏🏼🔥 Come join me loves, I know there's a lot more women out there who would benefit deeply from the community and wisdom of this course.❤️
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Also, remember @jannylivesunapologetically and my first group meeting is in Portland Oregon on February 4th from 1-2:30. DM me for details, and in the meantime, check out our Facebook group "Chelsey and Janine's Sisterhood - Portland". .
If you're not in Portland, please find us on Facebook at "Chelsey And Janine's Self Love Sisterhood"🙏🏼
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Side note: photo has not been edited. That glow effect is from all the light bouncing off all this gorgeous snow we piled up outside ❄️
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#HealingUnconditionally #BodyLove #SelfLove

I wanna do a photoshoot with a bunch of women and we all wear soaking wet clothing and admire the ways it clings to the dimples and the bumps and the uneven lines and the pieces of ourselves that we have forgotten to love so we can remember that the female body is fucking magic✨

#WhosWithMe #HealingUnconditionally

Some days I wanna be the body positive babe who tells you all about how I'm learning to be comfortable in each roll, each dimple on my booty, and other days I just want to sit in the happiness I'm building with my body and just love all over this relationship✨
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Body positivity looks a little bit different for every person, every day.
Do you boo boo 😘
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Also! If you are in Portland, TODAY is the first meeting of the women's group @jannylivesunapologetically and I are starting 😍 1:00-2:30pm at the Hollywood Library. DM me with any questions.
I can't WAIT to meet all you gorgeous loves!
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#BodyLovin #HealingUnconditionally

Today, I've decided to cherish myself.
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I've decided to cherish the fact that as much as I have come to love my body, it is not all that I am.
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I am a lover, a fighter, a protector. 🌸
I am learning to embrace the fact that I love hard as fuck as a superpower, rather than the weakness I have always believed it to be.
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I have overcome heartbreak and learned what it means to trust one more time. 🌸
I have begun to stand up for myself where I once would have said yes to avoid conflict.
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I am a feminist, a writer, a healer, a dreamer. 🌸
I am a daughter, a sister, a best friend, a lover, a future partner. .
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I am stronger than I was yesterday and more courageous than I was a year ago. 🌸
I cherish the women who came before me, and all the women I have been in my short life time. 🌸
I am magic and fire and fierce softness and I am actively working to come home to myself a little more each day. .
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#HealingUnconditionally

How easy it is to envy someone else’s life. How simple to look at their social media and count all the ways in which you have failed, or fallen short.
How easy to count their blessings (or perceived blessings), and ignore their struggles; or, to see the struggles they have overcome as monumentally superior to your own, leaving your own defeat of obstacles feeling silly and small in comparison.
How easy to envy their jobs, their bodies, their lovers, their degrees, their lifestyle; how simple to look at our lovers, our degrees, our bodies, our jobs as inadequate, unable to measure against the splendor someone else has accumulated for themselves. .

How easy it is to grope blindly for the authenticity played out on another’s highlight reel, and forget that real life is never quite that glossy. .

How easy it is to look at another’s life and no longer see the gold in our own. How easy to forget our blessings, even as we strive to move forward to more joy, more love, more laughter, more success. More gold. .

How easy to envy someone else’s life, and to forget the beauty in our own. 🌓

#SelfLoveIsSelfSustaining #HealingUnconditionally

Romaine lettuce with salmon, cucumbers, tomatoes, hard boiled egg, avocado, and quinoa cooked with turmeric, and topped with fresh roasted garlic in olive oil and lemon juice.
A-fucking-plus, this shit was delicious 👅💦 If you're going back to work after eating this though, I'd advise brushing your teeth - the egg and garlic make for extra potent breath. .
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Side note: please do not think that my food looks this pretty or is this healthy all the time.
I have struggled with disordered eating (namely binge eating and bulimia) for much of my life. While bulimia is no longer a part of my life, I do still struggle with binge eating. It is an addiction, one that I am working to break, as I work so damn hard to create wellness in my daily life.
I'm telling you this because, more often than not, the food pictures I post on the gram don't tell the whole story. They don't show the tub of Nutella that has disappeared from my kitchen over the past couple of days, or even the "healthier" foods that I adore but still eat far too much of.
This is my truth, my story, and my own personal wellness journey.
#HealingUnconditionally

I'm gonna need a bigger bowl...😍
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Spinach, arugula, tomatoes, strawberries, avocado, feta cheese, walnuts, and hemp seeds, later topped with Goddess dressing.
#HealingUnconditionally

Would you just LOOK at this stunning image?! 😍
My face won't stop smiling. Borrowed this gem from @granddivamagazine 💖
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I want women all over this world to feel powerful. To feel beautiful, and to feel strong, and to feel ALIVE.
I want us all to feel so goddamn gorgeous in whatever bodies we're rocking at this very second.
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I want us all to find love for our bodies.
It doesn't have to be immediate (and in all honesty, it really can't be). It doesn't have to be unconditional (not yet, anyways). It doesn't have to look the way it looks for someone else, on TV or social media or even real life.
It doesn't have to be perfect - because that concept is so damn overrated anyways.
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You just have to start. Somehow, in some small way. start practicing love for your body today.
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Eat something that makes you truly happy.
Take a dance class, or turn the music all the way up and dance in your bedroom.
Wear that lingerie you've been saving for a special someone, because honey, you ARE a special someone.
Hug yourself tight.
Wear your favorite outfit.
Stand in the mirror, and tell yourself how beautiful you are. How strong, how capable, how very much ENOUGH you already are. (It's ok if you don't believe it yet.)
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Body love will come. And it will be worth the work.
Show up a little for yourself today.
You are so damn worth it.💘 #WorldWideBodyLove #SelfLoveWarriors #HealingUnconditionally

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The next time a rainy day has got you down, please put on a rain coat + pair of rubber boots, leave your music and headphones at home, then spend some quality time wandering down every mysterious, enchanting street of a foreign neighborhood. Notice the unique houses & how bright the rhododendrons and azaleas and irises shout at you from beautiful springtime gardens. (PS- don't forget to jump in some puddles along the way...) 🌧
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#healingunconditionally #magicwoman #magiceverywhere #livemorechallenge #rainyweather #rainydays #freetherapy #bodylove #bopo #springhassprung

Step one to healing: surround yourself with plants & dogs & pretty things. Don't even dare to take down the "Happy Hour" banner. 🌿
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#healingunconditionally #myhomevibe #plantsofinstagram #plantfuel #woofwoof #dogdays #greivingwithgratitude #flowerpower #magiceverywhere #magicwoman

I am fully, fully aware that @theashleygraham's representation of plus size women's bodies is just a drop in the bucket - white, hourglass, flatter tummy- but these pictures have me in actual tears. 
Do you know what it would have been like to grow up and see a body that looked like mine in magazines and on TV? 
That booty right there? That is MY booty👏🏼 It has never been fully round or undimpled and goddamn it's taken me so long to embrace that but here it is, right here, represented on this gorgeous woman, making waves in the world. 
Those are my thighs, my hips, my bum, my cellulite, my arms. This is a body that looks like mine, a woman that looks like me, on the front covers of magazines and strolling down runways knowing damn well that we ALWAYS belonged there. 
What would have changed for me if this is what I saw when I was in middle school?
Would I have spent a little less time picking apart my body - the fat around my knees, the dimples on my thighs, the size of my hips and the way they squeezed into chairs, the way my upper arms moved when I ran and danced? 
What will change for the little girls who see a body like theirs being represented by this woman and the many others stepping into the spotlight? How much will their lives be impacted by something as simple as cellulite on a TV screen?
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THIS is why representation matters 💥
Now let's get representation for trans women, black women, disabled women, women whose bodies aren't built like an hourglass. Let's keep making waves so that our daughters don't have to fight quite so damn hard to see themselves in the women on their billboards, in their magazines, on their TV shows. .
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Side note: DO NOT start with some shit about "there goes a real woman" or that "curves in the right places" nonsense. 
ALL WOMEN ARE REAL WOMEN. 
THERE IS NO WRONG OR RIGHT PLACE TO HAVE CURVES.
Got it?
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#CantSpellCelluliteWithoutULit #HonorMyCurves#EmbraceTheSquish #MakeWaves 
#HealingUnconditionally

Perfect day at the #nedawalk supporting health and recovery for people & families effected by eating disorders. Highlight was meeting one of my idols @iskra an @aerie model & body-positive advocate who represents healthy, full-figured women and is not retouched by @aerie__real today she reminded us that there is no such thing as perfection--we're all perfectly imperfect. I love that. 💕
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#aeriereal #noretouching #everyBODYisbeautiful #healingunconditionally #iskralawrence #bodylove #bodypostive #bodypositivity #curvywomen #curvystyle #curvyfashion

May I always feel young enough to take bathroom selfies & love my body enough to wear crop tops 🙏🏼
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#bodylove #bodypostive #bodypositivity #bopo #curvywomen #curvystyle #curvyfashion #beautybeyondsize #fullfiguredfashion #croptops #bathroomselfie #healingunconditionally

Back on night shift this week and feeling a little disconnected & un-grounded but also super connected to my phone, like it's a lifeline that'll keep me alive until the day shift moseys in with their clean smelling hair & fresh coffee. My heart & head need an empty forest, some quiet time with a book & a few deep breaths without the need to fill the void with distractions. I can't be the only one who seems to self-sabotage by numbing-out when they're tired or stressed... 🌲
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#magiceverywhere #magicwoman #womenwhohike #optoutside #52hikechallenge #mindful #mindlessbehavior #bodylove #bodypositivity #hikingwithdogs #hikevibes #healingunconditionally #travelnurse #travelnursepics #nightshiftproblems #nightshiftnurse

As this Mercury Retrograde comes to a close (🙌🏻) I want to thank all of the ladies who have showed up to laugh with me, dance with me and share their stories. I have spent this last cycle feeling so connected to my own feminine energy & compelled to connect with all kinds of beautiful women who have been near & far from me-- the results have been amazing-- not only did women show up (on the phone, to ladies night or just pulling a chair up to me and getting right into the meat of a conversation), they wanted to hike & talk about honest things & just get plain real. I have never felt closer to my female peers or more invested in my beautiful friendships than giving them the nourishment they need & deserve to thrive. ✨
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#mercuryretrograde #feminism #feminist #healingunconditionally #girlpower #bodylove #bodypostive #bodypositivity #ladiesnightout #womenempowerment #femaleform #astrology #magicwoman #magiceverywhere #livemorechallenge

All strolls through the Back Bay are magical, but this shopping at the opening-weekend of @sowaboston artisan/vintage market, secret flower stand, day-dreaming outside of beautiful brownstones Sunday has been EXCEPTIONAL. 🌷
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#bostonlove #igersboston #travelnursepics #travelnurse #curvystyle #curvywomen #curvyfashion #vintagefinds #fleamarketfinds #brownstone #magicwoman #magiceverywhere #livemorechallenge #healingunconditionally

Romaine lettuce with salmon, cucumbers, tomatoes, hard boiled egg, avocado, and quinoa cooked with turmeric, and topped with fresh roasted garlic in olive oil and lemon juice.
A-fucking-plus, this shit was delicious 👅💦 If you're going back to work after eating this though, I'd advise brushing your teeth - the egg and garlic make for extra potent breath. .
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Side note: please do not think that my food looks this pretty or is this healthy all the time.
I have struggled with disordered eating (namely binge eating and bulimia) for much of my life. While bulimia is no longer a part of my life, I do still struggle with binge eating. It is an addiction, one that I am working to break, as I work so damn hard to create wellness in my daily life.
I'm telling you this because, more often than not, the food pictures I post on the gram don't tell the whole story. They don't show the tub of Nutella that has disappeared from my kitchen over the past couple of days, or even the "healthier" foods that I adore but still eat far too much of.
This is my truth, my story, and my own personal wellness journey.
#HealingUnconditionally

I love Sundays & hiking & Boston, but you most of all. 🖼
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Today I planned on going to yoga, cleaning the house, indoor to-do activities... but my partner was in a bit of a funk and my energy felt so high (I was literally skipping and singing around the kitchen) so we canceled all of our indoor plans and spent 5 miles in the woods enjoying the beautiful day & expending my energy. My intuition to change course was spot on, because in the comfort of Mother Nature I was able to open up with my partner about the vibrations of my chakra & my deepest fears for my upcoming trek across Spain & what I've been meditating on lately...things I haven't found the words or vulnerability to express in quite awhile. @sarahjenks says that women have the gift of being extra connected to their intuition, so be still for a minute and see where yours is guiding you. Pure. Magic. ✨
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#woofwoof #hikingwithdogs #hikevibes #magicwoman #magiceverywhere #womenwhohike #optoutside #rei1440project #52hikechallenge #curvywomen #livemorechallenge #healingunconditionally

Belly in motion.
No pose, no angle, nada.
This is me, baby.
Do you.
#HealingUnconditionally
#BelliesInMotion

The best lesson I've learned from @sarahjenks & the #livemorechallenge community (besides learning how to draw a beautiful bath full of intention) is a "trick" for loving my body (even when I don't feel like it.) The secret? Just tell your body you love her. My go-to remedy is a bath-bomb, fresh-flower, rose-quartz infused bath followed by coating my body in coconut oil. As I massage lotion into my legs I say, out loud "I love you" to the parts of myself I am prone to being the most critical about. It's a fake it-till you make it strategy that truly works. When I uninhibitedly tell my legs I love them and they're strong for holding me up & climbing mountains, then I stop telling them they're "too big" & achieve real body love. 💕
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#magicwoman #bodylove #healingunconditionally #bodypostive #bodypositivity #noairbrushedme #rosequartz #namaste #bathtime #bathbomb #lushcosmetics

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