7 Things I Love About Being "Fun-sized"

7 Things I Love About Being "Fun-sized"

I'm 19 years old and every time I go to the airport, security and flight attendants ask if I am older than 12.
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I'm 5'2". I haven't grown since 6th grade and now I'm a sophomore in college. I can't see over people's heads in auditoriums, I can't see the stage of a concert in 'standing room only' and I can never reach the top shelf in the kitchen without climbing onto the counter. But here's the thing, there's so many perks to being so little!

1. I can still wear the clothes I bought back in middle school.

I mean, this probably isn't ideal if you're a fashionista, but for a broke college student, it's a pretty big perk. I personally would rather spend my money on food than new clothes when I've stayed the same size for years!

2. Size 6 shoes are the cutest!

We all know size 6 shoes sell out the quickest and it's because they're the cutest! Being short, you don't have too big of feet and size 6 shoes always look proportional and adorable on!

3. You can wear heels and never be shorter than your significant other!

Whether you're going out to dinner, on a date or to a dance, you never have to worry about towering over the guy you're with!

4. You always have extra leg room in the car, on a plane or in a bus.

Aside from the spacious leg room, you can curl into a ball in your seat as well and take a nice little nap while traveling!

5. You can usually pass for a child, and sometimes that means cheaper meals and cheaper prices.

I'm 19 years old and every time I go to the airport, security and flight attendants ask if I am older than 12 or where my mother is because I can't fly alone. One day it will be flattering when people think I'm younger than I really am. But until then, I'll just keep ordering off the kids menu and save myself some money.

6. Everyone wants to hug you because you're the perfect size for cuddling!

Who doesn't like to cuddle?

7. Your huge personality makes up for your tiny stature and no one ever expects it!


Short girls are the most fun girls!


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Inspiring Body Confidence on Campus Through 'The Body Project'

The Body Project helps young women battle body insecurities and live more confidently.
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“I look so fat.”

“I need to lose at least 15 pounds.”

“This diet is killing me.”

“I wish I was skinnier.”

All of these things have been heard echoing off the walls of the women’s bathrooms on college campus’ across the country.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, “Full-blown eating disorders typically begin between 18 and 21 years of age. The increased pressure and stress of school and leaving home may lead to mental health problems among college students and a greater need for campus services.” Anorexia nervosa leads the charts as having the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder, and college-age women are impacted the most by negative body image.

One IU Sophomore decided to do something about this issue by joining The Body Project. Aspen Weyenberg first joined The Body Project after hearing about it through her sorority during freshman year. She went through training to learn how to console and support other college-aged women in the fight for body positivity.

The Body Project is a body acceptance intervention project sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association that targets college women. Over 1 million college-aged women have participated in the project around the world and it has been shown to decrease rates of body dissatisfaction, unhealthy dieting, and eating disorders on college campus.

“I think social media has defiantly skewed our perception of body image,” says Weyenberg, “You just have to remember that all those pictures are probably touched up and just be confident in who you are. Post what you want to post.”

Weyenburg admits that The Body Project hits home with her, since she has also struggled with her own body confidence.

“In the past I’ve kind of struggled with seeing myself in a positive light. I think that for a lot of teenage girls it’s really hard. I think going through the workshops and being a director has opened my eyes to see there’s so much more than just what you look like.”

As a body image director, her job is to encouraging and relaying body positive messages to the girls in her chapter. Young women in Greek life participate in Body Project workshops lead by Weyenburg and other body image directors where they learn more about body image and how it is portrayed in society. While participating in the program, young women are given the chance to open up about their own struggles with body confidence and relate to other girls their age about the issues they face. The young women are given strategies on how to combat negative body comments they hear from peers or friends around them. They also learn signs of potential eating disorders and how to get help and support for those who are struggling. Weyenburg says that being a leader in the program has helped her realize that she has so much to be grateful for.

“Not everything is about necessarily looks, but more about the person that you are. People don’t point out your flaws I think you are really the one one that points out your flaws.”

For more information on The Body Project visit their website:

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/get-involved/the-body-project

https://www.bodyprojectcollaborative.com

Or contact Aspen Weyenberg:

Email: Aspweyen@iu.edu

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I'm Living My Life Without A Full-Length Mirror And It's Great

It's time to stop over analyzing every inch of your body.
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You probably just read the title of this and said ‘wtf?!’ to yourself. ‘Why is that of any importance?’ Honestly, I didn’t think it was either until I actually began living without a full-length mirror in my flat a few months ago.

At home in the states, whether it was at my parents’ house or at my accommodation for school, without fail I always checked myself out in that giant piece of reflective glass before leaving (a lot of the time more than once). Do I look presentable enough for the outside world to see me?

I’ve been living in England since September, on my year abroad, and have yet to add a full-length mirror to my home space, and all for good reason. VERY good reason.

Without the presence of what all 64 inches of my body looks like in my home, I have been paying special attention to the way I feel about myself internally rather than concentrating so heavily on my physical appearance. And let me tell ya, I feel GREAT.

Sometimes I didn’t just look in these mirrors to admire or adjust my outfit of choice for the day, but rather to knit pick every inch of my appearance from head to toe. Are my thighs far enough apart in these jeans? Can you see my bloated belly? Why am I so short? Do I look chunky?

Yes, I still ask myself some of those questions regularly, I am human and imperfect, but I am slowly but surely learning to appreciate the way that I am, inside and out.

Now, I pick out my outfits based on what I think I will look and feel great in, without wasting an extensive amount of time in the mirror picking at every detail of it. Of course, I still do use mirrors to do my hair and makeup daily but they are just big enough for that. Being comfortable with my stubborn acne and facial flaws is a step I have not yet managed to fully take, but progress is key.

Nonetheless, not having a mirror that can easily show me my appearance fully has truly helped my self-esteem significantly.

I do look into full-length mirrors when I’m out in stores and bathrooms that have them, but I don’t have the time to stop and dissect every physical detail of myself in that public setting.

After living this way for the past five and a half-ish months, I believe that at some point I will be confident enough to bring a full-length mirror back into my home, but I know I will not use it as a self-hate mechanism like I had once done. I mean what had done for the majority of my 21 years of life.

If you feel like you struggle with your self-confidence physically, I highly recommend going without a full-length mirror in your house for some time and see how much it changes your mind about yourself. But seriously...try it.

Cover Image Credit: Ariana Dolce

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