Your Body Is Not Wrong. Society Is.

Your Body Is Not Wrong. Society Is.

Your Worth is Not Measured by the Size of Your Waist
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Social media has ruined the way we look at ourselves and I absolutely hate it.

I'm here to say; eat whatever you feel like, work out as much as you want to, and be proud of the body God gave you.

Your worth is not measured by the size of your waist. There are millions of women out there who feel the same way as you do and it's a normal thing.

It is a normal habit of ours to feel insecure at times. We are always comparing ourselves to others, looking in the mirror and pointing out every flaw. It is hard getting on social media everyday to see perfectly airbrushed women on magazines, or half naked women showing off their 'New Years Resolution Bods'. Although, not all of us women are meant to look so perfect all the time, so why are we being so harsh to ourselves over things we can't control?

Stop comparing yourself to someone you're not.

When you are scrolling through social media, you see your body through the eyes of the Victoria’s Secret models, of celebrities, of all the boys you have been in love with. All of these people are just totally irrelevant and don't matter to you. You automatically judge yourself based on them, look at yourself thinking they’re judging you, assessing whether you’re good enough for them or not, and even worse, you think your body is what defines you.

You're lying to yourself. Your body is not what defines you. You’re so much more than that. You're not like those models and celebrities. You don't have the power to be perfectly airbrushed and photoshopped for every photo you take. And guess what? You’re not supposed to be. You don’t need to be. Why would you need to fit yourself into anyone else’s beauty standard instead of just yourself, of who you feel most authentic to be?

No one on is the same. Keep in mind, everyone is born all shapes and sizes. It's crazy to understand, but that even includes those models you see in magazines. They were born with those sizes and shapes that have them doing certain things such as promoting products and modeling. They didn't have the choice to choose their bone structures or their genes. Just like you and I, it's not something you could just turn into after exhaustive diets and exercises that might even harm you.

Just breathe and look at how beautiful you are. Take a second and stop being so harsh and critical on yourself. Give your precious body a break because YOU deserve it. Your body has done a great job keeping you active, healthy, functional and yes, alive. Shouldn’t it be your turn to take good care of it now?

It feels normal to have a thought in our head every time we look in a mirror and automatically start picking out things that are wrong with us. It's almost like a voice that says we’re too much or too little but never just right and so we need to change. We are always criticizing ourselves instead of acknowledging how amazing we actually are.

Next time you look in the mirror, look at yourself like you are a little kid who recognizes herself for the first time in the mirror. Realizing how beautiful you look with the bright makeup all over your face, with the same kind of curiosity, of excitement, with no judgement, no comparison, no feeling like you’re not good enough.

When you look in the mirror, ask yourself, since when you started to let those harsh, critical thoughts start to creep inside your head, eating you away, torturing you, stopping you from realizing that you’re so beautiful you no matter what. Then let it all go. Do not let it take over.

Think about all of your friends, family, boyfriend, random strangers, giving you compliments and the happiness it gives you when you hear those things. Realize that you’re beautifully you and that beauty shines through your smile, your kindness, your courage, your amazing personality and love for everyone close to you. Believe that you will be loved for exactly who you are. You will be accepted for this body, this face and every single stretch mark, scar, blemish, and all the other beautiful flaws.

You will always have the family and friends supporting you everyday. Working hard for what you desire and being proud of yourself is what is going to help you through any obstacle. Appreciate those small gestures that go unnoticeable at times.

As you start to love yourself, and the skin and body you have been blessed with, you will be seen as more than your bone and flesh, more than anything the naked eyes could see. You will be felt from the heart by a soul that feels yours too. You deserve that. Because that's what you will get as long as you be you.

Finally, please free yourself of all the negativity.

Free yourself from judging yourself based on the latest Instagram model, stop with the beauty trends, and from people’s opinions. Never make yourself someone you are not and will never have to be. You are loved for everything about you, whether you realize it or not. Please don't ever be ashamed of who you are. Love and embrace every bit of it because you are you. No one else can be that.


Cover Image Credit: http://www.hooping.org/2015/05/hooping-through-your-body-image-issues/

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Being Sick In College Is A Real Struggle

Being sick in college is definitely not as fun as having a sick day in middle school or high school.

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Something that I have had to deal with multiple times these past two semesters is being sick while in school. It can be a real pain especially depending on what type of sickness it is. I have had tonsillitis, mono, and I'm pretty sure I also had the flu.

Being at school and away from home can make being sick worse because there is nobody to take of you such as your parents. Another thing is having to make the decision to get the rest that your body needs in order to feel better or staying on top of your assignments to avoid falling behind. My parents will always tell me to get a good night's sleep so my body can feel better the next day. However, sometimes I will feel more stress if my work isn't getting done and I feel like I'm falling behind and leaving things to get done in the last minute.

Currently, I am sick now and the past few days haven't been easy, but I still attended all my classes so I wouldn't miss any material or assignments that were given. I usually end up feeling the worst at night when trying to fall asleep, and by that time the doctors are not present at the student health center. Even though my health is important I usually don't like taking too much time out of my day to go to the health center to see a doctor. Some days I don't really have much free time before the evening.

I don't believe I have been over-exerting myself, but I don't want to just stay in my bed all day and sleep, even though that may be what is best for me. Most professors will be understanding if I email them and provide them a doctor's note as well, but I also just got back from a conference where I had to miss two days of classes next week.

I have been trying to keep hydrated so that way my body can fight the sickness. Also, I have been told if you stay hydrated you can flush the virus out of your body quicker.

Eating can also be a pain when you have a sore throat, for the past couple of days I have tried to have some soup in order to help. Most meals I would have to force myself to eat something of substance in order to give my body some type of energy in order to get through the day. It's also never fun not being able to breathe out of your nostrils. If it wasn't my nose being stuffed, then it would be constantly runny so there was no winning that battle.

Looking back, I probably should have done a bit more work over spring break in order to get ahead in the case that something like this would happen. I wanted my break to be exactly that, a break. After not being home for a few months I just wanted some time off to relax.

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