Fighting The Beast Of Self-Image

Fighting The Beast Of Self-Image

A Tale as Old as Time.

My self-image sucks.

Every day I wake up and I say ‘gross.’ I hate the way my shirts lie on my body; with my love handles and the random pouches of fat on my back. Sometimes, I hate the way that I dress. I hate how I have dark circles under my eyes that never seem to go away no matter how much I sleep, and I hate the acne that covers my cheek bones. My feet are gross and I don’t care to show them, even in the summer.

But I also love my body.

I love the way that my eyes glow in the sun and I love how full my cheeks are, even if I seem chunky with them. I love how on the good days, by hair is full and bouncy and I can whip it all around and feel like a Pantene commercial. I love my little mole on the side of my cheek and I love my random dimple that shows when I am truly happy and laughing. I love the way some of my shirts hang on my body and chest as if I have a figure that is enviable and worth loving. I love how muscular my calves are and how my jeans hug my curves and make me feel feminine.

My self-image sucks.

I have all of these flaws that I see every day and that I wish I could change, more often than not. But I also love parts of myself. For years, I have struggled with a self-image that has not been healthy. I’ve blamed society for influencing this, and I’ve blamed myself. I’ve tried overcoming this view, but I keep turning around to face the negativity.

So, why let the negativity win? I’m gorgeous, I’m wonderful, and I’m worth love. I know that I am. I have flaws, but so does everyone else. My flaws make me who I am, and without them, I would be as conceited as the rest.

This struggle is alive, and it’s present in my life every day. But I refuse to ever let it come close to winning again.

I am wonderful, I am gorgeous, and I am worth love.

It’s time that I live this reality.

Cover Image Credit: The Imaginative Conservative

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

Cover Image Credit: Julia Waterbury

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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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