2019 Is The Year To Start Loving The Body I Was Given

2019 Is The Year To Start Loving The Body I Was Given

Loving myself won't happen tomorrow, in a few weeks or even a month from now. It takes lots of time, patience and positivity, so what better way to start than to list some of the things to love about my body.


Everyone has a New Year's Resolution that they want to stick to, whether that be losing weight or gaining it, drinking more water, landing a dream job and even starting a family.

For me, I would like to do all of those things minus the family part - I want to finish school and start a career first - but I think one thing takes priority over them.

Loving myself is something that I have struggled with for years now, even in middle school when my body was still going through puberty. Sure, there are moments where I am un-apologetically happy and loving my life, but I must admit that not loving myself is my biggest flaw.

2019 is a new year, which means a new start. Loving myself won't happen tomorrow, in a few weeks or even a month from now. It takes lots of time, patience and positivity, so what better way to start than to list some of the things to love about my body.

Everything from my hips down to my toes is weak, but that hasn't stopped my legs and feet from carrying me to the barricade of an All Time Low concert. They've carried me into venues all across the United States, into movie theaters with my friends and family and have taken me to some pretty cool places.

My fingers have typed up some pretty newsworthy stories for my school's student-run publication, wrote some pretty wild short stories and have sent Tweets and Instagram posts to express my love for friends, family, and band members, of course. They've run through my dog's and cat's fur and have held my animals close to me when I needed them most.

My arms have been wrapped around my friends when they needed a hug, have carried camera equipment for my education and have hugged my favorite band members.

My hair, though it is frizzy and knotted sometimes, has been tugged on by my little cousins, reminding me that I am a role model and someone to look up to. It has taught me that someone is always watching you.

The big brown eyes on my face have cried both happy and sad tears, watched many of my favorite artists perform live, watched a few friends and family get married, and have watched many of my favorite television shows and movies.

My stomach, though it slightly hangs over my pants and has a few stretch marks, has been full of my favorite foods numerous times, reminding me that I am thankful to always have food to eat.

Lastly, my brain, though the cerebellum is slightly faulty, is smart. It's retained knowledge and gotten me through college.

There are things about my body that I do not like, I will be the first to admit that. I spent so much time wishing that my hair was straighter, my stomach was flatter, my thighs were smaller and I walked a little straighter, that I didn't focus on the things that my body has already done for me.

Sure, there's room for improvement. There's room to start drinking that water and to lose some weight, but there's also more than enough room to start loving the body that I've already been given.

It's time to make self love a priority in 2019.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Being Ugly

What it means to me


Due to a series of ongoing events throughout my semester, I've reconsidered what it means for someone to truly be ugly. Though it is often used in terms of appearance, I do not see it as such-- now more than ever. Ugliness runs deeper than appearance-- it runs within one's soul and festers into other areas of one's life, particularly in their treatment of others.

I view ugliness as someone's conscious capacity and implementation of malice. Taking time and energy out of your day to hurt someone else, that's what I view as ugly. Some offenses are more minor than others, however, it is still a conscious effort to hurt or affect someone else negatively-- and that's the source of the problem. I truly wonder what causes that sort of behavior in someone, as I, along with most people, simply do not invest time or energy into hating or plotting against others. It seems like a full-time job.

I can theorize all sorts of reasons as to why someone would act this way: hate, jealousy, vengeance, etc. Yet, all of these reasons don't hit the root reason. It almost seems that some people are just innately ugly in their soul. This alludes to the timeless debate of whether one's personality is due to nature or nurture. Again, although our surroundings and environment do have a large effect in our behavior, that alibi only goes so far when multiple people are placed in the same environment, in the same situation, and only some are willing to cross moral boundaries in order to hurt the others. Just because an environment applies pressure to people, does not mean everyone is going to act out in malice, and it certainly does not give everyone an excuse to do so. Some people are simply conniving and, well, ugly inside.

If you have ever encountered people like this, I know from personal experience that it is such a drag. You have an enemy, essentially, whether you chose to or not, however based on their hatred towards you, they are now considered an enemy, a hater, and any other associated term. Know that they will do anything in their power to bring you down, even if it requires bending the truth and creating elaborate schemes, but you have to keep on doing you. Let them obsess over ways to bring you down. At the end of the day, their time and energy is being invested into bringing you down, while yours is being used to build yourself up. They will fall by default. So, keep your head high, act in grace, and make your money. They can sip on their Haterade and watch from below.

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