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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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Life Is So Much More Than Ourselves

The lives we live are really so much bigger than just ourselves.


I hope people hear this loud and clear when I say that this generation of people and quite frankly our society as a whole has become one of the most selfish to date. I really hope people reading this don't take it as me calling people out, "throwing shade" or bashing humanity, I'm just trying to put out a call to action but in a more blunt way.

This generation subconsciously lives by the "me, my, mine" lifestyle. Everything is all about us, and what we want and immediate satisfaction or gratification from the things that we do in life. We always want someone to notice what we are doing, that we did it and we want to be acknowledged for it. Our wants and desires power so much of what we do and how we react to what others do and so on and so forth. Also, kind of piggybacking on that, we tend to believe or live by the idea that, "yeah it happens, but it's never gonna happen to me" which can be a major issue when it comes to decision making. This is because we don't think about how it affects anyone but ourselves, usually in the immediate sense rather than the long term.

With that being said it can become an issue when we choose to ignore the other things going on around us like, "oh, someone else will get it." and then things like the trash epidemic and the state at which our planet and country is in now. We have become so self-absorbed that it's to hell with everything else. The places that we call home and the world that we know is falling apart and we are all just gonna sit by and watch like nothing is happening.

I am tired of the mentality that we as a society live in, and how we try to desperately to look great on social media but do nothing about it in real life. It is time that things change and we are the ones changing it.

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