My Thoughts on the Sorry I Am/Not a Size 00 Feud

My Thoughts on the Sorry I Am/Not a Size 00 Feud

We need to stop apologizing for who we are.
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In the last week, I have come about two different articles. One called "Sorry I'm a Size 00" and another article called "Sorry I'm Not Sorry I'm Not a Size 00". While reading both of these articles I had a lot of thoughts that went through my head, as I'm sure most readers did. Whether or not you agreed with one over the other, the wheels were turning while this feud was going on.

The first thought that crossed my mind was, why are these girls apologizing? What were they sorry for? The fact that they had a certain body type that others may not? I felt for both of these girls that wrote the articles. They felt it was necessary to apologize to the world for their body, and that did not sit well with me. It also didn't sit well that they felt the need to defend why there bodies are the way they are, and they should to have to do that. The size 00 girl didn't choose to be a size 00, it is just what happened. And the size 10 or 12 girl, also didn't choose to be that size either, but that is what they are and instead of defending it, they should be embracing their beautiful bodies.

This is all coming from a girl who has always been on the thicker side, but I have come to terms with that and I know what to do to change it. So, when reading these articles and feeling sad that these girls felt the need to write that they were "sorry" for being who they are, I felt like I should share my thoughts about it all.

The biggest thought that has been buzzing through my mind is, why is there so much hostility towards girls when it comes to size? The skinny girl is mad because she wants to gain some weight, because everyone thinks she's anorexic, so she feels the need to defend her body. The thick girl is mad because the skinny girl is complaining about how skinny she is, and all the thick girl wants is to be as skinny as the skinny girl. That should not be a thing at all. As women, we already deal with enough criticism from men when it comes to how we look. So, instead of being hasty towards each other, we should be embracing ourselves as well as others. The thick girls need to tell the skinny girls they're amazing, and the skinny girls need to do the same.

So, for both girls that wrote those amazing articles, don't apologize for having the body you do. You are beautiful, and that won't change no matter what size.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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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.

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You Don't Need A 'Bikini Body' To Fully Love Yourself This Summer

You don't need to be stick-thin to feel good about your body.

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One of my favorite quotes of all time is, "Comparison is the thief of joy." Want to know why? Because it's true.

I could look in the mirror one day and feel totally confident about myself. Then I'll see a post on Instagram of some beautiful girl, feel awful, and wonder why I don't look like that. But there's a reason I don't look like that — because I'm me, not them.

The fact of the matter is that we need to love ourselves for who we are. We need to stop comparing our beauty to that of others. We are all our own people and we should feel confident in our beauty.

Bikini season is a major source of struggle for me and many others. Everyone is lounging on the beach in bikinis and you feel like you just want to hide under your towel. Every other photo on your social media is a super skinny girl from high school showing off her body. You will NEVER see a photo of me in a bikini on social media because I'm simply not comfortable in my body enough to show it off like that. I have always wished that I was, but at the same time, that's not who I am.

You don't need to be stick thin to feel good about your body. Every body is beautiful, and we need to embrace that. If we constantly look to others as a source of comparison, we will literally never be happy in our own skin.

Bikini season is tough as it is, don't make it tougher on yourself by allowing your mind to take over. Enjoy your spring break, enjoy your summer, enjoy your life. You deserve it. You deserve happiness.

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