15 Positive Body Image Affirmations

15 Positive Affirmations For Girls Who Are Worried Because Summer Is Right Around The Corner

Leave the camera at home.

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Countless. It kills me to consider the number of times I've heard my girlfriends discuss their fear of a body that isn't "summer ready." With that, I've compiled a list of affirmations and reminders that will help you ladies remember how beautiful you truly are.

1. You were born to be uniquely you. 

We are not meant to all have the same body shape. Appreciate and admire your unique structure and appearance and try not to nitpick.

2.  Be kind. To your mind and your body.

Treat yourself. Don't limit yourself to an unhealthy diet and compromise your health for the summer season. Be kind to yourself and don't talk yourself down when you cross a mirror.

3. A stranger see's your beauty, not your flaws. 

Not everyone views you the way that you view yourself. Those little insecurities, big or small, aren't as noticeable as you think.

4. You are MORE than your appearance. 

"Why do I love my best friend?" Think of the answer to this question as a reminder that looks do not matter.

5. Comparing yourself to someone else will only harm you.

Self-comparison is unhealthy when it comes to appearance. You will never feel truly satisfied if you use others as your goal.

6. Remind yourself every morning that you are beautiful. 

It never hurts to practice self-love. Try this exercise in front of your mirror when you're getting ready to take on your day. It'll feel a bit weird at first, but beneficial in the fact that it will slowly, but surely, build your confidence.

7. Think about all the amazing things that your body allows you to do every day. 

Arms that allow us to hug those we love. Legs that let us walk and travel the world around us. A voice that lets us speak our mind freely. It's easy to take for granted the things that come so naturally to some of us; be grateful for all that your body can do.

8. Think about your kindergarten self. Did you dwell on your image back then?

In kindergarten, what did you care about most? Take this mentality and run with it.

9. Beauty comes from within, babe. 

Liking the way you look is an added plus, one could say. What you have inside you is what will take you places, allow you to build relationships, and let you experience life. Beauty truly comes from the inside, not the outside.

10. Smile more. A deep breath and gratefulness will take you farther than you think.

Take a moment and consider what you appreciate and value. Meditate. Allow yourself to be reminded of what you have, and what matters most.

11. Acceptance.

Accept that who you are is who you are. You can change certain things about yourself, but if you surround yourself with the right people, you know that who you are is enough.

12. Consider a woman you admire most, and why.

Think about your biggest role model. For me, it's my momma. Never have I looked at my mom's appearance as a reason for why I admire her. So, think about a woman you are inspired by, and consider what makes her your role model. I guarantee you that looks won't be the number one reason.

13. Emphasize all that you love about yourself. 

EMBRACE! Find something you love. Big or small. Take that thing and celebrate it.

14. Enjoy life. Live. 

Once you step away and stop caring about the way you look, opportunities for growth are endless. Spend less time in the mirror, and more time experiencing all that is this beautiful life.

15. FORGET the camera. 

Who said it was mandatory to take pictures on the beach? Be present and enjoy the warm weather. There is no need to spend your beach days snapping countless photos that may cause you to self analyze on a beautiful summer day.

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On June 22nd I Celebrated My 22nd

*Insert cliche Taylor Swift song "22"*

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It's about time I turn 22. I've been told that after your 21st birthday, the years begin to fly past you in a blur. I don't know if I agree, but I can definitely say that I don't feel 22. Sometimes I look around at all the people who are freshmen in college, or juniors in high school, and I begin to reminisce about when I was their age. One thing getting older does do is make you a skeptical, cynical person.

I've thought a lot about my birthday as another day that I get to eat cake because let's face it, I'm not really here for anything else, except maybe a shot. I remember celebrating my birthday when I was younger was much different from what it turned into after I turned 20. Back in the day, I would celebrate my birthday with a pool party. Pizza, chips, cake, and soda. A few balloons and candles and that was it. I'd only invite my closest friends and we'd have so much fun.

I miss that kind of birthday. The kind you pick out an outfit for days prior, the kind you get so excited for and can't sleep, the kind that makes you feel special. It doesn't feel like that anymore. What it feels like now is, "welp, there goes another year." This line is also applicable to New Year's Eve, but we'll cross that bridge six months from now.

My birthday is pretty uneventful. It feels like the spark is gone, the excitement is gone. I wish I could feel happy that I'm turning 22, but I also know that it's just a reality that we all get older and things like birthdays begin to feel strange. You're faced to realize that you're supposed to have gained another year of experience and intelligence in the aspects of life, but it's almost like you feel the same.

It's safe to say that this has been a bit of an existential-crisis-themed birthday, but I'm just a little scared of getting older. I think we all reach a point where you realize you aren't invincible anymore. It's time to see what's in store for the future, what your career goals are, where you plan to move to after graduation, how to eat better, and how to feel like you've reached your full potential. It's a bittersweet moment in my life, but I'm ready to see what's next.

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Poetry On Odyssey: The Light That Is Manhattan

A poem about anticipation.

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Almost there.

The subway station is cold and narrow

But the staircase is just ahead.

No more corners, maps, or the like,

Just the light at the top of the stairs.


They say this city is filled with dreams.

Desires that may not even exist yet.

Dreams that have yet to be achieved,

or so the glow in front of me says.


The wonder builds as the ambiguous light at the top of the

Subway station stairs get brighter.

These steps are a two way street of

Excitement up

Fulfillment down.


May this light soon turn into

Roaring streets

Calm corners

Tranquil parks, and

dreams obtained.


The bright light I see in front of me is the glow of the city.

32 steps and I'm home.

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