Time to Embrace What Most of Us Fear

Time to Embrace What Most of Us Fear


Throughout our lives there will be rollercoasters of change. Change in our homes, change in our schools, change in our friends, family, careers, and all aspects of our lives. For some this may be scary. At first, change was scary and hard for me to process. It would make me anxious, make me itch, scratch, and get worried about every possible thing that could go wrong with the new change in my life. Not anymore, Ive come to accept change and the need for it in our lives. Here are some ways that Ive come to accept why change is good:

1. It can challenge you

Change is good to challenge you and make you learn new limits you've never reached. The human mind and body is constantly evolving and constantly learning new limits. Don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone to explore new beginnings. You'll never know what you're capable if you're never pushed.

2. It can lead you to new opportunities

Don't close your mind off to new possibilities. You may be comfortable in your own home, in your workplace of over 10 years, and with the people you've known since middle school. But the world is so much more than these things that you already know and are comfortable with. There are so many other things in this world for you to explore and people to meet that you may never expose yourself to if you close yourself off to anything beyond your comfort zone.

3. It can take you places you've never been before

A new job, a new school, a new home. All things that can take you to new places you've never been before. New doors to open and walk through, new people to meet, new opportunities ahead. The world ahead of you is endless, let yourself travel.

4. It can shape you

Some of the most uncomfortable and challenging moments of our lives are when we truly find ourselves. Our strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes, what breaks us down, and builds us up. Change can be the valley we need to reach a new, exciting peak. It can push us beyond what we believe to be our human capabilities. You may find yourself a lot more flexible with the never-ending fast-paced schedule of life when going through change.

5. It can bring you confidence

Often when we keep ourselves confined to comfort zones we never find a drive to push ourselves to try new things or embrace new talents. This can lead to us becoming sedentary in our daily lives. However when change comes along it is new and exciting and can spark passion in individuals to give them new-found confidence to embrace.

I hope these few positive tips and tricsk to dealing with change can help you learn how to embrace the never-ending rollercoaster of life instead of bracing for impact when an intimidating change comes your way.

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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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In Real Life, 'Plus Size' Means A Size 16 And Up, Not Just Women Who Are Size 8's With Big Breasts

The media needs to understand this, and give recognition to actual plus-size women.


Recently, a British reality dating TV show called "Love Island" introduced that a plus-sized model would be in the season five lineup of contestants. This decision was made after the show was called out for not having enough diversity in its contestants. However, the internet was quick to point out that this "plus-size model" is not an accurate representation of the plus-size community.

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It is so frustrating that the media picks and chooses women that are the "ideal" version of plus sized. In the fashion world, plus-size starts at size 8. EIGHT. In real life, plus-size women are women who are size 16 and up. Plunkett Research, a marketing research company, estimated in 2018 that 68% of women in America wear a size 16 to 18. This is a vast difference to what we are being told by the media. Just because a woman is curvy and has big breasts, does NOT mean that they are plus size. Marketing teams for television shows, magazines, and other forms of media need to realize that the industry's idea of plus size is not proportionate to reality.

I am all for inclusion, but I also recognize that in order for inclusion to actually happen, it needs to be accurate.

"Love Island" is not the only culprit of being unrealistic in woman's sizes, and I don't fully blame them for this choice. I think this is a perfect example of the unrealistic expectations that our society puts on women. When the media tells the world that expectations are vastly different from reality, it causes women to internalize that message and compare themselves to these unrealistic standards.

By bringing the truth to the public, it allows women to know that they should not compare themselves and feel bad about themselves. Everyone is beautiful. Picking and choosing the "ideal" woman or the "ideal" plus-size woman is completely deceitful. We as a society need to do better.

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