As someone who struggled with eating disorders for the better part of 7 years, I realize the irony in posting a blog about loving yourself-- but I have come to believe that because I have struggled for so long, is why you should listen to me.
When I was 15 and a size 4, I wanted to be a size 2. When I was 19 and a size 6, I wanted to be a size 4. I have spent over a decade of my life wanting to look the way I looked yesterday and quite frankly, I’m over it.
We spend so much of our lives wishing we made more money, made more time to go to the gym, chose salads a few more times instead of fries-- but y’all, we’ve got to cut ourselves a break! I know that I for one, work about 70 hours a week, and most days I live on a diet of coffee, sparkling water, and wine (which I don’t think is what the health gurus mean when they say “liquid diet”.)
Regardless of how many clients we book, employees we hire, or followers we gain on Instagram, I find myself constantly wishing I was doing more, achieving more, and weighing less. So let me be the first to tell you that if you’re like me, I want us to challenge each other to begin loving ourselves where we’re at right now.
Recently, I somehow got roped into helping plan my 10 year high school reunion, which has forced me to take a trip down memory lane on a daily basis during this planning process. As we go through images from old year books, I can’t help but marvel at how young, thin, and beautiful all of my classmates were, because all I can remember is us complaining at the time about how fat and ugly we felt.
If you could create a yearbook of your life right now and look back on it in 10 years, what would it look like? Would you still be complaining about how you looked in those jeans, or how many comments you were getting on your blog posts? Probably not.
If you could sit down at the end of each day and write down one thing that we love about ourselves, or something that we were happy to have accomplished that day, can you imagine how much more full our daily lives would be? One of my goals for this year has been to find contentment with where I’m at in this process called life and with nearly ¼ of the year already behind us, I would love to hear where y’all are at in terms of your resolutions-- tell me all about them in the comments below!