Okay, time to get real. Do you ever feel like you're not [blank] enough? Fill that in with: pretty, skinny, funny, smart, successful, fit, organized, thoughtful.... You name it, we all have insecurities, right? I'll be honest with y'all, I've had self esteem issues for most of my life. As a girl who has never been a size 2 in a world where that's "normal", it's hard to look the other way sometimes.
This past year has been particularly difficult for me, as my body has been through the ringer to say the least. With pregnancies, losses, and raging hormones, my weight fluctuated more than usual in 2017. Super fun haha. In the midst of feeling so out of control, I kept coming back to this life-long struggle of mine: not feeling good enough.
In this new year, I have made a very conscious effort to show myself a little more self love. I want to be thankful for the body I have, my good health, my incredible marriage and relationships, and the giftings that God has given me. I wanted to write this post to encourage you that you're not alone in your battle of feeling "less than" BUT you also don't have to give in to those thoughts and insecurities. You were created in the image of God and in moments of weakness, I encourage you to lean on that truth. It's what I come back to time and time again.
I also wanted to share my absolute favorite quote that I've held close to my heart since I first heard it: "Comparison is the thief of joy." In a world where everyone puts their picture perfect lives on social media and "average" is not really average, this quote has brought me so much comfort and peace. Whenever I find myself playing the comparison game, I remind myself of this and it helps me snap out of it. Whether I'm stealing my own joy OR the joy of the woman I'm comparing myself to, it's just not fair to either of us. Let us live in a world where we can champion one another and celebrate one another's beauty, gifts, successes and lives without that having a direct impact on how we feel about ourselves.
I may not look like I've stepped out of a magazine or have a coveted thigh gap, but what I do know is that I'm real and I strive to bring that realness to my readers and followers with each and every post. Thanks for following along and loving the real me. I love the real you right back.
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