I've noticed a topic of conversation coming up more frequently when talking to friends these days. I wonder if it is to do with my age, my life choices moving so far away from home or perhaps plain old life experience that brings it to the forefront, but more often than not my girlfriends and I are discussing body confidence, self belief and acceptance.
We are all different. We are different shapes and sizes, have different routines and different experiences and neuroses that shape us but we are all in agreement, our bodies will no longer define our happiness.
I have come to understand that my body is not a physical representation of my value or worth. It has taken some time, rather shockingly, for me to expect to be treated with equal respect to everyone else and to not dismiss myself as "the fat friend" but I can say the journey has been well worth it.
Since moving to Canada my weight has fluctuated and I was worried that with each pound my confidence would slowly be diminished. With your support I can say I'm happier than ever. You may notice over coming months a larger fitness focus from me, especially on my social media channels. Please know that we all know when we feel our healthiest and sometimes need to redress the balance, but no matter how many pounds up or down my value and self worth remains the same.
I love this Forever 21+ lace sleeve skater dress, lumps, bumps and all.