For years I didn’t wear a swimsuit. I refused to because I despised the way I looked.
We are intelligent, beautiful women who have started our own business ventures, have endured hardships, many of us have given birth, we have gone above and beyond what was expected of us — yet we cannot bring ourselves to wear a swimsuit. I want ALL of you to enjoy the summer and to accept and love yourselves.
Trust me, it’s not easy for me either but… strength in numbers girls!
Self LOVE not self loathing
Hola and welcome to the #MySwimsuitStyle challenge!
Yes, I’m excited but at the same time I am terrified. Swimsuits are scary and are the cause of much anxiety — however I am OVER wasting my summers away wishing I was 30 lbs lighter, regretting all those times I could have worked out, sulking under the shade, wishing the sun could melt my fat away and refusing to partake in pool side and beach fun with friends and family.
Despite struggling with my weight all of my life, I’m a self-confident woman with good self esteem. But when it comes to wearing a swimsuit, all that boldness and “I can do this” attitude is no where to be found. All of the demons of the past find their way back and I become a very miserable person. And for a long time I’ve known it to be true for many other women as well.
However, the reality is NO one cares what you look like. NO ONE. Really. It’s us who do this to ourselves — we tear ourselves apart when it comes to our bodies and wallow in self-pity.
I won’t tell you that I LOVE how I look. I don’t.
But I do LOVE myself. I like who I am, what I’ve accomplished and I’m confident enough to laugh at myself and not worry about what others think — but it’s something you have to work at.
I know I need to eat better and work out. In fact, I’m back at my Tae-Bo and Zumba classes this week after seeing what I REALLY look like. And just a few months ago I was in much better shape — but right now, today, this summer THIS is what I look like and I refuse to beat myself up about it and you shouldn’t either.
This year I made a conscious effort to transfer the usual self-confidence I have the other 10 months of the year and bring it out now when I most need it — starting on this blog with all of you. I’m so proud of everyone who is joining in and looking to make a SPLASH this summer in your swimsuit.
Over 2.2m impressions across social media — thanks to YOU and our collective confidence to change how we view and feel about ourselves and encourage other women to do the same.
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