One of the many reasons I started my own blog was to have a voice. Yes, it is about pursuing health and happiness in this life and sharing it with the world. Yet, most importantly, it’s about inspiring others to love their life and perhaps go against the grain of how the world tells us we should look and act.
We live in a world where the media is constantly bombarding us with images of perfectly photo-shopped women. Editing any loose skin, scars, or dimples. Constantly sending messages telling us to look a certain way, lose 10 pounds, be bikini ready, and don’t you dare look your age or show a flaw. Try this diet, use this cream, find out how this star lost all her baby weight so fast…Ugh! All of the nonsense that is in magazines, on television, and communicated via social media can be very hard on the female psyche.
So back in January I asked a group of women to volunteer to share their own stories about overcoming their personal struggle with body image. The feedback was outstanding and before I knew it, a Love Your Body Campaign had been launched. Since starting this campaign, I have started to see some posts about women loving their bodies the way they are. This excites me to no end and I hope it continues and spreads like wild fire. It is time to show the world what real women look like and the obstacles they are overcoming to get to a healthier place in their own mind and skin.
In the stories to come, you will hear from some women who have overcome poor body image, others who have been defeated and felt out of place, only to find purpose and strength in their life and build themselves back up. The stories are their own. Unique and powerful just as the women are. They have a voice, loud and strong and are able to use my blog as a vessel to express that voice and hopefully inspire other women to overcome their struggles with body image, self-doubt or just feeling overwhelmed in a world where media tells us to look a certain way, be flawless, and ageless without imperfection. These ladies are happy to show their imperfections… Some of them may even look perfect on the outside, but the battle on the inside is far from perfect.
In the posts to come, you will see women’s bodies that are skinny, muscular, and everything in between. Some of the photos are playful, honest, and even sexy, but it is important to remember that we are all beautiful women. We may not be perfect but we are all perfectly beautiful. Inside and out. I hope you enjoy the stories to come and please feel free to inspire others by sharing this blog and leave a comment in the reply section sharing how you have overcome your own struggle.
By the way the beautiful photography was done by our talented friend and photographer Robin Lerner. You can find her at www.robinlerner.com