love yourself and the rest will follow

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection – Buddha

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hello beautiful people! allow me to introduce myself.  i’m Brittany and this guest post is all about self-love and body image.

i’ve been meaning to perfect this post for weeks. i had a dream/vision/epiphany that I need to share this renewed self-love with the world.
i woke up this morning with all intents and purposes to do my makeup, just to add a little finesse to my already fabulous features, hop on the computer and get to typing!

so here I am!

 this story starts with me sitting in bed one night when the usual whirlwind of thoughts came along, and then God revealed something to to me. though i do not hear his voice, i feel his spirit and His spirit said, “forget what imperfections you think you may have and love you. just love you.”

now, i have always been a self-confident woman, my mother even calls me vain, but I honestly can’t help but love the gifts God has given me. there was however a point in time where i felt as though i, just-the-way-i-am, no additives or preservatives, just wasn’t attractive. this feeling was related to a few negative comments about my body, but nonetheless i let the negative vibes infiltrate my perspective of myself.

raise your hand if you have, at some point in your life been dissatisfied with your physical appearance.

i’ll wait.
…and just so you know, I’m raising both hands and feet.

i had hit a place i had never been before, unchartered territory if you will, and it was horrendous. i sat up one night on facetime bawling my eyes out to DiDi- Rizzle (Need4Reid) and typing out sadness to Meshi, completely broken and not really appreciative of the awesomeness that is me.

but shortly after…I began to heal. and there is beauty in that.

i decided, “welp, this thicka than a snicka body of mine was all for me, and since i have to live with it, i need to love it.”
i recently came across a quote that read:
”when I accept me, I am freed from the burden of needing you to accept me.” 
in other words,  you are in control of how you feel about you. no one else has the power to devalue you.

there will always be that scar in the most obvious of places, the tumbleweed terror that grows from your scalp or a kink that won’t curl right; there will always be the pervasive bitch face, the extra rolls above the hips, body parts that jiggle unflatteringly or that won’t give you the curves you crave. but know that everything about you makes you the person you are, and at the end of the day, it is how you perceive it that determines how you handle it. 

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that being said, you have two options: accept it or change it for the better. you can turn it into motivation to eat healthier, exercise more, make whatever bothers you into your most appealing aspect, and/or accept it and move the heck on.

indeed, my advice to the masses, or at least to all those who are reading this, is to love yourself; truly appreciate all that you have and make it work for you. if that means waking up a little earlier to throw on some makeup or work out for 30 mins then so be it. as long as you leave the house feeling yourself that’s all that matters.

you are in control of your body, your personality, your aspirations and your perspectives, and with faith and prayer you can be the best you that you want to be. at the end of the day, do what makes you happy but do it for you.  

bikini top - target bikini bottom - victoria's secret sarong - souvenir store in montego bay, jamaica necklaces - gifted

bikini top – target
bikini bottom – victoria’s secret
sarong – souvenir store in montego bay, jamaica
necklaces – gifted

photography credit: Natasha Lee

 

 

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Comments

  1. I’m raising both hands and feet as well. Truly inspiring Britt!

  2. Jay-Sheree says:

    Truly Amazing !

  3. ……it’s official, I love Brittany. I love the post. I love everything. Bye!

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