Friday, February 18, 2011

FBFF~Body Love

Weekly, Katy over at ModlyChic, emails all of us Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday members a list of questions to answer and post on Friday. This week's topic is:

Body Image

1. Since you started blogging has your image of yourself changed?

No, physically my image of myself has stayed pretty much the same. Positive!

2. Are you self-conscious about any aspect of yourself? If so, do you go out of your way to avoid it or do you post about anyway?

I can't think of anything that jumps out at me. I get self conscious about my oily skin at times, but not to the point where it really affects anything. There are a few outfit posts where it looks like I rubbed a stick of butter over my forehead! Not a good look, but you can't win 'em all! Oh well! I guess there are also the times where a shoot is unsuccessful and I am pressed for time and a photo or two ends up not being flattering on my figure but I post it anyway.

3. Based on how you are feeling now, what do you think the future holds in the evolution of your body image?

I have an overall healthy body image. I've taken a tough road to get there, but at this point in my life I love my body and I'm proud to say it! Sure, there are areas I would prefer to firm up, but in general I love my body- with all of my imperfections - and I take good care of it. I expect and am hopeful that I will stay on the path of body love! Main reason I love my body and try not to trip over it too much: I am focused on my heart. When I'm focused on my values and my integrity, the body love follows. Um, let's be real though, I do have random "fat days" here or there!! I am not perftect at not focusing on my outward appearance, but this is a value of mine that I continue to work on.

4. Do you photograph yourself for your blog? If so, how do you feel about the experience when having your picture taken? 

Yes, I photograph myself for my outfit posts. I do feel bad that I am not able to take more sophisticated photos like other bloggers do. Sometimes it makes me feel inferior, but other than that, I think the experience is good for me. I am a picky person. I can be hard on myself and I had a really unhealthy body image in the past. The fact that most body loathing issues have resolved in me and that I focus inwardly, helps me to not focus too much on the photos. I believe that no matter what the body looks like in the mirror, if you're constantly focused on it, you WILL find areas to be unhappy with. And those areas aren't always going to be something you can change {in a healthy or reasonable way}. If I was doing this a few years ago {when my body was ironically in perfect shape}, I am certain I would have spent hours picking my physique apart. Now that I'm more focused on my heart and character; when I find places inside me that need refining, it's worth taking the time to do so. Taking time to refine your character has lasting benefits that will be reflected in your outward appearance.

5. What would you want every person who struggles with body image to take to heart?

I love this question!! I have deep longings to teach young women, specifically, how special they are and how loveable they are. I want every single woman to know that her body is a miracle. Human life was not just "by chance." We are here to live a full, vibrant life. So find something in your life that awakens you inside- that you are passionate about, and challenge yourself with it. Look for ways to highlight your strengths and to improve your weaknesses. Life isn't just about outward appearances. At the same time, you only get one body in this life, so take good care of it- treat it well. Eat a balanced diet, move your body every. single. day., but don't be too hard on it when you do. Drink lots of water and eat your fruits and veggies. I know that last part sounds very "first grade health class," but it's so true!!

What are your thoughts on this subject??

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Thanks for stopping by,

1 comment:

  1. Girl your photos are great and you should never feel inferior. You do a great job. I think that's wonderful that you would like to mentor young women on how special and lovable they are. Amen to having to take care of your body inside and out.

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