Practicing Self Acceptance

The past couple of months has been a huge challenge in self-acceptance for me and our family. Like so many others, we try to stay optimistic though there is uncertainty about bills and unexpected crises arising that could make or break being able to ‘get by’ comfortably.

I am tired of the doubt. I am sick of the stress. It will always be there, but one thing I know for sure-I’m the person who has to account for my thoughts and actions throughout and at the end of the day. The best thing I can do for myself and my family is to be myself and accept it no matter where the cards may land.

I’m lucky to have a husband who loves me for who I am. But it isn’t what he thinks–or what anyone else thinks, for that matter–that keeps me going.

My fuel comes from knowing what I am capable of regardless of what I think people think of me. It’s about caring less about what others think of me and caring more about myself. I’ve lost and have kept off ten pounds for a month. I’m getting to where I want to be.

I see people’s selfies all the time on social media. I love seeing others be confident and happy…and even silly. But I cannot stand to see a full body photo of myself. Yesterday I took a full body picture despite my insecurities. The photo was originally shot without my short-sleeve sweater on…but then I saw my arms and covered up more. My husband sighed. He loves it all. Even the wiggly bits.

I’m a big woman with a big heart and an even larger dream of succeeding as an author in a society where the skinny ladies get all the compliments and admiration. But you know what? I’ve decided self-image is what I make it. But I’m no longer going to hide. Good for the “skinny” girls. They are more than a number on the scale, too.

And good for me for taking this Halloween full body photo with my sweet pumpkin husband.

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Me after our Halloween night out with family. Happy to be ME:

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8 thoughts on “Practicing Self Acceptance

  1. Well I say this from my heart, because it’s true, you are beautiful inside and out. I hope you know that. I love your honesty and wish I could have been that honest with myself and others earlier in life. It took me awhile to get there. It’s an honor and privilege to know you, and I’m so proud of you! Excellent post… ❤

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  2. Some days are easier to believe than others. Yeah, I think this happens with everyone. I have to keep reminding myself I’d rather stay here than go back to my unhealthier choices. Thanks, Kyrian.

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  3. Well, a steady steam of cash would be nice about now Pat, but I understand where you are coming from. The important things in life cannot be bought. And those are wise words, my friend. Thank you for your beautiful and uplifting thoughts.I will carry them with me this coming week. xoxo

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