Wow. I am blown away by how my last post struck a chord with so many women. I felt like i couldn’t quite return to my regular posting schedule and topics without addressing this first.
First of all, thank you for the outpouring of love and understanding. I was amazed at how many of you confided in me that you struggle with infertility, your body image, or both. Friends, can we make a deal with each other? Let’s always be kind. You really don’t know what your fellow human is going through, even if they seem to have it all together.
The idea for that post slowly germinated since I did an interview for This is My Self Blog last October. (The site will be up hopefully in March. I’ll let you know when it’s up and plans are in the works for it’s creator, Naomi Zurevinski, to do a guest post.) My interview was all about learning to love myself in light of being a “failed” singer, and that failure wasn’t actually failure at all in the end. It led to much better things.
We did end up talking about body image, but it felt like there was too much already on the other topic, so my interview is just in regards to music and being a mom. Had my interview been about just body image that day, I doubt everything I wrote about last post would have come up. I just wasn’t ready to share those things.
Can you love yourself and be at odds with your body? I say yes, but I think a lot of people would say no. Frankly, I don’t have any easy answers. We’re all on a journey, and the road is never cut and dry.
Even if I never lose another pound or never have another baby, I’m still going to keep exercising, eating better, and taking care of myself. Although those things are hard, I won’t let them define me. If you’re struggling, I hope you’ll do the same. We’re worth it.
Much love always,
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