Find The Beauty In Your Own Skin

Growing up chubby was the best for me in my opinion… Especially because bullying was pretty big while I was in middle school. Being put through many traumatic experiences including being called fat while I walked through the door caused me to start looking at myself the way others did. I started to bury myself in this deep hole of insults and couldn’t find a way to get out.

As a 7 year old, you shouldn’t have to walk up to mirrors and be scared of what you’re about to see.

I thought that if I wanted to be “skinnier” I would have to work on exercising more. But I really didn’t understand that that wasn’t what I needed to work on. In fact I had to work on loving myself for who I was and what I looked like. I know many people are put in this situation due to the way celebrities look on social media and all of the photoshopped girls and guys on magazines. We paint a picture of how we “need” to look and put ourselves down when it’s not what we see in the mirror. Now in the beginning I know I said growing up chubby was the best for me even though I was put through a rough childhood, and yes, I am happy I was put through that because to this day I am proud of the person I see in the mirror. I think to myself that God put me in this cocoon of a body to hatch and blossom into a beautiful young woman. You don’t have to criticize yourself for the way you look because you’re the most unique person you’ve ever looked at. Instead of criticizing yourself, step back and approve of yourself and see what happens. Your weight never defines your worth and that’s a fact. To me, beauty is always going to be about you being comfortable in your own skin. It’s always going to be about knowing and accepting who you are. Without being able to learn from my younger self, I don’t know where I would be. You are enough. Always know that.