Love Thy Self!

The other day I was hanging out on Buzzfeed, as per usual, and came across this photo series of new moms and their new mom bodies called the 4th Trimester Bodies Project (you’ve probably seen it, if you haven’t… check it out, it’s pretty inspiring). And while I’m not a new mom, it got me thinking about body image.

Later that day I was hanging out on YouTube, as per usual, and decided to catch up on some videos. I stumbled upon Kandee Johnson’s “Plastic Surgery” story video. Obviously I was expecting her to tell me what kind of surgeries she’s had, non of which I knew about previously, but instead I got a truly uplifting video about loving yourself.

At first I thought it was cheesy, because it was lol and she is a little out there and eccentric in how she presented the concept, but she was right. She started off the video talking about what she wanted to change about herself when she was younger, but learned to love as she got older. She talked about beauty coming from your heart, not your face or your makeup. Of course, it’s all a little cliched, but by the end of the video it really impacted me.

She was right. You don’t need makeup to be beautiful. You don’t need the perfect face, or hair or body. You need to be you, because that’s what makes you who you are. You don’t need to love everything about yourself, but you do need to embrace it all. If there’s something you want to change, go ahead and do it, but do it for you, not for everyone else.

Obviously, I’m just like everyone else. I have things about me that I don’t like, there are things that I’d like to change, but I’m me, and I’m okay with that. I think I’m pretty awesome. You should think you’re awesome too! Because you probably are. It all stems from your attitude. If you have a good attitude and a good heart, people will see how amazing you are, whether you’re wearing a full face o make up or just your pajamas.

So, if you need some uplifting, watch Kandee’s video and check out that photo series. You are who you are for a reason, and I bet you’re awesome at it.