Call me thick, chubby even prego if you like. I am a mom, I did give birth. Am I runway model on a diet every day of my life? Of course not. I am real. I am woman, hear me roar!
Now is the time to appreciate ourselves and our bodies. Do not wait until you have lost weight, buy the dress! Somebody´s birthday? By all means eat the cake! We can all afford to splurge once in a while. Life is meant to be lived. We are not designed by a cookie cutter! We are individuals and we come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The trick is too be comfortable in your own skin.
We all wish we were something other than we are. I would like to be a little bit taller, less wobbly and more firm. My solution? I straighten my back, lift up my chin, throw on high heels and lace up my corset. I look in the mirror and say, "Damn I feel sexy". That is the key word, "feel." If you feel good about yourself and mean it, you glow. That smile and sass is so contagious that people will feel compelled to give you compliments.
You ask, "How can you put yourself out there for the world to see you? Are you not afraid of negative comments." My answer is, "No." Do not get me wrong, people can be mean. Read my opening sentence one more time. That said, the good, genuinely nice comments always win over the bad. I am not everyone´s cup of tea, I am me.
Both men and women feel like they have to look a certain way to be accepted, and that is just not true. To be honest, I have been hiding my belly from the public eye. I realized this is the wrong way to think. I have decided to embrace my feminine softness. My stretchmarks and round tummy are the result of my beautiful children. I am 40 years old. I have experienced so much in life and I smile every day because there are so many things to be thankful for. If I had chosen to dwell on the fact that I don´t have the body of a 20 year old any more, I would never be where I am today. A proud, REAL woman.