Tristynna here! We all know body positivity is a HUGE movement, but it's become so commercialized it feels like we've lost sight of the real goal - to be accepted and love ourselves in our natural form, our human body just as it is, to allow us to feel worthy as we are, to whole heartedly love the inside and outside down to the things we've struggled with most throughout our lives.
When I was pregnant with my son, in the blink of an eye, I went from a size 4 to a 14. My skin stretched, I had no time even for a shower and went through tremendous struggle to love myself. I often wandered, where do you even begin when you hate everything about yourself?
Anytime we open social media we see what appears to be a flawless female flaunting her perfect body and life or a commercial telling us we need the newest anti-wrinkle cream or fad diet, leaving many of us feeling inadequate and craving for the things repeatedly shoved down our throats.
Quick question: When the hell did having anything other than what society deems the "perfect" body become a negative thing? and WHY? Popular culture really kills self esteem, and fast - I hateeee it. I personally went through this for so long, and I would be lying if I said I don't ever struggle anymore. I totally do, but I've come a LONG way from those days thanks to this business.
Boudoir seriously saved me. It kickstarted a self love revolution. I felt like a total fraud in the beginning, telling women to love themselves when I didn't even know how to love myself. It was like I was a complete imposter trying to spread a message I couldn't yet grasp, so I went to work changing that. I did everything from therapy and everyday affirmations to forcing myself to dig deep, into the parts I was most afraid to explore inside. The verdict? I'm' a changed person down to my core. I know what I have to offer the world, and I only accept what's good for me. I want to share this feeling with every person possible, because you deserve more than you give yourself credit for.
Here are 5 things you can do today to jumpstart your own body positivity journey:
THROW. THE. SCALE. AWAY. That thing is stupid, and that number does not define your worth.
Look in the mirror Really LOOK. Try to focus on what you love about yourself, and say it out loud. If you're brave enough, do it naked!
Throw away those old clothes, please. Those jeans you wore in 11th grade need to GO. Stop torturing yourself with those old clothes. Time to go shopping, ignore the number on the clothes and instead buy clothes that FEEL incredible.
Pickup a hobby Do things for yourself like facials, massages, nails, hiking, dinner with your girlfriends, coffee and a book, etc. These things can really boost how you feel about yourself!
Be kind to yourself My rule is if you wouldn't say it to your best friend, don't you dare say it to yourself.