Thursday, July 28, 2016

Acceptance // Raising Wild Discount

I have been wanting to post this for a while, but I've been having a hard time with expressing what I really want to say. I've written and deleted with post over and over. I don't want this post to be an "asking for attention" post, because it's not. It's simply my thoughts on how I want to be a healthy example while raising my daughter in a world that has put extreme pressure on women to be "perfect."

I have struggled with body image for a very long time.  I have tried out my fair share of unhealthy diets, cutting calories, obsessing over exercising and every flaw... and it's exhausting. Ever since I found out we were having a girl, I started thinking about how I can be the best role model for her. A role model that will have a stronger presence in her life than anything she sees in the media or in public. An example of a strong, healthy, happy woman who embraces her body, genuinely thinks she's beautiful and accepts her insecurities.

So here I am, feeling my strongest, happiest and healthiest that I've ever felt. Is the number on the sale higher than I want? Yes. But guess what? The beginning of this year, I couldn't run a mile without dying, and now I'm training for my first half marathon, and running a second a month after. The beginning of this year, I would have never gotten into a bathing suit, and now I basically live in mine, especially with the weather in the desert. The beginning of this year, I was so worried about the "pregnancy line" that I still have on my stomach, my stretch marks, scars, and I completely regret ever getting my belly button pierced, but I'm learning to accept my flaws and move on with life. The flaws that I have now are mostly from growing a human for 9 months, and I never want Eloise to think that she is the reason I don't love my body, because she is the greatest gift I could ask for.

My hope for Eloise is that she can see beauty in every person she meets, and that she will look past appearance and love others for who they are, not what they look like.

This suit from Raising Wild is amazing.  They have a few different styles, all are so so cute and modest at the same time. I have 2 of them (the L style is what I'm wearing in this picture, click here), and while I'm learning to accept my insecurities, their suits make me feel comfortable and confident. The ladies behind the business are GIVING MY FOLLOWERS A DISCOUNT so if you're looking for a new suit this is your chance! Please use BURLEYTRIBE10 at check out for a 10% discount, good until Friday, August 5th at midnight-- CODE EXPIRED. The suits are high quality, so comfortable and made really well, so spending a little more money for them isn't an issue for me because I know they will last. 

All bodies are different, so please don't try to make yours look like another. Embrace what you have, take care of your body, and if you ever feel like giving up, just remember there is a little girl watching who wants to be just like you.

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