I chose a picture at 10 years after my youngest daughter was born, because 3 months is where everyone kept telling me I’d be “back” to where I was. I’d have the fitness SnapBack. That wasn’t my journey. I was not disappointed....nor was I sad that I didn’t live up to the expectation a lot of people had on me. In fact, I was the opposite; I was happy, proud and body positive. And my mind was healthy.
I’m now equally happy, healthy and emotionally strong for my children, life and career. I truly believe that giving yourself patience, grace and kindness each day leads to progress and strength.
So what matters most? The way we speak to ourselves. Everyone’s journey looks different, so let’s not compare.
If you’re feeling down or defeated, I want you to start with kindness. Everything you say to yourself is important because it’s listening.
Start with: “I am beautiful. I am capable. I am worthy of my goals and dreams. I can do this. I am loved. And I am so grateful for this body, my beating heart, and my beautiful mind.”
Once you get to a better tomorrow, bring along a reminder of where you once were, a reminder to always stay humble, yet feisty and grateful.
Every decision you make, make it with self-love and the fact that you deserve it. Love and kindness are all we need.