I’m really excited to share some gorgeous photos that I took with my friend and photographer, Jon Payne, whilst on holidays in Ibiza. I felt like a total rockstar in my Sweaty Betty wetsuit and swimwear. Can I say that about myself? or is that very vain and arrogant of me? You know what I don’t think it is, and I don’t think we compliment ourselves, let alone accept compliments from others, enough!
It’s funny how we find it so hard to accept compliments.
Most of us blush, look away, laugh awkwardly, or deny the comment. I know that used to be me! Now I say thank you!
After years of self scrutiny, I’m willing to accept my body. I don’t know if I will ever say that my body is 100% perfect, I doubt that many people could ever say that? But I accept it and I love it.
I love it for running me up and down the stairs on a busy shift, I love it for the strength it provides me in the gym, I love it for learning to cope when I push it through travel and time zones, I love it for making me feel fit and strong, but most of all I love it for all the scars and the stories they tell.
The scar from my hernia repair as a kid, the stretch marks on my legs from when I took my growth spurt (albeit minimal!), the tattoos on my skin which I’ve collected over the years, the scars and bumps on my shins from deadlifts and box jumps gone wrong, the mark under my lip from my piercing as a teen, and the two freckles on my left cheek, which I used to cover up and now embrace!
After a series of heartbreaking events recently and almost a loss of faith in the humanity and kindness of others, how about we show a little bit of love to someone we care about today?
Send your best friend, your partner, or parent, a message and tell them what you love about them and ask them to do the same for you. It may sound cheesy, but it will instantly brighten their day and yours.