Body Image

You deserve to make peace with your body,
once and for all.

We live in a world that has conditioned us (from a very early age) that we must look a certain way in order to be worthy of love, success, and happiness. Images of what is considered “beautiful” are plastered everywhere we can see them — magazines, books, movies, music videos, social media. We have children, as young as kindergarten, going on diets and wishing they were thinner. I will never forget reading about a few young girls who stated that they would rather have cancer than to be fat. I, for the life of me, can’t find that article anymore, but that has stood out vividly in my mind ever since I read it.

What has happened to our world? We now have a society of broken women. All of this societal conditioning about “beauty” has left women feeling isolated, alone, overwhelmed, and in a very unhealthy relationship with food and their bodies.

I truly believe that God created us for more. That He created women for more than worrying about the number on the scale or the amount of fat, carbs, or calories in our food. When our minds are constantly full of worry about these things, there is no space left for the deeper work that He wants us to do.

After suffering from body image struggles for decades (they started around the age of 8 years old), I finally started to make peace with my body when I was well into my 30s. I found a place of what I like to call “body neutrality”. There’s a lot of talk about body positivity and “falling in love” with our bodies. But, I honestly think it’s unrealistic for women to find a place of “body positivity” and stay there all the time. We are all going to have those days where we don’t necessarily like our bodies. The difference is allowing those days to come and go without letting them drag you down into the dark pit of body shame and hate where our thoughts and actions become consumed with this negative energy.

It is my goal to help you find that body neutral place so that you can spend more time living and less time at war with your body. Stay tuned for more articles on body image coming in the near future!

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