@melissadoucet Growing up in a very loving family, feeling beautiful was never a problem of mine. It is easy to see in most of my childhood pictures. I absolutely loved playing model, dressing up and just being the playful me. I noticed that I was different, on the chubby side let's say, when I was in grade 3. I couldn't explain why, but I felt less pretty... The summer before going to high school, I had a goal of losing 20 pounds and becoming beautiful again. Being the overachiever that I am, I lost a little bit more than 20 pounds and so started my long life problem of trying every diets out there and often being really hard on myself.
Feeling beautiful is something I still long to everyday. It took me a long time to accept my body exactly how it is. I had three beautiful children and I have since learned how to love the stretch marks on my belly also known as my tiger stripes. I can now say, gratefully so, that I accept my body as it is. I no longer try every diets out there, and I now work on a positive mindset every day instead of counting calories. I still want to achieve the ultimate health and I am extremely interested in any bio hacking method out there. But it is for a whole different reason than losing the extra pounds.
I was fortunate enough last week to have my good friend and photographer @tiafennellyphotography take beautiful pictures of me in my favourite spots around town. This is one of my favourite shot. I look at this and I feel beauty. I can honestly say that I never felt more confident and it shows!
Knowing myself, I will have to work on this every day for the rest of my life. And for those 20 extra pounds that I welcomed again on my body, I accept you. Feeling beautiful is an inside job.