5.16.2014

embrace

Three cheers for Friday!!!!!! I see there is no shortage of exclamation marks today, Brooke. Last night was officially my last track meet that I had to coach at and it feels weird. I don't have a meet to go to this weekend for the first time since the beginning of March and next week will be the first time I don't have to commute an hour for practice twice during the week. What am I going to do with all my free time?! So much time for activities now like: sleep, eat, sleep, workout, eat, repeat. 

Anyway, today I want to share a fantastic thing with you...or at least I think it is fantastic. So Sarah posted this link on her blog the other day and it just hit home for me. Today I want to share with you the Body Image Movement. I love what Taryn's mission is for not just herself and her daughter, but for women everywhere. We need more women (and men) that believe in the power of things like the Body Image Movement. We need more people to love their bodies and themselves. 
'In 2012, while contemplating my impending plastic surgery which would make my breasts perky plus neatly tuck away that excess fat on my stomach, I had an epiphany.
If I go through with this, what am I saying to my daughter about body image? How will I teach her to love her body? How am I going to encourage her to accept and love her body, when I am standing in front of her with a surgically enhanced body? What type of hypocrite or mother would I be? 
Presented to me at that moment of realisation, were questions I needed to address, and within that moment, I knew the answer. It was clear. I chose Mikaela, and the future of my daughter. 
With the decision to cancel my surgery firmly in place, it still left me with the awareness that I was stuck in a body that I didn’t love, with parts I detested. I was at rock bottom, I hated my body more than ever. 
Then a thought popped into my head. What if? What if I could live happily with my body? Was this even possible? 
I picked myself up off the floor, wiped the tears from my eyes and looked into my mirror. Bursting from my soul came my old friend Taz. The one I knew and loved, the happy-go-lucky self which had been hiding for too long.
She simply said, “You can do this”. 
And so began this journey. This unwavering desire to teach, educate and shout around the world that loving your body can bring you happiness and by learning to do so, change lives forever.'  - Taryn Brumfitt 

I think the most powerful part of this video that really hit home for me are the responses that women gave her when they described their own bodies. So many women and girls, including myself, are too quick to find their faults instead of all the beautiful and wonderful things about their bodies. Our bodies are strong and powerful and full of life, we need to respect them and respect ourselves. There is no such thing as a perfect body, but there is such thing as a healthy and happy one. 

So, do me a favor today and take a second to find some positives in yourself. And then do a happy dance to this song, because it's Friday and that's what we do on Fridays. We choose to be happy and we dance. 

Dance With Me by The Sweet Remains on Grooveshark

Cheers to you!

<3 BB

21 comments

Katie Qué said...

Yes, yes, yes. I love this. Thank you for sharing.

P!nky said...

I've hear of this Body Image Movement and it sounds so empowering!!!!

Happy Friday!

Meg {henninglove} said...

what a great mission she has - too many women including myself are guilty of having a negative body image, we need to change that. our bodies are incredible machines!!!

JumpingJE said...

Love your body and feed your soul <3 Thank you for sharing this serious goodness on Friday and congrats on another season, Coach!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

YESSSSS. there is no perfect anything. we should be proud of what we have and work at things we're not happy with. the most important is to LOVE YOURSELF!!

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Love this video... even though it's sad... b/c it shows there are people out there who want to make a difference in how we see ourselves, even when we don't have the strength to see ourselves differently on our own! :)

Jackie @ Our Nashville Life said...

I love this. I have a friend that is constantly posting about how ugly she is, how a man will never love her...and she's so pretty. I often think of how her daughter will turn out. It makes me sad.

-Jackie
http://ournashvillelife.com

Brittany said...

LOVE this! and I love that her motivation was her daughter.

Illegally Blonde said...

Thanks for sharing. I wish we as women would applaud our bodies and not knit pick with each other. We exacerbate this problem when we play along and say oh you should see my... insert part. Love you body, love yourself. Love your new free time.

Kristen said...

oh my god, stop it with the videos that make me cry.
seriously though, i struggle with my body imagine something severe. but i hate when i see other people upset about little stupid things that dont matter, and i want everyone to be happy and love themselves, but i cant do it for myself.
thanks for sharing girl.

Corie said...

I saw that video on Facebook recently and loved it! There is WAY too much pressure on looking"perfect". I hope she raises the money!!

Helene in Between said...

thank you so much for sharing this. we all need to hear this.

Kasey Lynne said...

such a beautiful video. i hope they raise enough money to make the documentary.

Nadine Lynn said...

Just yes!!! I think this is something that everyone needs to see!

Happy Friday pretty friend!

Just Me, Angie! said...

I wish I could eliminate Body Shaming for women. Our bodies are just the shell we move into to get through life. We're not our bodies, we're whats inside ...

reham magdy said...

ssssss

MakeMeUpMia said...

Thank you for sharing! I know I am guilty of negativity towards my body, love this.

Rachel Sedaker said...

"Soft and luscious"- I love that lady's description of her body! I'm finally to a point where I feel it's pointless to hate my body and to focus my energy on that. I've gt bigger fish to fry, and if anyone else doesn't like my body- that is entirely their problem. Most people worth knowing love you for what's inside.

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Lauren S said...

Ah that video makes me tear up! It's a great movement or idea I think, to focus on all the wonderful things about our bodies instead of that little bit of pudge only we notice or that not completely flat stomach or bump in our nose or whatever. I'm guilty and it's time to stop!

Ms. Emily Ann said...

I haven't heard of the Body Image Movement, but I love it! Super inspirational!