For centuries, women have been told that their appearance determines their worth. Still today, we pay supermodels millions of dollars to portray “perfection.” It’s no wonder many of us deal with overall self-esteem issues stemmed from how we look or how much we weigh!
When I was in college, I struggled with disordered eating and exercise. It got to a point where it was disrupting my day-to-day life. My whole day was focused on food (or not eating it) and exercise in a very unhealthy way. I decided a quick fix would be to find another hobby besides the gym and cooking. I truly love to workout and to eat healthy, but it got to a point where it consumed me. This is when I started my first blog, Lady Melody’s Guide To Music. Yup, when I was 20 years old, I wanted to work in the music industry. I wrote concert reviews for an online electronic music publication and got an internship at Capitol Records. However, the political part of the industry turned me away from it.
Having a blog, even though no one other than a few friends and family was reading, gave me a sense of purpose. I also got compliments on my writing! This was HUGE! I had never actually thought of myself as a writer. My writing style up until college was superfluous and wordy. Math was my “easy-A,” funny enough. When I stopped caring what other people thought and decided to fine-tune something that I really loved doing, I started feeling beautiful and sexy from the inside out.
Writing doesn’t have to be your thing! Try to find something that’s outside of your normal daily life or career. There may be times that meeting deadlines, landing a sale, establishing a relationship with a new client, or raising children gets your blood going and gives you purpose. But I don’t want you to rely on just one thing! I am challenging you to go a little out of your comfort zone. Prove to yourself how beautiful and well-rounded you are! It can be anything, really. We’re all busy, but even if you do it just once a month, I guarantee you will feel a change. How about gardening, ballroom dancing lessons, creating music, reading, or even community service?
My dream is to create a community here at Life in Spandex of like-minded, strong, positive women where we can all share our experiences with health, fitness, and life in general. It’s so important to have support and love around you. Please don’t be shy. Share with me and other Life in Spandex readers what your new hobby may be! Sharing what you love about yourself doesn’t make you vain, it makes you empowering! You can either leave a comment here on this blog post or share a photo or status update on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Make sure you tag @life_in_spandex on Twitter or Instagram or share the update on Life in Spandex’s Facebook Wall so we can all see it! #lifeinspandex #loveyourbody
Health and happiness,