Free to be Me

It is almost the end of 2016...well in almost two months, and I have never felt better. I think we can all agree that this year has been a rough one, but that's okay. A lot of personal growth has happened in this year alone and I couldn't be happier. Yes I am drowning in my senior year and the impending doom of growing up is upon me, but all in all I can say that I am great. 

Since starting college I have been on this path of self love and it began with this perception that I needed to be the skinniest version of myself. I went from being 5'2" and 130 to 105 within a semester. The problem is not necessarily the weight-loss but how I achieved it, I was obsessed. Picking myself in the mirror and barely eating more than a salad was how I spent most of my first semester of college. I admit it, I was the skinny that most girls strive for but I still was not happy.

Fast forward to almost four years later, I gained majority of the weight back and on most days I love the way I look. I say most days because I am still on this path of positivity. There will be a few of you will blow this off because there are people in worse situations. But the whole purpose of this post is that is that big or small we all have our battles. Every generation struggles with body image, but in the era of constant comparison I feel like it is getting worse.

I am a victim of #goals just like any of you. Seeing your inner worth is challenging when you have the whole world depicting what your outside should look like. However, when you feel amazing on the inside, you will glow on the outside.

I am learning that I have the freedom to be ME, join me on this soul search. It's a doozy, but YOU are worth it. What is your story?

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