Taking Some Time Off

After three incredibly long months, I am finally going to be able to see my daughter! We’ve been in quarantine in separate locations but with Phase 1 starting up and some restrictions being lifted, we couldn’t wait any longer to see each other. We’ve both been self isolating and social distancing and following all safety protocols so our bubble is going to mix with her bubble. She’s coming home for a week and I am beyond excited. It’s nice to have something fun to look forward to!

In celebration of her being under my roof again, I’m taking next week off of blogging so I can focus all my love and attention on my girl.

We as a society have seen and experienced much tragedy and uncertainty over the last few months. I am beyond blessed and grateful that all of my family and friends have remained safe and healthy. Sadly, I know this is not true for everyone. Please know that I pray each night for this virus to come to its conclusion and no more lives are taken. If you are grieving or feeling anxious, depressed, angry, afraid or lonely, I urge you to seek support whether it be from people you know or a professional (doctor, helpline, emergency room, counsellor). You are not alone and we will get through this. This moment in time will pass.

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and remain strong and brave. It will be ok. Until next time, I send big hugs of love and support. Stay well. Stay safe.

A Definition Of You!

Does your weight define you? It shouldn’t! Your weight, the number on the scale or your clothing tag does not tell the story of who you are. You are so much more than a number.

Your size has nothing to do with how talented you are. Your size does not say anything about how kind you are, how helpful you are, how empathetic you are or how strong you are. The shape of your body does not determine your worth, your capabilities or your intelligence. Numbers don’t speak to your values, your beliefs, how brave you are or how you handle adversity. It doesn’t explain how you’ve come through life’s challenges or how much love you have to give. It is not indicative of your health.

Are you perfect? Of course not, no one is. However, there are no signs or laws about how you should look other than the thoughts in your head based on society’s prejudice. We must learn to speak up and shout louder than those who choose to ridicule people because of how they look. Their actions, lack of manners and pure stupidity speak more about who they are then what you are lacking in their eyes.

Focus on your experiences, the people and things in your life you are blessed with, the difficult things that you have overcome, your strengths, skills and talents, the conflicts you’ve solved, the dreams and goals you’ve made happen for yourself and all the moments that have made you happy.

Your body and how you look is only a very small part of the wonderful, beautiful and amazing person that you are. Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and love who you are. Everything that is inside you is the definition of who you are and that speaks louder than numbers.

The Marks That Made Me

As we grow from infancy to adulthood, there will be experiences, events, choices, decisions and growth that will leave their mark on you mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Sometimes the marks that are left behind are a constant and permanent reminder of the paths we have travelled and they are often the ones that cause us to have the most insecurities about our body.


Scars and stretch marks are permanent and very visible things that can cause us to feel embarrassed, anxious and uncomfortable when uncovered for all to see. Rather than viewing these things as ugly and unwanted, I like to think of them as reminders of all the broken and uneven roads and battles my body has travelled and how I’ve arrived at this point in my life stronger and triumphant! My stretch marks and scars are my victory medals. They are my tiger stripes, hear me roar!

Rather than feeling ashamed or insecure with how your scars and stretch marks look, be proud of the body that has fought to get you to this period of your life. Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and remember everyone’s body has a story to tell and nobody’s body is perfect. Every “flaw” is a sign that you are alive and well! They are what made you into who you are today and I for one think you are pretty amazing!

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Something You May Not Know

Do you know how truly amazing you are? You make people laugh, helping them forget their troubles. You lift others up, showing them how valuable they are. You spread extra love when people are afraid, feeling lost or broken or simply having a rough day. You listen when people need to be heard. You support, encourage and cheer for people who have trouble seeing their way.

You do so much for others even though you may be struggling too. You smile, nod and keep putting one foot in front of the other when really all you want to do is rest. It is for all of these reasons that you are truly amazing. It is everything you do for others that makes you such a beautiful human being.

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and pat yourself on the back for all that you do that is seen or unseen but rarely acknowledged. Also, don’t forget yourself when it comes to spreading the love. You deserve it just as much as everyone else.

Beauty

What is beautiful? Beauty looks different to every eye. The sunrise and sunset are beautiful. The crest of waves crashing against the shore is breathtaking in its power. The burst of new tree buds or flowers peeking through the dirt is beautiful because of the hope and anticipation of warmer weather. The birth of a new baby is one of the happiest and most beautiful events one can experience.

When you look in the mirror, do you see someone beautiful looking back at you? Am I beautiful? The answer to both of those questions is YES! You are uniquely and beautifully created. There is no one else in this world who possesses the same beauty as you do. Your scars, stretch marks, lumps and bumps, skin colour, age, hair texture, gender or skin condition all tell your story and that is one of survival, of flourishing and growing into who you are meant to be.

Accept, embrace and love the beautiful person you are. Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and be confident of your beauty next time you see it looking back at you in the mirror or see your reflection in a window.

Do You Need Permission?

In these stressful and unusual times do you need permission to do what you need to do to get by? Absolutely not! Everyone copes with stress in different ways and there’s definitely not a “one size fits all” way of coping in this kind of world right now.

So it’s ok to:

  • wear the same outfit more than once.
  • take as many mental health days as you need.
  • watch your favourite show over and over again if it makes you forget, laugh or feel better.
  • not cross things off your to-do list. Not every day has to be a productive one.
  • take lots of naps.
  • order out instead of cooking.
  • to take it one day at a time and only do what feels good for you.

You don’t have to get anyone’s approval, acceptance or permission to cope with life in a way that suits you and is helpful for you. Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and please take care of yourself spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically so that when this moment of pandemic is over, you’ll be ready to jump back into doing your normal life once more.

Don’t Doubt Yourself!

Say these to yourself because they are true. You need to hear them and believe them!

I am…

  1. a winner
  2. successful
  3. exciting
  4. disciplined
  5. a leader
  6. a believer
  7. happy
  8. motivated
  9. thoughtful
  10. kind
  11. the best
  12. powerful
  13. a great listener
  14. brave
  15. optimistic
  16. gifted
  17. talented
  18. honest
  19. cheerful
  20. relaxed
  21. in love with myself
  22. observant
  23. resilient
  24. grateful
  25. blessed
  26. intelligent
  27. what I choose to be
  28. more than what people see
  29. strong
  30. Pretty, Plus and Proud