I’m participating in a body positive summer challenge sent out by Rachel Estapa through her FaceBook community page More To Love. You can also follow her body love lessons on her website http://www.moretolovewithrachel.com/ This challenge is a great way to practice self-love and body positivity throughout the summer months which can be a source of anxiety for many plus size people who worry about how they’ll look in lighter clothing and bathing suits. People with a little extra fat on their body often feel like they will be stared at, made fun of, laughed at or made to feel uncomfortable when they participate in the normal warm weather activities like going to the beach, bike riding or picnicking. Participating in a challenge like this reminds us all that everyone has the right to enjoy time in the sun and practicing body positivity is a year round job. I hope you choose to join me and share how you are showing yourself love this summer. Be Pretty, Plus and Proud spring, summer, fall and winter!
Day 1 – What does body love mean to you and what are your sources of inspiration and motivation that keep you on track with your journey?
Day 2 – How do you artistically stay committed to your journey? Do you paint, write in a journal, create poetry or music?
Day 3 – Share who inspires you on your body love journey whether that person is a friend, family member, celebrity, someone from social media, etc. and why or how do they inspire you.
Day 4 – Share a moment from your day when you stopped negative self-talk and how did you do it.
Day 5 – Be Pretty, Plus and Proud in a great summer outfit. Rock it girl! Share pictures on your social media!
Day 6 – Try moving your body is a new way this summer; a new dance move, new exercise routine, new activity like riding a bike or flying a kite, new sport (beach volleyball?) or enjoy splashing in the waves rocking a new swimsuit.
Day 7 – This one is all about self-care. Take time to do something that is totally for you without a thought or care for whatever anyone else thinks or needs from you. This is me time! Go for a massage, get your nails done in a bright summer colour, get a funky new haircut, buy yourself a new summer dress or pair of sandals, read a book in the shade of a tree at a local park, pack a picnic lunch and sit on the sand listening to the waves crash on the shore.
Journal your experiences, thoughts and feelings as you participate in the challenge to continue your learning and growth on your body positive journey. Share if you feel comfortable doing that. Maybe others can learn from your example. Don’t forget to check out Rachel’s website for more details on this challenge and other great ideas to foster your self-love.
Thanks for reading! XO