Swimsuits in Maui

Swimsuits are among my favorite things to shop for and wear, no lie. I could shop for them the rest of my life and be a happy girl but that's not what we're going to talk about today. I'm going to show some pretty photos of myself on the trip, feature the swimsuits I wore and link them up. But at the end, we're going to talk body positivity and loving yourself. So lets get into it.


So here I am in all of my size 6 (sometimes 8) glory. I'm not sure why but I always get a little weird about posting my swimsuits on the blog. I mean not enough worry that I won't post them (...obviously) but enough worry to think someone will leave a comment here or elsewhere to try and hurt my feelings.

But it ain't gonna happen.

So let's just say this: there is nothing you can say about my body that I don't already know. I mean this has been ALL mine for the past 25 years. We've had our ups and downs but I'm in a really happy place with her? it? me?... and there is not much you can do to bring that down (but like, don't try either way).

Of course there are times when we take a weird angle of a photo and I look like a beached 600lbs whale and -- especially when I'm extra hormonal -- I'll totally cry to Andrew and sulk over it (it happens to the best of us) but it is what it is. I always look at it this way: if I was 50 and had the body I have now I would thank the heavens. So why not enjoy it while I can?

That's what I hate about myself when I was a teenager or when I was in high school or college. I didn't appreciate the great body I had then! I was literally crying over spilled milk (the milk being stomach rolls when I would hunch over). So dumb.

Because I look back at every stage of me wishing away my body I can only image in 5-10 years I'll be doing the same. I just want at least one time to look back and be like, I totally rocked it. I enjoyed every bit of that beautiful body and had the best life.

Going back to the "there's nothing I don't already know" about my body thing, I don't work out. I know that! I ride my bike to/from work abut three times a week, I walk a lot and sometimes skip dinner like once a week (because I'll be busy working) but I don't work out. I wish I did, I want to start again and I will soon -- not to lose weight but to kind of firm everything up and to be healthier.

One of my favorite things about my blog is my body size. I feel like I speak for a wider range of girls than others bloggers might (or maybe it's an inflated thought) but I want to show girls of all shapes and sizes that you don't have to fit a size 0000000 to be happy, to be successful or to be loved.

I hate when I see bloggers who are a normal and healthy size edit their photos down to nothing. That sets a horrible example (and it's just plain weird)! It's telling others to edit themselves to fit into this norm that actually isn't the worlds normal. The inflated sense in the fashion world that a size 8 is too big is ABSURD.

At the end of the day I am an influencer and I do have girls who come to the blog for inspiration, guidance and advice so why not show them that being happy with your body -- no matter the size is the very best thing to do? Where else are they going to get that information from?

So now it's 1:30am I feel like I'm just rambling. And a new goal of mine is to go to bed earlier. This is not working out..

TL;DR: You gotta just freaking own it. Love your body. Don't compare yourself. Be happy. Be healthy. Do what makes you happy.

And I hate to throw a link in there like this but this off the shoulder suit make me feel like a million bucks and is seriously the best swimsuit ever. You need it, we all need it. 


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