To Casi, self- love is learning to love yourself, lumps, bumps, scars and all. Knowing your mistakes and forgiving yourself for them. Seeing the stretch marks, cellulite, scars and freckles and knowing you EARNED every single one with a life lived. Loving your body for the amazing things it can do. That has carried you through you best and worst days without judgment.
Casi, where are you at in your self love journey?
“Self-love is something I’ve struggled with most of my life. It is something I’ve longed for, something I have coveted. It is something that feels almost uncomfortable, like a piece of clothing I’m struggling to make fit. I feel closer to self-love than I ever have, and I hope to continue learning to love the skin I’m in.”
What do you feel has helped get you to where you are at in your journey?
“I have vitiligo that developed when I was 5 years old. When I was young, I was very concerned about how other people may see my “spots” and what they might think. I had makeup to cover it, and I also took medication and sat under a sun lamp. After awhile, I didn’t care anymore. The makeup was cumbersome, and I wanted to be out in the sun, not under a sun lamp. My “spots” stayed the same for most of my life, and I became comfortable with them. It has just started to spread again, so that is….different. I’m getting used to that process ”
“I have repeatedly beat myself up about being overweight throughout my life. Still not super comfortable with my body, but I am amazed to where it has brought me. I have come to the conclusion that I want to be comfortable, and that I carry my weight fairly well. I’m sure my weight will fluctuate, but I’m ready for the future, whatever it brings”
Anything else you want to share, Casi?
“I WANT to love my body. Its amazing what body-shaming can do when its passed down to you. My mother was ALWAYS (and is still!) on a diet. She was never happy with how she looked. I try to not pass that on to my own daughter . Be careful about what you say about yourself around young ears that can hear you. It makes a difference.”
I’m incredibly proud of Casi and all of the women that have joined in this movement. The more we share, the more women will learn and believe that their body is normal too. Click HERE to join and be part of this self-love movement.