These photos gave me a fright when they showed up in my inbox a week ago. The thought of sharing the ‘bad ones’ made me cringe with fear. The acceptance of the evident double chin and mummy tummy in these photos did not come easy, nor is it complete. I stared at these photos long and hard and shared them with my closest friends with laughs on bad angles and weight still left to be shed. I look at these now and recognize a glowing mom who has all the happiness resting on her forearms with a milk covered lip. I see this only after a long conversation with my best friend which leaves me with the courage to share. I am not a size zero and my face is not freshly set with Giorgio Armani foundation. I am a few pounds heavier and my perfume is A la Spit-up, but my smile has never been more authentic. I am working to accept this body every day. We all are working to accept our bodies that are ever-changing. This life is about the evolution and joy. There is joy to be had in any moment. We all struggle with something and we are all working toward our best self. This journey looks different in every space. Give yourself grace, be gentle, love who you are and where you are! It will not slow you down. As much as I would like to filter this post and stamp it with a glossy and empty message trimmed with only the prettiest photos, I would rather be real. Being real breeds connection and acceptance. This is for you. This post that makes my knees shake to share… it is for you! I hope you feel happy with where you are and if you don’t know that you are not alone. Here is to sharing our truth and making the world of perfect photos more transparent. Cheers!
Photography by Madison Katlin