Life gets hectic (I’m sure you get it!) & I also wasn’t feeling particularly inspired to write for a little while there. Stay tuned soon though, I have some fun fashion & beauty blog posts coming your way!
This weekend, I felt a shift in my mindset. I felt a lot of hope for the (near!) future. I think a big part of that is that I’m getting my second COVID vaccine on Saturday! My parents, sister, & two of our closest friends are also getting vaccinated so the idea that we’ll be able to spend time together feels incredible!
Here are a few things I’m looking forward to over the summer, once I’m fully vaccinated!
Outdoor seating at restaurants
Margaritas with friends!
Going to the beach
More backyard hangs
Most of all, I’m excited for that peace of mind I’ll hopefully feel once I’m vaccinated. To be able to go to my parents’ house & not feel on edge or worried about potentially getting them sick; that’s a feeling I won’t ever take for granted.
What are you feeling most excited for this summer?!
Summer might look a little different this year but I think a lot of people might agree that it’s usually the time when most of our insecurities really come out. I know in my case, I’ve let my struggles with body image really hinder my summer fun in the past. I remember beach days in high school when I’d cry & pinch my stomach fat. There were trips & events (even recently!) that I’d be so excited for, only to break down in tears the night before while packing because I felt terrible in all of my clothes. It’s something I’ve worked on; I’ve been open about how I still struggle with my confidence at times (that terrible voice in my head can get louder when I’m in a swim suit especially!) but I’d like to think that I’m the most confident I’ve ever been (most days, at least). Here are a few things I like to do to give myself my best chance at feeling confident, especially during summer activities!
1. I’m a firm believer that confidence comes from within, but if I’m hanging out by the pool or going to the beach, I want to wear a bathing suit that highlights my favorite parts of my body & makes me feel good. This black ruffled suit by Summersalt is so cute but also still fun with the lower cut & cheeky booty. Love it!
2. Before going out, & this seems pretty corny so stay with me here, I like to find some things in the mirror that I like about my body. The more time you spend complimenting yourself & focusing on even one good thing that you like, the more likely you are to actually start to believe it.
3. I spend time with people who make me feel valued! If you’re with friends & family who lift you up, there isn’t as much time for you to focus on your flaws. Try to see yourself from their perspective; I doubt they’re worried about how your stomach looks in your bikini, & if they are, they’re not the people you should be spending your time with. Try to relax & enjoy yourself.
That voice in your head, pointing out your “flaws”? Tell it to go take a hike. You’re beautiful, worthy, & deserving of having fun. If you’re interested in more self-love & body confidence content, check out the podcast I’m co-hosting with my sister! Our second episode is out & we talk about size inclusivity. I’ll link it here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/can-you-talk/id1515342984?i=1000478947623
Cheers! (I’m drinking a piña colada while writing this, I hope you have one too!)