Originally published September 9, 2016 on the Huffington Post.

It all starts with loving yourself as you are. Not as you could have been, or would be, or should be. Just as you are, today, in the present.

 Photo by Chris Carroll Photography, HMU Lauren O’Leary

Photo by Chris Carroll Photography, HMU Lauren O’Leary


It all starts with loving yourself as you are. Not as you could have been, or would be, or should be. Just as you are, today, in the present.


SOURCE: INSTAGRAM, @MELPARRISHPLUS
Photo by Chris Carroll Photography, HMU Lauren O’Leary
For most of my life, I bought into the idea that I was not enough because of my size. I was constantly engaged in efforts to change myself so that I could more closely resemble what I considered to be the archetype for body perfection.

“If I can get a ‘perfect’ body,” I believed, “then I will be enough.”

Enough for the love of my life, enough for an amazing job, enough for the perfect living situation, enough for the life of my dreams . . .

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