My thighs are thick but my waist is thin. My butt doesn’t end but my legs are long. My chest is small but my belly is flat. My hips are wide but my neck is long. My thighs have cellulite but my legs are strong. My teeth are crooked but my smile is contagious.
What makes you feel pretty? What do you struggle with?
I grew up a dancer and then became a professional dancer. I didn’t have an eating disorder, I just never made time to eat. I always had a great toned athletic body but in a “showgirl” way. I wasn’t petite and everyone reminded me of it. (I loved when Kathy Ireland & Cindy Crawford were in style – Kate Moss killed it for me). I had body dismorphia (still do). Hours of staring into walls of mirrors made me dissect every inch of me. I’m 46 and I’m strong, I’m fit, I’m healthy, I’m happy and I’m blessed. I look at these photos and still only see my wide hip bones and tap dancer thighs.
Do you know it has been 16 years since I wore a bikini because of my body image. What happened to the days of summer when we just ran into the house, changed into our suits and jumped into the pool with friends and family. No other thoughts.. just “YAY, pool time!” Every time I get invited to a gathering and the BYOS is suggested I cringe? WHY? It’s time to stop the STINKIN’ THINKIN’! I am fearfully & wonderfully made.. and perfectly IMPERFECT.
So what are you beating yourself up about? I still struggle daily, but now that I am active and back dancing, I feel pretty again. I AM CLAIMING IT EACH DAY. My imperfections are actually what make me uniquely me and beauty-full. That goes for YOU too! Let’s embrace our struggle and cut ourselves a break. I point out client’s unique beauty to them daily.. why not do it for myself? THIS IS ME! (and yes I even have a tattoo!)
Join me over on Instagram (story) (@michellebouse) for my 6 day Soul-care/Self-care Challenge, so I can celebrate YOU and remind you how wonderfully made you are!