Time for another month with the AGELESS STYLE LINKUP. This month each of my lovely co-hosts and I are styling a graphic tee. Keep scrolling to the end of this post for links that will take you to each of their posts and to find some more graphic tee inspiration.
Real Life Style
Life around here has been super busy in the most wonderful way this summer. So much so, I’m throwing this post together at the very last minute. Even the photos are wham, bam, thank you ma’am.
In an effort to get these particular shots, I had my sister Jess run out in my backyard and snap a few pictures of this outfit that includes a cool graphic tee that’s an Amazon deal. It also includes a pretty dual purpose kimono scarf. Yes, a kimono scarf. (All items linked two photos below – some are affililiate links)
I was going to change into a more slimming pair of jeans and take my hair down which I think is a more flattering look on me. But honestly, after my belt was off and pants were halfway down, I said to myself, “Wait! This is what you wore today, minus the kimono and cute sandals. (Because kimono’s, cute shoes and petting zoo’s don’t mix). This is your real life style and your real life size. It’s not slimming but it’s comfortable and you need to be genuine.” Yes, I’m even long winded when I talk to myself.
I think my sis did a fine job of taking the photos, but I don’t love them. Why? Because I want to look skinnier. I want to be more pulled together and less sweaty. I want to be able to have my photo taken while sitting on the ground without my boob grazing my waistband. I don’t want to look and feel fat!
Why am I telling you this?
I’m not telling you this so that you’ll tell me I’m beautiful or even to elicit diet and lifestyle tips… because, PLEASE DON’T. I don’t mean to be negative. What I am letting you know, is that even the most positive person can have a bad day on their journey to be body positive.
I recently had a friend send me this exact text.
“Talk me off the fat ledge.”
In an instant, I knew exactly what she meant. How? Because I’ve been on that same ledge. Ready to fall off into the pit of comparison and self- loathing. Some weeks I eat, breath and sleep on the edge.
I responded to my friend by preaching an excellent message full of cheer, encouragement and yes, TRUTH! Truth that she was more than her body. And the truth that she was beautiful inside and out.
I’m letting you know that I’ve been there too. And while it’s not easy, you can get out. There is no “magic” formula. Get it? 😉 But, I find taking just a few minutes each day (maybe even several times a day) to be grateful for all the good things in my life can take the focus off the emphasis I’m placing on my physical appearance.
So today I’m grateful for:
- A new grandbaby who’s only 1 week old.
- A visit from my sister who I only see a few times a year if I’m lucky.
- Watching my other grandson’s splash around in the pool and have a little dance party in front of the TV after dinner.
- And a hubs who washes and dries the dishes when he knows I’m tired.
Not ONE thing that I’m grateful for today has anything to do with my physical self.
Try it yourself. You might be surprised how this simple little exercise in thankfulness can begin to shift your thinking about anything that’s bringing you down.
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