Hello beautiful, welcome to the #MySwimsuitStyle challenge hosted by María José Ovalle of Very Busy Mamá and co-hosted by the fabulous Katie Reed of A Mother Thing, Reesa Lewandowski of Momma Lew, Vicky Mason of The Mummy Chronicles and Andrea Summers of Momma in Flip Flops.
We are trying to promote and encourage self love not loathing this summer, and really all year round. The thing is, summer is a time that we tend to get much more critical of ourselves, particularly our physical bodies, as we prepare for “beach season”. We might be worried about how we’ll appear to others in our bathing suits, because it’s probably the least amount of skin coverage we’ll have in public all year long.
It’s totally fair, and there’s nothing wrong with working out to try to get your body in tip-top shape, but you know what else is fine? Just loving yourself as you are. If you didn’t get rid of your love handles or establish a six-pack by the summer solstice, just throw on your bathing suit anyway! (If you’re interested, the bikini top was purchased at Forever 21 and the bottoms are from WalMart!)
If you want a bikini body, put a bikini on your body! [Tweet it!]
The last time I wore a bikini in public, I was sixteen. It’s kind of big deal for me to have a bikini, even if it’s a fatkini, which I have no problem with. Since then, I’ve lived a hell of a life, full of beauty and struggle. I look at my stretch marks and cellulite in a similar way I imagine mothers do. They know those marks on their skin represent the journey they took to create a little baby, and while I’m not a mother (and could never be), I look at mine knowing that I made a choice to put my mental health above physical beauty.
So join in by showing off YOUR swimsuit style, let go of your insecurities, and make a splash this summer! How can you participate? Write a blog, or simply post a picture in your swimsuit to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #MySwimsuitStyle, submit your link, and visit participants leaving positive comments!