Welcome to the Body: AMAZING Carnival!
This post was written as a part of the Body: AMAZING Carnival co-hosted by Jennifer of True Confessions of a Real Mommy and Amy of Anktangle. Carnival participants were invited to write about how we learn to appreciate the ways our bodies grow and change. Our posts explain some incredible ways our bodies impress and amaze us.
Please read to the bottom to find a list of submissions from all of today's carnival participants.
The other day I was at Goodwill, trying on a lot of new clothes. Trying on clothes is always an exercise in frustration, even more when you are trying on second hand clothes because every clothing company uses different measurements. In fact, sometimes you'll even get different sizings within a brand, just for that extra level of annoyance.
As I tried on the third or fourth shirt that was obviously unflattering, I glanced for a few extra seconds into the mirror, and thought, "I hate my body right now."
I sat with that thought for a minute. I had a baby less than a year ago, a baby who has decided to only nurse on one side. I am short on sleep, so the circles under my eyes are pronounced. I'm hunched over because I'm used to carrying a kid and three bags everywhere I go. Of course my body is weird and lumpy right now. Of course I feel like this is not "my" body.
|One of these outlines is mine, but I couldn't pick it out of the lineup.|
I look forward to the changes that will naturally happen as my kids get older, but it is doing it's job, and I am not going to beat myself up for what it looks like while that's happening. For better or worse, this is what I look like at 36, with 2 young kids. And I think that's awesome.
More to read and love about honoring our bodies at these other blogs. Please visit them all and leave some comment love!
Jennifer from True Confessions of a Real Mommy is moved to trust her body, even the fuzzy parts. You can also find Jennifer on Facebook and Twitter.
Amy of Anktangle writes about living with chronic pain and how she appreciates the ways her body functions in spite of its challenges. You can also find Amy on Facebook and Twitter.
Mari from Honey on the Bum talks a little bit about how her body has changed and how she loves it and what it does for her. You can also find Mari on Twitter.
Shannon at Pineapples & Artichokes talks about why she's not worried about how her body looks, because it has a much more important job right now.
Joella from Fine and Fair discusses her love and respect for her body as it grows and changes during pregnancy over. Hear more from Joella on Twitter and Facebook.
Issa Waters at LoveLiveGrow on how Paganism taught her to accept reality and by extension herself and her body. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.
Amy W. at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work shares about her love/hate relationship with a nose that she saw as ugly . . . until she started to learn to love it. Amy W. can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook.
Destany at They Are All of Me writes about releasing the negative notions she was taught about her period, and embracing it instead.
Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children talks about how she had to push through her pre-conditioned comfort level and found herself in a position to naturally be open and honest with her children. More great stuff from Mandy on Facebook.
Lauren at Hobo Mama is not a runner . . . but she proved herself wrong by completing a race. Keep up with Lauren's adventures on Twitter and Facebook.