It's bathing suit season. And I'm sharing my huge goal……for how we can all support each other to shed our inhibitions this summer and to #justwearthesuit.
It has arrived. Summer. Enter longer days, no alarm clocks, pool parties and…….bathing suits. Did you just cringe a little? It's ok, I totally get it. It kind of takes the fun out of the summer. RIGHT? All of sudden you're concerned about the size of your thighs or how things have gone a little south in the last few years. The focus has been taken off those memories with your family, and has moved over to your fears and insecurities.
And trust me, I get it. If I'm being honest, I've spent most of my life being uncomfortable in a bathing suit. As soon as I was old enough to be aware, I realized my hips were too big and my thighs rubbed together. In my twenties, I strict dieted down to a slightly smaller size……but my insecurities didn't shrink as the number on the label did. They remained.
If you've been around these parts for awhile, then you know that last summer I had my own mini-revolution. I JUST GOT OVER IT. The insecurity, the hiding at the pool. I'd had enough. With the support of all of YOU, I shot pictures in a bathing suit and I put them on the internet for the world to see. Why? I figured if you'd all seen them already…..I wouldn't care about a few women at our local pool anymore. And while it wasn't exactly a magic fix, what I did do….was realize I wasn't ALONE. That so many of us felt this way and we were sick of it. So I spent the summer wearing bathing suits, taking photos, and ENJOYING myself. And by the beginning of THIS summer? I can't wait to hit the beach. Yup, seriously. Somehow along the way……my mindset shifted. And I just don't feel trapped in my own body anymore. Crazy right?
So, I didn't want to keep it to myself. This feeling? We all deserve to have it. And now, I'm here to give YOU all the same support you gave me. The same encouragement I felt? I want each of you to feel it.
Today, I'm launching #justwearthesuit. And it's pretty simple. Wear your bathing suit. Take a photo. Use the hashtag. Your pictures will show up HERE as well as on Instagram for all of us to see and support. I'll be sharing all of you in my Instagram stories…..AND? At the end of the summer, one person who used our #justwearthesuit hashtag will win a $500 Nordstrom gift card. Every picture you post is an entry.
Do it ladies. I promise…..a happier, healthier you is on the other side. And I'll be cheering you on…..we all will.