here's her story.
what Erin loves about her body...
Growing up in house of 7 siblings, 6 of which were boys, bodies were NEVER a topic of discussion, so mine was never really on my mind. When I got to high school, I started to notice how often it was discussed and how girls of every shape and size were calling themselves fat. I started to question my own body, “if those tiny girls think they’re fat, should I think I’m fat? Am I fat?” I began to constantly review myself and compare myself to others, which lemme tell ya, is the THE DUMBEST thing to do.
I quickly began to realize no matter what size I was, I wasn’t satisfied because I could always find something wrong and I could always find someone “better.” SO I grew older and hopefully a little wiser when I made the conscious decision to stop comparing myself to others and stop striving to be perfect. Why would I try to be perfect if perfection isn’t a thing.
I hate to sound like a cheese, but whenever I love someone, it’s the unique and quirky things about them that I wouldn’t change for the world. Now I’m almost fully comfortable with who I am and what I look like. I try to embrace my stretch marks and everything about my body. Plus, I’ve always thought confidence is the most attractive quality, soI strive to have just that. Don’t get me wrong, I still get self-conscious about plenty, but I am proud of the fact that I am growing and loving myself and others more as I get older.
SO to answer the question more simply, I love that my body is with me through thick and thin ;) my current mindset is, if I am physically healthy and feeling good I’m happy with it, if my body decides to look good along with that, it’s just a nice little bonus.
she's got a beautiful soul, and definitely has a unique purpose, even more than she realizes yet...
How weird is it that there’s literally billions of people in the world, yet no people are exactly the same. That’s always been crazy to me. I love that the people in my life bring me new and exciting things to our relationship all the time whether they try to or not. It’s what keeps life exciting! Everyone has a unique gift to give to the world even if that’s simply their presence. Unfortunately, I don’t have something too specific to give, but I think part of my purpose is to figure that out. As of now, I hope to spread positivity not with only with words, but with action. I want to encourage people to be themselves, take care of themselves and connect with others and help others. I hope to feel so comfortable in my own skin that those around me want to do the same. I hope to be kind and caring and make a positive impact in people’s lives even if that’s just from being fully there for them or just laughing with them. Relationships of all kinds are what truly make me happy, so I hope those connections are impactful and important.
she wants YOU to know...
I hope others remember to never base their own self worth off of another. Give yourself the love and care you need, not only will you feel more secure within yourself no matter what, but it will improve your relationships with others. Have your own happiness and share that with others, don’t let someone take it from you because that’s not balance and life needs balance! I know that can be very hard to find at times, but if you are aware of what you’re doing it’s easier to learn and improve over time.
Don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t compare yourself to others. Life isn’t a race or game and those who are trying to win will likely have huge regrets at the end of their life. If you need to compete against anyone, compete against yourself, people move at different paces and care about different things.
Life really is short, so think about what you genuinely care about and what makes you happy and embrace it. Start to declutter your head by evaluating what really matters to you, what people think of you should not be at the top of that list or on that list at all. Make important, deep relationships with people who care about you and do things about things you care about! Start petitions or go to a rally about something you're passionate about.
Lastly, of course we all have bad days, andthings that hold us back from being happy, but if life is so short make it a mission to be happy, do whateva it takes even if it’s hard!
Erin is a Hermosa Beach native, currently attending Northern Arizona University, where she is studying visual communication and graphic design.
She plans to use her love for art and music in her future designs and work, to help people feel more understood and connected to one another.
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