Ah, the teenage years…I remember mine fondly for the most part, school, parties, friends, the beach, trips…all kinds of fun stuff. I can also remember being self conscious about my body. Let’s just say I “developed” early and was endowed with more assets than some of my friends. As I got older I learned to appreciate those assets but as a young, confused kid I recall being embarrassed. I’ve always had a healthy self confidence and an outgoing personality, so it would seem on the outside nothing was troubling me. On the inside it was a different story. I was never overweight, I was just distributed differently. Dieting is something I’ve never done, except to lose the last 10 pounds of baby weight, thank you Weight Watchers. At the same time I can see how having an obsession with weight and body image could consume your life. My mother has struggled my whole life (and I’m sure her’s) with it. I have friends who are constantly dieting because of it. It’s time to change the mind set. Society has labeled perfection and guess what…we did it all wrong. Women (and men too) should be celebrated for their bodies, not shamed for them. While in recent years focus on healthy lifestyles has become more mainstream, it’s not enough. We need to stand up and speak out…we need to teach our children the truth about body image and self esteem. We need to eradicate the bullying that goes on because of it.

In that vein, you guys, my friend Jenny has created #nomorelies, a campaign focused on changing the narrative of body image in women. It’s a movement educating women to love themselves, their bodies and their minds. It’s a crusade to break the cycle of self hate due to body image. It’s a wake up call to anyone and everyone, men and women alike. I’m beyond honored that she would ask me to participate in this project. I’m proud to share this with you with the expectation that we will raise our voices and make a change. I encourage you to join the fight, to share your stories and to pay it forward by passing it on to your community of friends and loved ones. I’m determined to make body image issues a thing of the past and I’m starting with #nomorelies. Thanks Jenny for your brutal honesty and for your dedication to making this a reality. Join us here: http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=460585

Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. As I was looking for some inspiration for this post I came across this quote of his: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  It felt right to use it on this subject. We cannot keep silent about this…THIS matters.  Speak Up!!

Read Jenny’s story here: http://flowercityfashionista.com/nomorelies/

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