If you follow me on Instagram (@merakieventplanning) you know that I’m a huge believer in body positivity, in encouraging others,and in learning to love yourself. Yes, I’m a fitness professional and an event planner, but I’m also working to turn the fitness industry on it’s head. I am NOT a size zero and I do NOT have ripped abs, and while I have always kind of rolled my eyes at the endless stream of selfies in my social media feed, I’ve started to rethink my role in the selfie market.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not entirely convinced the majority of #fitspiration posts are inspirational, but as I continue on this journey towards loving myself and setting a healthy example for my kids by not destroying my self-confidence while I work towards improved fitness, I’m starting to see the value of good ol’ fashioned selfie.
I was in a dressing room for about an hour this morning trying on at least a dozen dresses for an upcoming photo shoot, and I was sending pics to my friends for feedback. I thought to myself that it’s about time I start putting myself out there. I talk a good game about loving yourself where you are right now, but do I practice what I preach? I decided then and there to post the pic of the winning dress.
Yes, I received compliments but it’s not about that, (though they were very appreciated!) It’s about feeling comfortable enough with myself to let the world know that. My selfies will show that I have soft bits and squishy parts because I’m a real person. My son loves to tell me I have cracks by my eyes, and I respond that it’s from laughing and smiling so much. I was pregnant 3 times and birthed 2 children. I’ve battled anxiety and depression and moved across the country 3 times in the last 6 years. I’m stronger than I was a few years ago and I’m a hell of a lot faster, too.
I STRONGLY believe in being who you post to be, so it’s time for me to share my real self with the world.