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A Letter to my Ten Year Old Self

 

 

There is an amazing event happening next month called the Love Your Body Summit.  The lovely founder, Joyelle Brandt, challenged a few of us to write a letter to our younger selves with body love in mind.  I happily took on the challenge and adored getting to write some advice for my younger self.   These are definitely words I would like my own daughter to hear from me one day.  What would you say to your younger self?

Dear Ten Year Old Me,

Hi there.  You have just moved to a new city, are at a new school, and  working on making  new friends.  You have been having a tough go this year.  The “popular” girls are picking on you and making you feel sad and insecure.  Sweet girl, remember that only THEY think they are popular as they are loud about it.  This usually stems from insecurities and you my dear have nothing to be insecure about.  You don’t need to be loud to be confident, so hold your head up as this too shall pass.

You are now  modelling locally in your home town.  Enjoy the experience and people you will meet.  This introduction to fashion will be the start of a lifelong passion and career for you.  You will get to travel and visit different parts of the world, make lifelong friends, and be the go-to gal for fashion advice for your girlfriends.   Don’t let anyone convince you that you should diet, change your looks, or become something you’re not.  It’s true, you won’t be the next Cindy Crawford, but choose healthy and happy over malnourished and stressed.  You’ll be glad you do.

You are going to have many insecure moments in high school.  There will be girls who will make you feel fat, ugly, and awkward.  Remember, you are the only one who can actually let yourself feel that way.  Don’t let in any of the noise.  Find the value in yourself that stretches beyond beauty.  You are smart, loving, funny, and enjoy dance and theatre.  Yes, you will have boyfriends, but don’t give them the power to determine your self worth.   Anyone who doesn’t want to be with the real you, isn’t worth your time.  One day you will meet a man that you are entirely yourself with and he will adore you as much as you adore him.  Be patient.

For all the bits of advice I am giving you, this is the message I want you to hear the loudest.  There are so many types of love you will encounter in your lifetime.  You will love as a friend, a daughter, a sister, a girlfriend, a wife, a mother, and hopefully one day, a grandmother. The one love that is easiest to lose focus on, is SELF LOVE.  Loving yourself and your body is a struggle for most and you will go through highs and lows with your own self image.  Your body is an amazing one.  Don’t spend time focussing on what you can change about it but rather spend time treating it right.  Be healthy, eat right, and exercise not because you hate your body, but because you love it!  Be a role model to your daughter {yes, you have a daughter}.  Let her grow up with permission to love her body as you have loved yours.

Love,
Thrirty Six Year Old You

If you live in the Greater Vancouver area and want to show yourself some self love, be sure to check out the Love Your Body Summit on February 6th.  See all details below.

 

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