Being Happy in Your Own Skin

Target Dress and Club Monaco Fedora

Photos by Connor Hollinger Photography

The reason that I titled this post “Being Happy in Your Own Skin” was because when I first looked through these photos, I hated the way I looked in some of them. Body issues weren’t really something I dealt with until the end of high school. It was like one day I woke up with curves, and I didn’t know what to do with them. Target Dress and Club Monaco FedoraClub Monaco Fedora and Ray-Ban Wayfarers All black for summer David Yurman X Crossover Ring and BraceletBaubleBar Necklace Franklin & Marshall College Black T Shirt Dress Franklin & Marshall College

Wearing: Target dress | Club Monaco fedora (no longer available, similar here) | Tory Burch sandals | BaubleBar necklace | Ray-Ban wayfarers | Street Level tote | David Yurman ring | David Yurman bracelet

Then college came, and I put on more weight than I would’ve liked. It’s my goal to lose some of it, but I’m slowly learning that I can’t put pressure on myself. It makes the process 10 times worse. I deserve to enjoy my life.

Body confidence and self-esteem are something every girl deals with. What I’m learning, though, is that loving who you are is more important than any number on the scale. I’m probably never going to be a size 0 again. I’m probably always going to be a little curvy in the rear. Acceptance takes time. But slowly, I’ve begun to accept that this is the body I was given.

I’m not going to like every picture I’m in, but looking at these photos again, I’m realizing that in this moment, I felt good. I was happy in my own skin, and that’s what is most important.

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  • Alex
    August 3, 2015 at 7:20 am

    You look great in all these photos, but I can definitely relate when looking at photos taken of myself for my blog. I think we tend to be more critical of ourselves than anyone else would.
    -Alex
    http://www.monstermisa.blogspot.com

    • Ellen
      August 3, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Thank you, Alex! I’m sure many bloggers feel the same way, so it’s always good to know that you’re not alone! Hope you’re doing well.

  • Liv
    August 3, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Such an inspiring post. This really spoke to me because as a blogger too sometimes I hate my pictures. Thanks for the positive message 🙂

    Liv

    http://www.livforstyle.net

    • Ellen
      August 3, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks, Liv! It’s always comforting to know that others can relate. Have a great week!

  • Hannah
    August 3, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I commend you for this post: I’m in high school still and will never be a size 0. The most important thing I’ve done in my life so far has been to make supportive friends who don’t judge me and encourage body positivity. Going to the pool and swimsuit shopping aren’t traumatizing anymore. I love myself for who I am and I love food too much to care about what it’s going to make me look like 😉
    xoxo
    Hannah
    http://www.frecklesandolives.blogspot.com

    • Ellen
      August 3, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you so much, Hannah! I agree that it’s so important to surround yourself with positive people. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Color Me Courtney
    August 12, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    AMAZING post! I’m loving your statement necklace paired with this black dress! 🙂

    XO Courtney
    http://www.colormecourtney.com

    • Ellen
      August 13, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you so much, Courtney. I’m really glad that you liked the post. Thanks as always for stopping by!