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.
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.