look after your mind..

 

Hello, lovely humans!

It’s been a minute since I’ve  posted, so let’s catch up! How’s life been treating you? I hope well!! But for me, its been a bit of a jerk. My physical condition is in a good state and, thankfully, I can say the same for my family and loved ones around me. Yet, I have had a plethora of anxiety attacks just this month alone.

 

Yeah, life isn’t easy. And I’m sure you’re going through your own trials as well. But I’m here to tell you, please don’t give up! I know that’s easier said than done, but its vital that we look after our mental hygiene.

 

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Collar Shirt: New York and Company

Black Suede Dress: New York and Company

Black Open Toe Booties: Christian Siriano

 

 

Something that has been helping me is journaling. I write down all my disquieting thoughts, and afterwards, I feel so much better. Also, I’ve been trying to be more lenient on myself and focus on displaying self-compassion. How about you? How do you cope with anxiety? Let me know in the comments!

 

Take Care x

The Highly Expressive

 

 

 

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I Had To Stop Shaming My Body ….

unnamed-2Summer is in full immense and the weather feels hotter than ever! You know what that means right? Time to put away the long sleeves and bring out the tanks and shorts. This is all fine and dandy for some, but for the rest of us who may have body insecurities, its not so wonderful. I know the select few people who know me will be thinking, “What body insecurities could you possibly have?” Well, I’m going to tell you, BUT before I do, you must promise me that you won’t be judgmental.

You promise??

 

pinky swear…

 

Okay then. I’m insecure about my muscular arms…
I know. Some of you reading this probably want to hit me in the face, but please, try to at least understand my point of view. I’m a tall woman (6’2 to be exact) who has always had a hard time feeling womanly. Ever since I was young, I was extremely girly and adored indulging in activities that society deemed as “feminine” (i.e. barbie dolls, makeup, that stupid easy baked oven that NEVER baked the cookies all the way, etc.) . As I continued to grow taller, I became more insecure with who I was and the way I looked because we are programed at a young age to perceive that a tall stature is more of a masculine feature. And all I ever wanted was to feel “dainty” and “cute”, which are typical attributes of femininity.
It didn’t help either that, as I progressed in my basketball career in high school and college, my body had the ability to develop muscle mass rather QUICKLY. My arms looked so built that even an ex- marine officer was astonished when he saw them. It may have been fascinating for some, but not to me. I felt even more masculine than I did before.

Now,

I look back and see how foolish I was to think like that. In fact, a lot of people never saw my arms as gross, but they truly admired them. Additionally, I began to feel a lot better about it when I saw beautiful women like Michelle Obama, Angela Bassett, Misty Copeland and Simone Biles, gracefully and confidently, show off their muscular physiques. The lesson I want you to get from this story is: STOP ALLOWING YOURSELF TO SHAME YOUR BODY! Forget what society tells you on how your body should be and find contentment in your physical feautures. No matter if you are a size 2 or 2x, you are beautiful and deserve to see all the glory and power there is in being you! So, let us not forget that body shaming comes in all different sizes and we (yes I’m talking to you) need to rally together, support one another and change the common perception of what an “acceptable”  female body looks like. As a woman, you have all the credentials to establish your own definition of femininity. Don’t let this chauvinistic world tell you otherwise…