Living life isn’t just about surviving, it’s so much more than that. How you see yourself affects not only your mindset but also how you live your life. And life is too short to not live it to the fullest. Many people rely on other people’s opinions and feedback to determine how they live their life. Often, people seek out encouragement from others and become disappointed when they don’t receive it. Or they receive discouragement and let it take over their thinking.
I remember growing up and thinking I wasn’t pretty enough. I would have these crushes on boys who I thought were out of my league. I thought the glasses and braces scared them off, or maybe my flat chest. For awhile there, I settled for people who weren’t quite on my level, because my self esteem and mindset wasn’t where it should have been. Over time, I found myself being miserable. I was with all the wrong people for all the wrong reasons. I felt like I wasn’t living my life, and I was being held back from my full potential.
After surviving a few life situations and learning many life lessons, I have found that I am more than good enough. I’ve learned that not living and working towards my full potential isn’t living. I’ve found true joy in my life now that I’m free from the chains that were holding me back. I no longer care what others think of me and I know that my true friends will accept me exactly the way I am.
Through this process, I also started seeing myself in a different way. I am pretty enough, and beyond that I am beautiful. I’ve grown to love myself and to love my body just the way it is. I’m not fat nor am I skinny. I am Jen and I am perfect the way I am. A few months ago, Ozzie Ramsay took a few boudoir pictures of me. I was surprised that I jumped on the opportunity quickly since prior to that time I likely would’ve hesitated. But I felt like it was the perfect way to show how comfortable in my own skin I am. A combination of Ozzie’s skills, lighting, and my confidence produced some of the best pictures of me. While I am a little hesitant to share all of them on social media (some contain nudity), I am willing to share a few with you:
How do you see yourself? Do you know you’re beautiful? Well, you are. Love yourself and never let anyone else determine your worth. You’re more than worth it.