Body love. It really is a journey right? One that changes direction daily.
It’s something that I don’t talk about as much on the blog as I’d like to. So I’m going to change that.
I’ve been mulling this series around in my head for quite a while so now it’s time.
This series is about amazing, everyday women sharing their body journey with us, their highs and lows and how they feel about their bodies now.
I want to start a discussion around this on the blog, and I want every single one of you to know that your body is just perfectly imperfect the way it is.
There’s a quote that floats around Instagram every now and then, and I think it sums up what I’m trying to get at perfectly….
And I guess if I’m going to talk the talk, I have to walk the walk – so I’m starting off this series by answering my OWN questions that I’ve put to the other women. Here is my body love journey for you all…
THE USUAL DETAILS:
Name: Caitlin Taylor
Clothing size: 12
How you know Cait: haha, I AM Cait! (I told you I was answering the exact same questions)
What you do: I’m a style coach and everyday fashion blogger
LETS TALK ABOUT YOUR (MY) BODY….
Tell me a little about how you feel about your body now?
If you’d asked me 4 months ago, I would have said super-proud! I’d just grown a human and survived the first year. And sure things have shifted (mostly south) but I still have a lot of love, pride and respect for my body just for doing what it does everyday.
Now, I’m 4 months pregnant, and to be honest I’m struggling a little more that usual with my body. I’m still at that “is she? or has she just had too many burgers?” stage of pregnancy, and I’m getting a little frustrated because things are fitting well, but I don’t have an obvious bump again yet.
Did you always feel like that?
I’m usually really positive and accepting of my body. It’s the only one I’ve got and I learnt at a young age to appreciate that I have 4 working limbs that can get me through my day.
I may have never had any life-changing, dramatic “ah ha” moments, I’ve never lost (or gained) huge amounts of weight, I don’t think I ever needed that to have a good relationship with my body. So on the whole, my relationship with my body is pretty positive.
What are the three favourite parts of your body?
Haha I ask every single personal styling client this question, so it’s funny when it’s back at me! My legs, my hair and my waist are my three faves.
What is beauty to you?
Beauty is so many things. It’s a glow that comes from within. It’s gorgeous skin. It’s having the confidence to just be you. There is not set formula for beauty, it’s such a personal thing. I think it’s important to still talk about beauty, but not to pigeonhole it into something so mainstream as we tend to do now days (although we, as a society, are definitely getting better.)
What is one way you celebrate your body everyday?
I try and take a picture of my outfit everyday, which is as much about inspiring you guys with just getting out there and loving my body, as it is about showing you what clothes I’m wearing every day.
I also only just recently stopped breastfeeding my little girl and every time I would sit down to feed her, I would think about how amazing that whole experience is.
Where do you feel the most pressure comes from to look a certain way?
Ourselves. We put SO MUCH pressure on ourselves to look a certain way. And sure, maybe it’s driven by “the media’s” portrayal of beauty, but I think, on the whole, we can see and admire the beauty in others, but struggle to do it in ourselves, spending waaaay too much time comparing.
What do you do to combat that?
Oh gosh, it’s still a struggle! But I think it comes back to focusing inward, on yourself, and not looking outward and comparing yourself to others! I focus on making the most of my “best bits”, changing the focus of where I am looking in the mirror.
What does a positive body image mean to you?
I means being at peace with the body you have. Accepting, and learning to love (its a journey remember) your body for what it is, and embracing it and showing it off in ways that make you feel good!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve heard about how you think about your body?
It was actually something I NEVER heard. I think about when I was growing up, and I never heard my (amazing, gorgeous) mother speak badly about her own body. In fact, she never really talked about how it looked. We focused on what our bodies could do, we played sport, we went to the beach, and we had fun.
Now when I think back, so much of my own body image feels related to that. I never learnt to criticise my body from my mother, therefore I never saw anything wrong with it.
So there you go team! This is where I’m at on my body journey (and before you start saying, “oh but you’re tall, you have long legs, you have this, you have that” remember that thing about NOT comparing?
I want you to starting thinking about your journey and your relationship with your body, and then I want you to tell me ONE thing that you love about it – go on! Tell me in the comments below, I’d love to know, and let’s start having more of a conversation about body love!
Until Next Time, In Love & Style Always,