Learning to be comfortable in my own skin has been a lifelong challenge. However the older I’ve gotten, the less attached I’ve become to my physical form. Lots of people have told me over the years that I “haven’t changed a bit” which may or may not be true but internally, I am constantly changing and I’m so thankful for that. The last five years especially have been a period of extensive personal growth. Looking back over years of insecurity and self doubt allowed me to come to terms with who I am.I’ve learnt to stop wasting time torturing myself wishing I was something other than what I am and to accept the person I see in the mirror and love them.

Self love is such a powerful thing, the more attention I give it the stronger it becomes and the stronger I become. Until it’s no longer a fragile thing to be taken away by a bad day or a mean comment. I’m happier and more confident than I’ve ever been just because I love myself. It’s amazing what impact something as simple as being kind to yourself can have on your well being. I see this image and I think it’s beautiful but it’s less about aesthetics and more about a feeling. Beauty to me has become strength and confidence and freedom.