👑 Even when you don't feel like it, pray. You never know what nuggets God may have for you today if you just take the time to listen and communicate. Happy Saturday everyone! 💋 #HappySaturday#LovingTheWomanWithin
Happy #humpday 🔥🍑 yes, I'm flirting with the camera & yes it was fun 😜
⬅️June 14, 4 days post-competition (professional pic)
➡️July 19, 1 month and 9 days post-competition (iPhone pic)
What does a photo say, really? It is only the person posting it that knows the depth of the photo's meaning, the behind-the-scenes of it all.
I feel compelled to share my experience with others through social media because it is an outlet we all live with & I know (based on feedback) that many can relate. I've struggled with body-image for a long time (ask any of my friends that grew up with me) & in fact there are pictures I would just DIE to share on here or go back and look at. But, baby steps.
I decided to recreate some of the pictures I had professionally done because I thought, "I may not be as physically defined as before, but who/what is telling me I shouldn't feel as beautiful now as I did before?" I believe that the greatest power we have is our mind. When I look back at the professional pictures, I tell myself: what is it that I really want to focus on in looking at these? Is it the external change or the internal refinement that has been at work in me?
The photos that @jamiegunthorpphotography captured are beautiful (in my opinion) but what the viewer doesn't know is that they embody a person who has cried tears because she felt "fat" or didn't feel beautiful in the past. 🙄 But I made a decision: I could either sit in that self-pity or do something about it. I can't say enough to girls everywhere: empower yourself! Get moving! Stop making excuses for the way you are ALLOWING yourself to feel. It's truly in your hands only.
What have I been learning? I've been learning that true joy is sourced in gratitude. Gratitude > circumstance. Restricting my food intake and dealing with hunger forced me to refine myself mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. I learned what I'm capable of achieving but also just how much I need others. It made me aware of the need I have for God. It made me see my privilege... here I am deciding to cut carbs to achieve a certain physique when so many don't know when their next meal will be. (Continued on next post)
In this journey of becoming who you're destined to be; the journey of gaining the inner confidence that no one can shake; the journey to having the audacity to believe you deserve all things great... you will find that there are some people, even some you would never expect, who do not support you. THAT'S OKAY! You've already gotten Gods approval, you don't need man's. Don't worry about what "people say." What does God say? Because His say is all that matters. So today: Wake, pray, slay! And get ready for God's favor as you step into your destiny! #beyou#confidence#wake#pray#slay#godfidence#success#joy#happiness#truejoy#journey#destiny