Flickr photo by Veronica Mars 90210When I was younger, I had a laundry list of things I didn't like about myself. My nose has a bump. My legs aren't long or toned enough. The freckles on my face make me look splotchy. My belly pouch wasn't going anywhere, even 100 crunches later -- WHAH! After I had a baby, I wised up.
My body was suddenly this magnificent thing that housed a human being -- provided it with a safe haven, food, and love. Acknowledging this got me thinking about the other "flaws" I had -- but this time around, I found the bump on my nose to be feminine. My belly, after being pregnant, to actually look pretty lean and fabulous. My legs? Those babies take my son and me everywhere -- thank heaven for them! Who cares if they're uber-toned, long, and lanky? NOT ME!
Letters to Juliet actress Amanda Seyfried shares my sentiment. She told Self mag: "I'd say, it's not as bad as you think. You are your harshest critic. And stop looking in the mirror. I try not to look in the mirror very much -- you can't wake up and expect your body to be different than it was last night. You've got to realize that you're living for yourself, not for other people. No body's perfect. Only in Hollywood are people perfect and that's because they spend thousands of dollars on trainers and diets and surgeries. That's what we're made to feel like we're supposed to look like, but if you put it in perspective, there's nothing realistic about it!"
Please share some of your own body confidence tips.