1. What are your best qualities?
My best qualities are that I’m empathetic, caring, independent, and I genuinely love life.
2. What are your worst qualities?
I’m a worrier, I can be really harsh, and impatient.
3. What do you love the most about your body?
I love that it works! It breathes, moves, and does everything it needs to do. I love my freckles and my eyebrows.
4.What about yourself do you wish you loved more?
My thighs and arms- I’m still learning to love all my curves and feel good in them.
5. Tell us the story about how you earned your stretch marks…
I’m not sure! I feel like they’ve always been a part of me.
6. What was your response when you first noticed your stretch marks?
I just remember looking at them and thinking this is what a human body looked like. My mom always built me up and made my body and whatever it looked like feel normal for me when I didn’t know what that was.
7. Describe your journey with body acceptance..
I’m still working on it! My best friend helps me a lot to be honest. She is the most objectively beautiful person I know and always hypes me up to know how beautiful my body I am in! It’s nice to hear someone compliment your insecurities ( as weird as that sounds). She makes me look at myself/insecurities differently and I love her for that.
8. Do you practice self-love as often as you'd like to?
Nooooo!!! I’m really bad at taking time for just myself. I think as women we’re conditioned to care, care, care for others and sometimes forget about ourselves.
9. What is one of your qualities you wish shined brighter than exterior appearance?
I look at certain people and they have a sparkle in their eye... it’s one of my favorite things, like they just love life and experiencing things. I hope that people say that about me or that my passion for things translates into that small glimmer.
10. What about self-love are you continuing to work on?
That my insecurities may also be what people like about me (imagine that??) and also just being patient with myself. I’m my own biggest critic and love instant satisfaction... which never comes especially with self love.
11. How do women need to improve interacting with one another?
To quit seeing other women as competition and to hype each other up.
12. What lesson do you hope to instill to your children about self-love & body acceptance?
That they’re beautiful no matter what! And it’s all about how they feel about themselves. I’ll also always tell my child that they’re kind, worth it, smart, etc before putting outward beauty as important.
13. What is something you wish you could have told yourself at your most fragile state?
Be patient with yourself. You’re worth it.