Friday, January 9, 2015

Part of the gang...

Good morning everyone,
So last week it was announced that I was a member of the #Effyourbeautystandards “girl gang” which means that I will be helping to post and engage all over the social media platforms along with a great group of women. I am so excited to be a part of this because this movement is so important to me and I think it truly captures a major issue that we as a society need to work on. Plus size model and blogger, Tess Munster began the campaign to allow anyone who felt that they were being judged for looking/sounding/being different based on society’s norms and expectations to speak out and basically say “sod off, you don’t get to judge me.”

A massive part of being a blogger is taking the good with the bad – for every couple of amazing comments there are always a few horrid ones. I’m sure this is prevalent in all streams of blogging, as the saying goes, “haters gonna hate!” but I really do feel that judgmental and nasty trolls are particularly cruel when it comes to weight on either end of the scale.
As soon as Tess put up our photo there was a barrage of negative commenting – thankfully there were plenty of excited and supportive people too but I still can’t come to terms with people who sit behind their screens and spit unnecessary hateful words or just generally look for the negative in everything.
It made me feel more passionate and excited about being part of this project that will grow and evolve with time and become bigger and better.
I don’t often address specific posts to body positivity and weight as I know plenty of people can find it triggering or frustrating but I think I would like to talk about it a little bit more and  use my blog as a platform to encourage others to shut down nonsense negativity.
I have good days and bad days like everyone else, but when it comes to being in the public eye on social media, I will not stand by and watch as someone tears another person apart because they posted a selfie or a photo that doesn’t fit into what people think is normal or ok.
When you doubt yourself or your self-confidence, remember that you are not a comment, or someone else’s opinion, you are you and only you.  I also know that for every hateful comment or remark there will be an army of people who know you and love you who will stand up for you. Kill with kindness and move forward.

With that, enjoy your weekends and go out of your way to make someone else’s day – they may really need it and will certainly appreciate it!
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