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It's Ok to Be Not Ok with Your Body

Get to know Babe K. She came in for her session because she wanted to reconnect with her body. Big life changes means our bodies change, too, and sometimes, there's an adjustment period. Body changes can be hard to accept. We don't feel at home in our skin anymore. It's weird and difficult and isolating. These feelings are also normal. It's ok to be not ok.

What's not ok is letting these feelings completely run our lives and keep us from doing what we want. That's why I'm so proud of Babe K for coming in for a session. She stepped WAY outside her comfort zone and celebrated a body she's learning to love. Check out her story and gallery, and remember that you have so much more to offer this world than what your body looks like. If your body grows, shrinks or whatever, you still have value as a human being.

How do you feel about your body? I've never been overly confident in my body. And since moving out of my parents house, my comfort in my body has been significantly damaged as I gained more weight. I'm grateful for my body and all that it does and what it can do. However, living inside of it and seeing myself in a mirror, or putting on clothes that used to fit doesn't make me very happy. My boyfriend will always tell me that he loves my body and that he thinks that I am attractive, it's hard to accept these things when I don't believe them myself.

What's your best tip for feeling sexy? Find some good music. It can be something empowering or just something you can groove to. the right soundtrack makes the difference.

How do you feel about your age? I've realized that i've grown up a lot in my life. I'm 23 years old and don't seem to fit into the stereotypical early 20's group.

What gets better with age? Rewatching your favorite movies. something about the nostalgia!

What's the best compliment you've ever received? "you look just like your mother!" which for a long time I couldn't see. My Mom is a beautiful, strong woman and i'm so glad that genetics allowed me to look just like her!

What do you wish you could tell your younger self? I would tell myself to try to get out of my comfort zone more often. I've tried to live my life with limited regrets, but something about hearing other people's crazy stories gives me some major FOMO(Fear of Missing Out) and I wish I could've been more outgoing and have some crazy life experiences to share.

Describe yourself in five words Patient, Kind, Adaptable, Quiet, and Sassy

What have you overcome or accomplished that you're proud of? Something that i'm very proud of is making the decision to change programs. I graduated from High School in 2015 and started my college experience by trying to get a business management degree. I was failing classes, not enjoying my time and I even got an academic suspension because my grades were so bad. In January of 2019, I made the decision to change my program to Early Childhood Education. In my short time period of being in this program, i'm getting all A's and been on the Dean's List, something that i've never had in my entire educational career. Things are making sense, this program is clicking!

On bad body image days, how will you remind yourself that you're awesome? On bad body image days, I will wear something that I like to wear, something comfy, and avoid looking in the mirror for too long to stop myself from picking things apart. I will also often put on a red lipstick because nothing is better than wearing some red lipstick.

What's your favorite form of self care? My favorite self care is taking a long warm shower or bath while watching something on my phone (stuck inside a plastic ziplock bag for phone safety) or even curling my hair.

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