Note from Natalie: Thank you so much for sharing your story Rachel! I think so many people can relate to your words and how you feel. Baby Farah is so beautiful! You are doing a great job mama. #ownitcampaign #ownyourstory
Big fan of yours here. My name is Rachel and I am 23 years old, from Minnesota. I had a baby girl in October (who is almost 7 months old… whoa). I don’t have a crazy story, but I have a story that I think is similar to a lot of younger women (and women in general). I constantly struggle with body image and how to feel about my own body. In middle school and high school I never connected with my body and always felt ‘out of control’ with eating- either too much or not enough. In college there was constant pressure to wear the latest trends and be like everyone else. Now in my early twenties I am finally starting to realize the potential of my body and my own strength- physically and emotionally. Having a baby does crazy things to your body (as you know!). It takes your perspective and turns it inside out. After having Farah I remember looking in the mirror and not even remotely recognizing myself- but I was proud. For the first time in my life I saw a powerful, beautiful woman staring back at me. I had a natural birth and am breastfeeding Farah exclusively and it has made me appreciate my body so much more. I thought having a baby would ‘ruin’ my body and make me lack-luster. It has done just the opposite- I shine. I have so much more drive to be healthy- to eat well and exercise so that I can be the best person and mother possible. I am so thankful for people like you who promote this kind of lifestyle- you have inspired me on days that I didn’t want to get up and exercise; on days I’d rather shovel a pint of ice cream in my mouth- your encouragement has helped me choose to nourish myself with something healthy. You are someone I admire and I hope your journey continues to be phenomenal. THANK YOU for being YOU- you are original, kind, compassionate, inspiring, and you #ownit, and you’re helping me (and so many others) own it too.
So much love,
(I have attached a picture the night before I gave birth, a pic of my little love, and a progress picture- I have a ways to go but, man, look how far I’ve come! Whoop whoop!)
The #OwnIt Campaign shares encouraging stories of people who are ‘owning’ their stories. It can be body-image related, personal-history related, or any personal struggle you have ‘owned’ and gained confidence from that action. You can read more about the campaign by clicking here. Use the hashtags #OwnItCampaign and #OwnIt to be featured or email firstname.lastname@example.org **NOTE** It’s important you use the #ownitcampaign hashtag so we can search through that hashtag later to see your story.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown