Strong is the New Pretty

Strong is the New Pretty

I’m a recovering anorexic and binge eater.

I made some unhealthy choices in my teenage years and in my 20’s, due to emotional stress and other factors, and it took me a long time to get to a place where I have a healthy relationship with food and my body. I no longer starve myself to stay in control or binge to push down emotions. I’m able to process feelings in a healthy way and I’m so grateful.

I share that with you because I think many have a similar story. It might manifest differently, but we all have our ‘thing’. The amount of pressure we have on us starts at an early age. We are constantly judged. Societal norms for a girl:

Be nice

Be small

Be pretty

Don’t complain

Cover up

Be quiet

to name a few…

I’m still trying to figure out why we can’t be the fierce, strong, beautiful, complex beings God made us to be. But that is the reality.

As a mother of a young girl who will face this reality one day soon, my job is to constantly remind her of her worth. She was born perfect in God’s image and His light is in her. She is worthy just as she is. The opinion of others is just that, an opinion, and it’s not the truth. She will always know her beauty, her strength, her worth.

I’m thankful to live in a time where the fierceness of a female is starting to be celebrated. We still have a long way to go, but the fact that Wonder Woman is the #1 movie in America and we have books like “Strong is the New Pretty,” is a step in the right direction. (the book can be purchased HERE)

We are reading the book together and she lights up when she sees a picture of a strong woman or girl she can relate to. So many opportunities to talk about body image and strength. I highly recommend it.

I hope that by sharing a little of my story in this post, you will know that my life is not always the “best” life. I just choose to see the best in what God has given me.

We will persist, baby girl.

A Strong Woman is the New Pretty Woman by popular Alabama lifestyle blogger Carli Best

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