I’ve wanted a pixie cut for quite a while now, but I’ve always let my body type (much more so than my round face shape) deter me from taking that leap. Society tells us that the only girls who can rock a pixie have to tiny like Audrey Hepburn (whom I love fyi) or to make a contemporary example, Emma Watson. And here is the lovely Gennifer Goodwin, who has a round face but is thinner than me.
I don’t know guys. My mom is struggling with hair loss, and not to say that would be the only reason I would chop my hair off, its a factor. I want to show her hair does not a woman make. You don’t have to be masculine because you have short hair!
I realize getting rid of my mid-back locks would leave nothing for me to hide behind. That my face and shoulders and back-fat wouldn’t be shrouded. That my tiny ears would be on display. And that I’d have to fight with my hair daily to have bangs with my stubborn cowlick and widows peak.
But I feel I want to make this statement. I accept myself, my hair is not what makes me feminine or pretty. And also to support my mom, to help her feel the same if I can.
This is a picture of me and my two gorgeous best friends. Clearly, we all have very different body types, and you know what? None of us is healthier, prettier or happier than the others because of it.
That’s me on the left. I’m short, super petite, and have about as much muscle mass as a blob of gelatin. Despite being naturally thin, I have always been far from in shape. Not even a month ago, running two minutes at a time was a struggle—now I can run without stopping for more than a half hour.
Felicia, in the center, is probably the most active girl I know. The opposite of me, she’s one of those people that can build muscle just by looking in the direction of a dumbbell. She loves running like I do, and we’ve discussed running a 5k. She’s a big yoga enthusiast and has tried all sorts of different forms that I can’t pronounce, and she’s found free community yoga classes for us to attend together. Also, she has abs of steel, seriously. She’s helping me with my ab workouts. She’s also recently lost over 60 lbs through her active lifestyle and healthy diet.
That’s my friend Maddy on the right. She’s curvy and feminine, but she’s a beast in the gym. Strength training is her thing. She could probably bench press two of me. Not only is she incredibly strong, she’s insanely flexible and an avid pole dancer. We’re taking classes together even though she can spin circles around me on that damn pole, and look gorgeous while she does it.
My friends inspire me so much, and remind me that diversity is lovely. You don’t have to be skinny to be beautiful and confident, nor do you have to look like girls in Nike ads to be strong and fit. You don’t need to weigh a certain number, fit into a certain size, or have a certain appearance to be confident, healthy, or happy. I think that my friends prove that to me.
I’ll never be long and willowy like a supermodel, or well-built like all those fitspo girls. I’ll never look like either of my friends, and they’ll never look like me. And that’s ok, because fitness is about being the best you can be, not comparing yourself to others.
Embrace what you have, and help others embrace what they have. Fitness is funner with friends. Get them involved. Take a class, go for a walk, make a healthy dinner together. You’ll always have support and a fun activity to bond over.
this is one of the best things i’ve read on tumblr. Friends come in all different shapes, colors and sizes. May your friendships be everlasting
I just can’t NOT reblog this. Everyone should read it.
This was absolutely amazing, well worth the time to read, wow. Beautiful.
I’m so happy to have seen this on my dash!
It’s been officially a week since I’ve been home from my internship at WDW. I’ve started working at the family bakery again, as our one and only creative and marketing director! Haha, we’re a small business, but I have big plans ahead. We are also quite busy if I do say so myself. I’m in the process of trying to sell custom shoes and other artwork. I need to get my behind in gear with my facepainting business again. So much to do!
All in all, it’s great to be back home. Freelancing and trying to sell art isn’t always the simplest road…but I’m happy! Orlando just wasn’t for me. Not just yet.
Designer of the week (27.10. - 3.11.)
Beth Sichender | http://bethsicheneder.com
Beth is a graphic designer hailing from the lovely city of Minneapolis. She finds joy in design and the desire to create and interpret the world visually. Her hobbies include drawing, feeling paper, smelling old books, drinking gunpowder green tea, and eating breakfast for lunch.