This summer has been so busy for me and my family. Every day has been filled with summer activities that keep us busy, busy, busy. And, swimming is definitely one of them. Whether we are at our local recreation center, favorite water park, or playing in the sprinklers in our backyard, you can find my kids in their swimsuits at least once a week.
And, as much as I'd like to join in on the fun, I've found myself to be very hesitant with when I do and don't wear my own swimsuit because there are a lot of days when I just feel like my post baby swimsuit body still isn't quite ready to be seen in anything other then clothing items that camouflage the 20 extra pounds I'd still love to loose. Not to mention the killer farmer's tan I also have going on too. Haha!
| Pictures by Roxana B. Photography |
Recently though, I've decided to follow my own past advice (read here and here) and flaunt my swimsuit body more than once every blue moon. Because in the real world, no body is perfect. We all have flaws and things we wish we could change about our bodies. Especially after just having a baby. And I'm constantly being reminded that I should always treat my body with the love and respect it deserves because it has done and been through some incredible things!
Recently, my dear friend Kim Christenson asked me and our other friends Tara Brooke, Erika Peterson, Emily Smith, and Roxana Baker to create a swimsuit photoshoot that redefined what "Swimsuit Ready" really means (visit their sites to read their thoughts on this and see more pics!). Something I was completely scared to do at first because, like I mentioned before, I've recently found myself in a really insecure place with my swimsuit body. But just like anything else in life that scares me, I pushed my way through it. And I'm so glad that I did!
By the end of the shoot, I saw my swimsuit body in a completely different light. And realized that farmer's tan and all, it was beautiful just the way it currently was. Because being swimsuit ready doesn't mean how tanned, toned, or skinny your body may look; it's all about how you feel inside. Sure, there will always be improvements we think we need to make on our body image. But I've learned that if I focus on being confident in who I am and loving my body through all of its highs and lows, I will forever be swimsuit ready this summer and you will too!
P.S. my swimsuit is from Kortni Jeane. Silver minimalist necklace here.