The need to be perfect used to permeate every possible aspect of my life. Within my family, school, friends, religion, job, and every possible interaction I had in the world - it all had to be immaculate.
I so clearly remember convincing myself that I was having high standards, and that I wanted to only give my best. I used to wear my perfectionism boldly, and proud.
I have had so many women reach out to me, asking about intuitive eating. Wondering what diets I follow, the cookbooks I use, and how to know what to do in terms of nutrition.
So many women - especially those who’ve operated from a place dysfunction, or even disordered relationship with food - have only ever known guilt + shame about what they’re eating, counting calories, and the constant desperate search for the next miracle diet…
Want to know what the key to unlocking your entire self love journey is?
The biggest factor in being able to live in alignment with our best, most vibrant selves (the version of you that doesn’t struggle with a lack of confidence, hating her body, is constantly searching for the next diet, who’s life is ruled by what she’s eating, worrying about what others think of her all the time, or wishes she could simply love herself), is…
Confidence, self love, and body positivity are incredible tools.
Telling women they are good enough, worthy of what they desire, and that they are allowed to love themselves as they are is 100% fact. I am a huge advocate of this, and stand firmly behind this message.
The entire movement of body positivity is one that was invaluable to me when I was first beginning my recovery from anorexia over 8 years ago.
But here’s the thing that’s not really being talked about in it…
I'm excited to bring this post to you today. This is a guest post from the incomparable soul Sarah Yenko.
When Sarah came to me for her Vancouver boudoir photoshoot, she was nervous beyond belief. However as the course of the shoot went by, she slowly but surely came out of her shell and absolutely knocked it out of the park. I'll let her take it away from here and share with you how she felt throughout her boudoir session and what the experience was like for her.
"My biggest fear before hiring Chelsey didn't have anything to do with her. She came so highly recommended by many amazing women.
There are certain times when writing a new blog post that I'm not in flow the flow of things, I drag my feet, and hesitate to hit the keys. That sentiment could not be further from the truth for this post! I feel so incredibly honoured to bring this post to life on the blog today.
Over the years I have had the honour of working with some women who are truly beautiful from the inside out. Amber is definitely on this list of gorgeous souls.
When I photographed her post-baby, she had shared her thoughts on her boudoir photoshoot experience with me here at Chelsey Luren Portraits. Don't believe me? Check out what she had to say in her testimonial here:
"Admittedly, as a now stay at home mom and trying to bounce back from pregnancy, I was nervous...
I'm on a mission to help women to end their dysfunctional relationships with food, and heal body image so they can feel confident, worthy and free through body confidence coaching, and boudoir photography.