"5 Ways to Feel Beautiful" by Lucy Gregory of Salt Design Co | Guest Blogger
I'm Lucy: brand strategist, designer, entrepreneur, human being.
I can be a pretty rad human being sometimes too. But do you know how hard it is to say that? HARD.
I look in the mirror most mornings and hate what I see. I don't want to put on my jeans that are now too tight to be comfortable in, or think about the fact that my favourite summer dresses don't fit like they used to. I'm actually slightly relieved that summer so far has been pretty sucky here in Vancouver, because honestly, it means I get to continue wearing layers that cover, and hide my body.
Ok. PHEW. I got it out there!
And you know what? I don't think anyone except my boyfriend knows that that's how I feel. And he only knows about it, because he sees me struggling to get dressed for over 30 minutes - every day.
But that's kinda weird right? That something that bothers us, for MORE than 30 minutes a day (because, let's be honest, that discomfort doesn't go away after we've finally figured out what to wear), isn't talked about with anyone in our life. We hide it, we put on a shield, and we pretend that it's ok. We might make self deprecating jokes every now and then, but most people shrug those off and see them only as lighthearted jokes.
And you know what doesn't help? Social media. We all know by now how harsh those feeds can be on our own body image and mental health. We've heard it enough by now, you've even read the articles. And yet, what are we doing about it?
Well, there are people out there saying STOP! THIS IS A HIGHLIGHT REEL! And they're getting down, and dirty, and honest. I'm proud to say that I'm one of them. I can't deny that I take enjoyment out of creating a beautiful Instagram feed (which I only now feel like I'm starting to nail!) but I do take every effort I can, to be my genuine, real self, over on the gram.
That means starting Instagram stories of me talking, and admitting to being nervous! It means sharing posts about how hard it can be running a small business. It means aiming to inspire at least 25% of the time to balance out all the white noise. And it means reaching up my hand and saying hi, I'm a human being.
There's not much more to it than that, though. It's about being your own person; finding a way to own it, even when you look in the mirror and can't bring yourself to be proud of what you see.
It's about filling our lives with mantras, and positivity, and blocking out everything else.
And so with that, I'll leave you with these 5 things, and then say goodbye. It was wonderful being here, and I'm so grateful for the space to say hello and share my real self. Hopefully you'll forgive me for hating my own body just a little bit, but be inspired enough to start loving yours a little bit more. Remember, you’re wonderful human being.