Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day?

Today is a day all about love - but what I want to talk about right now is learning to love yourself.  Jesus commands "Love your neighbor as yourself." now how are we supposed to truly be able to love someone if we have no love in our hearts for ourselves.  As a plus-size woman I struggle with loving myself the way I am and actually believing that God made me who I am.  YES I know that being healthy and fit is ideal but let me posit this one question - what if all the health struggles and difficulties I've had in the last 20 years of my life that have gotten me to the place I am today - a plus-size woman, were to teach me a lesson.  To teach me that beauty has nothing to do with your body OR your clothes. 

Yes yes this is a plus-size fashion blog, I know this.  Because the thing is, I'm learning to love the REAL me - the Hope God made me to be.  I love my faith, I love my mind, I love my heart, I love my strength, I love all the wonderful amazing things God made me to be and I love them EVEN in this plus-size package.  I am learning to look at myself in the mirror and say "i love you".  Society says in order to be lovable you must look a certain way.  I say that's a lie.  We are all lovable.  For God so LOVED the world he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him would not perish but have everlasting life. 

Love never fails.

If I'm being honest Valentine's Day is a HUGE hit for me.  My husband adores me, thinks I'm gorgeous in all my plus-size glory and is my best friend.  But what Valentine's Day MEANS to me is that I want to be a little more loving, I want to love OTHERS more, give more, care more, smile more, be kinder.  

This Valentine's Day rather than BEING loved I want to DO the loving.  Sure I'm not going to turn my nose up to my husband's love and my children's kisses - but what I mean is I want to LIVE LOVE.  Let all I do be done with Love.  That is my wish this Valentine's Day.

Now onto fashion matters.  Here's what I wore out to our Valentine's Breakfast Date this morning:

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Cardigan - Forever21+/Cami - Lane Bryant/Leather Paneled Leggings - Torrid
Silver Cap Toe Black Studded Flats - BCBG/Bag - Michael Kors/
Bangles & Necklace - Forever21 and Pandora

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