Every Inch of You is Perfect

Adrienne Family

This happened just earlier this week…in the middle of a dance party (thanks to my friend, Jacqueline, for the idea)…in my kitchen with my two toddler boys…(because I was on the verge of crazy after being walled up in the house for two weeks with sick kiddos):

 

“I’m all about that bass, ‘bout that bass. No treble. I’m all about that bass, ‘bout that bass. No treble.” Have you heard it yet?!

 

Let me preface, that I am not the type that is typically up on the new, mainstream music…or anything new/mainstream for that matter…(unless you count Daniel Tiger?), & unless dragged, I am a typical wallflower when it comes to dancing. But I admit, when this song came on the radio, I couldn’t help but shake it! My inner wanna-still-be-a-teeny-bopper self couldn’t resist. I LOVE IT!

 

WARNING: The unedited YouTube video does contain two curse words and lyrics about “booty”. And they will probably stick in your head for days and days.

 

BUTT, on a great “note”, you’ll probably want to shake your junk. 😀

Let me just tell you, my first memory of preoccupation with weight and body image was in about first grade, when I sat side-by-side my best friend on a big toy at recess, and we had a full discussion of whose thighs were bigger… First grade! FIRST GRADE! Just babies…

 

I cannot believe how strong the pressure could be on such a young, innocent little girl.

 

…and now how discouraging the “standard” can be…

 

…on my softening, aging, stretch marked, childbearing body.

 

Are you with me?

 

About two weeks after the birth of my first child, I tried to squeeze my way back into my “dream jeans”. And I cried.

 

Sixteen months later, I discovered the Nile and Euphrates stretched across my bellybutton that had popped out, very pregnant with my second son. And I cried.

 

This week, I didn’t cry.

 

I remembered, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)

 

My sister told me recently that we were actually given bodies so we could live life, and that we were not made to live life for our bodies.

 

Isn’t it easy to switch that around?

 

So, here’s to loving the skin I’m in…

 

…to buying a bigger pair of jeans if I need to…

 

…to taking care of it, so it can take me where I want and need to go…

 

…to feeling confident in who I am…

 

…to having the freedom to be myself…

 

…and to not allowing ideas of how I am supposed to be and look to become the insecurity that holds me back.

 

Shake it!

 

 

About Jacqueline Presley

Owner/Author Creative Outpour. Member of Arkansas Women Bloggers & Northwest Arkansas Bloggers. Jacqueline lives in Fayetteville, AR with her husband Spencer & her 2 children Katie (7) & Jackson (5).

Comments

  1. Good message & super fun song! xoxxoo

  2. What a great reminder!

  3. Yes! That song is a big hit in our house right now. I’m just going to shake it cause sometimes if I don’t I’ll just break it (:

  4. Haven’t heard it. But totally love the sentiment of body love!! As the mother of a young daughter I feel responsible
    To teach her how to love her changing body as well!! Good write!

  5. I think that this a reminder that many of us need to hear every once in a while. On another note, I find myself bopping my head to that song when it plays on Spotify. 🙂

  6. This is my new favorite song to dance along in the car to while driving. It’s definitely a great feel-good song!

  7. Great reminder! The pressure on women in our society is enormous, and as the mother of two girls still in elementary school, I’m finding it starts SO early, like you said. We often have talks about what’s normal and what we’re presented in the media. I’m sure those conversations will continue for years to come. I know it’s possible to love the skin you’re in. I became more comfortable in my body after I had children than before (crazy, I know)! I even wear a bathing suit without being self-conscious now!

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