Sticks and Stones: A Talk on Self Love

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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” When I was younger, I didn’t fully believe that saying because I didn’t really have much self love. It was hard to accept it because words did hurt me and I didn’t have a full understanding of my own mental health. There were many times where I would take what people were saying to me to heart and I would go home feeling as if I didn’t belong. Now, that is a phrase that I believe and truly understand. And it is saying that I try to pass on to hopefully make others feel better and make them feel like they belong.

We all have insecurities. And some of us are still trying to figure out how to deal with those insecurities. I get insecure about the way I look all the time. Even with this blog, I feel like I spend hours staring at a picture that I am about to post thinking to myself: “Is this really that cute?”

When I first saw this dress online, I looked at how gorgeous it looked on the model and kept scrolling past it thinking that it is never going to be a dress that I could pull off. I heard those voices in my mind telling me that I don’t have the right body to fill it out. But I took a deep breath, silenced those voices, and picked this dress out because I know that it can be for me.

I dedicate this dress to all the people out there that used to try to tear me down when I was in high school. Those who told me that I was ugly, that I didn’t fit it, and that I wasn’t a nice person at all. To those people who told me that I would never make it, that I would not have the things that I wanted, and that they would always be better than me. I forgive you, and I hope you’re happy.

I dedicate this dress to those out there who are still fighting the battle to believe that “words will never hurt them”. To those who still go shopping and tell themselves that they can’t buy that piece of clothing that they want so much because they don’t have the “right” body type. You are beautiful, and you are important. You can do anything that you set your mind to. Build yourself up and embrace the ones around you.


{{Photos by Stephanie Vasilidias}}

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