This post is sponsored by Target.
Remember that scene in Mean Girls where Regina complains about her “man shoulders”, Gretchen’s worried about her calves and Karen is hating on her hips? They look over at Cady to chime in, but all she can bring to the table is that she has bad breath in the morning. The self-image criticism was a foreign concept to her. I hope that this summer it can be a little more foreign to us as well!
This has actually been a big year for me personally with health and wellness. I’ve been focusing a lot more on developing a sustainably healthy lifestyle on several levels. But I have a little secret to let you in on… it didn’t start with diet or exercise. It started with a commitment to feel confident in my own skin, wherever I was at in the process. I totally have not been perfect with this, but it has helped to have that mindset to go back to. It’s too easy to be hard on ourselves for every little imperfection. Then we just feel guilty and inferior, which totally doesn’t help our overall mood, and certainly doesn’t inspire us to work out or eat better! My hope would be that, no matter our shape or size we can look in the mirror, smile, and feel beautiful in our bodies.
So when you’re ready to do your swimwear shopping for the season, Target has a huge selection of suits for all body types. Whether you have more of a pear-shape, inverted triangle shape, an athletic build, or any other kind, it’ll just take a bit of trying on to find the perfect fit for you. And the nice thing is that Target actually has free shipping and returns so you can order away and easily send back the pieces that don’t work for you! The suits I chose are bright, modern, and playful. They’re not necessarily “blend in” kind of suits, which is ok because this year I’m all about embracing the skin I’m in.
I’m determined to not let insecurities hold me back from enjoying all of summer’s activities. So I’m taking the #NOFOMO pledge. No Fear of Missing Out! I pledge to do cartwheels on the beach in my bikini and do cannonballs into the pool! I hope you’ll make your own #NOFOMO pledge and share it with me in the comments below or on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook).
You guys, there’s so much life to live. And for us Minnesotans, only so much summer to live it in. So let’s not let self-image criticism hold us back. You’re beautiful JUST the way you are and there is a swimsuit (or 5!) out there that you will look phenomenal in. One of my biggest tips for this process is to include a shopping buddy! Head into a Target store together with one of your good friends or have them over when you’re using your own closet as a dressing room. A good friend will be so helpful to have around. When you’re being too hard on yourself, they’ll tell you, no… you look HOT! And if something doesn’t fit right they can grab you another size. Another tip… if you get stuck feeling blah about your bod, literally do a full spin around in the dressing room, smile, kick up your foot and then stare yourself in the mirror and say, “dang I look good”. Because again… no matter your shape or size, you ARE beautiful. Own it!
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Photos taken by Isabel Kruse at Soo Line Apartment Building
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