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Julie here! Tomorrow is Independence Day, which we usually celebrate with fireworks and cookouts. This year, let’s celebrate by declaring independence from all the things that hold us back.
1. Independence from other people’s expectations. Sometimes women tend to care too much about what other people think of them. It’s time for us to break free and follow our hearts.
2. Independence from our body issues. I just had a baby in March, so I get it. Sometimes we don’t love the way babies or age changes our bodies, but it’s time for us to stop letting the way we look in a swimsuit rule our emotions. Sitting on the sidelines isn’t going to make us feel better about ourselves. So accept your body at whatever stage it’s at and dive in.
3. Independence from comparisons. In this age of being surrounded by glossy marketing and social media, it’s difficult not to compare our lives to the things we see around us. Whether it’s the cover of a magazine or our Facebook friend’s seemingly perfect summer vacation, keep in mind that things aren’t always what they seem. You’re seeing photoshopped pictures and edited versions of other people’s lives. Embrace your authentic life and take everything you see with a grain of salt.
4. Independence from our own high expectations. Being in a critique group with the other ladies here on Heart-Shaped glasses, I’ve learned that we’re all our own worst critic. We need to learn to give ourselves as much forgiveness and understanding as we give others.
How are you celebrating 4th of July this year?