I was that person who pushed through my goals, never really pausing to celebrate those small accomplishments. I would busy myself to get to my top goal, whether it was transferring to state, graduating with my bachelors or attaining my MBA. Now that my life has switched gears, the same used to hold true, but then I realized I am missing out on quite a few things life had to show me, and I slowed down a little bit.
You see, as a plus size blogger, I never even imagined my path to lead me to where I am, to impact those others, and to be fortunate enough to live out my passion in helping others to love themselves. My journey has been a cyclical one. Starting out motivating others and then realizing how much they motivate, challenge, uplift, and inspire me!
What does this have to do with celebrating oneself?
It is necessary. For me, as someone who motivates and advocates loving oneself, taking the time to celebrate you and all you have accomplished I find to be therapeutic and self-motivating to do more and aim higher. But as it pertains to fashion, it can get complicated.
How do I celebrate, embrace, or love myself in a niche that is often considered an outcast, forgotten, or purposely ignored?
My problem is that there are amazing limitations and scarce options for me to enable my fashion habit as someone who desires and demands the high fashion that is permitted to my lovely straight-sized sisters. On this journey, I have scoured through all the leading fashion portals and have found but a few with the same passion and angst. I know I am not the only one who loves to pick up a Glamour, Vogue, or Marie Claire- only to be frustrated about the options delegated to my curvy frame. I do not want to be left to browsing the accessories- since I know those will fit.
So, I thought about it. Why the relegation to internet only shopping, or hide and go seek with specialty boutiques? How can I motivate, encourage, share and celebrate those who embrace us? Yes, I am a woman with curves. I have been a big girl all my life, and I am okay with it. Would I like to tone up? Yes. I want to make sure my curves are smooth but that is my own preference. But am I dying to lose weight to appease society’s view on beauty? NO!
I LOVE MY CURVES! I have had them forever. I have always been a thick soul sister. I have been a cheerleader, I have worked for many retailers for the last ten years, and have always had to adapt my style to the options afforded to me. As I have found them, I decided to lead my own excavation to find the best of the best contemporary and high-end plus size fashion designers who have ME in mind when designing.
With this thought process, I created a declaration, manifesto, and new mindset as I dare to embark further into the lovely world of fashion. Three words sum me up completely as I have tirelessly explored a definitive reason for my passion.
I am Curvy. A full-figured woman who loves fashion on the outside of the high fashion sizing.
I am Confident. I have no shame with my curves. I rock them, own them, and love them.
I am Chic. Full- figured fashion addict, with a discerning eye for quality, fashion, and style.
This is my celebration of me. Finding and encouraging change while empowering others to put their proverbial best curve forward. I have now found that my personal milestones and celebrations are so intertwined into my blog, and I am okay with this.