Throwback Thursday And Lessons In Self Love!

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Amanda Millie

Lately I seem to be having constant reminders and lessons in self love and acceptance, so I’m just going to go with it and see what happens. I shared this throwback picture on my Facebook earlier today and the message that came with the picture is so dear to my heart to had to share on the blog too. So this shot was taken almost a year ago, as part of a portfolio update photo shoot and I really just LOVE it so much, it’s one of best shots for sure. 

I’ll tell you why it’s my favourite. Having suffered from body dysmorphic order pretty much my entire life, this is probably the first time I stood in front of the camera and felt comfortable in my own skin. The photographer made me feel so safe and I think this was the first time ever I had a shoot where I wasn’t worried or stressing about how I looked. It was also the first time I ever did anything as risqué in front of the camera and instead of feeling shame I felt strong, powerful, sexy even. I wasn’t worried about looking fat, or my lack of boobies, what will people think/say or any of that irrational stuff that comes with my condition. I totally owned it and I don’t care who knows it. It’s a bumpy road this journey of ‪self acceptance‬ and ‪self love‬ but this day was a turning point for me and I haven’t looked back since, taking it one day at a time. One thing that I’ve noticed about myself, is that I’m REALLY good at putting on a front….you know that I’m totally ok and always got it together type of front? I realised very early on that I am great at being the pillar for other people which is awesome, but it’s time I started extending that same courtesy to myself. 

Amanda Millie

It’s so easy for us to judge each other and make assumptions in this social media world, but please be kind to each other, you don’t know what struggles other people are dealing with behind the scenes. Not everything is always as it appears. 

I would love to know what your lessons/aha moments  in self love are, leave me a comment below and let me know. Till next time my lovelies, love the life you’re living! Xo 

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8 Comments

  1. May 29, 2015 / 1:10 am

    Great post and pictures. We – as women – can be so hard on ourselves and it’s made all the more worse when there is a disorder plaguing us. Bravo for coming out on the other side.

    I have learned to take a break and rest or relax as my self love. It was a long time coming and unfortunately it came about because I was enduring cancer treatment. Thanks for the reminder on putting in the time to practice self love.
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    • May 29, 2015 / 7:09 am

      Thank you for sharing Petula, I know what you mean, sometimes we do find little blessings I. The most challenging situations. Xx

  2. May 29, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    I am glad that you now feel happier in your skin, these photos are lovely and you are an inspiration to other people who were in the same situation as you! x
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  3. May 30, 2015 / 3:49 pm

    You are truly amazing hun. Congratulations on overcoming BDD!
    You should be proud and you look bloody amazing and those leggings are lush!!!

    Since having Hayden I haven’t felt like myself and haven’t lost the weight i put on during and after my pregnancy but I will get there. Its amazing the support you can find online you just have to take it in and run with it.
    Thanks so much for sharing hun
    NEW FAN 😀
    Charlotte x

    • June 4, 2015 / 11:19 pm

      Hey Charlotte, thank you so much for comment, and thank you for sharing your own journey. I know you will definitely get to your goal weight, just take it one day at a time and be gentle with yourself. I was in the same situation after I had my son, and you’re right…there’s so much support online, I honestly got a lot of encouragement and inspiration from there:-) I’m looking forward to reading more of your journey. Much live xo

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