Posts tagged acceptance
My Struggle With Anxiety

Mental health was never a topic of conversation. I didn’t understand it and couldn’t relate to it. High school did not prepare me for what I would encounter. 

My roommate in first year college experienced anxiety, and I didn’t get it. She would get upset and tell me she couldn’t write her paper or go to the gym. I was so confused. I didn’t get it until I started to feel it. 

I didn’t realize that everything that was happening, happened on the inside. 

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Authentically Me: Derek Sabado

Derek came into my life about 6 years ago, as part of the creative team at Holt Renfrew.  He instantly struck me as an exuberant soul with amazing energy.  Through the years, I saw his relationship with his own identity and sexuality transform.  He became more comfortable dressing as he wanted and identified more closely with his feminine side.  As a heterosexual female, my sexuality has never caused me any stress.  I leave my house in the morning and society simply accepts who I am.  Members of our LGTBQ community often experience unjust judgement which can result in debilitating self-image issues that can lead to depression and anxiety.  In a 2011 interview with Pride Source, Beyoncé acknowledged the difficulty of coming out and said that she was in awe of her LGBTQ fans. “The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what maybe is not what your parents expect you to do or what society may think is different -- to be brave and be different and to be yourself -- is just so beautiful,” she said. “Not worrying about satisfying or becoming what other people think you’re supposed to be, that’s like the ultimate dream.”  

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Losing the "Baby Weight"

It is no secret that during pregnancy there is the associated weight gain. The amount varies between women. However, the expectation to get our “pre-baby” body back is the same across the board no matter how much you have gained. What I want the take away from this article to be is this: It took your body a full NINE MONTHS to change, evolve, and expand, in order to grow and give birth to your baby. Logically, it only makes sense that you give yourself at least that same amount of time to lose the weight and get your body back. Tell this to anyone you love who is pregnant or just had their baby (in the least judgemental way possible because you also don’t want to mess with a mama’s hormones). My point is, we need to spread this message to all the ladies out there: 9 months to gain the weight = 9 months to lose the weight…AT LEAST! Let’s just eliminate this expectation that our bodies should just instantly bounce back like nothing ever happened.

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