How many of you fall into this same trap? After searching Pinterest and Facebook and Instagram for a few minutes, you start to think the world actually looks like what you see on social media. You start to think everyone else has a perfect Pinterest life, and all you can see is what is wrong with you.
This reminds me of this quote from President Uchrdorf from his book, The Remarkable Soul of a Woman: “The Lord doesn't expect us to work harder than we are able. He doesn't (nor should we) compare our efforts to those of others. Our Heavenly Father asks only that we do the best we can—that we work according to our full capacity, however great or small that may be.”
I’ve taken a pledge to love my body.
And it was my un-born daughter who was my spark of inspiration.
Halfway through picking a photo filter for a recent Instagram post, I stopped dead. It was like someone had finally turned up the volume in my head on all of the negative self-talk I had been forcing my soul to listen to whenever the body hate started.
“Oh, look at how stupid my hair looks,” I said.
“Look at how fat my face has gotten! I look so puffy!” I complained.
“I look so… bad,” I thought dejectedly.
This stream of self-hate started as I looked at a picture of myself on Mother’s Day, taken at 31 weeks pregnant.
And well, it was a wake up call to how toxic social media, coupled with my own insecurities, can be.