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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Why I Wear a Bikini

I am 33 years old. I have given birth to four children. And I wear a bikini.

My body is not perfect. But it is mine. It tells stories of a lifetime. The birthmarks, the bumps, the bruises. The testaments of a clumsy but full life. The stretchmarks from adolescence that have never completely faded. The tattoo on the small of my back from a 19-year old's spring break completed at a flea market in Mexico (sorry Mom). The tan lines of wedding bands rarely taken off. The chipped toenail polish of feet that yearn for a pedicure. The calloused fingers from writing too much (though most days it feels like not enough). The map of veins in legs that seem to grow brighter, more present with each year. The hips that are full, the breasts after years of breastfeeding that somehow are not and the abs that will never be 22 again.

I have a body that says life has grown within it. I will not hide it, miracle machine that it is. I will nourish it, protect it and celebrate it. After all, it does house my soul.

And those lives that have flourished within it and now outside of it, are looking at me. Up at me. They watch and listen to how I treat my body and soul. They learn how to treat their own. There is great power in the potential of these everyday moments. Our children take in more than we could ever give them credit for.

So before we judge the best and worst bodies on the beach, let's remember that it takes more confidence to be in the sand than it does to stay inside of a hotel room. Our bodies whisper our deepest memories so let's listen to one another with open minds and respectful eyes. And when you find yourself yearning for that 22 year old stomach, remember the wisdom that you have gained with each passing year and that is a breathtakingly beautiful thing.

Rock that bathing suit baby. It is just the gift wrap of your radiant soul.










14 comments:

  1. OMG...you are amazing! And yes, I have become one of those ladies who 'worries' about each of those body parts & how they will be 'seen'! A dear friend of mine talked me back into a bikini this past spring in Miami...not sure Davidsonville's ready for it, but yes, I too, choose to gift wrap my soul, of course AFTER the spray tan!!!!

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    1. You are amazing too! Rock that bikini darlin- Davidsonville was born ready. You are absolutely right- the spray tan does help out the confidence factor...
      thanks for commenting momma- xo

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  2. beautiful as always! love you..

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    1. Love you too. I can't thank you enough for reading, commenting and sharing. It means oh so much... xo

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  3. I love this article! My friend turned me on your blog and I thank her for it! Let's rock it ladies!

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  4. Danielle I am so happy that you love it. Endless thanks for reading and rocking it this summer and always...
    xo

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  5. Beautiful thoughts, beautifully expressed! It reminds me that I have earned every wrinkle and crinkle!

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    1. Thank you so... I love that you shared it on your page too. So much love...

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  6. God Bless you! Thank you so much! I rock my bikini & I love it! I definitely don't have rockin hard abs or nicely toned legs or arms but I love my "story telling, road map" of a body. I'm very proud to be a moma of three beautiful children! ♥

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    1. Thank you dear Kim for reading and of course rocking your bikini! You are a gem...

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  7. Katie,
    Your blog is great! While I do NOT rock a bikini these days, I DO love this post! :)
    Jaime

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    1. Thank you Jaime so much for reading... I beyond appreciate it. Rock your tankini girl... xo

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  8. Wow, what an amazing attitude you have. God bless you my friend. At 48 I struggle with the one thing that seems to continue on it's own path....my body. I have an incredible family, an amazing husband, a wonderful career as a nurse, and the Good Lord who has created His work of art and yet I can find everything wrong with it. Thank you sister for posting such an amazing and thought provoking statement of heart. God bless you.

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  9. Thank you Susan, you lovely human being. Thank you for your generous and gracious words. At 48, YOU are amazing... please don't forget that. I so appreciate you reading-
    xoxo

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