#1. Aug 18, 2016
Hi, it’s me, Oreet…
…and welcome to my very first blog post. To be completely transparent, I’m a little nervous.
This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time. The seed of this blog has been germinating for over 2 years and it’s finally time. One reason it took so long is because I’ve been busy with other projects, but the other is because I didn’t want to start a blog until I had reached a certain level of success in my own business – a milestone. I know this sounds silly but it’s what I felt and I needed to listen to it.
I’d like to take a moment to talk about the intention behind this post and why I was inspired to do this. I’m going to reveal something that you may not know about me, which is one of the reasons, why I’m a little nervous. It really stems from what people are preaching about body image. And for me specifically – post baby body image. Yes, my body did an amazing thing by growing a human being not only once, but twice. But I need to rant…
I’m mad about how my body changed and how I see myself now.
I constantly ask, what’s wrong with me??
I mean, I’m a fitness and dance instructor, a fitness and dance presenter, and the creator of a format that promotes positive body image for god’s sake.
Well, what it comes down to is… it’s hard to see my body change.
Things are different now. I have bigger hips, a bigger ribcage, bigger belly and looser skin. My clothes and costumes fit differently too.
I want to find the confidence in my own body again.
Look, it’s a lot of pressure to try to “look the part” and I know I put this pressure on myself. So why can’t I just embrace it?
This all comes down to the question of identity.
When we feel that we’re amazing, it will become ingrained into our identities. As a fitness and dance pro, the only way I’ll be able to experience the advantages of having a healthy level of true, positive, self-image, is simply to decide that I look and feel amazing!
How my students perceive my confidence ultimately begins with how I see myself. I shouldn’t worry about other people’s suspected opinions about me. When I finally see myself as having an amazing body – then that’s when others will begin to see the same thing.
So I did some soul searching and decided that I want to live happy. I can’t waste my time feeling bad about it. So I am working on believing it.
Look, my body has done and can still do amazing things. To be honest, after having my 2 kids, I feel my dancing is stronger now than ever before. So, I am going to let it continue to do amazing things.
I also need to be the one that holds the power of influence!
You know what’s even more important? Being a positive role model for my children. Enough said!
Thank you for letting me share this with you and I hope this helps those who may be feeling the same way about themselves.
Be good to yourself and live your happy,