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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

30 days of self portraits

Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess recently posted an invitation for an exciting challenge: to take 30 self portraits in 30 days.  I've been wanting to do a photography challenge but felt overwhelmed by those 365 challenges; a photo every day for a year?!  Every time I started, I got about two weeks in before I stopped.  But this one seemed doable ... and also made me a little nervous, so I thought I would give it a try. 

Why be nervous about taking a few "selfies"?  Well first, isn't it a little self-centered to be taking and posting a lot of pictures of myself?  Maybe.  But I've gotten over that before on this blog, and I can balance out a few self-portraits with a lot of pictures of nature and other beautiful things and people.     

The truth is, I don't always like pictures of myself, and I - like many - struggle with body image.  It's silly because I feel like I like (sometimes even love) my body as a whole, but I never fail to find little things to criticize.  And then the saddest thing: I'll see contemporary pictures of myself and find faults, but when I look back at really old pictures I think "What was I so critical of?  I was beautiful!"  So if I can look back and find beauty in myself, why can't I find beauty in myself right now?  I don't want to spend my whole life not enjoying myself, who I am in the present.  So here goes a journey to better self love through selfies.  I think it can happen.         

Do you struggle with body image?  How do you handle it? 

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