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The story of the blue skirt + overcoming obstacles

August 26th, 2014 | 199 comments

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Today I have a little ‪#‎hasbrag‬ for yah, but it’s really a story of ‪#‎selflove‬ and overcoming obstacles.

I bought this blue skirt in the winter of 2012, right before my disk herniation. For the 2 years that followed, I struggled to overcome daily moment-to-moment physical pain, limitations, and thus, lots of lifestyle changes.

As healing my back pain became my number one priority, things like working out and vanity of most kinds had to take a far back seat. I’ve always been an athlete and without daily exercise and movement (activities that were now extremely difficult or extremely painful to preform) my body changed. I gained weight, lost muscle tone and overall didn’t “feel” like myself. Physical pain was too loud to let my other “body noise” take over, so I had to come to peace with my body, forfeit control and let go of my fears(and at times disillusions) over what I saw in the miror. I knew that working against my body instead of with it would just keep me stuck, in more pain. Thus, I did not fit into this blue skirt.

Seasons went by and my focus had to shift from stress, a tight hold, and control over the pain, to things like self love, self care, patience and positive self talk, and of course new ways of ‘being’. ‘Twas a loooong journey to overcome the daily physical pain, changes and limitations (let alone the emotional toll that it takes on a person) but I’m really proud of how far I’ve come in 2.5 years.

The icing on the cake? Today the blue skirt fits and I’m rocking it with a smile.

You never know other people’s pain or struggle or story when you live in a city like New York. And to them, this might just be your average, everyday blue skirt. But to me, it feels like a small milestone to commemorate how far I’ve come. Anyone who’s ever had to endure chronic pain of any kind knows that it’s a lifelong journey, but you can’t lose sight of yourself in the process. I’m getting there, one blue skirt at a time. I used to be really shy about sharing pictures of myself (you need to be vulnerable, people can judge you) but if ONE person today can feel an ounce more self love for themselves and their journey, then it is ALL worth it.

Thanks for the support today + always!

What is YOUR blue skirt? What have you overcome lately and how will you celebrate??

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