I don’t know about you…but I tend to compare myself to other people. I follow Victoria Secret Angels and bloggers with these amazing bodies and fabulous lives. I call having them on my feed “inspiration” but sometimes it causes me to compare my life to theirs and wonder what I could be doing better.
My friend Rachel recently shared a petition on Facebook. She’s apart of this organization called The Bare Naked Ladies. Although I’ve heard the name, I’ve never really looked into what they are doing for our community here at JMU…
Well, basically they are an AMAZING group of individuals.
The Petition can be found here: End Negative Self Talk and encourages those who sign it to “End Negative Self Talk” and practice more self-love in their lives. The petition was started by “The Bare Naked Ladies” a club on campus that promotes body positivity.
I asked Rachel to explain what The Bare Naked Ladies are about and here’s what she had to say:
“Bare Naked Ladies is a club at JMU that allows everyone to effortlessly be themselves by growing in self-love and positive body image together. We have general body meetings every other Monday at 8pm in Miller Hall, where we discuss and share experiences about important issues, like toxic relationships, making peace with the body we were given, and healthy lifestyles. We have a promotional video coming up that highlights some of the issues that we care about, like ending negative self-talk. It’s been beneficial to me coming in as a freshman because I was in the comparison mindset, constantly believing I wasn’t enough. BNL has helped me grow throughout my three years of currently being at JMU and has pushed me constantly to embrace my natural light. I can now say truthfully that I love myself, and that one of my passions is helping others love themselves, seeing the beauty that they already possess. I’ll be happy to rant to anyone about the significance of mental health and breaking that stigma”
Although it can be easy to make fun of your insecurities, it’s can be pretty damaging.
That’s why I think what Rachel and the rest of The Bare Naked Ladies are doing is great- and so needed in our community right now.
I’d also like to note that although the org is known as “The Bare Naked Ladies”, they do have nonfemale members, and encourage all genders to join them in their journey to promote body positivity and self-love.
We all deserve to love ourselves and although it can be tempting to compare ourselves to people on social media- we need to realize that the body we see in the mirror is the body we have… and we should learn to appreciate it no matter what it may look like!!
So I challenge you to join me and dozens of others and sign the petition and make a promise to love yourself!