Since my two-month stint in Europe, I have been consciously journaling on a (mostly) daily basis. It's helped me to work out my own thoughts and personal growth and actually have evidence of change on paper. After just a few short months of doing this, I have already laughed at myself for earlier entries at how ridiculous I sound jabbering on about things that, at this point, are no longer a part of my brain space. Something I wrote a few weeks ago seems fitting for this post: I am comfortable in my own skin.
I remember being in high school and even college and thinking all the time about whether or not my outfit worked, or if my body type looked good in what I was wearing, or whether everyone could see the giant planet forming on my face after a few days of chocolate over-consumption. Do I still care about those things? Of course. Do I obsess over them and allow them to occupy my thoughts throughout the day? No.
I think I have reached a place in my life where I feel like I can get over whatever life throws at me. A cancer scare? Been there, done that. Quitting my secure job for funemployment? Done it. Not crying after a hellish day of solo train travel through Holland? Tearless and proud.
The #AerieReal campaign is about living your life untouched, free, and joyfully. As I grow in life and in myself, I grow in understanding the value of not living the perfect life. I strive to live authentically, and placing my own significance in what I believe of myself, without regard to the approval of the world.
How are you #AerieReal?
PS: Right before the Aerie team contacted me about participating in this campaign, I ordered this swimsuit and was stoked to get this pink number afterward in the mail. Mix & Match yaaaaaay!