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FYE: Pretty Wings... For Your Enjoyment

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In case you are new around here. Sometimes I become obsessed with something and I decide to share it with you.

Recently, Maxwell's buttery voice has soothed me. The soul. The poetry.

The song itself is pretty painful, but it has this kind of deep groove that still makes you feel good.

 

Listen to it.

For your enjoyment

 

Here are some past shares

Featured on Brittany Gibbons' CurvyGirl Guide: My Fat Girl Rebellious Courage

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Hey y'all. It has been awhile.  If you are wondering. Bruce is doing well. He hasn't had many accidents and seems pretty chill so far. He also likes to give Paula Deen rides, so he is alright by me.

Recently Brittany of Brittany Herself asked to feature me on her site: CurvyGirl Guide.  She messaged me on Facebook, let me know she was a fan of mine. That she felt like I was a great subject to feature for her site. WHAT! ME?

I spent a good three weeks freaking the hell out because:

1. I've been a fan of Brittany ever since I saw her undress on stage

2. OMG why would ANYONE want to look at me or ask me about fashion.

But I did it, and received tremendous support.  The thing about having a body that society doesn't always embrace can sometimes mean that I internalize the message that my body isn't good, beautiful,  and valuable. We put a high price on being attractive. Sadly, the number on the scale that connected with me (270 lbs) gets told "you are obese, you are MORBIDLY obese, you need to change the way you eat, you are going to die."

We aren't told that we can be healthy and beautiful at size 20 (my pants size).

We aren't told that the rolls and curves on our bodies are just as desirable as their counterparts.

Brittany's message is one that I deeply align with. YOUR body is beautiful. Regardless of if you can or can't shop at Forever 21 ... that fact doesn't hold weight (pun intended) on how sexy or valuable you are. So I had Victor take amazing photos of me and I went for it. I was uncomfortable during the photo shoot. It can be hard knowing thousands and thousands of people are going to see your body and potentially judge you.  I tried to relax and remember the the voice that matter most was MINE.

What resulted were amazing images that reflected who I am. I completed the interview and sent them to Brittany.

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Brittany is doing important work in the world. She has impacted my life, and by proxy the life of my daughter. CurvyGirl Guide and fashion might seem, on its face, vapid... but the reality is that it is revolutionary. Which is sad and awesome.

CurvyGirls, nay, ALL girls are BEAUTIFUL.

OWN IT, yo.

Things You Should Read on the Internet!!

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You guys, the internets are full of awesome. I mean, they are also full of strange and horrible things... but I tend to believe the awesome outweighs the lack of awesome. It is almost Friday. We've been sick around here, cranky around here, depressed around here, and down right BLAH! It has been a hard week, for realz.

But.

There are still amazing things to be enjoyed!  Here is a list of things I found thought provoking, hilarious, and inspiring this week. Seriously, read these things...they. are.awesome.

 

Bryson Moore is like the white Morgan Freeman... all wise and shit.

 

Schmutzie simultaneously makes me believe in love and then get all stabby about being vulnerable about love.

 

Heidi ponders work/life balance and opens her heart to her readers.

 

Kristen Howerton sums up my Facebook rant about homelessness and A&F

 

Postpartum Progress talks about hope and anxiety and basically reads my mind.

 

Liz from Six Year Itch comes correct (AGAIN!) about the Mother's Day Shooting in Louisiana. 

 

If you haven't met Princess Monster Truck I can't be your friend!