The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Can we take a minute to talk about and acknowledge the lies we tell ourselves? I think you know what I mean. The little voice in the back of your mind that speaks all your inner fears. “Your arms are too fat.” “Your neck looks gross.” “Your hair color needs a touch-up.”

“You are not enough.”
“You are broken.”
“You should work harder.”

These are LIES. 

I have held onto these photos of my husband and me, unable or unwilling to share them, because of the lies I told myself. Then I aligned with some amazing women who share their love for their bodies AS THEY ARE NOW. These body love rebellions set me on fire with a passion for loving myself again. They reminded me that I am perfectly imperfect now and that’s okay. That I am healthy. That my body has grown and loved five beautiful children. They reminded me that all sizes are beautiful. They reminded me that I am more than the sum of pounds on the scale, the size of my arms, or the ability to do my hair and make-up.

And do you know what I see now that I have quieted the lies? 

I see the way he looks at me.

I see the way he makes me laugh. 

I see the way he holds me close. And I feel loved.

I’m so glad I agreed to take the pictures.

Retell your story. You have the power to reframe what you see and believe about your life and yourself. You are enough today. You’re enough as a woman. You’re enough as a mom. You’re enough whether you work outside the home, inside the home, or stay home with your children. Even if you never lose the baby weight, color your grays, or whatever else it is you lie to yourself about. You’re worthy today. Don’t believe the lies, sister. 

Sarah is a Cecilia native currently living in Lafayette's oil center. She's the mom to a Brady Bunch of 7 children ages 13 to 5. Married to Clint, her 'environmental superhero', they enjoy traveling often. The self-proclaimed queen of big family travel planning; she's also taken up GLAMPing as she explores the State and National Parks as part of their year of road schooling. Sarah started Real Product Talk, a product testing and secret shopper service, with her online bestie of 10+ years in 2014 and continues to grow as a major player in her field. When she's not working from home, she's can be found serving the less fortunate in Lafayette alongside Lafayette Mom Writer Ali Comeaux and their non-profit, With Love, Acadiana.


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