Happy In The Midst Of The Journey

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I hesitated about whether to share this photo.

It’s over-exposed, I’m in my bra, you can see my belly… and BAM! there I was focusing on all the negatives. Then I realised, the reason I took this picture in the first place is because right there, right at that moment, I was so stinkin’ happy, I was ready to burst.

clothes too big

This was Saturday morning.

I was getting dressed and feeling quite crappy about what to wear. My recent go-to jeans are now just too big to be comfortable, even with the belt pulled in and shuffling through the rail, I found these. A pair of 3/4 length capri-type pants that I wore last summer. And last summer they were snug.

Honestly, when I put them on, I was just expecting them to fit comfortably. No breathing in to do the button up.

I did not expect to be able to TAKE THEM OFF without undoing the button.

I did take another pic of these half-way down over my hips, but figured I’ve  already damaged the interwebs with my bra and belly, the world does not need to see my underwear and hips :)

For a long time, I’ve focused on what I am not. Then one simple item of clothing made me so ridiculously happy. It reminded me, this is a process. It takes time. Focus on the goal, but be happy along the way. 

So, here I am. Keeping it real.

A real girl with real curves and real issues – working hard to become a little bit better every day.

Stop waiting for everything to be perfect to be happy. Be happy in midst of the journey.

~ Natalie


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  1. says

    I thought your photo looked very artistic! Hope you have an amazing shopping trip planned for the summer sales :) Your achievement is so inspirational; each time I reach for the chocolate I think of your before and after photos on your BonJovi-esque post…I quite fancy being a size13stylist!

    • Natalie says

      Aw, thank you SO much – that is so sweet! And well, I’m happy to go with ‘artistic’ – that works for me, too :)

      I went shopping at the weekend as there was so much I wanted to buy, but I didn’t. I just know that in another few weeks I will have outgrown the new stuff and that is such a waste of money. I did get a few bits though!

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