This week I’m delighted to welcome SamSam who blogs at Simply A Mama , documenting the crazy ride that is motherhood! She lives in Kenya with her husband and adorable son who just celebrated his 1st birthday (awww). Samsam is relatively new to blogging so please pop over and show her some blog love.
Name 3 parts of your body that you love and tell us why they’re so fabulous?
My lips I believe that they are nice and naturally full which is great now that big lips are really in trend.
My eyes because they are big and bright, they are truly the window to my soul. I’m glad my son got his big beautiful eyes from me.
I also love my hands because they are soft and delicate. I get to hold my precious baby and hold my husband’s hand with them. I usually get a lot of compliments on how soft they are.
Share a memory of when you felt particularly good about yourself.
During my pregnancy even though I had the typical pregnancy symptoms however, I loved my baby bump, I loved my pregnancy glow and those little baby kicks before it got uncomfortable. I loved how special I felt during that time.
Has your relationship with your body changed over time?
My relationship with my body changed drastically over the years, when I was younger I was very slim and everybody used to comment on my weight. I was also on either ends of the spectrum either too thin or too chubby. When I was in my late teens I remember dieting to loose weight, which is actually devastating thinking about it now. I also remember trying to gain weight later on in life but I was finding it very difficult. As a matured into my 20’s I learned to love my body no matter how heavy or thin I am.
If you are a parent (or have little people in your life), has this changed how you perceive or discuss healthy body image?
My son just turned one and I want him to grow up to be healthy and happy. We eat way healthier now especially him he has a very balanced diet. When he grows up I want him to love himself and not put a title on himself “too thin, too fat, too tall…etc.” That’s why I want him to grow in an environment that we love and accept him fully.
What advice would you give to your teenage self on the subject of body image?
Love yourself and the body you are in. There will always be someone prettier, taller and thinner but there is only one you. Your friends will remain your friends after all those years and after all the weight gain and weight loss. You are beautiful; always believe that.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever done for your body?
I recently joined Zumba and Pilates; I think that is the best step for a better health. I actually enjoy these even if I still miss some of the moves or can’t do them.
Share one confidence boosting trick for days when you’re feeling a bit ‘meh’.
If I can spare an hour or two I love going for a facial; it relaxes me and my face feels amazing afterwards. The spa I go to also give the best shoulder massage and foot massage, it feels heavenly. If I don’t have the time to go to the spa I just use my mud mask at home and relax for a few minutes. This makes a huge difference in my spirit because I feel like I’ve pampered myself.
Who in the public eye do you admire for celebrating natural body shape?
I love Kelly Clarkson because she’s a mum and she was not ashamed of her baby weight and made us all mums feel better about ourselves. She is very relatable, She didn’t snap back really quickly like most celebrity mums do and that’s what makes me admire her because she loves the skin she is in and nothing is more beautiful than that.
Give us your best body positive quote or mantra.
Loving yourself is the greatest revolution
I pledge to love myself a little more today by…
Drinking more water, I don’t drink enough water even though I know all its benefits for my skin and overall health.
Thank you Mess and Merlot for let me take part of she loves herself
Thanks so much to Samsam for being my guest this week. If you are enjoying this series and think you would like to join in then just drop me a message in the comments below- I’d love to hear from you! x