As Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, I want to encourage you to participate in a challenge that I think is pretty powerful. Love is in the air. We spend a lot of time thinking about our significant other, friends, and family. How many of you take the time to love yourself (and not in the way Hailee Steinfield sings about)? A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about confidence and building others up. Today, I want to tell you about a campaign (#BarreCodeLove) that I think is beautiful and end with a personal challenge for you.
One of the things that drew me to The Barre Code several months ago was it’s dedication to positivity through encouragement. Julie, the owner of the Plano studio, was welcoming, genuine, and full of words to inspire, rather than shame. There was no talk about “muffin tops” or not being content, but empowerment to love ourselves as we are and to realize we are stronger than we think. Their goal, as a company, is to help women develop strength from the inside out. That is exemplified at the Plano studio which is why I am honored to be a part of it. On Saturday, February 6th, The Barre Code launched a social media campaign centered on positivity and body love. My favorite line in the Barre Code mantra states
“we accept the differences that make us beautiful and strive for beauty that makes a difference.”
For the challenge, clients and followers around the country are encouraged to take red (or pink) lipstick and draw a heart on their bodies to symbolize the love and appreciation they have for their bodies and all of the amazing things they allow us to do. Here is my post from Instagram:
I want to show love to my surgery scars (I have several from multiple surgeries), arms, and legs. My scars remind me of what I have had to overcome to get where I am today. I have watched my arms get so much stronger. Though they be little, they are fierce. My legs have strengthened so much from running, Tone It Up, and barre. After my accident, I wasn’t sure I would be able to be active and now I am training for races. My body helps me to do the things I love every day and I am proud of the “differences that make me beautiful.”
You can participate by tagging The Barre Code (and/or my studio Barre Code Plano) in a post of your own. Take a photo with a heart showing love to a part of your body you want with a quick caption and #barrecodelove . Search that hashtag on Instagram and read other women’s posts to inspire you. It’s beautiful.
In honor of #BarreCodeLove, the Plano studio is offering 3 FREE CLASSES on Saturday February 13. Come join me for Barre Code and HIIT. Sign up Here.
A while back I saw this Dove Campaign and it really convicted me. If you have never watched it, do it. Now. It’s under 2 1/2 minutes.
For those of you who can’t watch it right now, I will summarize for you. Basically, Dove asked women to write down every time they had a thought about themselves in a journal. Then, they gave the journals to a couple of actresses who memorized their journals like scripts. Dove took the original women out to lunch and they overheard the actresses verbally saying the terrible things they wrote about themselves in their journal. Their reactions to hearing their thoughts said out loud is so powerful.
How often are we like these women? It is so easy to look for all the things that we wish we could change or improve, that we forget to thank our bodies for all of the amazing things they can do. We forget the things we teach our children
if everyone looked the same our world would be boring.
We forget that our differences make us beautiful.
My challenge for you is to participate in #BarreCodeLove and write a love letter to yourself focusing on what you love about your body. This is not the time to think about what you wish was different and how you will accomplish that, but what are you genuinely thankful for? Think about how often you have a bad thought about yourself in the last month…week…24 hours. Let’s change that.
In the last several years, you have been through a lot. I have not always been very nice or spoke kindly to you, but I want to say I am proud of you. I am proud of how you bounced back and strengthened up. A few years ago, I would have never believed that you would be training for a marathon, but lo and behold, you are. Two years ago, when we decided to start getting healthy and work out, I was proud of how quickly you were changing. Then, in March of 2014, everything changed when we were hit by a truck. Although my ankle was the only thing that was broken, it was a long and painful healing process, both physically and mentally. I wasn’t sure I would be able to strengthen my ankle and legs enough to run again, but here we are. My arms are stronger, my endurance is better and am incredibly proud of you. The scars on my back and stomach are reminders of that strength. Self, you are beautiful. I may not always remember to tell you that, and sometimes I may try to convince you otherwise. But believe me, you are.