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Welcome to July! It is currently 30+ degrees here in Canada and there is no denying that summer is here. I hope you all enjoyed last month’s articles about preparing for summer – we had a lot of fun writing them!
This month we are talking about saying “NO.”
This can mean a lot of things: saying no to society’s standards, saying no to exercising for unhealthy reasons, saying no to unhealthy relationships…
At the core of it all, though, I think most importantly, we need to learn to say no to lies.
- The lies others tell us about ourselves.
- The lies society tells us about how to be “acceptable” “happy” “beautiful”.
- The lies fabricated in our own minds.
Over the past year (and even years before then), I’ve had a lot of negative messages thrown my way. People criticizing me and my writing, people trying to redefine my reality, false accusations, and even me criticizing myself. The funny thing is, I always tend to hold other people’s
truths words as having more power, or more “legitimacy” than my own.
When they say things that aren’t accurate, I openly accept their lies, and I let them define me.
This is something I’m working on.
I also have struggled with the lie that I need to be perfect (I did a video on this last night, actually) – and this has done nothing but hold me back and set me up for failure.
So this month (and in the months to come) I am saying no to lies.
And I am going to be clinging to the truth – what I know to be true about myself and the person I am.
And in light of this, I thought I would update my “Free from” photo:
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Lauren is the Founder and Editor of Libero. She started Libero in April 2010, when she shared her story about her struggles with an eating disorder and depression. Now Lauren uses her writing and videos to advocate mental health and body positivity. In her spare time, she enjoys makeup artistry, playing Nintendo, and taking selfies with her furbaby, Zoey.
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