Sunday, 12 May 2013

Feeling 24

Yesterday I turned 24 – which I had been dreading for months, wondering where time had gone, worrying myself silly that I hadn’t achieved what I had wanted to by this age.  And then yesterday it finally hit me – I’ve achieved far more than I ever could have imagined and this alone is more important and invaluable than anything else.
I’ve always been shy, reserved, and lacked incredible confidence in myself – and I knew deep down this had always been linked to my appearance and weight.  I have never felt attractive, worthy or even worth looking at before.  I’ve always seen myself as fat and ugly.
  
In January of this year enough was enough – 23 years of hiding behind a shadow of insecurity.  I knew something had to change.  I never believed what people said about weight loss, that it’s hard to see a slimmer version of yourself in the mirror and for months now I’ve been staring back at the same reflection – still lacking confidence, still hiding in baggy clothes and not being able to see a change and up until yesterday I still couldn’t see it.  I couldn’t even dare to believe it. 

When I put on this dress yesterday evening I finally saw the reflection staring back at me – and something was different.  The girl staring back was no longer a scared little girl anymore – she was a brave, young, and attractive woman.  

I held my head high yesterday evening, and even dared to smile.  Because I was happy.  And if it’s taken me all this time to realise that the key to happiness is confidence, then I’m going to cherish every single moment from now on. 

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20 comments

  1. Happy Birthday, Alice! You've achieved something in your 24 years that many women never do, self acceptance. xxx

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  2. Alice, you absolute babe! You're looking gorgeous and that dress on you is perfect! I hope you had the most wonderful birthday with that fabulous husband-to-be of yours!

    Lots of love,

    K ox

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  3. Oh Happy belated Birthday Alice! I hope you had a wonderful evening out. I'm so happy that you've found your confidence - you're right, you really have achieved a lot! You're only 24 which is still so young when you think about it, I know a lot of people tend to freak out about turning 24/25/26 but it's crazy! I hope the rest of the year brings only positive things to you :) xxx

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  4. oh alice. you look so so amazin'. i'm so happy that you are finally getting the confidence you deserve, you babe. xxxx

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  5. Happy birthday! You look amazing, I wish I had legs like yours!

    Liz xx
    distractmenowplease.blogspot.com

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  6. Happy Birthday! You look fantastic!! xx

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  7. This post really made me smile. Self acceptance is a really important thing and honestly, you look stunning in that dress. You have every reason to be confident :) xx (Oh, Happy Birthday!)

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  8. Alice, you look stunning my dear! Happy birthday :) x

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  9. You're looking fabulous and well done to you too on your weight loss, its such a good feeling when you look in the mirror and see what everyone else is seeing!

    Happy birthday.

    Victoria x
    www.florenceandmary.com

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  10. Oh I feel terrible for not knowing it was your birthday, but you look amazing in this photo, Alice! x x

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  11. Happy Birthday Alice! I picked you up something little on my trips but haven't been home to post it so expect a little belated birthday card :)

    You really do look wonderful here xxx

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  12. Congrats to you!!! You look amazing! xx

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  13. You are so pretty, Alice. You are rocking that dress! Glad you had a great day!

    Jem xXx

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  14. Wow lady, you look absolutely amazing! I hope your birthday was a wonderful one. xo

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  15. Alice you look fab! Hope your birthday was as amazing as you look!

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  16. Oh wow Alice you look amazing. Hope you had a great birthday. xxx

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  17. You look absolutely lovely, such a beautiful dress, too. Hope you had a fabulous 24th birthday! x

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  18. Happy belated birthday, you look AMAZING!

    Maria xxx

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