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See Body. Love Self. just recently introduced a new body positive store called “SBLS Body Expressions”.  All of the items in the store are designed to help women, men, and children celebrate body love and self love through unique apparel and novelties.  I was so excited when one of our FIRST customers Rona Berry-Morin shared her photo on social media, describing how much she LOVED her new shirt!  Along with sharing her pictures, Rona also shared a bit of her body journey story on Twitter:

 

So, I invited her to share her body journey here in our “Naked Blogging” space because her self love energy was so beautifully contagious!  I’d love for you to read her story and if any of it resonates with you, please comment below and connect with her on Twitter to let her know how you feel!   

Rona Berry-Morin

 

What do you love most about your body?

I do love my curves. Yes, all of them, lumps and all.

 

What do you love most about yourself as a person?

I’m a survivor. Despite suffering from various chronic pain conditions, Major Depression, opioid addiction, suicide attempt and a stay in a mental institution, I’m still here! God has a plan for me. “I’m a survivor”!

 

What has been on of your biggest challenges in loving your body and self?

I’ve struggled with body image since my teens. My parents negative remarks, about my appearance. Kids making fun of me because I had big boobs. And sadly, being a victim of incest, when I was 11 years old, was truly devastating to my soul. 

I truly hated my body. I hated Me.
 
I would starve myself, in hopes that I could look like my friends. That just lead to frequent weight loss and gains.
 
As I got older, I would make negative jokes about my body. People laughed and I thought that okay. 

How did you learn to overcome that challenge?

It all started with my husband. Before we got married, he turned to me and said, “I want you to stop making fun of yourself”. No one had ever said that to me. Not even my family or friends. I tried to stop but I needed help to change years of negative thoughts.

Therapy, self-help books and my husband’s love helped but it wasn’t till I hit 50. I finally decided to let go of all those bad thoughts. To really start taking care of me. Being the best me I possible could be!

 

How do you think body positive apparel like “SBLS Body Expressions” can help people with their body image and self love?

First of all, I really do love the “SBLS” T-shirt. It’s not only comfortable but there’s a positive message, you see every time you look in the mirror! No surprise but you’re going to be smiling right back at yourself! So wear it proudly and get ready for all the great comments and questions coming your way!

 

What do you love most about your SBLS Body Expressions apparel?

I love the positive message! And I’m so honored to be wearing it, spreading the word in Vegas! Woohoo!!

 

What other apparel or gifts would you like to see in a body positive design from SBLS Body Expressions?

I would love to see a “SBLS” coffee or commuter mug! There’s a coffee shop, that discounts your coffee price, if you bring your own mug. It would be awesome to show up with one of your mugs.

 

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

When I hit 50 years old, I finally decided to treat myself better, take care of me, and be the best me! The best part was that I finally fell in love with me!

 Rona Berry-Morin

Las Vegas,

Twitter: @berrymorin,

 Website: BerryMorins Bits and Tips

Email: ronaberrymorin@yahoo.com

 

Thank you to Rona for sharing

her body journey and photos with us!

 

 

 

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Ivy LaArtista

The Body Relationship Coach at See Body. Love Self.™
Ivy Cooper, The Body Relationship Coach™ is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Body Image Expert. She offers education, empowerment, and encouragement to help people build health, loving relationships with their body and self.

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