“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” -Anne Lamott
Top Left: I’ve been feeling really good lately from hitting the gym, eating well and practicing ballet weekly. I feel like at 21 I’m finally escaping from a skewed body image and seeing myself for how I actually look. I read a couple years ago in an article that our bodies are just vehicles meant carry our souls around through life. It has stuck in my brain and I try to remind myself of it when I find myself getting worked up over a bloated belly. I’m totally in love with the message in this hairy legged cartoon: We all have beach bodies if we’re at the beach.
Top Right: My current living situation has me with a bedroom in the basement, which means a teeny window which means minimal sunlight to grow pretty green succulents and a pokey cactus by. However, this picture has inspired me to try. April showers will be bringing may
flowers cacti in the bedroom à la Dakota.
Bottom Right: At the risk of sounding preachy, or throwing out just a smidge too much information- I’ve been wanting to write about this. I am currently very deeply in love. I’ve been in love before, and I find I’m learning more and more as time goes on about things that weren’t right about previous relationships and it goes deeper than lying or cheating. The saying “flattery will get you nowhere” is really untrue. It’s just a matter of how far it’ll get you. It’s extremely flattering when someone appears to not see any of your faults. They don’t see any negative qualities. They couldn’t name a single thing they’d change about you. It’s very flattering and it’s also very blinding. You do have faults. I have faults! And if someone isn’t seeing them, they’re definitely not seeing or appreciating the good parts either. And they’ll reveal that eventually. “Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul.” I’ll be the first to say I haven’t lived my life to this, but I’d like to from here on out. Being in love with someone who sees you for exactly what you are is a change I’m still adjusting to. He sees your indecisiveness and your discomfort when trying new things, your messy habits and the way you mix up saw and seen. But he also sees your creative mind, your humor and wit, your good intentions, your selflessness and loves the way you hold eye contact during a conversation. I’ll probably always be fascinated by love and all the nudey things that go along with it and although this isn’t exactly an inspirational piece, I’m hoping you’ll find a little inspiration in at least one of the 294 words. Ps- I received this writing critique from one of my broadcasting instructors last week and had a guilty little giggle.
Bottom Left: There are big and exciting changes coming up for dakotabee! Stay so so tuned for a brand new look with a brand new name that I’m really excited to launch. I’ll be celebrating with confetti and muffins when I’m ready to show you.