One of the best decisions I have ever made was joining the plus size blogging community. At its core, the plus size community is an inspiration and a home for women and men who have been told by society that we are not enough because of our size.
This community shouts back that we will always be enough. That we deserve the same respect as everyone else. It gives confidence and brings people out of their shell, letting them be the person that they were always meant to be.
I have met many amazing people in this community. One of those people is the beautiful Em of Terrible Tumbles I hope that she will forgive me for gushing, but Em is one of those people that lights up a room. Not in a beauty way (although she is such a gorgeous girl) but the way her soul shines out of her. She is warm, caring and utterly lovely. You feel instantly comfortable in her presence, even those of us who are awkward in social situations, like me. You feel at home with her straight away.
I have cheered her on from the sidelines as I have seen her go from strength to strength with her blog and I was very honoured to be part of her most recent blog post, a series of two called "Too Much?".
As women, we are often put under pressure to act or be a certain way. You have to be a certain size, have a certain demeanor. The goal posts are forever changing and I for one, have struggled, and failed to keep up. One day I realised that the only person who should set my my goal posts, is me.
The "too much" criticism I get is that I am too opinionated. But after having no voice for most of my life due to a lack of confidence, a fear of not being accepted and a pressure to confirm to what society thought that I should look like, say and be; I decided that enough was enough. I would be myself. I have an opinion, about many things, that much is true. I have a passionate in what I think and believe. I learn and change every day due to conversing with others. This is who I am.
I am very proud to be a part of Em's post, especially alongside so many strong women who are confident in who they are, are not afraid to be exactly who they are and unashamedly march to the beat of their own drum.
I cannot wait to read the second post in the series and read about other strong women. Who runs the world? Girls.