I don’t think much about my body. Perhaps that’s a privileged position however I like to think of it as perspective. I gave up on struggling with weight several years ago, when I decided to permanently change my relationship with how I see my potentials. Essentially my body is all I have, beyond this life, we are nothing more than spirit, so I became invested in treating my body with the respect it deserves as my life vessel. This process entailed critically evaluating and giving up many foods as a pathway to cleansing myself of toxins and fillers that took up space but did not provide true nourishment of body and mind.
I see myself in these images at five months postpartum not simply owning my body but owning myself. The confidence I try to carry daily comes from accepting that I am the conduit of the goals I set forth for me. I believe beauty is owning oneself regardless of involuntary changes we undergo, like an altered postpartum body. Childbirth imparted in my life a new perspective on my possibilities as an intellectual, a partner, and a mother. It also provided me with inspiration to reevaluate my personal style to fit and compliment my growth into the best title I’ve even worn, mommy. I view my current life change, as an opportunity to be the creative, stylish, health food loving, mom image I adore. And when I fail at achieving what I set out to be, I never fail to know wholeheartedly that I possess the possibility to get back up and try again.
At five months postpartum, I still adorned ten pounds of the fifty plus pounds I gained while pregnant, and at nine months postpartum I have lost those pounds but she who is me was the same then as I am now. I’m not saying life is perfect but I would never trade where I stand for any other reality. I proudly embrace my motto to “eat better, live better, be better.” This is only the beginning for me, there is so much more to embark upon and explore as Patrice. I love this journey, I am this journey. Peace.