Seize the moment…

When was the last time you wore those shoes?

You know, the ones you saved up for or lusted after in the shop. Only to put them to one side for a special occasion, which means once a year or never. Or that dress, that one that slides over your curves and makes you feel feminine, womanly and powerful. I’d used to avoid wearing those dresses, they were discarded in my wardrobe. All because I had a fear that people may stare, I’d be overdressed and my confidence would dwindle.

This evening I put on the dress, admired the fact it embraced my extra pounds of crisp cold champagne, rich chocolate brownies and pools of peanut butter. I slipped on a casual jumper, primarily to ease off the chill and dressed it up with those little Gucci pumps I never wear. My fiance told me I looked pretty, I for once, accepted his compliment, rather than fighting it in the way I’ve been taught to do.

We got engaged this time last week, we didn’t make a big announcement, keeping it quiet, personal and meaningful. I allowed myself to embrace all those precious little moments, the sparkle on my finger and the way it makes me feel. My heart is so full of love, he’s the man of my dreams.

Moving on, I have another question when did you last run just for the love? Or lift a little more to feel empowered?

I’ve challenged myself to try and workout a few times a week without my fitness tracker, by taking away numbers and focusing purely on myself.  I’ll never remember the calorie burn or heart rate, I’ll remember the way I feel and the power it gives me. I want to enjoy my health, the wonderful freedom that comes from being able to move my body.

Yesterday I read an Instagram caption where the blogger referred to the dimples on her thighs as ‘adorable’. It brightened my day, what a truly perfect way to view one’s body? My few extra lbs this week are from the love of food, the dimples on my thighs are from being so wonderfully human.

I’ve read endless posts about how blogging has changed, how others are missing the point and the therapy of sharing words and pictures have been overtaken by the drive for numbers. We cannot compare success, satisfaction or joy based simply on statistics. Where is the love you may ask? It’s with you. Write about what you love, share photo’s you’ve taken in moments of joy and talk about how you ate that meal that didn’t fit your macros.

Blogging is my hobby, it’s also my therapy and I use these words to release my feelings and emotions, even if at times it’s hard to press publish.

After our recent moments of joy, we were faced with one of the hardest life experience’s this week and with salty tears, I ask you to seize the moment. Do that thing you want to do. Life is too short, we need to say yes to more adventures, accept our perfectly imperfect flaws and our slightly cranky minds.

Hold hands, hug with meaning, say what you really want to say and let’s stop trying to fit into the cookie cutter mould of ‘perfection’.

Katie

x

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9 Comments

  1. May 20, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Congratulations on your engagement honey! That’s wonderful news!

    As always, you make a great point. I haven’t blogged hardly at all over the last year. I got all numbers obsessed and it sucked the joy out of it for me. But, the fact is, not blogging leaves a hole in my life, so I really should just put something out there, for fun, for me.

    Congrats again xx

    • Katie G
      May 29, 2017 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you, I’m absolutely delighted! I used to love reading your blog, I do still honestly feel there’s space for everyone and it doesn’t have to be about numbers..x

  2. Clare T
    May 20, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Beautiful post Katie. Sometime last year I gave up on saving things for best and letting them gather dust while I told myself that now wasn’t good enough, and it’s been pretty liberating. Lots of love to you and G x

  3. May 20, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Congratulations on the engagement!!

    We need to appreciate the ups in lifes ups and downs, and make the most of the moments we have with our loved ones xx

    • Katie G
      May 29, 2017 / 12:53 pm

      Thank you – I’m so very happy!
      We need to enjoy every precious day! xx

  4. May 22, 2017 / 6:06 am

    Congratulations on your engagement!
    I totally agree with you- blogging is for fun- I’d have no idea about numbers anyway as for some reason I stopped getting the email with them in.

    • Katie G
      May 29, 2017 / 12:54 pm

      Thank you – I’m so very happy!
      I agree, when it becomes all about numbers it becomes more of a chore and less of a pleasure 🙂

  5. Mel
    May 22, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Oh wow congratulations Katie, that’s wonderful news 😊as ever, a lovely piece.

    • Katie G
      May 29, 2017 / 12:54 pm

      Thank you so much lovely x

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