Over the past few months as I'm trucking along on my self-love, body-accepting journey, I started following a bunch of intuitive eating Instagram accounts. They've been incredible at inspiring positive thoughts and actions, and to help me feel supported rebelling against diet culture. While scrolling through, I stumbled on Rachel Jean Design and instantly felt drawn and connected to her message of body confidence.
When I reached out to ask permission to share her powerful drawings, we had a wonderful conversation, and I asked what her inspiration was for her art. She said, "It's always been about my own relationship with my body. I always felt 20 pounds away from my 'goal weight.' I've done all the diets from WW to Noom, to low-carb and slow-carb. Nothing worked, and the common denominator was me; so I concluded that I must be the one failing."
It helped her see health in a different way as she started peeling apart the misinformation she once thought was fact-based. Rachel said, "I was seeing my body in a different light. I started to shift from thinking my body was the problem, to realizing that society's expectations of our bodies is the problem. And in that shift, I found so much contentment and inner peace."
Rachel shared honestly that it's still a struggle. "I have days where I look at myself and think, 'If only I was 20 pounds lighter.'" But she's learning to rewrite the script in her brain and this body positive community has helped so much. "This is my way of giving back, of taking the messages and reminders I need to hear and sharing them with others," she said.
"I want every women who has ever felt like me to find some comfort in my art," Rachel said, "to know so many women share this journey and these struggles. And to show them that learning to love yourself unlocks your potential and allows you to be yourself."
I'm grateful to Rachel for sharing this important message so things can change and improve not only for ourselves, but for future generations. Scroll through to see some of her amazing work.