It’s a magical time in the Pacific Northwest. We crawl, blinking from under our knit blankets and wool hats out into the welcoming warm sun.

Summer has always been one of my favorite seasons. I feel like I’m sloughing off the weight and sleepiness of the cold winds and cloud cover that make its home here most of the year.

With this incredible season comes a not so fun time for some – Shorts, tank tops, and yes, even the dreaded bathing suit. So often I hear from women, “I hate my legs” or “See how my arms jiggle like that? How could I ever wear a short sleeves?”

It is usually said with a giggle and shrug, but you can always sense a hint of sadness or frustration. But the thing is, and I promise you, everyone has something they are self conscious about. I repeat, everyone.

How others see you all starts with how you see yourself. The more you repeat these negative comments about yourself, the more you begin to believe them. The more you believe them, the more other people will believe it. Words are powerful like that. So turn that around for good. Find the good in yourself and that will set your eyes on the right path to finding the good in everything and everyone.

As my mom used to say, “Nothing good comes from contemplating your own bellybutton”. Translation: The more you focus on yourself the less you are able to see what is around you. So throw on those shorts, throw on that cute little bathing suit, and get on with life!

Life is too short and too full of wonderful things to experience to waste a moment of it worried about silly things like cellulite.

You are wonderfully made.