In the lead up to turning 30 in one month, I must admit I’ve been over-thinking and analyzing everything in my life, including my face and body. I have been a lot more critical and noticing little things I hadn’t before, even catching myself googling options to change certain aspects. No matter who you are, regardless of how intelligent, stunningly beautiful, athletic or charismatic others may see you, I think we all have our own insecurities.

As women, when it comes to body image we’re often our own harshest critics and as I have been reflecting on many things in my life as this milestone birthday approaches, I’ve been much more critical than usual. Normally, I’m happy and content with who I am – although let me be the first to say I’m far from perfect. Over the years, particularly throughout my mid-20’s, I reached a place of happiness and confidence as a person and feel very comfortable in my own skin. So being rattled by all the thoughts and emotions of turning 30 has taken me somewhat by surprise. It’s one thing wanting to improve my fitness and health, but I’ve never been one to be as critical on my body as I have these past couple weeks.

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed earlier today and came across a video one of my friends had ‘liked’. As I watched, it really resonated and got me thinking about body image. I realized that I needed to check myself and just be the normal Lauren who is comfortable in her own skin. There is no better feeling than being at peace with yourself, inside and out.

What would you want to change about your body? The video below asks adults and children this exact question.

From large foreheads, to big ears, to stretchmarks… these are things some adults want to change. But when you ask children about changing something on their body, without the influence of society and beauty standards, the answers are markedly different. Take a moment to watch the video below, I hope you get something out of it like I did and of course, I’d love you to comment and share your opinion.

The most important thing moving into my 30’s and for each of us to remember, is truly accepting ourselves, because our flaws and imperfections make us uniquely human – and that is beautiful.

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