I call BS

Lately my creative engines have stalled. I spent a lot of time scrolling through the internet searching for “inspiration.” I spent a lot of time wondering why my creativity felt like it had seized up. And finally the answer revealed itself to me. Everything I was looking at that was “inspirational” just felt too fake and phony, a little too much like BS.

Creativity, for me, comes from a very deep and genuine place and if I was trying to spread rainbows and unicorns when I wasn’t feeling it I knew it wasn’t going to work. So looking at inspiration that was rainbows and unicorns was also not going to work.

Overwhelmingly, I was pained by a nagging question:  How can I inspire others to be healthy when I’ve let my own health slip? If I try to help others at a time like this, I feel like the phony, I feel like I am the one spewing BS.

But the truth is, I am only human. We all are. We all have moments when our health takes a backseat and the important thing is that we don’t beat ourselves up over it, but instead we try to learn from it and do better when we can.

If I was the perfect picture of health and always got 8 hours of sleep and always ate the perfect meals with the perfect amount of calories and macros and always got in a perfect workout, I would not be relatable. After all no one is perfect. And yet, perfection is the image the diet and fitness industry wants to perpetuate. Well guess what? I call BS. Whenever something seems to good to be true, look for smoke and mirrors. Don’t beat yourself up because you don’t live up to some industry’s version of “perfect” work at being the best version of yourself even if that means you are sometimes a hot mess.

XOXO

Valerie

 

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