Wednesday, November 2, 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BOPO BABE: CHOOSELIFEWARRIOR

Welcome to my new blog series! I will be going behind the selfie sticks, tripods, and self timers with some of my favorite body positive babes. I suspect if they're not your favorites yet, they will be soon!

Danielle, known as @chooselifewarrior is best known for, I think, breaking down eating disorder recovery stereotypes and fighting fatphobia. Dani found the body positive community when she started her Instagram page 3 years a go.

"I was first inspired by an account called @honorcurves and began posting about 6 months into having Chooselifewarrior. It initially started as a recovering eating disorder quote based account. It has evolved so many times and in so many ways since then. Before social media I didn't even know what body positivity was - I absolutely hated myself. Social Media and the ability to find women who empowered and inspired me was the changing moment."

I asked her how she came up with the name Choose Life Warrior; it makes such a powerful statement on it's own. "Choose Life Warrior is a really personal saying to me. When I had an eating disorder my best friend used to tell me to choose life by making sure I was talking to my support team, eating etc. I added the warrior mainly because fighting through an eating disorder makes you feel strong, powerful and like a warrior."

She is definitely a warrior and fighting through her eating disorder has translated into some radical self love. What are her tips to finding self love and body positivity? "Every day do something that makes you feel good, whatever that is. It can even just be having a food you love, or a shower. Always ask for help if you need it. Never be afraid to tell people if you can't do something if you are too busy. Practice self care every day, take care of yourself as if you're taking care of someone you love in your life. (Online,) follow people who empower you; also, follow people who perhaps push your thoughts and beliefs. Who and what I thought was radical 3 years ago is now so different. Surround your online apps and interaction with positive people who are truly body positive and inclusive. Offline make sure you are surrounding yourself with also body positive and positive people. People who want you to succeed, who believe in you and make you feel good and happy."