Your self-esteem won’t come from body parts. You need to step away from the mirror every once in a while and look for another reflection, like the one in the eyes of the people who love and admire you.
— Stacy London

I love the summer. The sun, beach trips, golden tans, loud music, and long nights. The one thing I don't usually look forward to are the bikinis. One, it's hard to find one that fits well and two, it means putting everything I don't necessarily like about my body on display.

Stretch marks, scars, spots, discoloration, and cellulite are all things I generally keep well-hidden beneath jeans and long-sleeved tops. But not this summer. This summer, I'm trying to catch myself every time I compare myself to anyone else and to other bodies. This summer, I'm trying to push myself to love and accept the parts of my body I work so hard to hide. This summer, I'm wearing a bikini and I look damn good.