When Life Doesn't Go As Planned...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience. ~ Victoria Holt

Jacket [LINK] and Snoopy tee [LINK]: Torrid
A week ago, I got back from Atlanta where I was honored for an award for empowering and inspiring others through my work. Before that, I was in Cancun, Mexico for a fit modeling gig. And I recently got signed to State Management as a size 26+ fit model. I'm sitting here, as I type this, still in shock that this is my life.

Dress: LOFT via Gwynnie Bee [LINK]

Dress: Yours Clothing UK [LINK]

Swimsuit: Boutique + for JC Penney [LINK] // Sarong: Always For Me [LINK]

My first fit job at Universal Standard
The last few months have been hectic with lots of wonderful things happening, which remind me that when you put yourself out there in the world, stay open to the possibilities and trust in where your journey takes you, magical things can happen.

At one point in my life, I would ask over and over again, "Why me?" I felt like I couldn't catch a break and bad things were happening back to back. I thought to myself, "How much more can I take before I crumble?" Well, the answer to that was, I can take A LOT and going through that time in my life tested my strength and showed me what a fierce warrior I was.

Simply because I didn't give up.

I decided to keep pushing and strive for better things in my life. It wasn't easy and I'm still in therapy 4 years later. BUT... my life has done a 180 degree turn and I have to say, life is good. Not perfect but I know how to roll with the the bad times now. If I can get through the worst of times, I can get through the bad ones.

I kicked off 2018 with two video opportunities, both denim features, for Glamour Magazine and Refinery 29

You can view the Refinery29 video here.

While both videos were about showing different bodies wearing jeans, the Glamour one was a hit with over 3 million views where we are all wearing the same jeans from Old Navy. In the Refinery29 video, it was all about our favorite jeans and why.

What I loved the most about both videos is that it not only allowed me to be seen but also it gave me the platform to speak to women about loving themselves and wearing what they love.

Life is taking me on this path where I have not only become an advocate for women over a size 24 but also, becoming someone whose story is inspiring all people and not just plus size women. And it humbles me to no end.

We all given a voice and we choose how to use it. I haven't always spoken up but now I know better.

I'm now officially a size 28 fit model for Mexican comtemporary brand Generose and have already worked with Universal Standard to fit their extended sizes collection. Being a fit model has taught me that change is possible and I see the shift happening in the industry. However, I have to speak up and be an advocate for those women in these spaces too.

I'm starting to see that life is an exciting ride and I am embracing that now, more than ever.

So, yes, life doesn't always go as planned but it all works out in the end. I am proof of that.

Next up, I shot another Glamour Magazine video coming soon, heading back to Cancun for more fittings and helping with an event happening there in the fall, prepping for Full Figured Fashion Week and pitching for more public speaking gigs. 

Life is good, even if it hasn't gone the way I planned. Stay tuned!