31 Days of #FeelGoodDoGood

When I left Nepal almost two years ago I was at my heaviest but I felt great. I had just accomplished one of my biggest life goals, completing two years service with the Peace Corps where I learned the language, ate the food, dived into the culture, and forged new relationships with people on the opposite side of the world. My experience took me to places that I never thought I would go; see, eat, and experience things I would have never thought possible. In my two years of service and the 2 1/2 months that followed I visited fifteen countries. I rode camels and ostriches, explored caves, rode in a hot air balloon, biked through ancient temples, and ate wild exotic foods. I was so blissfully happy. I had the deepest appreciation for my body and all that it enabled me to do, see, and explore.

Now fast forward a year and a half to the present and thirty pounds lighter and the Western mentality of how my body should look has seeped through my pores. Everyday I and other other women are inundated with images and messages on how our bodies should look. Just yesterday I was at the store and on the same cover "Angelina Jolie Too Skinny, Must Be Anorexic" and "Mariah Carey Too Fat to Walk". What the hell kind of message are we sending to young girls? The messages don't stop at body shape though, there are one too many opinions about going make up free or shaving or different hairstyles. Too many opinions about how to be a good mom, raise your kids, do it all, run your business, be a boss, etc. The list goes on and on. These messages slowly chip away at the most centered, confident, put together person; they are damaging.

I am sick and tired of these messages and sick and tired of these labels. So, I am giving these labels the Big F you and doing my own thing. When I feel good about my self and take care of myself I can be a better friend, daughter, sister, employee, and community member. I started Ruhk to inspire others to live a fulfilling life; to be happy, to be healthy, and to give back to make this world just a little bit better. Sometimes this can be really difficult in the crazy busy world in which we live, and we (myself included) need to take time to work on our goals and ourselves. So, for the month of August I'm going to be re-focusing on things that make me feel good and ways that I can do good. Join me this month using the hashtag #feelgooddogood, when you're doing something that make you happy, and the things that you're doing to live a happier, healthier, more meaningful life.

Kelsey Bigbee