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WHEN I LOSE 10 POUNDS, THEN I WILL ___________ When we play this game we are constantly distancing ourselves from what is possible within us. We discount the fact that in the present moment we have everything we need to live lives of freedom, ease and liberation. When we are waiting to live we are denying ourselves the ability to come alive, and when we do reach that goal, our inner critic does a great job of setting the bar higher so we are always just out of arms length from pure, sustainable happiness. I LIVED THIS WAY FOR YEARS. It was exhausting, obsessive and never-ending. There was a time in my life where I deemed it impossible to be happy in my body and at my current weight. So I became a full time dieter and did everything I could to just ‘get skinnier’. The cost of this obsession was high - it prevented me from fully living in my essence and distanced me from the closet people in my family. I was on Instagram like an addict trying to figure out what diet I needed to do next to look like a Victoria Secret model.

are at our core. Women have the ability to run the world, thank you Beyoncé, but it’s the truth. We are powerful, intuitive beings who are creators. The problems is we don’t quite know how powerful and strong we actually are, therefore we look outside of ourselves for the answers, we are on a constant quest to manipulate our external world to change the way we feel internally. You want to feel love? You want to feel acceptance? You want to feel safe? You want to feel strong? It’s an inside/outside job - when we create lightness in our emotional bodies we create lightness in our physical bodies. When we create strength in our minds, we create strength in our bodies. Shut down the world, the social media and the advertising playing on your insecurities. Shut it down and listen to the one thing that always has your back, your body.

I was constantly living in a state of competition and comparison, which robbed me fully of my selfcompassion and self-love; it was a constant drain. I wasn’t present in conversations, dinner parties or hangouts with close girlfriends because I was too concerned with how many calories were in my kale salad with no dressing. I came to realize after doing over 50 DIETS in less than 4 years that I was searching for a feeling, not a size.

I was searching for an inner love and acceptance which, to my surprise, was just not available in the quest to become skinny. As women, its imperative we honor our bodies, we listen to them and we treat them with unconditional love, yes unconditional. Not the kind of love that is dependent on the number on the scale. Within us is unlimited guidance, wisdom and the ability to direct us in our human experience. When we are at war with our bodies, we lose access to this beautiful internal wisdom, we block it. Strength needs to be the new skinny. Yes, strength in theFOR body, butINFORMATION, more importantly in our minds. MORE VISITstrength LITTLECAYMAN.COM Having the mental power and ability to honor ourselves and derail ourselves from the quest of changing who we

SAMANTHA SKELLY Samantha Skelly is the founder of Hungry For Happiness, a movement to support women around the world who are suffering from disordered eating and body image issues. She is an award winning, sought out international speaker who delivers inspirational presentations to empower those who struggle with the relationship they have to food and their bodies. Her vision is to create the largest and most impactful online resource to support those who’s lives are negatively affected by issues with food and their bodies. Connect with Samantha online: Instagram: @hungryforhappiness Facebook: facebook.com/samantha.skelly.1

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Go ahead - fall back into fashion! Let the magic in these pages of our annual Fashion Issue inspire your own style revolution.

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