"Pole dance is something I strongly recommend all women to partake in at least once in their lives.
These days women are bombarded with how we should look from a young age, the ideals of the 'perfect' woman's body. As women often don't appreciate what our body can achieve simply because it does not meet the standard set by society.
Something I've not openly spoke about is that I was guilty of this, in fact I would even go as far to say I would class myself as having an eating disorder in my teenage years. I was obsessed with how 'skinny' I could be rather than being healthy and strong. I dramatically dropped to a UK size 5 - for my height and body type this was a far cry from healthy. The scary thing was no matter how thin I got it was never good enough, where people saw skin and bones, I could see fat. Even the aftermath years were awful, although I ate I was obsessed with maintaining a size 8 clothing size but then I joined pole.. my life changed, my body changed, my confidence grew, I became EMPOWERED.
So why am I sharing this with you? Well it's simple really.. If there's one thing I can make stick with you it's that life is more than just your clothing size; a number on a label or a scales does not show what you've has been through, the type of person you are, or the amazing things yourself and your body can achieve. Stop living by numbers and start being proud of your body, it's the only one you'll ever have. I'm so thankful I had the courage to start pole dance, or else I would never of learned how to be confident, strong and sexy. It is a mindset to love yourself, and you'll be better off for it.
Stop comparing yourself to others, and start seeing what you can do. It's okay not to meet the standards set by the media. The models don't either.. that's why Photoshop exists. We should be empowering ourselves and others rather than tearing each other down.
Life starts when you love your body, it's okay to have things you want to improve, we all do.. after all we're human.
A huge thank you to my girls, my tribe, the bonds formed from this incredible journey are indescribable!"