Scars, Stretch Marks & All The Rest

I’ve decided to write something different on a topic that may be a bit controversial and just open up mixed opinions and thoughts. In the new category I have decided to start, ‘Rants’, I will basically be venting my thoughts on topics. These will be my personal views or opinions and I completely respect other views 🙂 Hope you like it and to kick it off I thought I’d start with the constantly shamed and hidden ‘body marks’.

First of all, I’d like to put it out there that I am so sick of features being labelled as not ‘normal’ and ‘weird’ or ‘ugly’. I would start on media and photoshopping models and all the rest of that but I think I’ll save it for my next rant 🙂 I think our imperfections are what makes us who we are and the ‘perfect’, ‘ideal bodies’ we are exposed to online daily have taken a big toll on how we perceive ourselves and others. Scars, stretch marks, birth marks and beauty spots are constantly being shamed, whined about or removed for beauty reasons but they aren’t ugly, disgusting, abnormal or weird.

To tell the truth, I have a scar under my chin, many stretch marks (red and white) as well as several large beauty spots on my neck and another in the palm of my hand. I used to hate them. I spent hours online looking up various stretch mark removal process’ and have asked my GP to check my beauty spots for skin cancer every time I went solely to get them removed. He said they were fine everytime and didn’t recommend surgically removing them without any medical reason.

After moisturizing, exfoliating, testing natural DIY treatments and seeing zero results, I gave up. I know it shouldn’t have taken me this long to realise that my ‘marks’ weren’t ugly or abnormal but now I cant believe how oblivious I was to how stupid and unrealistic stereotypes and our perception of beauty is. Scars tell stories. I am intrigued by other people’s scars and amazed how each mark tells a completely different story. You have something to show for an exerience for the rest of your life, whether it was a good one or a bad one, it’s apart of you no matter what. I undertsand that some scars have bad memories you’d rather not remmeber or share. I understand that and completely respect people who choose to hude their scars.

Basically, I want you all to try to begin loving yourselves a bit more and accepting all your body marks and imperfections. They make you who you are. Unique and beautiful. I know we should be able to do this ourselves but I also think that finding someone else who loves and appreciates your imperfections will help you embrace them. So, if you can’t bring yourself to like them, I hope you find someone in life that does. Because they’re you. Trust me when I say if you’ve found someone that does this, they’re probably a keeper 🙂

Thanks for reading this rant haha. Love you and always remember, stop trying to figure out how to get rid of your imperfections and start loving them. I hope I’ve been able to sway or enlighten some of you and if not, please just remember you’re beautiful just the way you are. I can promise you happiness starts with a little self-love 🙂

– Wish and Wonder Girl xxx

P.S. Decided to put this in another new category, ‘Love Yourself’. I enjoyed writing this so much and hope it inspires you as much as it did me 🙂

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July Favourites 2017

July marked the end of school holidays and the preparation followed by actually going back to school. It feels like I never even had holidays 😦 I went to Anglesea (a coastal little beach-housey town) for a weekend where we have a holiday house but it was way too cold to swim so it wasn’t very eventful. Apologies for the late post as well, it completely crossed my mind that the month had ended while I was in the full swing of school. Anyway, on to the favourites, this month has quite a weird, random but I hope you enjoy it hahaha 🙂

  1. Miss Guided – Miss Guided is an online store, mainly known for its women’s clothing. I browse their site regularly as they have hundreds of styles for every occasion and have lots of sales (50% off everything, every week? I think yes). Anyway, I recently purchased a bikini (khaki of course because I’m obsessed) and some silky, button up pyjamas. They had $5 express shipping and 50% off so I thought why not prepare for summer. The items came quickly as expected and are actually made really well! I can’t wait to wear them when the weather warms up. Completely worth the purchase and I highly recommend looking at their website.
  2. New Music Discoveries – I barely ever come across music that I actually like and am quite picky, as my friends remind me, when it comes to song choices. I am pleased to say that this month I have found about 7 new songs I can listen to on repeat that aren’t from my go to artist or the 90’s. The two artists in particular that I had never heard of before are Kennyon Brown and Donell Lewis. Two of the new songs are by the both of them and they have lots together as well as others separate and with other artists. Anyway, I have linked my favourite YouTube clip of a remix by the both of them together. Sorry if you don’t like RnB or rap 🙂
  3. Costco – Oh Costco, only the best supermarket on steroids. We recently got a membership and hadn’t been for ages but are back and completely obsessed. You can buy anything and everything from groceries, tyres, diamond rings, spas, clothes and even coffins. Haha and it’s all in bulk (bigger is better) and therefore a lot cheaper. Honestly, my favourite part is the mini food court they have 🙂 Of course, I get their ginormous pizza slices every time I go ahhahaa. Lets not forgot the free drink refills, huge sundaes and churros. Paradise!
  4. Passionfruit and Hibiscus Tea – I was really intrigued when I saw this flavour of tea at the supermarket and thought I had to try it as I never branch away from my typical fennel tea (which I am running low on and can’t find ANYWHERE!!!). It is by the brand Tetley which I thought didn’t really do unique flavours but I am hooked already. It tastes amazing with honey, I really think I am a sucker for fruity teas now 🙂 Can’t wait to try their Mango and Strawberry one!!
  5. Travel/Birthday Preparations – There’s nothing more exciting than the build up to going overseas. It sits pretty close on the list to the build up to your birthday 🙂 Luckily for me, my birthday is fast approaching and I am going overseas for it! I honestly can’t wait and have been looking up everything regarding travel from places to go to suitcase dividers. I’m really excited haha and mainly can’t wait to escape Australian winter. This is probably the first year I barely know what I want for my birthday as I usually have lists written out 6 months in advance. Surprises are always better anyway 🙂

That comes to the end of my July favourites 🙂 I promise the next one won’t be as late eeek. Hope you have all had a good month like me! Please let me know if you’re escaping the country soon too 🙂 The excitement is realllll. Look out for my next post. Lots of love,

– Wish and Wonder Girl xxxx

 

 

My Bucket List

I have always loved the idea of a bucket list because I honestly don’t think I take enough risks and don’t want any regrets or ‘should have done that when I was younger’ thoughts when I get older. They are not only fun to write but also really encourage living life to the fullest! I recently put together a bucket list and selected a few to share with you 🙂

  1. Go Skydiving – Skydiving is definitely right up there, if not the very top of my bucket list. I’m both completely scared and extremely excited to skydive as I am not the best with heights. I know soaring through the air will be completely worth it though! I also like that I know this isn’t going to happen in the near future because of my age and well, parents, but having it as a long term goal makes me even more excited to see if it will really be ticked off one day.
  2. Eat Pizza in Italy – Yes, just going to Italy is the basis of this one but there is absolutely no point in going if I don’t eat my all time favourite food where they make it best!
  3. Get a Tattoo – I’ve wanted a tattoo for a while now, much more than any piercings but I want it to have a real meaning to me. My mum won’t allow one until I have my ‘forever’, life time career job and this has been her rule ever since I remember hinting I wanted a tattoo. I think I can get around that rule but definitely don’t want one in my teenage years as I can’t think of anything worse than regretting a tattoo. So far I either want a quote on my ribs (yes I know 10/10 on pain) or my kid’s names possibly on my wrist (when I have some haha).
  4. Write a Book – Just about every blogger dreams of being published, but to aim a little more reasonably, I have settled on just writing a book. I have begun many but never, ever been close to finishing, most of them having no plot or real path to follow, just experimenting with an idea. I’m pleased to say I started writing a novel at the start of the year and although it’s been slightly neglected and taken ages to establish an idea and plot, I plan to finish it… one day.
  5. Get My Fortune Told – I have been fascinated by horoscopes and using tarot cards for a while now but really want to go to a professional and get a clear view on any questions I have and my future. I find it so interesting and think it would be an amazing experience in order to pursue my future with ambitions and a clear mind.

That comes to the end of 5 items on my bucket list. I loved sharing these with you and would love to read your bucket lists so let me know if you have one! Thanks for reading and keep an eye out for more posts soon 😉

– Wish and Wonder Girl xxx