BE
BOLDLY
YOU
By Lia Peralta | @lia.to.the.earth
Photography By:  Nicholas Stecki

BE
BOLDLY
YOU
By Lia Peralta | @lia.to.the.earth
Photography By:  Nicholas Stecki

In a society that profits from your self-doubt, loving yourself is a rebellious act.
– Caroline Caldwell 
In a society that profits from your self-doubt, loving yourself is a rebellious act.
– Caroline Caldwell 
As a 27-year-old woman who recently squashed her inferiority complex and now takes up space in the ecosystem while holding her head high, I’d like to share with you how I found satisfaction with myself, as well as remaining motivated to be a better person in health, wellness, and in life.
There are days when I may not feel the absolute best, the sexiest, or ultra-confident, but overall my mentality is non-debilitating. I’m fulfilled and content. It is a heart-felt reminder that there is nothing paradoxical with loving yourself while also wanting to better yourself. Do what you have to do in order to feel at home in your body.
I believe that anyone can look in the mirror and immediately list off a number of things that are “wrong”, or again, “inferior”. However, I bet the majority of them are a natural part of the human experience—wrinkles, stretch marks, cellulite, weight fluctuation, scars, eye bags, skin conditions and more. You can critique yourself until your self-esteem dwindles, and in doing so, that negative mindset will decrease your vitality. That is how I used to be.
The advent of the digital age & social media displays the highlight reel and edited versions of people’s lives. In the past, I followed Instagram models, fitness chicks, and those deemed indubitably attractive, according to current beauty standards. As a result, I slowly became dissatisfied with my body. I eventually realized that my deliberate intake of social media was insidious. As a result, I engaged in crash dieting, over-exercising, consuming fat-burners & diuretics, which wreaked havoc on my body & mind. This was not a sustainable lifestyle.
Alas, I found a movement that I loved. THAT was one of the keys to unlocking the proverbial door of confidence. At the time, I was working out for only superficial reasons (six pack, bigger booty, toned physique). I went from bodybuilding, heavy weight training, & triathlons to yoga and leading a yogic lifestyle. Yoga lit a fire within my soul and started the necessary internal journey of creating a healthy homeostasis. I actively flipped the script on how I was communicating with myself and others. With any discipline, like karate, boxing, or swimming, yoga is in the same realm—it takes loads of invested time and energy. As I improved my practice, I felt empowered. It healed me and then it manifested an aim in life where I could continually learn and grow while providing positivity to the world. Gradually, I gained strength, clarity, and peace. I was no longer fragile or easily swayed, but steadfast and stood in my truth.
I ask you to stand in yours.
Discover what it is that you love &
be boldly you.
I ask you to stand in yours.
Discover what it is that you love &
be boldly you.
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Comments (1)

I love to hear how you shifted your perspective. Many are driven by ideas and images which push their real identity to the wayside. They strive to be something they are not, leaving little or no room to explore their real beauty and true identity. More importantly, to be able to become comfortable with themselves. Hats off to you, Lia! Much success to you on your journey!

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