Choose Your Words

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Iman is a photographer who, through her unique process of coaching and photography, can show a woman what other people see when they look at her. She is passionate about teaching other photographers how to live and be a professional and making change in the world. She dreams of changing the way women look at their bodies and how the world defines beauty. She also thinks being an instructor on CreativeLIVE would be incredible. Iman battles Lyme disease and shares her unique view of dreaming while fighting for her health. Her post day is Wednesday. [email protected] Iman Woods If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

Choose Your Words: Inspirational image quote by Iman Woods

This morning I saw a post on Facebook from a friend I admire.

Her post summed up just about everything I try to share with other women about dreaming big and believing in your true self-worth.

The things I know are very much a part of a personal journey that only each woman can take herself. When you stop flagellating yourself and start LOVING yourself, the whole word changes.

Choose your words.

This doesn’t mean lie to yourself or ignore things you need to change. Loving yourself means addressing the jagged edges as well as the smooth parts.

The words we use to talk to ourselves, about ourselves have POWER.

I want to share my friend’s words and hope they inspire you as much as they warmed my heart. Thank you for sharing your heart and journey Brent!

As a woman, I see myself in a flawed light. I see the nearly 200lb me still in the mirror and in pictures and think I just need to lose 15 more lbs. I see the woman who was cheated on, and didn’t get mad but left with silence.

I see the woman who quietly begs in her head to be friends with people because she just wants to be liked and loved.

When I wake up today, I am letting that all go.

I am a healthy weight and I shouldn’t feel the need to lose more. I am letting my silence go and saying you hurt and betrayed me and you didn’t deserve me to begin with.

And I am saying if you don’t want to be my friend you’re missing out because I’m a pretty awesome friend. If you see me, and I look distant, don’t feel like you can’t shake me and tell me to snap out of it, because I need my friends to snap me out of what seems like my own determination to prove I can let myself down.

I am my only real “enemy” in life and determination is what I’ve got going for me at this point.

Iman Woods
Feel beautiful from the inside out.

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