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I love people. I love their bodies. When we were teenagers, Jason’s older brother had a poster of a soccer player that hung on his bedroom wall and I remember just being so fascinated by his leg muscles. The photographer caught him in the middle of a shot on net and all of his leg was full of kinetic energy. Such a thing of beauty. His leg was a symbol of all strength and all life and all and everything and over the top.


I have such a variety of people on my Instagram because really? By default, my heart craves diversity. At one time I had dreads, lily tattoos, piercings, I smoked tobacco and weed, ran over 100 miles a week, went to church (my favourite church ever, a Pentecostal service in Fort Langley) and ate raw food, drank beer, and listened to dub step. Right? Wow.



And tonight on my Instagram I saw two different pictures of two different women with two completely different bodies and I loved them both, so much. Because what really is important? That their bodies are strength and all life and all and everything and over the top.

Our bodies are vessels of love. We need to express that power with everything we’ve got.

Where has your hair been? In the fist of your lover? Knotted with sweat and wind? How has it served you? Love it. Those eyes, what have they seen? Mine have seen too many breaks, it seems. But because of those breaks, they’ve also seen healing. Now close them. What do you feel? Forgive yourself, and then open them. Let the light back in.

Trace your finger along your nose, down over your mouth and up your jawline. What have you taken in, that should never have trespassed against you? What have you closed off, because of it all?

Draw your shoulders back. Fight against the urge to shut down.

Let your belly out. Love fills your belly, don’t betray your love.

Walk with big unapologetic steps, even if the earth moves beneath you. We are all earth-movers. Holding back hurts us; it starves us all of all of the love.

Love is worth every ripple, every muscle, wrinkle, grey hair, sag, spot, and fade. The second we apologize for it, the second it becomes worth nothing.

Together, let’s be.

All strength and all life and all and everything and over the top.


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  • Gretchen | Gretchruns November 26, 2015, 4:34 am

    I’m so glad that you also appreciate the human body. Dan always makes fun of me because when I watch sports, I’m always fascinated with the athletes’ bodies and call what they do art. It really is beautiful! P.S. You might be surprised to find this out, but I also have a tattoo!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 26, 2015, 11:25 am

      I think there are a whole lot of us out there that have a few (tattoo) surprises up our sleeves! And yes, the human body IS art. Phenomenal.

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe November 26, 2015, 4:45 am

    Why do we all want our bodies to be the exact same?? We don’t want our personalities to the be the same, why our bodies??

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 26, 2015, 11:19 am

      Oh yeah, good point!

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run November 26, 2015, 6:44 am

    I have to admit I look at women’s bodies more than I look at men’s bodies! I think they are nicer looking. 🙂 Now as far as athletes are concerned, I like looking at men’s and women’s because I really like MUSCLES. My favorite muscles on guys are calf muscles.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 26, 2015, 11:19 am

      I always thought it was so weird that male ducks are way more colourful and prettier than female ducks. I never did figure that out. I think I should do some research and bore everyone to death with a post on duck beauty.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes November 26, 2015, 7:37 am

    Love this! The human body is so amazing, and wanting to look the same would just make us all look like boring Barbies. It amazes me how strong and capable bodies are and that’s why we’re called the image of God. I also have two tattoos!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 26, 2015, 11:17 am

      You have two tattoos?! No way! Love it.

  • Heather@hungryforbalance November 26, 2015, 8:18 am

    Thank you for the reminder that we should appreciate the bodies that we have and all that they enable us to do. I know that I’ve been guilt far too many times of falling into the comparison trap. We are all a work in progress, right?
    In a past life, I had piercing, tattoos (5 of them!), smoked tobacco and weed, and drank to excess. Often. The only remains of that life are me and the tattoos 😉

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 26, 2015, 11:17 am

      Thank goodness we are able to heal our pasts and move forward.

  • Meghan@Cleaneatsfastfeets.com November 27, 2015, 10:53 am

    It could just be the crazy hormones, but this post made me cry. Not sad tears, just emotional ones.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com November 27, 2015, 2:02 pm


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