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2020: The Year of The Love Yourself Revolution

For the most part, I don’t live life with regrets anymore. It’s a waste of time and energy. You can’t go back so why wallow in the “should haves, would haves” of the past? I am currently living with a huge regret. Here’s why.

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Love Yourself Revolution

For those of you who are not based in Australia, Heidi Anderson is a former Big Brother contestant, ex breakfast radio presenter, Mum to one-year-old Memphis and founder of Shed Your Shit. She is also a self-proclaimed “Hype Girl” on a mission to create a better world. If you are thinking that she’s not the only one, you’re right, she isn’t. But I put money on the fact that the current changemakers of society didn’t do this last week. 

To some people, what you will read next may sound crazy and inappropriate. Heidi put out a call for people to meet her at a local shopping centre, prepared to literally bare all. If I’m going to be really honest, I thought what she was planning to do would swiftly end in some form of disaster – worst case, with a journey in a police car. But this is Heidi and she never does anything by halves.

Heidi and seven inspirational women stripped down to their bra and undies and walked through the shopping centre* like they owned it. They did own it. As a collective, they didn’t give a seconds thought to what people thought and instead of disdain, they were greeted by tears, cheers and high fives. They celebrated their bodies – the beauty in a woman with the lumps, bumps, wrinkles and scars. 

 “It was one of the most liberating experiences of my life”, says Heidi, “It was about saying ‘up yours’ to the unrealistic beauty standards and negative body image.”

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would have this response.”

The impact of Heidi’s saunter through a shopping centre reached a whole new level after an older lady named Maggie took it upon herself to strip down to her own bra and undies. 

“I have not been happy with my body since I was 11 years old and I’m now 22. I decided it was about time I kicked it in the butt and learned to accept myself. I don’t like exposing my scars to everybody – it’s confronting and worrying not knowing what people will think. Yesterday was the first time ever I had exposed my legs in public. I didn’t think it would blow up like it did. I had messages from my sister saying she was proud of me. I was surprised at the number of people who came out of the shops and clapped and celebrated with us. You changed something inside of me that I never thought was possible.”

Alana

This is where my own moment of regret set in as I watched Maggie lose her clothes and gain such confidence. As soon as I saw how empowered she felt, I couldn’t believe I let my own self-doubt (and fear of getting arrested) set in and I stayed at home. 

“We were shit scared, full of anxiety and worried about what people would say,” Heidi said, “but we did it anyway. Why? Because this is living.” 

I didn’t estimate how powerful it would be. I just thought we would feel bold for coming out in our underwear, stepping outside our comfort zones and walking through the shopping centre. But it wasn’t about us at all.

It was about the young girls watching, the two babies with us, the Mum’s smiling, shop owners watching and strangers clapping.

Imagine if for one second you didn’t care what other people thought. 

This is just one example of how Heidi is working so hard to free us of other people’s judgements and opinions; it’s not a diet or a quick-fix. It’s about mindset, strategies and self-love. Heidi’s “Shed Your Shit” courses are becoming increasingly popular and have been known to sell-out in hours. 

“I don’t think at the time that I would realise how big a deal it was. How being with Heidi, with other women, being able to be a part of this movement that is being created.We were all so scared but were scared together. The point we are trying to make is that all bodies are acceptable and beautiful.”

BECKY

I’m not surprised, really. For years, I have watched Heidi’s transformation and self-love journey. Once crippled with anxiety, negative body image and “I hate myself” thoughts, today Heidi says that she finally feels free and is determined to show others that they too can find that inner peace. 

It’s only natural to give a fuck about what other people think of you; It’s only natural to seek the approval of other people. But there are serious consequences in doing so. 

When you give too many f*&^’s about what strangers think about you, you end up feeling insecure in public places. 

When you seek approval through love and attention, you end up on an emotional roller coaster that can leave you feeling ‘unworthy’ and ‘lonely’. 

When you give too much thought to society’s expectations, you end up living a life that you don’t really care about. 

If I look at the photos of Heidi, the seven empowered women… and Maggie, walking through the shopping centre, I don’t notice what they are wearing (or not wearing). What i see is this:

Empowered women. 

Genuine smiles. 

More happiness. 

Less anxiety.

Less worry. 

More love.

So much confidence. 

And in Heidi’s words, freedom. FREEDOM! 

*Side note: Perth (Western Australia) is no longer under quarantine or formal restrictions. The shopping centre where this occurred had given their permission for this to be done.

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