When beach season approaches after a long, dark winter, breaking out that bikini you haven’t worn for the better part of a year can be intimidating.
Now, Sarah says, "I know my body is a strong, flawed, beautiful work-in-progress and I choose to celebrate it every step of the journey!"
When we asked if she's ever felt pressure to conform to the traditional concept of a "bikini body," which Women's Health banned from its covers in 2015, she says she's learned that, "When we look to others to tell us that we are 'acceptable' then it is literally a prescription to feel unworthy in our own life. Only WE get to decide how we feel about ourselves!" She adds, "If other people are uncomfortable with my body in a bathing suit, that is not a reflection of my worth but of their perception of the value of my body."
Sarah's honest and inspiring post is a welcome addition to other body-positive swimsuit moments so far this year. From Ashley Graham's Baywatch-themed shoot to 63-year-old Christie Brinkley's Sports Illustrated, we’ve seen some amazing strides toward celebrating women’s bodies of all shapes, sizes, and ages.
Sarah says she hopes her posts will inspire other women to embrace their bodies, too. "Confidence is a choice we have to make every day," she tells Women's Health. "We are never going to stop experiencing things in life that can make us feel insecure; we can't control things. But we CAN decide how we deal with those feelings when they come up."
This article originally appeared on WomensHealthmag.com