Becoming Fierce

Sometimes, people say things and they don't realize that their words can shatter others. Even comments made in jest can tear the heart out of someone else. That's what happened to Rachel Taylor. Rachel was standing in line at Old Navy when a Mom and her teen daughter had a conversation about a tank top. A plus sized tank top. A tank top that was Rachel's size.

""The girl picked up a plus-size tank top, showed it to her mom and said, 'Look! Me and so-and-so can fit in this tank top!' Her mom laughed and said, 'Yeah, you could! That thing is huge!"

Taylor said: "I couldn't help it; I started crying. I guess the girl and her mom walked away. I have no idea. I sat in the car crying for a long time but eventually went back inside to finish my shopping."

She went BACK into Old Navy, picked up that tank, tried it on, then snapped a selfie. Then Rachel said:
"I ended up buying that tank top because, it turns out, I look fierce in it!"

HELL YES! Go, Rachel, Go! Yes, you look fierce in it, but more than that, you ARE fierce in it! I know first hand how awful it feels to be ridiculed for the size of your clothing. I spent most of my life being harassed and bullied because I wasn't a size 2, or 6, 10, or even 16. In fact,I was told to go throw up and even kill myself because, quite simply, I am fat. I didn't wear a bathing suit for years until I decided to
in my bathing suit last year. I had decided to Be Brave for myself, Yes, I had decided to be FIERCE, too! What makes us fierce?
  • Being fierce is being knocked down, and pulling yourself back up.
  • Being fierce is know that every time you pull yourself back up, you WILL become stronger.
  • Being fierce is knowing that you are worth so much more than a size, a number or some persons opinion.
  • Being fierce is knowing your own worth.
  • Being fierce is quite simply, another way to #BeBrave.

I know how hard it is to #BeBrave. I know sometimes we all want to go to the car, and cry. What really makes you fierce is drying your tears, leaving the car and heading backing into the store to try on the shirt, snapping a pic, and sharing with the world the message that you are, indeed, fierce, and anyone else can be, too.

Originally posted on Ally's blog,

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