I’m stepping out of my shell and embracing my hard work and four time after-birth reconstruction because I don’t need to hide. There’s a difference between flaunting and embracing, bragging and empowering. I’m grateful for being smothered in all this baby oil to make my baby muscles look bamtastic. I’m grateful for feelin’ myself in the healthiest way. I’m grateful for the trust I’ve earned in so many to help them love themselves a bit more, and I’m grateful to continue expanding this journey with you. Sometimes you gotta shed the layers and expose what’s underneath. Let it breathe. Let it scab. Let the new skin grow. Nurture your wounds and watch them heal. Love your scars, without them you’d be nothing but open sores.