The Number Doesn’t Matter

January 27, 2016


A few weeks ago, I made a rookie mistake. You see, I found the perfect pair of jeans a few months ago. They fit great, looked good and were so dang comfortable. Then, a couple weeks ago, they started to feel a little bit loose. So what’s a girl to do? I bought the size smaller. Despite making huge strides in my journey to body self-acceptance, I let myself slip into thinking that the number on a pair of jeans had anything to offer me in terms of telling the story of my self worth.

Sure, the jeans zipped and buttoned, but they didn’t make me feel great. Actually, they made me feel like a sausage. I felt uncomfortable and self-conscious and generally gross. Because instead of seeking out clothes that fit my body just the way it is, I started chasing the number on a tag. And, as most of you know, that’s never a road that leads to happiness or satisfaction.

Since I needed a little reminder and re-focusing, I went back and read my post of finding the perfect pair of jeans. Hint hint: Tip number 5 was finding a pair that fits well, regardless of the number on the tag. Why do we always need to be reminded of this?!

In this case, the smaller number wasn’t the best fit. I felt more comfortable, confident and good about my body in the jeans that I had been wearing all along! And in case you’re looking for some additional reading, I remember reading this article from my blog-buddy Stephanie that is totally worth the read!


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  • Reply Michelle January 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Where did you find your little apple branches? I love them! Thanks! šŸ™‚

  • Reply Tiffany January 27, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Totally agree! this. Where is that gorgeous table from? I need it in my house!

  • Reply Stephanie May January 27, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Oh I love this, thank you so much for writing this sweet friend. Why do we do this to ourselves!? Thanks so much for choosing a more graceful, loving way, and inspiring us to do the same. šŸ™‚

    • Reply Madison Mayberry January 28, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Thanks for the inspiration for the post, my dear!

  • Reply Jenn January 27, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I love how REAL and RAW your blog is. Thank you for being relatable and honest. You look great in those jeans too šŸ™‚

  • Reply ali grace | cookies and grace January 31, 2016 at 12:14 am

    YES. A million times yes. I remember reading Stephanie’s post last year — and then I bought some new jeans! šŸ™‚ It’s so much better to be comfortable. Sometimes I’m tempted to just cut the tags out so I don’t even notice the number. And just for the record, I think you look absolutely gorgeous!!

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