my name is natalie and i’m fat. i’ve been more fat than i am now. i have been less fat. i’ve been the same fat. i’m fat from the side, fat from the front, fat from the back…you get the point.
fat girls have been lied to over and over in many ways our whole fat existences - told that we are restricted to certain styles/trends of clothing because anything too tight/short/revealing isn’t ‘flattering’. told that we should be glad to be hit on/cat-called by creepy men because hey, at least it’s something, right?! told that the world isn’t open to us and that we can’t be incredible creatures because we’re fat. told that we’re ugly/undesirable/weak/stupid/disgusting. told that we don’t deserve to be loved…or even to live.
it’s not true. none of it is true.
people ask me often - “i hate myself. how do you do it?” it’s simple.
one day, i decided that i was worth greatness, whatever size i was or wasn’t.
i wish i could go back to awkward, shy 13 year old me, look her dead in the eye and tell her that she. is. perfect. tell her that she can go anywhere, be anyone, wear anything and that she will always be important and will never, ever, ever be merely ‘the fat girl’.
i won’t drown in sweat in texas summers to cover my fat arms in sweaters or shield my thunder thighs from the spring breeze just because you don’t want to see them. my fat arms and thunder thighs have always been here for me when much of the world wasn’t. i won’t be beat down by people who do not care if i cry myself to sleep at night.
my mom has always told me that i am my biggest fan and ya know what?
you’re allowed to feel good. don’t let anyone take that away from you.
You look gorgeous, okay?
Your personality is amazing, you got that?
You’re fucking amazing, alright?
My hero today.
(April Fools prank only a designer can love :)
Everyday Objects Redesigned to Make You Uncomfortable
A staircase that narrowly ascends to near oblivion and a watering can whose spout faces backward. These are just some of the imaginary redesigns of formerly useful everyday objects in Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani’s Uncomfortable series.
Check out the designs: http://slate.me/1fKZ9bS
I know this is suppose to be April Foolish..but it’s pretty creative.
How do you find calm in a chaotic world?
Very true. Quieting the mind and stomach.
My GRANDPARENTS are MISSING - PLEASE HELP
My grandparents have been missing for over 24 hours. From what my mom told me, they took the 720 or 20 bus on Wilshire to a Yoshinoya on Alvarado and Wilshire (something that they’ve done many times before) and never came back.
They live in the Mid-City Wilshire/near Koreatown area. Their names are Angeles Alora and Lina Alora. Neither speak or understand English well, but they are fluent in Tagalog. My grandpa is 94 and 5’7” and has a walker, and my grandma is 86 and 5’1” and has dementia.
They mean the world to me.
Please keep your eyes open, send us your prayers/thoughts, and spread the word.
Please spread the word. If anyone sees them, please call Heldine at 951-398-1162.
I’m green with envy on this St. Pat’s Day. The list of new design inspiration from Mashable just launched. The different with this list is developers’ input. Coding and design are become more hand and hand with UX.
"The Heads of State" and "Chrome Experiments" sites stand out for me just for the simplicity.