Isn’t Marina beautiful? This beautiful woman is one of the many recovery warriors I’ve met in the past couple years. She’s not only an awesome oatmeal artist. My bowl of oatmeal this morning reminded of her. But she is also a beautiful, passionate dancer, and in this edition of the podcast she shared with me her struggle with the pressure to be ‘skinny’ in the dance world.
Let’s also say that there are people who are NATURALLY skinny like several of my friends have shared with me, and that is awesome. They were made that way, and they don’t need to be pressed into the mold of having to look like me (I’m definitely not skinny.)
However, there is often this pressure to put all women into one mold, and that’s thin or skinny, even if you weren’t made that way.
Marina is here to talk about that pressure and overcoming that pressure to embrace the way God made you, the gifts God gave you, and the reminder that there’s no certain body type for dancing.
Marina is excited, bold, brave and courageous, but that’s been a journey.
The journey all started as a young woman.
There was this pressure to be thin.
This is Marina’s story of why she learned that you don’t have to be skinny to be a dancer. (You can be skinny, but if your body wasn’t made that way, it’s OKAY to be different.)
I’m still working on the sound quality and not interrupting the guests so we have smooth transitions from person to person. I was so thankful to listen to Georgie’s podcast and really learn a great deal from her on things I need to do and improve on while listening. Thank you for your grace!
This was another reminder to me that there are so many untold stories out there, stories of girls and guys who have gone through deep dark valleys and come out onto victorious mountains.
Marina totally exudes joy, and you will LOVE her blog. She has some posts that you would really enjoy about:
. . . The best thing…. is that Marina not only is passionate about others, but she is passionate about life and taking care of the body, mind, and soul that God has given her. It SHOWS. She takes rest days. She doesn’t blog when she’s not feeling it.
She’s a beautiful dancer whose no longer bound by having to be skinny or having to be someone she’s not; this is something I’m still learning. I’m so thankful that she was able to share her story, and I hope you are built up and smiling after hearing her story.
Also now that we are talking about podcasts please consider checking out my blogger friend’s podcast, Georgie. She just did her very first two podcast episodes, and they are BEAUTIFUL. :o) She’s been a blessing to me and so many others.
To find Marina go to her:
Blog – Dancer’s Live It
Twitter – @adancersliveit5
Instagram – @adancersliveit
‘Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.’ (Psalm 149:3)
I’m linking up with Amanda to ‘Think Out Loud‘ too. 🙂
Have you ever struggled with the pressure to look a certain way for a certain sport like running, gymnastics, dancing, biking, swimming, ___(fill in the blank)?
Do you know any dancers? Are you a dancer yourself? (Could you relate to Marina’s story?)