There are just some people in life that when you look at them you think, “this person has crossed my path for a reason.” Sarah, @sassyredlipstick, is one of those people for me. I was introduced to her by someone on Instagram when they told me I HAD to check her out…and I am so glad I did.
Sarah is a huge body positive and self-love activist and completely loves herself and her body just how it is. I love that. Being someone who is learning to fully love and embrace my body just as it is, it is so refreshing to see others being confident, happy and spreading nothing but love…that is something that I completely admire about her.
When I struggle with my own body image and have days that I just don’t feel good enough, I love turning to others who can help lift me up and make me realize that it is ok to have bad days, we all have them. What matters is how we keep going and keep fighting to love ourselves and to continue to help others do the same. One of the people I turn to when I’m having an off day is…Sarah.
Not only is she someone I admire and look up to for her self-love and body positivity, but the relationship she and her husband Robbie (@Tripp) have is seriously couple goals. The way he supports her loves her and cherishes her, just the way she is truly one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. You can see the love they have for each other and it is so refreshing to just look at them and know true love still exists; no matter your age, color, size…love is love and they portray that in every aspect. To read more about his viral post that shares his thoughts about her body and how society views what a woman should look like, click (here.). You can read about her thoughts about how she responded to this post that Robbie made that ended up going viral. (here)
I think this is one of the many reasons I felt such a strong connection to Sarah and Robbie. Kevin, my fiancé and I have been together for over 10 years and we have been engaged for about 5 years…a long time…I know!! Kevin has been by my side through it all. He loved me at 500 pounds, he loved me when I struggled to even leave the house, when I needed help doing everyday things and especially when I could not love myself…Kevin has always been right there. He never cared about the size of my clothes or the number on the scale. He loved me for me.
When I see Sarah and Robbie’s posts it is easy to see the love they share for each other it really reminds me of Kevin’s love for me. I am also reminded that true love and loving others unconditionally is the strongest power. If we could all love like this, no terms and no conditions, I feel the world would be a better place.
Sarah and Robbie also work together and have built this amazing blog together and nothing is stopping them! I admire people who work hard and make all of their dreams come true. Its like I always say, if you work hard, never give up and always believe in yourself, anything is possible! If you ever need a reminder of this or how true this really is, you have to check them out! They are the definition of how hard work pays off.
As much as I love Sarah (and Robbie) and admire them for all they have done for body positivity and self-love, there is one thing that really stands out to me. That is how open and helpful they are and how much they want to help others and see others succeed as well.
Quick story, I started social media about a year and a half ago and right away it kinda took off and I was on the TODAY show, and a few months later, I had a post go completely viral. To be honest I had no idea how to blog, make videos, how Instagram worked or how I wanted to continue sharing my story. I knew I had a lot of ideas and a lot of dreams and goals…but did not even know where to start!!! I remember I was so nervous but I reached out to Sarah and was pretty much like…can you help me haha
Maybe she could sense the desperation in my voice, or maybe it was because she just genuinely cared (or maybe both) and to this day she has helped me so much. That right there is something that cannot be taught, bought, and is worth more than gold. Wanting to help others succeed and wanting them to be the best version of themselves without the fear of completion, or without the fear of thinking you are better than anyone else. Both Sarah and Robbie shared some tips with Forbes about turning social media into a business. (here) The love and support Sarah has shown me since the very first day we connected on Instagram mean more to me than I could ever let her know!
I am so thankful to have someone like this in my life and I am so thankful to call her a friend. I am SO excited to be doing this blog with her and sharing more about her with you guys. Body positivity and loving your body and helping others is what I am all about, and meeting someone else who shares these same beliefs is so amazing!! I know you are going to love her just as much as I do! So without further ado, here is my Q and A with the amazing Sarah!
Body Positive Self-Love Q and A with Sarah Tripp of SassyRedLipstick
Jacqueline – Were you always confident in yourself and with your body? How do you embrace your body today?
J – What is some advice you can give someone who is struggling with themselves and their own body image?
S – Be kind to yourself. Stop being your own worst critic. If you don’t love and accept yourself, how can we you expect others to do so? I always give the same advice: Work on loving yourself a little more each day. You may have had a hard day, and that’s okay, just promise yourself that tomorrow will be better. Wake up, speak kinds words to yourself in the mirror, and understand it’s a consistent journey. It all starts from within and it will only be a matter of time before that inner positivity shines out!
J – Do you ever have moments where you feel insecure? What helps you to overcome this?
S – Definitely! Moments of insecurity are human and just because I’m a body positivity advocate, doesn’t mean I never feel that. Sometimes I’ll try something on that isn’t flattering and it’ll make me feel bad about myself. Sometimes I’ll see a photo of myself I don’t like and it’ll make me start to judge myself. When that happens, I try to remind myself immediately that one outfit or one photo doesn’t define me. I know I’m beautiful, smart, kind, and positive and that’s what matters. No little speed bump is going to throw me off my game. Accept that it’s normal to feel insecure sometimes, but don’t dwell on it! Focus on your strengths instead of your weaknesses.
J – Do you ever receive negative comments from others about your appearance and what do you do? Does it bother you? What makes you feel better?
J – What makes you feel the most confident?
J – What is some advice for someone who is struggling with their body, and thinking they will never find love because of their size?
S – Stop comparing. I would say almost all insecurity comes from a place of “I don’t look like her” or “I wish I had that” etc. Once you realize that you are not in a competition with everyone, that you’ve got one life to live and it’s yours, then you can start to find that self-love and inner peace. Shut out that negative inner dialogue and think positively about yourself. It won’t happen overnight but once you get into the habit of being kind to yourself, you will start to feel much more confident.
J – What does love mean to you and how do you not only show these emotions and feelings to others, but to yourself as well?
J – Why do you think it is so important for others to love themselves? Why do you think its hard for so many people to do?