june fitness

Today, I’m super thankful for my freckles. They only appear whenever I’m out in the sun for long periods of time, so they’re a true testament to how much time I’ve already spent in the sun. Normally they arrive in August, but I’m happy they’re here already.

Like almost all of my body positivity body parts, I was once really insecure about my freckles. I fought long and hard to hide them, and that included avoiding sunlight altogether. Which, if you should know anything about me, I love being outside and in the sun. At any rate, however, this story of insecurity isn’t unlike any other I’ve already told. My “best friend” told me my freckles looked weird in elementary school and it made me really insecure about them. Flash forward to now and I absolutely love them. They give me history, a story.

So thank you freckles for giving me a little bit of life. Here’s to almost 19 years with you and many, many more in the future!

For today’s body positivity post, I’m coming back to something I’ve adored for a few years now. Story time.

My sophomore year of high school, I dated this kid named Brad (if you’re reading this, congrats kid). We were riding the bus to a different campus for our last class of the day, and the sun hit my eyes. He stared at me in wonderment before telling me how beautiful my eyes were. You see, when the sun hits my eyes just right, they turn a beautiful, rich gold. That day just happened to be one of those days. After that fateful day (and Brad and I’s breakup [we’re still friends]), I began to watch my eyes to see how they changed.
Like almost everything else about myself that I liked, I lost my love for them during my last relationship (abuse induced depression and anxiety), but I found them shinning brighter than ever as I found myself again. Two days ago, one of my friends (who’s been by my side for years) told me my eyes had life he hadn’t ever seen before. And I agree. They hold more life than I thought possible, and every day their light grows a little bit more.

Forever, I love my eyes.

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The Beatles at the press call prior to the next day’s Our World global satellite broadcast, which featured their performance of “All You Need Is Love,” 24 June 1967. Photos: Mirrorpix; Jane Bown; Leslie Bryce/The Beatles Book.

“Karma is: what you sow, you reap. Like John said in ‘All You Need Is Love’: ‘There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be,’ because you yourself have carved out your own destiny by your previous actions.” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology [x]

George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney onstage at Circus-Krone-Bau, Munich, Germany, 24 June 1966

Photo © The Beatles Book

“[M]uch to George’s amusement, John reminds a forgetful Paul of the opening lyric to ‘I’m Down’ at the finae of the evening Munich show.” - Looking Through You

George Harrison attending a anti-nuclear rally, Trafalgar Square, London, 19 June 1986. Photo: Janet Macoska.

In April 1981, George became a paid-up member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

In activism related news, on 4 June 1985, George’s song “Save The World” was featured on the U.K. release of the Greenpeace album.

“George [Harrison] talks at length about the planet, his concern about destruction. Last year [19 June 1986] he participated in an anti-nuclear rally in Trafalgar Square, and he’s a member of the ecological organisation Greenpeace. ‘I love those people because they go out and actually do it. I mean, if it wasn’t me that’s the kind of thing I’d like to be, out there on a ship getting harpooned by Russians and Japanese.’” - The Sunday Tribune, 18 October 1987 [x]

“Maureen O'Grady [feature writer for Boyfriend and Rave] with George Harrison at the Blue Angel in Liverpool, 12 June 1963.” Photo: BBC. Later that day, The Beatles played a concert at Grafton Rooms.

“[The Beatles’] sound - although novel - isn’t exactly a revolution. But there’s something about it, a strange compelling something. They are almost frightening-looking young men, even more modern than modern. The funny thing is that when they smile - not often - they look perfectly wholesome and nice. But the rest of the time they look wicked and dreadful and distinctly evil, in an 18th-century sort of way. You almost expect them to leap out of pictures and chant magic spells.” - Article by an anonymous reporter, Boyfriend, February 1963

When I was in elementary school, someone told me I had an ugly smile. So I never took selfies smiling and I hated it in the mirror whenever I would. All because this prick told me it was ugly when I was like 8. My sophomore year, I was at a church camp and my councilor had this challenge to compliment us all with a personalized one for each of us. And by the end of the week, all the compliments had grown from “you have beautiful hair” to “I admire your strength and perseverance through all your struggles.” She gets to me, and she tells me “you have the most beautiful smile. It lights up your face and warms up the room. You make everyone feel welcome and happy whenever you’re smiling.” And I burst out crying (like I am now, lol) because no one had ever complimented it before.

I quit smiling during my last relationship because I was never happy enough to, but anymore it’s like I can barely stop. So that’s my body positivity post for the day. I love my smile, it really is beautiful.

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George Harrison interviewed at the Montreal Grand Prix, presumably 16 June 2000.

My first love and true love of my life ❤️🐶 this little dog has been by my side through some of the worst and lowest times in my life. My running partner, my movie watcher, my tear catcher. At the other side of the world 🌎 this year I’m bringing my dream to reality of bringing her over to live with me. For years, my sibling has been taking care of her but as time goes on - both our dreams have taken us abroad. Me with a more stable location. Reuniting with my little nugget soon 🙌🏽

[George] Harrison had a different talent, an extraordinary talent. Harrison never played a wrong note, and never played a note that wasn’t necessary. Every single note he ever played made the song better.
—  Mark Edwards, The Sunday Times, 21 June 2009