Erika Page is the founder and editor-in-chief of Living Dappled, a lifestyle blog for girls and by girls with vitiligo. When she’s not blogging, she’s doing creative communications for a living, taking classes because she can, and meeting friends for weekend brunch.
When I started creating Living Dappled a lifestyle blog for girls with vitiligo, I struggled with the message I wanted to send. Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes you to lose pigment and get white patches across your body. With no cure, those with vitiligo often have to face a life with it – one that can be filled with social anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. With that in mind, my goal was to create an uplifting space for girls to share everyday life with the condition. But was I ready to tell girls that they should “love their spots”? Did I even love my own spots? And what does loving your spots even mean? These were the questions that filled my mind as I began writing, struggling to find the words that would reflect the message in my heart. After serious soul-searching, my conclusion was simple –you don’t have to love your life with spots, you just have to own it.
Here’s the difference. Loving your spots is something that sounds impossible to most girls who are steeped in social anxiety and struggle with even liking their bodies. It’s a long-term plan – something that will take months or years to achieve, if you ever can.Owning your spots, on the other hand, is easier. It’s actionable – it’s about taking control of your life with spots today, one step at a time. And you can start today.
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