This is a place of encouragement, a place to discuss body image, insecurities, self-esteem, and everything under the umbrella of fighting self-hate and finding self-love.

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Trigger Warning: video mentions depression, suicidal thoughts, bullying, bdd, sex violence, and abuse (though not in graphic detail)

Turning 24 is actually pretty special for me.

I hope you’ll allow me about 15 minutes of your time to tell you some silly anecdotes and some of the adversities I have overcome in my life… because, today I turn twice the age I was, when I came very close to ending it. I am proud to be a survivor, and although sometimes the fight is exhausting, I will keep fighting and I hope you will too.

One piece of advice I will never forget came from a friend’s mother, she told me, “This isn’t forever. You will look back on this and it will be so far away.” The day is here, and I definitely came out… mostly alright, haha! So thank you to all the people in my life who showed me kindness, who gave me guidance and support when I needed you most. Thank you, thank you!

If you would like to donate to my birthday fund ( towards some new camera equipment, classes, and other cool things that will help me produce photo and video content, it would be a wonderful gift and I would be so grateful!


This was a tough video for me to post.

Let’s get rid of the stigma around mental health and start a discussion.

Here’s my personal experiences with anxiety, and why I’ve been struggling recently.

Thank you for sticking around and sending me positivity whenever I’ve been low recently. I am so hugely grateful and I can’t express how lucky and hopeful you make me feel.

Love you all,

Elle (Taco)


I am so proud of you for speaking up about your anxiety and depression, speaking up and being visible about something so personal and “taboo”(particularly on the internet) is something I find hard to do. You’ve inspired me, I hope someday soon I can do the same, and speak about some stuff that I’ve been scared to open up about as well. - Love, Annie


help I’m having emotions about a cartoon antidepressant trying to be useful

It’s OKAY not to be okay! It takes time to love our bodies, and that’s something we all have to work on especially living in todays society where we’re told on the daily NO! You are beautiful, and you are worth every second here on this earth! Confidence is welcoming that with positivity and love will make things so much easier!



Fighting Disorder Is Hard.


This is my body, I’m not nude, I’m not being showy. I’m just a girl in a doctor who shirt who took time to take this picture in between laying in bed doing nothing for 8+ hours.

 How is it that we’re raised to hate ourselves, what kind of human survival is it to teach our daughters that they are worthless and ugly and never good enough? 

I’m fighting it. I’m fighting it everyday because there has GOT to be something wrong with the way I’m thinking. No animal is this self destructive on purpose, nobody is made this way. So I’m fighting this by thanking that which I hate.

Thank you for getting me through the days, for letting me travel through the snow and wind and treck through the Canadian winters to get to work everyday. Thank you for giving me the strength to do the things I take for granted. I take you for granted, and I’m so sorry. 

I’m going to pledge to start paying more attention to you, to give you the food you need in proper intervals, to try to be more active so you can help me in all the ways that you do, so that you can last me my whole life. 

This body is the only one I’ll ever have, and I’m going to start being thankful for it. 

I post daily positive reminders for self love and encouragement with mental illness, if you’re in need of help with anxiety, ED, mental health in general feel free to common over <3


For Those Who Don’t Want To Go On:


I see you.


I see that it takes all of you to get out of bed in the morning,

that you are using all your strength to dress and clothe yourselves,

that sometimes it feels like the effort to walk to the door is so much-

so you don’t.

I see you.

I see that sometimes you’re overwhelmed by this invisible weight weighing on you so heavily that you can’t continue.

I see you.

I know that you put your every, single, bit of strength into just being here.

Living here.

Staying. HERE.




And if you’re struggling with this, if you’re lost and don’t know how you’re going to continue- know that I see you , I hear you and I’m listening.

You are not alone- and we are stronger together- Never Be Afraid To Ask For Help <3

Body love and body positivity doesn’t come easy for a lot of us, and sometimes we can fall into emptiness and that is something that needs to be combatted by help from others.

You’re all amazing- you’re worth it and you’re not alone <3


(Source: katiescarlettspeaks)