Happy International Women's day, everyone! I can't imagine a better day to talk about this amazing woman than today.
Jamie Otis first graced our screens when she competed for Ben Flajnik's heart on the 16th season of The Bachelor. She left in 7th place.
A few years later, Otis is featured on "Married At First Sight." At first, Jamie is NOT A FAN of her groom, Doug Hehner. Weeks into the marriage, she begins to have feelings for him. I remember a clip from the show where she says softly, "I think I like him." It was literally one of the cutest things I've ever seen. They fell in love and they have been madly in love ever since. It hasn't been a 'happily ever after,' however. The couple has dealt with 2 miscarriages while trying to expand their family. They share a daughter and a son together.
Since Jamie Otis is a television personality, as well as a registered nurse (thank you for what you do, by the way), she has that pressure to look perfect. Women especially have that pressure to look perfect, be in shape, and never be comfortable, because men treat us like trophies. We have to look our best at all times, or else we have no value. Even worse, we try to 'one-up' the women around us so that WE look better. It's maddening and gross behavior.
After Jamie had her son last year, she didn't run to the gym, go on crash diets to lose the baby weight in record time. Instead, she embraced the strength and beauty of her body.
Since Hendrix was born, she has been posting a series of Instagram pics that have been so beautiful and inspirational.
In the one below, Jamie talked about the 5 things she would tell her younger self, if she had the ability to travel back in time.
She also posted this one:
Jamie has started a program called "Become Body Positive," and it's definitely a popular group. I'm actually on the waiting list for the program. While you're waiting, you are brought to the Instagram page for the program, and it has a ton of inspirational posts that will help you get started on your journey.
Jamie Otis is one of the strongest women on this planet. She took in her younger siblings when she was a young adult. She went from living in poverty, to becoming an influential public figure.
This woman's heart is so huge, it expands past this galaxy. She is using her journey to inspire all of us to be proud of our bodies, and to love our bodies.
I actually wrote something up on one of her posts the other day, detailing my journey. I talked about my weight loss journey, overdoses, 2 spinal fusions, and having a baby. I talked about when I reached my lowest weight, and when I was a size 4. I thought all of my body image problems were going to disappear when I hit 138lbs. Nope! I felt more pressure to stay small. I was the heaviest girl in my high school, and to lose all that weight, I knew there were people from my childhood that were just waiting for me to gain everything back. I have gained 20lbs. Part of it wasn't intentional, and part of it was. I wanted to see if I can love myself without being at my smallest weight. I can. Do I want to lose weight? I guess. The most important thing for me right now is eating healthy so I have more energy. If I lose weight in the process, great. If I don't, I will still love myself regardless.
Jamie, you are a gold star in this world. You are going to help so many women learn their worth, and see their beauty.