Kortni here, talking about something near and dear to my heart. Something I have stood for since the start of Kortni Jeane and will continually strive to share...
We were all made differently. We come in different shapes, sizes, colors, hair-do's and that's part of why the world is such a beautiful place. Learning to embrace that and make it work for you is loving yourself.
If we all looked, dressed, talked, acted a certain way boy would life be boring. Our differences are what make us who we are and only you can be you so why try to be anything else?? We are each unique and that's pretty darn cool.
1. How did you learning to #loveyourself play a part in you starting your own line of swimsuits, and how do you promote that with your brand now?
Growing up, my mom NEVER once saw her mom wear a swimsuit. They would frequently visit the beach and her mom sat back in her t-shirt and pants to watch. This made my mom swear she would never let a swimsuit hold her back and she stuck to that as she always rocked her swimsuit no matter if we went to a public swimming pool or to the beach. I have seen so many women sit on the sidelines when wearing a swimsuit is required because they just couldn't get themselves to put it on. I hated that this was the one and only reason for women not to join friends, their kids, family etc. in on the fun! Kortni Jeane was started with a purpose more than just designing and selling swimwear. From the beginning I knew the world of swimsuits for woman is one of the toughest if not the very so. I wanted it to become a place of fun, comfort, and ENJOYABLE instead of dreaded. Nothing makes me happier than seeing woman feel beautiful and confident in a swimsuit. When you allow yourself to be comfortable in your own skin, it shows on the outside and that my friends is true beauty.
I always say-
The Kortni Jeane girl is comfortable and confident in her own skin. She doesn't compare or judge but rather embraces her body and makes it work!
To every Kortni Jeane girl out there, You Are Enough. Embrace it. Love it.
2. We believe that “who you surround yourself with is who you partially become” — who do you surround yourself with that helps you love yourself more? What effect do you think the people you surround yourself with has on your ability to love yourself?
I love nothing more than being surrounded by strong, independent, creatives who feel the freedom to let their differences be seen, heard and watched. I am honestly so inspired by people, I am one of those creeps who could sit at an airport all day just watching others behaviors, style, mannerisms etc. Because we all have different ways of thinking we are able to open each others eyes to things that we may not otherwise. I often get stuck in my ways but when I allow my mind to be opened I often find myself in personal growth and learning which in return helps me be more efficient, effective and creative! When we surround ourselves with those that strengthen us, encourage us and push us we feel more confident and thus start to embrace that skin we've been given and learn to love it. Sometimes we need tough love and sometimes we just need to be embraced, either way choose those who can help you be your best version of yourself and not want to change that.
3. We all love social media! But it can be hard to not get trapped in the ‘comparison game’ while scrolling through Instagram. How do you stay away from comparison, keep it real and love your life & yourself while being part of the Instagram world?
Social media gives me all the feels, but it is what you make it and honestly you DO have that control. I think if we embrace and encourage each other it makes us feel better about ourselves as well. So when you are scrolling through your feed next and find yourself judging or comparing try leaving a nice comment on that post and say something positive. And if an account continues to make you feel discouraged there is nothing wrong with unfollowing them, even if it is your BFF because maybe you just love them TOO much and need a little break. Follow accounts that empower you, look to those that inspire you, find people that look like you and do things you are interested in. Instead of scrolling through your feed feeling down, fill it with things that leave you feeling uplifted and empowered to get out and do some good. We don't need to change who we are but rather realize it's ok to have differences. So yeah that girl rocks at playing the piano but you can crochet unlike any other! And that's pretty cool.
6. What do you do for YOU? Whether it’s a daily thing or less often, what do you do to love yourself and make yourself a priority?
I think it is important to do things for yourself every single day, even just the small things. It may seem silly, but I take a shower every single morning. My husband makes fun of how much I love a semi-long warm shower and how ridiculous it is that I steam up the entire room. But I honestly love the few short minutes it gives me to think about what is to come or reflect on the previous and mentally prepare myself for the remainder of the day. It wakes up my skin, body and mind leaving me feeling refreshed and ready for the day. Every day may not be great but I am one of those annoying people who 99% of the time wakes up happy and chooses to make every day good. So whether thats making time to hop in the shower in the morning or taking yourself to your favorite restaurant, it is so important to make time for yourself and thank your body for all it does for you. This will be different for everyone so try things to find what makes you mentally and physically good!