Love EVERY Body #3: Shoulders, Arms, & Hands

It’s that time again – time to Love EVERY Body! This month we’re focusing on shoulders, arms, and hands.

Love EVERY Body

Let’s start from the topΒ  – my shoulders.

My shoulders are strong even though they carry the weight of all my stress. (If anyone would care to offer free massages, I’m always up for that!) They provide a solid support for my arms enabling them to rotate, swing, move, and dance freely.

One of my favorite features on my body is imprinted on the back of my neck, my first and only tattoo, a Cantonese symbol meaning strength. It is a beautiful reminder that I am much stronger than I give myself credit for and capable of overcoming anything that is thrown at me. It is also a reminder of a very special person who was once in my life and will always have a special place in my heart.

Cantonese symbol for strength, Kanji

So I guess the real question now is: do you have tickets for the gun show?

Okay, so maybe my arms are a little too soft and mushy to be guns. And maybe they spend most of their time hidden beneath layers of clothing making tickets to any show impossible to find. But they are capable of amazing things.

My arms have always been large, no matter my size. And now they are also wobbly and flabby, but they are the reason I am able to experience so many joys in my life. I can hug my loved ones. Snuggle with my babies. Dance arm in arm with my boyfriend. Carry my 6 month old niece. Enjoy bowling with the family. And so much more.

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle … and Other Things

My hands and wrists are soft and gentle, but are starting to ache with the repetitiveness of life. I suffer from the beginning pains of what I’m sure will develop into carpal tunnel syndrome. Even so, I enjoy dressing up my wrists with bracelets, my fingers with rings, and my nails with brightly colored nail polish in an attempt to give people a glimpse of my personality. (Also, just because I really like pretty colors.)

It’s a Team Effort

Together my shoulders, arms, and hands work incredible magic. My arms are the instruments that guide my hands when I jot down brilliant ideas, write sweet letters, create delicious meals, flip through the Netflix menu, hold a glass filled with my favorite wine, drive myself around town, type my blog posts, snap photos, and/or simply hold hands with my boyfriend. And all of these make this blogger a very happy camper!

So maybe it is time to shed the layers and offer a few free tickets to this gun show. After all, I did manage to venture outside of my comfort zone last weekend when I donned a sleeveless top. And guess what. The world did not end! There just may be hope for this girl! πŸ™‚

Wanderlyn besties

What’s your favorite thing to do with your guns? Leave me a comment and let me know!

  • Love the meaning of the tattoo, and I noticed to one day when I went sleeveless the world didn’t end either… lol

    • Heh. Isn’t amazing how that happens? πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading this post!

  • If anyone offers that free massage send them my way too!! Hahaha. Incredible to think all the things we can do with our bodies that we just take for granted, isnΒ΄t it?

    • It really is! I think that’s what I like most about this workshop. We get the chance to actually stop and reflect on all the things our bodies can do that we normally take for granted.

  • I always covered my arms, but seeing this post, I might venture out this weekend with no sleeves as you quite rightly pointed out the world wont end! We never give ourselves credit for how strong we are, so I love that your tattoo is a permanent reminder of that. Emma xx

    • You should definitely venture out in a sleeveless top! I bet you will look amazing. We are always our harshest critics. πŸ™‚

  • Joi

    Great post Lynsey! This really resonates with me: “It’s a Team Effort
    Together my shoulders, arms, and hands work incredible magic.”
    It truly is a team effort, and the enchantment that comes through them is priceless! I am thankful!

    • Thanks, Joi! πŸ™‚ It truly is priceless. And I’m so glad that you are able to both love your arms and be grateful for them. πŸ˜€

  • I loved this post, it really showed your sense of humour. I also like the point about it being a team effort, because it is!

    Massage might be able to help the carpal tunnel too, somewhere really should do free massages!!

    Your arms don’t look flabby in either of those pics

    • Thanks! I appreciate the kind comments. πŸ™‚ And we really need to get that free massage thing started! I think we would ALL benefit from that. πŸ˜€

  • Thanks for sharing! That T-Rex image is great, haha. I too fear the carpel tunnel, there are a few hand/wrist exercises for that that are good in prevention. Love what your tat represents and that its meaning is so close to your heart, too. I agree that the world will not end if you decide to toss your concealed weapons permit out the window and take those guns out in public more often! πŸ™‚

    • “Concealed weapons permit?!” Oh, that is too good! I love it! And I will definitely have to look up those exercises for my hands/wrists. Thanks for the tip. πŸ™‚

  • Your arms look really nice – you’ve got really great skin and I bet you give lovely hugs. Go you for getting your LOVELY arms out. πŸ™‚ LMAO at ‘flip through the Netflix menu’. Amen. All the insignificant and major things we can do with our upper limbs are awesome. x x

    • Thanks, Leah! I appreciate all the wonderful comments. πŸ™‚ And I must admit I really do enjoy flipping through the Netflix menu. πŸ˜‰

  • Your arms are lovely you should definitely show them off more you look really happy and confident in the photo :).


    Ps love the t-rex pic I had to pin it

    • Thanks! I will definitely make it a point to stop hiding my arms. πŸ™‚

      And I’m so glad you loved the t-rex pic! How sad would it be if we had t-rex arms? πŸ™‚

  • I love your arms and your skin is amazing x

  • Lisa

    lovely post. I think you have gorgeous shapely arms. They’re just the right size and a lovely shape.

    I have a few tattoos and love mine too. It’s wonderful how they remind you of a time and person in your life πŸ™‚


    • Thank you! And I love tattoos. I think they’re so expressive and can be so special. πŸ˜€

  • You are so lovely and it is so very nice to see someone finding new ways to love themselves.

    • Thank you! I appreciate the kind comments. πŸ™‚ And I think it’s important for us to remember all the wonderful things our bodies can do for us.

  • What a cool idea and a great way to find positive self image!

  • Rhonda

    You have lovely arms and flawless skin! Why hide – you look great – I am so glad the sky did not fall down πŸ˜‰ I love your tattoo x

    • Hah! I’m also glad the sky didn’t fall down. Imagine how I would have felt if I had been the sole reason the world ended. What a sad day indeed. πŸ™‚ And thank you so much for the compliments!

  • Rachel Charlton-Dailey

    I’m so glad I bought my tickets to the gun show! In all seriousness you are a babe

  • Your arms are gorgeous! πŸ™‚ I love your humour too. x

    • πŸ™‚ Thanks! I appreciate your sweet comments. And you’re pretty stunning also.