By Chase Rosen, Bandier & Athleisurely
I am empowered by a lot of things — creativity, strength, truth, compassion, pride, relationships, individuality — but above all else, I am empowered by LOVE.
Love is what makes the world go 'round, it's true. Without love, I wouldn't be who I am and where I am today. When my dear friend Aly asked me to be part of this campaign, I automatically thought - holy shit, I am not getting in my underwear for everyone to see. Then I remembered a quote I came across at work – “Confidence is the best outfit you can wear.” Maybe by stripping down and showing people I love myself, I might empower someone else to love who they are too. No matter how you look or feel, happiness comes from within and loving yourself is a key factor in that.
The other one is simple, I love, love. There is no better feeling than loving someone, being loved, and loving yourself. I feel eternally grateful to be surrounded by love. I've been blessed with the best friends, an incredible family, and an amazing boyfriend — I wouldn't be anything without any of them and without any of their love.
This Valentines Day, I hope everyone reading this and seeing these images feels empowered to always follow their hearts. When you lead with your heart, it will always take you to the right, loving place.
Chase Lindsay Rosen is a fitness fashion enthusiast and healthy living advocate. She started her own site, Athleisurely, to inspire women that dressing for fitness can be fun and fashionable. Athleisurely is a lifestyle (emphasis on style) blog that features tips and inspiration on how to look good, feel great, and listen well.