#WomanCentered is an independent project by conceptual artist and community organizer, Natasha Marin. Inspired by Women at the Center, a project created with support from the United Nations Foundation Universal Access Project. This series of interviews seeks to tell the inspiring, interconnected stories of women’s reproductive health, rights, and empowerment.

Where are you on the continuum of self-love? On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being Kanye West), how much do you love yourself and how do you reinforce and/or improve this?

Taurmini Fentress of Seattle, WA.

I’d say I’m at a 7.5 or so. I’m starting to settle into my skin a little more these days and learning to breathe into the judgements on me that I make so I can see what might be hiding there. On the days that I can say I’m honestly doing the best that I can, I feel pretty damn good. It’s when I feel my mind start to make excuses that my scale starts to slide so I’m working on that. Lately I’ve been trying to take the idea of “self-care” more seriously and working to give that the same kind of priority that I do my daughter, work, and school.

I’m not sure if I’m there yet, but I’m committed to convincing myself that I’m worth it. I’m getting closer.

If you could go back in time and give your younger self some vital information or critical education about your body, your overall wellness, or your reproductive health, what would your advice be?

You know that fear that wakes you up sometimes at the darkest point of the night? The one you can feel working around your edges, when you’re holding on too tight? Stop trying to move away from it and lean in instead. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find there.

Take care of yourself. Spend some time imagining all the things that little sentence might mean. Try them all. You’re worth it.

Let go.

This is part three of a three-part series. 
To go back and read part one, click here. To read part two,click here.