I was having coffee with a friend the other day and the conversation turned to the struggle of body shaming (by others and ourselves) and body acceptance. We talked about the difficulty of loving our bodies in a culture where we are continually bombarded with messages from media, magazines, and movies that tell us our bodies are not acceptable unless they fit in the narrow definition of beauty.
After this conversation with my friend, the topic continued swirling around in my head as I was writing my to-do list for the following day. Among the many chores listed (which, let’s be honest, I only completed half), I wrote down the single task: “Read Body Positive Blogs.”Continue reading “8 Body Positive Blogs You Should Read Right Now”→
We all need a manifesto – a public declaration – of how we intend to navigate the trials of life ahead of us. When we are faced with challenge, and we find ourself slipping into harmful patterns of thinking or behaviors, this is the time to remind ourselves of our goals and commitment to our healing, recovery, core beliefs or whatever guides our life.
I wrote the manifesto below as I was faced with some challenges this week and needed to be able to repeat something to myself as a reminder of my strength and commitment to doing only good in this world, even when I felt angry, afraid, or ashamed. Once I wrote it, I shared it with those close to me to help affirm my commitment to do so. I share it here hoping it may provide comfort and courage to those who may be facing difficulties, too. Continue reading “A Manifesto for Difficult Days”→