We must use our energy wisely in our busy lives, and we must choose to give our attention to those who support, understand, or have legitimate and respectful disagreements that can help us grow in our compassion.
After Ashley showed off all of her magazine covers that the people in the fashion industry told her she'd never get, she left the audience with these inspiring words: "Be you. Be real. Be authentic. Be your favorite kind of woman. And remember, this is the generation of body diversity."
So keep these five affirmations to love your body handy when you need a good pick me up (bonus points if you pick one a day and recite it for a week!)
We don't need to marginalize ourselves. We don't have to play down the parts of our personality that want to be seen. We don't have to hide our physique or change how we look. We can embrace all of who we are without comparing ourselves to anyone else. We can be real and we can own it. All of it. Every last badass bit.
We assume a lot about people, and especially about their bodies. Maybe it somehow seems more reasonable to make assumptions about the things we can see. These women are my friends, my village, and they are willing to share their stories with you so that you may honor them.
I don't know about you but I'm tired. Tired of thinking about my size. Tired of the guilt trips over what I ate, how many workouts I missed. Tired of the ridiculous expectations of myself. Of others looking at a single, static snapshot and talking about a woman's weight.
I was 23 years old. I had recently graduated from college, returned from a life-changing trip to Kenya, moved into my cool apartment in downtown Philly, and settled into my first "real" job. I was lovin' life and out to change the world. And then, I found a pea-sized lump above my collarbone.
The road to self-acceptance for Taryn hasn't been easy. In 2012 after an unbearable string of days despairing over her post-baby, unrecognizable body, she found herself with an appointment on the calendar for surgery.
(Photo: Getty Images) What's better than a killer massage, a great, full brew or an hour of video-games? When you're stressed out, sometimes what y...
No, I was not offended that you did not find me attractive, because my value is not determined by how attractive you find me. You do not get to decide what offends me -- I decide my own value.
I don't mind this new body -- it birthed my child and I will forever be in its debt -- but I want to figure out how to be at home in the new structure.
Several years ago, my husband and I threw ourselves a party. We had spent a good portion of our married life building our dream house, and we wanted to share it with everyone we ever met. So we dragged out our old wedding invitation list, added it to our Christmas card list, and had a huge summer picnic.
As a female on this planet, I am more than aware of my body. My physical presence has brought me many outfit changes, unseemly anti-wrinkle creams, ...
"But about a month before my friend Pammy died, she said something that may have permanently changed me. We had gone shopping for a dress for me to we...
What the hell is this? THIS is why young women (and men!) have body images issues. This is why people think that no matter what they do, they can't win. Being judged solely on a your physical appearance sucks. I know.