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Self Acceptance

It's Been 4 Years Since I've Worn These Jeans

Mama Bean | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Mama Bean

My jeans and I aren't going out to bars anymore, as I'm wearing them to playdates and park trips instead. They feel stronger than before -- I'm not so worried about getting them dirty now. Much like myself, I suppose.

Conscious Choice: The Engine of Your Evolution

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 01.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dennis Merritt Jones

Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he ho...

5 Things We Must Accept to Move Forward in 2015

Bob Miglani | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Bob Miglani

I've narrowed it down to five things that we must accept in order for us to move forward in times of profound change, uncertainty and complexity. By accepting we arm ourselves to move forward more quickly despite the often complicated nature of life.

New Year, New You? No Way!

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica R. Dreistadt

During the first few weeks of each new year, I feel overwhelmed with the deluge of advice for how I might improve my life. Lose weight. Save more. Get...

The Worst Times Happen At Our Front Door

Mike Reynolds | Posted 01.09.2015 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

This isn't a story about regret or failure. I raise my voice because I do a lot as a parent, because there's a lot going on. We all have a lot going on. And kids don't listen all the time, nor should they be expected to.

Only One Resolution This Year

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

The problem with resolutions is that they propose a future state that will bring us the feelings we would wish to have. And what are those feelings? Well, if we achieved the intention of those resolutions, we would feel really good about who we are and where we are in our lives.

Why I've Chosen To Live In A Complete State Of Denial

Dori Hartley | Posted 12.31.2014 | Fifty
Dori Hartley

Another year means only one thing to me -- I have to somehow get used to typing a 5 instead of a 4 when I write the year down. That's basically all of it in a nutshell. The real hurdle to bolt over is in remembering that the beginning of the year starts with a 20, and not a 19.

Resolving to Listen to Ourselves in 2015

Josh Sabarra | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

I will no longer be so easily influenced by the "experts" who flood the media with the answers to everything. I will cut through the noise and rely more on my own thoughts than the ocean of other opinions that surround me.

11 Things That Helped People Everywhere Love Their Bodies In 2014

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.04.2015 | Women

For women, 2014 was a year of great steps forward -- and unfortunate setbacks. One area where there was much, much more celebration than disappointmen...

In Their Own Words: Girls On Self-Esteem

Mary Alice Stephenson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Style
Mary Alice Stephenson

Sometimes it feels like girls have to act and look a certain way because it's what is expected of them, and if you don't act or look this way you will be judged. This pressure can cause insecurity.

Looking for Friends In All the Wrong Places

Josh Sabarra | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

Dating websites are for dating, not for finding people who want someone to grab dinner with every now and again or who need a ride to the airport at holiday time. I have those people in my circle, and I'm already not getting flowers and sex from them.

A Body Apology

Andrea Wachter | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

I used to be an extreme body hater. After decades of working on cultivating self-kindness and self-care, I am now extremely devoted to loving and appreciating the body I live in. I also have the good fortune of being able to teach others how to do the same.

On Erasing the Worst Five Minutes of Each Day

Sandra Shpilberg | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Sandra Shpilberg

This way the worst five minutes of each day turn into the best five minutes of each day, shining a bright neon sign that says "UNDER CONSTRUCTION" on the areas that need more attention for us to grow into self-aware, conscious, grateful people that embody loving kindness.

Why This Isn't a Mid-Life Crisis

Rebecca Mckown | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Mckown

You decide what you are doing and why, whether you are in your 20s, 40s, 60s or 80s. Truth is if you let yourself just be and trust and honor who you are you can get through your life crisis free.

An Unexpected Seasonal Bonus: Accepting What I See in the Mirror

Jodi B. Katzman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Women
Jodi B. Katzman

A perfectionist for as far back as I can remember, I can now embrace my imperfections. I realize at last that I wouldn't have half the insight upon which I have come to rely were it not for those trying times in my life.

Are You Being Bullied About Your Hair?

Ama Yawson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Style
Ama Yawson

Do you feel as if you are being bullied about your hair choices? On one hand, there are Black women and girls who eschew dangerous chemical relaxers and instead rock their God-given afro-textured hair, and often experience bullying as a result.

6 Reasons To Celebrate Who You Truly Are (Quirks and All)

Posted 11.26.2014 | OWN

This world of ours is filled with a vastly varied cast of characters -- and we're delighting in the goofy, kooky, quirky and perfectly wonderful q...

"Unfollowed" Into Happiness

Josh Sabarra | Posted 01.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

The decision to write an honest and candid memoir about "coming out" and living life authentically should be accompanied by a list of side effects similar to that of the antidepressant Lexapro: confusion, headaches and sleeping problems.

Letters to Hadley: Looks

Liz Olson | Posted 01.25.2015 | Women
Liz Olson

The world has a habit of judging people on their looks. I wish it were different, but it's not. You'll quickly learn that everyone has an opinion on what's pretty and it's virtually unavoidable to not feel the weight of those expectations.

Shame, Shame Go Away

Kim 'Skipper' Corbin | Posted 01.18.2015 | Women
Kim 'Skipper' Corbin

And so I am writing a new ending when it comes to my relationship with my body. I choose to rock this statuesque physique from deep within. I choose to acknowledge my body as the incredible ally that it is, instead of using it as a container for my judgment and disdain.

(Not) Finding Love Through Textual Chemistry

Josh Sabarra | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

Technology is a danger of the contemporary dating landscape. I don't have it all figured out, but I have developed the "Donovan Rule:" No frequent calling or texting before the first meeting - and no overnight bags on Date 1.

Sick of the 'Love Your Body at Any Size' Campaigns?

Jenn Hand | Posted 01.06.2015 | Women
Jenn Hand

We aren't born hating our bodies. Somewhere along the way we learn that we need to be thinner, smaller, skinnier to be better. And the good news is that with a little digging, we can unlearn all of it, as well.

My AA: Approval Anonymous

Josh Sabarra | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

In my entire 40 years, I've never once been high or intoxicated. Still, an AA program would serve me well. Approval Anonymous. A support group that could help eliminate my need to be accepted by other people and direct me toward the sense of self that I am just beginning to claim after decades of living inauthentically.

All I Heard Was 'She's Too Fat To Be A Princess'

Ally Del Monte | Posted 12.27.2014 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

I heard my mom asking the lady at the shop for something, anything for me, and she said, "I'm sorry, she's too big for the costumes we have here." But all I heard was: "She's too fat to be a princess."

Judgement: Why it Sucks

Sue France | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Sue France

Although I am now a world away from that awkward little girl, I do still feel like her sometimes... but of course I do. She is me and will always be a part of me. My job is to love her and accept her, and reassure her that she is just fine as she is.