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Do Not Settle, Curvy Girls

Chrystal Bougon | Posted 04.05.2014 | Style
Chrystal Bougon

We are not pretty for a fat girl. We are just pretty. We are not smart for a fat girl. We are smart.

Beauty and the Self-Concept: Perceptions of Beauty for the Disabled

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

How we figure out who we are is based on the feedback we get from other significant people in our lives, or reflective appraisal, It is something we all do especially when it comes to our personal beauty. For me, being disabled, with and without the wheelchair, I often have eyes on me.

Giving vs. Receiving: Achieving an Effective Balance for a Rewarding Life

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 04.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

As we become effective at both giving and receiving, our relationships take on a vibrancy and fulfillment, adding to the richness of being fully alive.

9 Ways To Perfect The Art Of Self-Love

Alexandra Harra | Posted 04.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Harra

Extending too much love to others can leave us lacking in love for ourselves. We must walk the fine line of attending to others and tending to ourselves, all the while never falling second to the needs of another. Because to love ourselves is to know ourselves, and to know ourselves is to recognize the full spectrum of our powers.

How Social Media Plays A Role In Our Emotional Health

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 04.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Although there are a thousand ways to feel rejected on social media, 999 of them are probably not personal. Assuming the worst in these situations will not only cause you unnecessary hurt, it can make you reach incorrect conclusions about your friendships and assume problems exist where they do not.

6 Life Lessons From Disney Movies

Karen Salmansohn | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Karen Salmansohn

You know how a taco, burrito and enchilada all have the same ingredients, they're just laid out in different ways? Well... The Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid 2 and Tangled all share the same basic ingredients for storylines about good versus evil -- just played out in different ways.

Am I Pretty?

Kristin Armstrong | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Kristin Armstrong

Am I pretty? I remember the first time one of my twin daughters asked me this question, dressed in pink, blonde curls unruly, chubby child feet with painted toes, staring in the mirror, looking through her reflected self to me.

Being Beautiful Is Not a Profession

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Women
Sue Shanahan

I learned very young that a woman's power came from her looks. Specifically, my beauty, or lack there of, was how my worth was measured.

3 Women You Should Be Channeling This Year

Brittany Gibbons | Posted 03.30.2014 | Women
Brittany Gibbons

The morning shows all had segment after f*cking segment about all the ways I should change absolutely everything about me, but I actually didn't want to do that. I didn't want to be different, I just wanted to be more. Stronger, sexier, funnier, happier... more.

Back From Bulimia

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Adam Kirk Edgerton

There is no greater rejection than self-rejection. It is haunting, persistent, and colors the world in shades of pastels that are not reality. Everything and everyone seems brighter than you when you are afraid of yourself.

You? An Expert? Really?

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 03.27.2014 | Small Business
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Various online sources claim the word "expert" is from the Latin "expertus," which means, loosely, having tested, proved or experienced. And that's just what we expect from experts -- that they learn and discover better ways to do things we can't do ourselves.

The One Thing That's Holding You Back (And How To Let It Go)

Henriette Lazaridis | Posted 03.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Henriette Lazaridis

But just because most of us spend our careers sitting, that doesn't mean we have to sit back or sit out from the full reach of our abilities. So, let go of your ego. Expose those vital organs. It's good to lean in. But we can also sit tall.

How to Overcome Social Comparison

Susie Moore | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Susie Moore

Remember, the universe is abundant and wants you to have all that you want. You block the flow of opportunity, creation and miracles when we focus on other people and resent their accomplishments. Use your energy to think of ways to become your best and highest self.

An Open Letter to My Daughter, Who Will (Someday) Ask For Her First 'Real' Tattoo

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

I cannot imagine how many times you have wanted to do something long before your father and I were ready to let you do it, nor can I imagine the young woman you would be if I could.

10 Ways To Invest In Yourself

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

If you feel you deserve more self-care, put into practice the following 10 ways to invest in your own welfare and watch your inherent strength resurface:

The View From Inside Out

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

As the day begins, the dim light slowly exposes the wondrous nature that surrounds me. A little later, the sun will peek over the mountain range and a...

Stop Blaming the Media for Our Body Image Issues

Lauren Berninger | Posted 03.24.2014 | Women
Lauren Berninger

Should we not instead be looking to and encouraging parents, teachers, community leaders, clubs and curriculums to stand in the gap and provide the positive role models that the media has failed to produce?

The Trick to Raising Kids Who Love Themselves

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

If, as parents, we are not taking care of ourselves, but are taking care of everyone and everything else, we are teaching our children that love comes from the outside and/or only comes through "doing" for others.

How Venus Taught Me to Love My Curves

Sarah Fader | Posted 03.23.2014 | Women
Sarah Fader

After years of ignoring what I looked like from the neck down, I finally gave myself a chance to really look.

The Awesome, Unexpected Moments When These Women Feel Most Beautiful

Posted 01.25.2014 | Women

"Everything you see has been altered. All the magazines, all the media you looked at your whole life and thought 'I'm not that' -- they aren't either....

The Power of One: Honoring Yourself

Cyma Shapiro | Posted 03.23.2014 | Women
Cyma Shapiro

Valentine's Day is a day I've grown to love. And, while I work hard to give and show love throughout the year, this one day remains a pivotal occasion to fully express what is in my heart.

The Tyranny of the Mirror: Is Looking Young Making Us Feel Worse?

Grown And Flown | Posted 03.23.2014 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

We condemn the pressure placed on our daughters to be and look perfect. And then, we place almost the same pressures upon ourselves to be forever young, to repel the forces of aging and to glean our sense of self from our faces rather than our lives.

Nina Bahadur

How Dove Tried To Change The Conversation About Female Beauty

HuffingtonPost.com | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.06.2014 | Women

One of the biggest conceptual ad campaigns of the decade grew out of a photography exhibit in a retail building in Toronto. "Beyond Compare: Women...

Top Five Rules in the Game of Seduction

Corri D. Fetman | Posted 03.21.2014 | Divorce
Corri D. Fetman

When it comes to relationships, how can we ensure that we don't end up yesterday's boring conquest but instead always remain the highly sought after prize? It is all lies in mastering the Game of Seduction, my friends.

The 3 Words Every Woman Should Own

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 03.21.2014 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

As the year moved from 2013 to 2014, I played one of those silly word games on Facebook. A square made of rows of letters, with instructions to look for words, and a notice that 'the first three words you see, will be yours in 2014.'