You are beautiful. Every single cell that is composed together to create your individuality makes you absolutely irreplaceable. All of your features represent everyone that was, is, and will be part of your life. How do you become irreplaceable? Be and embrace your complete honest self.
Dear One and Only Body: I am so sorry I have been ignoring you and your needs for longer than I care to remember. No more diets, gimmicks, deprivation and the like. I will make taking care of you a lifestyle that we both love and enjoy.
I was 22. Like many young women in their twenties, I got out of college with big hopes and big dreams. I moved to a new city, broke out of my five-year college relationship and got my first "real" job. I was partying like I was still in college and everything seemed great... for a while.
Summer is a time where baring more of ourselves can actually cause our self-esteem to plummet. But now's the time to love the skin you're in and embrace what's great about you. So while you're relaxing at the beach and building sand castles, here are several ways to build self-confidence.
The truth is that skinny or fat equals an increased chance of cancer if you're not exercising. So, note to self, living a healthy lifestyle is really the new skinny. And you are beautiful, no matter what your size!
As a kid, I believed not only in heroes, but superheroes. Maybe because believing in another person who was stronger than me made me feel a little less vulnerable, and a lot more secure. But as soon as I became an adult I realized that none of us ever outgrows vulnerability.
The ending of any kind of relationship can be difficult but I am a firm believer that every season ends so that something more beautiful can bloom. View every ending as an opportunity to start over, renewed, with a clean slate.
A beautiful thing happened when I stopped caring about what everyone else thought; I experienced a rush of freedom! I was finally, after all those years, free to be who and what I was without worry and without pressure.
I realize now, I never wrote about living with mental illness because I wasn't living with mental illness. I was running from and fighting with and stumbling through and barely surviving the shame of it.
In an effort to better understand the reality of how distant Barbie is from the average woman, I created a parody featuring what her breasts might look like at her current age of 55-years-old. It's a sad, sad truth but as women age, their breasts go south.
Coming from someone who spent the better part of my 21 years trying to be someone I wasn't, I can without a doubt say that the day I stopped caring was the day that everything began to fall into place. Here are the beautiful things that happen when you stop apologizing for who you are.
You can be an original or you can be a copy. An original portrait with honest mistakes is worth more than a perfect replica. I urge you to be yourself. I urge you to accept your mistakes and shortcomings and live the life you were destined to.
As women, we are natural givers. We give life, our times, our love, our energy, our creativity, ourselves. We naturally put the needs of others before ourselves. It's a quality that comes natural to most women. What's truly hard for us is receiving.
No matter what kind of upbringing you experienced or what kind of self-parenting style you have adopted up until now, it's never too late to treat yourself with compassion and kindness. By lovingly nurturing, encouraging, and motivating yourself, you can become the parent you always wanted.