…but would this make me look fat if I did it?
Women have the power to create their own experience.
Love and acceptance for ourselves frees us from the shackles that restrain our joy and confidence.
Stay fearless and fabulous!
Thank you all for your support and inspiring me with new ideas for the next 20 days. I appreciate you for reading, commenting and liking my posts.
How many of us are really happy with our naked selves? When I look in the mirror I can drive myself insane with all the negativity that goes through my mind. I can obsess about my appearance and all the real and imagined flaws from head to toe. I’m not a bikini model and never have been.
I’m also not a barbie wanna-be. I know I will never achieve perfection. No anti-aging products, diet pills, teeth whiteners or makeup will ever change the way I feel about myself. I fix what I can, enhance what I want and embrace the rest because what’s on the inside counts more than what I see in the mirror.
Mark Spain – “Pure Elegance”
Portrait Drawing by Alexa M. Anton
I’ve always had a hard time opening up and letting people know me. It takes time to trust and to find the comfort level where I feel safe to share my most intimate thoughts and feelings.
I’m very good at hiding but I’m learning to put my real self out there.
Every day is a new adventure.
Image by Karen Salmonsohn
When we stop trying to understand and accept people of different cultures, religions, genders and generations the results can be disastrous. No matter who and where we are, we all smile in the same language.
“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.”–Luciano de Crescenzo
We are all worthy of having joy in our life.
Be confident. Too many days are wasted comparing ourselves to others and wishing to be something we aren’t. Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses, and it is only when you accept everything you are and aren’t that you will truly succeed. – Unknown
When life gets you down blow bubbles.
– every size is beautiful –
Who doesn’t love sexy lingerie?
Corsets, bustiers, garter belts, stockings, satin gowns and robes…I love it all!
No fashion magazine will ever dictate what looks sexy and stylish on me.
IT’S TIME FOR SIZE DIVERSITY AND ACCEPTANCE IN THE MEDIA!
Everything about you has beauty…even your tears.
Tears pour out the feelings that words alone can’t express.
” There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief… and unspeakable love. “ -Washington Irving
“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” – Charles Dickens, Great Expectation
Love your body for what it can do, not for how it looks.
Celebrating our physical strength is so important in realizing what makes each of us beautiful and unique. We can’t all be ballerinas, body builders or yoga masters but we all have energy and the strength to accomplish amazing things. Each of us can choose to channel our energy into nurturing our body and becoming more loving toward it.
A prima ballerina has strength and skills that take years of practice to perfect.
Physical strength isn’t just for the young.
Tao is a yoga master, ballroom dancer, former actress and model and lover of wine. She is 93 years old.
Earnestine Shepherd is a 74 year old body builder.
She didn’t start working out until she was 54.
It pays to be fearless.
American women in the military face the same risks as their male counterparts. The ban restricting women from fighting in combat still exists but in practice it’s a very different scene. Women serve as gunners, they pilot helicopters and airplanes in combat zones, lead platoons and defuse bombs.
So far, 144 U.S. women soldiers have died in Iraq and Afghanistan and over 600 have been injured. Women are suffering burns and losing limbs in combat and are dealing with traumatic amputations. If society judges a woman on her appearance it must be incredibly difficult for these women to adjust to life as an amputee or a burn victim.
These women are and will always be beautiful and it has nothing to do with their appearance. They are incredibly brave and stand up for what they believe in. I thank them for their service.
For the next 30 days I’m going to rebel against the conventional ideal image of a woman … a thin youthful body with shapely hips and large breasts.
It’s no wonder some women have no compassion for their bodies. The public image of beauty has become so standardized that if a woman doesn’t measure up to this image she often develops a distorted sense of her own beauty. That’s so very sad.
A woman’s value to society should never be measured by her age or her curves.
Live without pretending.
Love without depending.
Listen without defending.
Speak without offending.