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30 Women in 30 Days – Day 18 (I think)

Holidays are crazy at my house and it can be exhausting.  There’s so much cooking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping and decorating to do. I’m posting this as a reminder for me as much as for you.

Don’t forget to take time out for yourself.

Sending hugs to you!

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30 Women in 30 Days – Day 14

When I started this blog series two weeks ago I felt rebellious toward the “perfect woman” image that permeates the media and the fashion industry. It’s an absurd image that few woman can achieve, yet so many aspire to it.

If we’re curvy we’re too fat to measure up to society’s standardized version of beauty…extreme thinness.  Consequently we often end up hating our bodies.

Excessive exercising, extreme dieting and overuse of diet pills and laxatives to lose weight are warning signs that a person could be anorexic.

How thin is thin enough?

Fashion model Ana Carolina Reston died from complications of anorexia in 2005 at the age of 21.

She weighed 88 pounds when she died.

You can see this young woman’s anorexia progress over time until her death.  To me this is not beauty.  It’s extreme malnutrition and starvation. The fact that she was still getting runway modeling jobs shortly before her death is tragic.  It says a lot about the type of body the fashion industry holds in esteem.

Do you ever ask yourself…

Q. If I’m thinner will I be beautiful?

A. You don’t need to be thinner. You’re already beautiful.

Q. If I’m thinner will I be sexier?

A. You don’t need to be thinner to be sexy.  Curves are sexy.

Q. If I’m thinner will I be happy?

A. You don’t need to be thinner to be happy.  You’ll be happier when you learn to love yourself.

Curvy is beautiful!

30 Women in 30 Days – Day 10

…but would this make me look fat if I did it?

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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.

30 Women in 30 Days – Day 9

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

 

30 Women in 30 Days – Day 8

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.

Photography by Cruzine Magazine

Every day is a new adventure.

Image by Karen Salmonsohn

30 Women in 30 Days – Day 7

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

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Punjabi woman

Punjabi woman

Himba woman of northern Namibia

Himba woman of northern Namibia

Photo Courtesy of Eric Lafforgue Photography, China

Photo Courtesy of Eric Lafforgue Photography, China

We are all worthy of having joy in our life.

30 Women in 30 Days – Day 6

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.

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30 Women in 30 Days – Day 5

– every size is beautiful –

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Art courtesy of stylehasnosize.com

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.

Photo courtesy of erotixx.wordpress.com

Photo courtesy of erotixx.wordpress.com

Photo courtesy of hipsandcurves.com

Photo courtesy of hipsandcurves.com

IT’S TIME FOR SIZE DIVERSITY AND ACCEPTANCE IN THE MEDIA!

30 Women in 30 Days – Day 4

Everything about you has beauty…even your tears.

Tears pour out the feelings that words alone can’t express.

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” 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