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30 Women in 30 Days – Day 16

Body Beautiful

Heal your wounds.

Redefine your own beauty.

I have come to drag you out of yourself, and take you in my heart. I have come to bring out the beauty you never knew you had and lift you like a prayer to the sky ~Rumi

“Step Away from the Mean Girls…
…and say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks.
Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.

This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you’re too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.”  – Oprah Winfrey

“A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty but an obsession about female obedience.” – Naomi Wolf

“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.”  – Simone de Beauvoir

30 Women in 30 Days – Day 13

Celebrating Motherhood

Since the moment my first daughter was born 35 years ago motherhood has been my top priority in life.  I fell in love with my baby girl and knew I would fight for her no matter what it took.  My second daughter was born two years later and I loved my second baby girl as much as my first.

Parenting was challenging at times. They don’t stay babies forever and before you know it they’re out of your sight and starting to live their own life.

Eventually they become teenagers and the challenge of raising daughters peaks.  I used every trick imaginable to get them both through high school and to keep them safe.

Then they left home and went to college. I cried my heart out and thought they would never come back.  I guess it’s call the empty nest stage.  Oh, but they did come back and they were grown women by then, college educated and ready to take the world on.

Somehow we all survived those years of joy and angst, pushing and pulling each other through the best and worst situations.  We faced life together and shared our special love for each other when it was needed the most.  We still do.

I wasn’t perfect but they both tell me I was a good mother.  Who would know better than them? I did my job and now it’s their turn.  Motherhood is contagious.

“What is so real as the cry of a child?
A rabbit’s cry may be wilder
But it has no soul.” – Sylvia Plath, Ariel

30 Women in 30 Days – Day 12

Today’s post is honoring the women who have been targets of domestic violence, stalking or any type of sexual, physical, emotional, economic or psychological abuse.

Whether a woman has witnessed it in the street, had a friend or relative in an abusive relationship or was in one herself, I believe we’ve probably all witnessed violence against women at some level.

Women are victimized by intimate partners, social acquaintances and friends, family members and even strangers.  It’s not unusual for violence or abuse to cause long term trauma related health effects.  Healing is their mission.

Violence against a woman is a violation of her human rights.

30 Women in 30 Days – Day 11

30 Women in 30 Days – Day 10

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

Photo courtesy of erotixx.wordpress.com

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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