Body Positivity: How Our Culture Makes It Impossible For Us to Love Ourselves

For years, I have had issues with my looks. I don’t fit that Barbie doll image. It has taken me many many years to truly love and appreciate the person I am. When I finally got to that point of acceptance, I began to feel an amazing sense of calmness.

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The other day, I watched, what for some reason was the highly controversial film, I Feel Pretty. I liked it overall, and thought it had a positive message about character and the things in life which matter most. If you haven’t seen it, Amy Schumer’s character, Renee, struggled with her weight and body image throughout the film, until a hint of magic caused her to perceive herself in a more favorable light, seeing herself as being beautiful. Despite its critics, Schumer was a perfect fit, not because she wasn’t attractive, but because she was, despite not fitting Hollywood’s mold of beauty: I think that was one of the film’s poignant messages.

Throughout my life, I’ve struggled with Body Dysmorphia, and most recently Muscle Dysmorphia, which is the perception that one isn’t muscular enough. Whether or not my perception of myself is accurate is secondary to the question of why…

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Leave Me A Link and I’ll Share Your Page!!

Dream Big, Dream Often

As most of my followers know I am big into helping other bloggers gain more exposure. My goal has been to grow a community of like-minded people and I am part way to my goal.  I am bringing back the open call to leave a link and I’ll share it for you!!

To get a reblog you must do the following:

  1. leave me a link to your page, and
  2. Share this post with your followers.

Each day I’ll randomly select 3 links to reblog.  I’m not sure it gets much simpler.  You can leave as many links as you want and I’ll cycle this post from day-to-day so more people can jump on board.

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You’ll Never Know How Much You Mean to Me – A Poem about the Relationships Which Heal Us

Absolutely beautiful. I had a tear in my eye while reading this.

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You’ll never know how much you mean to me

Your words are forever burned into my memory

You’ll never know how much you mean to me

The power of all that you’ve ever said to me

From within my soul’s recesses, sacred parts with you I shared

And your beautiful heart shined through your warmth, showing me how much you cared

You’ll never know how much you mean to me

It’s through your eyes that now myself I see

Those parts of me which hid buried inside

Are parts that I no longer want to hide

You gave me a love which I never knew existed

A love that is whole, of all of the parts of me that have ever consisted

You’ll never know much you mean to me

Before you I was lost, drowning in a bottomless sea

And though our time is up and I will never…

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