Archives for December, 2012
The end of December is a great time to reflect on this year, and how we'd like the new year to look. That's why I'm republishing the below post, which focuses on questions to consider about our body image. (I've updated it a bit, since it was first published in 2011.) Maybe these questions will guide your intentions for 2013. Or spark a new perspective on your body image. Or provide a starting place to ponder your self-care practices. I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Eve! I'll be celebrating with Brian, my mom and my family in Queens, NY. New Year's is actually a big holiday for Russian people. We eat yummy Russian cuisine, dance like it's our job and exchange gifts at midnight.
A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Hope you find these links inspiring, too! What would my life look like if I became radically devoted to myself? This is the brilliant and powerful question Christie asks herself in this beautiful post. She's dedicating 2013 to "the year of radical self-devotion."
Our relationship with food is often complex, so it takes time to develop a healthy relationship with eating. But I'd like to share a strategy that's been really helpful to me throughout the years. In college I used to turn to food when I was upset, bored, anxious or lonely. Which meant that I turned to food very, very often. (It also didn't help that I thought dieting was the answer to my woes, and I spent some days pretty hungry.)
Losing weight is a top resolution here in America, and no doubt, in many other countries, too. Maybe some of you are also considering it. Resolutions are, of course, a personal choice. But I encourage you to consider what healthy and truly nourishing habits you can cultivate instead. Consider intentions that focus on the journey, not the destination; that bring you joy, and aren't punishing; that expand your life, instead of restricting it.
Since I’ve been writing Weightless, every year around this time, I’ve shared a list of last-minute gifts we can give to ourselves (and our loved ones) whether we're celebrating Christmas or not. I’ve combined those lists, updated them and added a few new ideas. If you're celebrating Christmas, I hope you have a beautiful holiday. And if you're not, I hope you have a beautiful day. I'll be celebrating with my boyfriend and his family, eating delicious food, crying my eyes out while watching Christmas movies and relaxing. I can't wait. :)
A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Hope you find these links inspiring, too! Last week I downloaded this beautiful e-book, which features 34 women sharing their stories on honoring their bodies and healing past body hurts. I highly recommend reading it. I found so many favorites.
Stress can lead us to skip self-care, bash our bodies and overeat. It can leave us feeling overwhelmed -- and out of control. And that can seem like the worst feeling. Ever. You feel like you're barreling through life on a train with no track, about to collide with anything and everything in your path. Fortunately, even in stressful situations where we think we have zero control, there's always something we can do. We can reach out for help. We can shift our perspective. And we can find a healthy way to cope.
A few months ago Mara Glatzel and I debuted our interview series on self-love. Mara is a self-love coach and blogger who helps women close the gap between the lives they deserve and the lives they're currently living. (She also regularly inspires me with her stunning and powerful writing.) Our goal with this interview series is to make the concept and practice of self-love as accessible and feasible as possible. That's why we're sharing stories and insights from women who embody self-love. Today, I'm thrilled to present my interview with Anna Guest-Jelley, who I'm honored to call my colleague and close friend. Anna is the founder of Curvy Yoga, a beautiful, safe and empowering space for practicing yoga at all shapes and sizes and accepting and celebrating ourselves.
Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts the week on a positive note! Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you! How often do you ask yourself what you want or what you wish?
A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Hope you find these links inspiring, too! From Anna, a beautiful look at body acceptance, through the lens of yoga. Rosie shares a great gift guide with empowering and inspiring presents. For instance, I really like this "Be Yourself" paperweight.