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Body Image Booster: Love After Love

Monday, April 14th, 2014

updated pic of heart blooms, may 2013, in CT

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.

Because it’s National Poetry Month, I’d like to share another poem with you. This one is by poet and playwright Derek Walcott. I came across this poem in Liz’s post.


Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 4.13.14

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

anastasia island, night, 2014, taken by mama

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. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these links inspiring!

An image of bounty.

Overcoming impostor syndrome.

Coping healthfully with worry.


Body Image Booster: Create A Timeline

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Aristotle quote.3

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.

Reviewing your past relationship with your body can give you insight into how to improve your current connection. It can help you spot patterns and connect the dots between various events and your feelings.

That’s why I suggest creating a timeline of how you felt about your body throughout the years. Start with your first memory about being in your body, and then include other pivotal moments.


Body Image Booster: Keep A Thought Log

Monday, March 31st, 2014

NYC Oct 2012

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.

A negative body image is made up of negative thoughts.

Wow, I look horrible today. Like every day. My pants are tight. What a surprise.

Why can’t I just be thinner? This cellulite has got to go! If I could just get rid of this flab, I’d be so much happier.

Often, we don’t even realize we’re playing a demoralizing dialogue in our minds all day long. Which, of course, only perpetuates and spikes the negativity and bashing.

Or maybe our thoughts aren’t overly cruel. Maybe there’s a hint of negativity or self-doubt that’s still deflating.

Either way, our thoughts can influence how we feel about ourselves, how we treat ourselves, and how we let others treat us. They can influence the boundaries we set, and the lives we lead.


Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 3.30.14

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

single flower, creative joy retreat

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. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these links inspiring!

Self-care on the difficult days.

This piece from Rachel is absolutely stunning. I’ve written her words into my journal, to be re-read when the body worries arise.


Body Image Booster: Twenty Questions

Monday, March 24th, 2014

the creative habit, twyla tharp

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!

In her book The Creative Habit: Learn It And Use It for Life author and choreographer Twyla Tharp notes the thoroughness and thoughtfulness with which Leonardo da Vinci approached his work, his life.


Body Image Booster: Starting A Ritual

Monday, March 17th, 2014

amelia island, red flower

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!

I really enjoyed reading Jen Louden’s post on morning rituals. In it, she invited some of her friends to share how they spend their mornings.

For instance, Jill Badonsky considers what she appreciated about the previous day — even before opening her eyes.

Susannah Conway makes herself a cup of coffee, brings it back to bed, reads a chapter from a non-fiction book and journals afterward.


Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 3.16.14

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

yiddish proverb

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. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these links inspiring!

Her body was not wrong.

Self-hate is the path to self-love.


Body Image Booster: Focusing On Feelings

Monday, March 10th, 2014

creative joy trees

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!

Last week, Mara penned this beautiful post about how she’d like to feel – a journaling prompt she’s used since she was a little girl.

Here’s an excerpt:


Body Image Booster: Meditative Practices

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

creative joy, bench and light

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!

When the negative thoughts start swirling through your brain and the tension snaking through your body, trying to find a permanent home, try these practices from Barbara Ann Kipfer’s book Self-Meditation: 3,299 Mantras, Tips, Quotes and Koans for Peace and Serenity.


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  • Josefina: the line about giving myself a smile…felt good I felt truly absorbed thanks, I needed this now
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