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Quieting Body Worries With Purpose And Play

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

St. Augustine beach, 2014

Sometimes our hyperfocus with our bodies can actually be a restlessness, a lost purpose, a lack of play, a confusion with our inner or outer lives.

The worry over expanding waistlines may really be a frustration of rarely having time for yourself.

The problem with our thighs may be masking bigger questions about where we’re headed. (Sometimes, it’s just easier to bash our legs than to explore new, potentially scary territory.)



Body Image Booster: Twenty Questions

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

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.



When Someone Doubts Your Dreams Or Decisions (Including Yourself)

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

she, a celebration of greatness in every woman

I love the following excerpt from Mary Anne Radmacher and Liz Kalloch’s book She: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman.

 I love it because it serves as a significant reminder.



10 Ways to Cultivate Joy Today & Every Day

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

creative joy, purple flowers

This afternoon I interviewed an ADHD coach for a piece on Psych Central about chronic lateness. At the end of our conversation, she mentioned that today is the International Day of Happiness.

I had no idea. So in the spirit of today’s significance, here’s a list of 10 ways we can cultivate joy today and every day.



Body Image Booster: Starting A Ritual

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

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

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

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.



On Guilty Pleasures And Self-Care

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

CT coffee and ice cream

When we’re embarrassed over something we enjoy, we call it a “guilty pleasure.”

We laugh it off. We apologize. We wonder and worry what others will think of us.

For instance, you might say that your guilty pleasure is watching reality shows or eating ice cream in front of the TV or listening to certain singers or liking certain books or films or foods that you’d be mortified if anyone found out.



Body Image Booster: Focusing On Feelings

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

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:



Creating A Calming Personal Space

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

perfumes and jewels

Throughout the years, I’ve realized that the state of my space greatly affects my mood and stress level.

When there’s clutter and disorganization, it creates a tension in my body, triggering a bubble of negative energy just waiting to burst.

It creates a disconnect between me and my environment, and it feeds my frustration and overwhelm.



When Your Body Feels Like A Burden

By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

creative joy, 2012, yellow flower

Think of your body as a plant

that needs water

and sunlight on a daily basis.



 
 

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Recent Comments
  • Margarita Tartakovsky, MS: @ AntNene, you’re so welcome! :) I’m glad you liked them. Thank you for your...
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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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