A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this new series, I’m sharing some of my favorite posts from my some of my favorite bloggers on just that. Hope you find these links inspiring, too!

The way I see it.

Writing your heart out is a great way to express your feelings and yourself. One of my favorite poems from this week. Wow.

Writing can truly be a boon for your body image. It gives us a voice. It empowers us to tell our stories and rewrite them. It puts as in the driver’s seat to figure out the life we want to have and the path we want to take to get there. A beautiful post from Mara on why she writes:

When I wake up in the morning I want to feel as though my body is solid and strong, with definitive edges and not the creeping feeling of where does the room end and where do I begin. I want to feel my feet solidly above my body – feet, knees, hips, shoulders, head – one over the other and working in perfect unison. I want to wake up and wonder what I can create, without the fear about how will I pay my rent on the periphery of my consciousness. I want to dedicate my full attention to the people that I am lucky to have in my life, and I want my social time to feel like a garden party, with croquet, candy-colored party dresses, and prosecco. I want to feel as if my life is embracing me with both hands, holding me tight with the promise of a better tomorrow, always, and that it is a safe place for me to grow and laugh. I want to lovingly participate in the life-long process of becoming who I already am.

Anxiety can often spark or perpetuate an unhealthy relationship with food and your body. You might find this piece I wrote on decoding and diminishing your anxiety helpful.

Our society’s obsessions with thinness can be very influential. But it doesn’t have to be. “Be the woman who didn’t listen to the dominant lie of her time.”

The great power of pausing.

For me getting out and visiting an art museum is an instant mood and body image booster. This helps to put life into perspective and reminds me to think beyond the surface. Here’s a great take on art.

Moving our bodies is magical for our minds, too. A tidbit with surprising benefits of walking outside.

And for those of us who keep striving for perfection — whether it’s for the perfect body or even the perfect body image, here’s a great reminder (I found this great quote at this great blog):

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it” ~ Salvador Dali 

P.S., Don’t forget that you have until this Tuesday at 11 p.m. EST to enter to win a copy of Mara’s powerful e-book,  Body Loving HomeworkHere’s all the details!