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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!

15 books to promote body positivity. Many of these are on my bookshelf, too, including Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection, Geneen Roth’s Women, Food and God and Linda Bacon’s Health at Every Size.

A powerful, practical podcast on 5 ways to make yoga work for you. (Seriously, a must-listen!)

What do you think you deserve? Mara talks with life coach Randi Buckley about this very question.

You are whole.

How did you use your gifts in the month of October? I love this journaling exercise from Jen:

Study your calendar for the last month. Ask yourself, “What gifts did I call upon to do that?” Made a great playlist for your BFF? Name your gift of curation, good listening, great taste. Talked a friend down from high drama? Name your compassion. Shipped a project? Name your determination, courage, and ability to play well with others.

This poem,“Full-bodied,” from Samantha is just breathtaking. It’s an important and beautiful reminder about appreciating our bodies and really ourselves. And about changing how we talk about ourselves and others. Here’s a fave excerpt:

why can’t a short woman be buttery
and an old woman velvet
the large ones spicy and ripe

What one thing could you do today towards your dreams? Just doing one thing can kick-start something amazing, such as taking better care of yourself or seeing your body in a different light.

That’s what happened to me when I started working out. I realized that I’m a much stronger person that I ever gave myself credit for. And I slowly started revising the limiting beliefs I had not only about my body’s abilities but also about myself as a whole.

What have you read this week that’s inspired you? What’s one thing you can do toward building a more positive body image or another kind of dream?