Archives for July, 2014

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35 Lessons on Body Image, Well-Being And Life


Today is my 32nd birthday. Every year, for my b-day, I’ve been republishing a version of the below post. It’s become sort of a tradition around here.

In it, I share what I’ve learned about body image, well-being and life in my years on this earth thus far. Why 35? Extra lessons for good measure and good luck!
1. Be you.

In all your amazing and unique glory. Trying to be like others or pretending you like...
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Body Image Booster: A Key Question to Ask Every Day


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.
Self-reflection is helpful when building a more positive body image. It helps you pinpoint what you need to work on...
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Body Image Boosters From the Blogosphere 7.27.14


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!
Your stories matter. Keep reminding yourself of this fact.

A gorgeous...
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On Courage And Not Loving Our Bodies

I just read this great post from Dani Shapiro on Marianne's blog. In it she explains that we don't need confidence to write something great. In fact, confidence gets in the way. She writes:
Show me a confident writer, and in all likelihood you will also be showing me work that falls short of originality or greatness — because originality and greatness come from the willingness to take risks.  To...
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Your Body Is Not The Enemy


In our culture there is a prevailing belief that if we can't get our bodies to look a certain way, to lose weight, to fit into an old pair of jeans, then they're the enemy.

They're an enemy we have to subdue, manipulate and pound into submission. An enemy we need to insult, yell at and despise.

Today, I wanted to share a reminder that, in fact, our bodies are...
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25 More Statements for Speaking Kindly to Ourselves

On Tuesday I shared 25 compassionate statements we can say to ourselves, inspired by Joyce's beautiful post. Today, I'm sharing 25 more statements.

As I wrote in my other post, when speaking these statements to yourself, try to use a gentle, soft, caring voice, as though you are speaking to a child or the person you love most in this world.

This might feel strange or uncomfortable at first....
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Body Image Boosters From the Blogosphere 7.13.14


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!
You are insatiable.

"There is no human experience that we have alone....
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10 Reasons to Love Your Body

In our culture there are conditions. There are conditions that dictate when we can -- and can't -- love our bodies.

For instance, we can love our bodies when we're thin. We can love our bodies when we've lost weight. We can love them when our waists and thighs are small, when our bodies adhere to certain random standards.

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