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Celebrating Girls Exactly As They Are—And Celebrating Ourselves

When I found out I was having a girl, I got scared. Because I remember what it's like to be a girl, a teenager, a young woman. I remember vividly the insecurity; the deep desire to look like everyone else but myself; the longing to lose weight, to be pretty, to be popular; the roller-coaster of restricting and bingeing; the pain of rejection; the comparisons and the coming up short. I remember vividly second-guessing everything. I...
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General

Writing to Finally Express and Stand Up for Yourself


There is a line in Natalie Goldberg's book Writing Down the Bones that is especially meaningful to me: “I write because I kept my mouth shut all my life…." It is meaningful because there have been many times, too many times, too many situations in which I stayed silent when really I needed to speak up. To speak up for my needs, my safety, my desires, my boundaries, my feelings. To stand up for myself.
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Exercise

50 Journal Prompts for Exploring Your Favorite Things

Last week I shared 50 quick journal prompts to help us get to know ourselves a bit better. Below you'll find 50 more prompts, which focus on your favorite things. As you're gathering with your friends and family for the holidays, consider asking them to share their favorites, too. Often there are so many things we don't know about each other because we simply don't think to ask. This...
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Body Image

50 Quick Journal Prompts to Spark Self-Reflection

Journaling is a powerful way to learn more about ourselves. And it's amazing how many stories just one word (or a few words) can spark. Below are 50 (plus) words to help you self-reflect. Don't think too much about your responses, and don't censor yourself. Simply write what's on your mind. If you like, set a timer, and give yourself a limit. Or don't. Do what works best for you. Always.

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