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Beautiful Women For A Positive Social Change (Cosabella x TOPLESS)

May 27, 2015
 

I’ve always aspired to live my life as a (role) model and inspiration for social change and self-acceptance. The dream is real my sisters–and dreams take time. Well, good dreams, dreams well done, those take time. Like marinating something really juicy, a good recipe takes patience, persistence and a vision of what you want in the end. In this case, it’s just the beginning. And oh how I’m enjoying the journey so.

I find myself walking that fine line of trying to find balance and inspiration in all of my choices. Like most of us do, I feel the need to access presence and exercise my right to feel the universe so deeply, so intensely. And then there’s this nouveau life on the other end of the spectrum, full of social media and crazy hashtags, that still too, have the universal power to touch someone who treads across the share. Learning how I enjoy the balance of the new world, and still being able to access the deep presence of the old, I find, is most interesting. It’s an incredible tightrope act, walking the faint line of real, filling, old world connection, and marrying it to the new technological connection that seems decently filling, and still yet, having the ability to inspire and make ripples throughout the world.

I’ve always played with being on the precipice of powerful social change that would have softened the blow of body image awareness when I was 14 years old, reaching for hipbones I couldn’t yet find under my fleshy skin and developed muscles. Here we are today, 15 years later, and the tip of this empowering journey is being strung together by leaders who beat their own drum, knowing at the core of our existence, that our message of self-confidence is what we share.

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I Thought I Was Fine (A Poem on Body Image and Honesty)

May 12, 2015
 

I thought I was fine, breasts thin and strong.

He told me they were not what women’s breasts look like.

I thought I was fine, waist athletic yet soft.

Magazines showed me otherwise.

I thought I was fine, thick, uneven eyebrows that I never thought to change.

My first manicurist was quick to offer their fixing.

I thought I was fine, the strongest girl in my neighborhood–always picked first for team games.

The girls told me that guys didn’t like that.

And I needed to be adored on the outside. And I needed to be adored on the outside?

Was I not good enough to be me? Was the core of my truth wrong?

Was I not girl enough to be strong, with thick uneven eyebrows?

Was I not perfect enough to have sweat on my face, ankles covered in dirt?

What did I love the most about me? The confident girl I was. The woman I was growing into.

In those very proud moments, I found myself also being tugged into the dark by a culture I begged to feel belonging to.

In a time where fitting in was everything, I thrived, and I suffered. I conformed, and I starved.

My truth began to live in a shadow, so dark that I too, couldn’t see just who I was anymore.

Who was I? I ask. Who was I? I repeated.

I am good enough, echoed from inside the shadow I was living under. It was just a faint whisper that barely tickled inside my ear, but I heard the call. Just enough I heard, that I understood it.

I cast my inner light as I searched in the shadow to discover what was speaking to me so lovingly. As my eyes adjusted to the bright light shining through the thick shadow, I began to see what it was supporting me, the entire time.

Hello, truth. Hello core of me. Root of every question I pose. Hello, truth, you know all, and all along you’ve been hiding in this dark unworthy place. Oh, how I vow to take you on the most beautiful journey and show you how powerful you are.

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An Interview with Erica Mather, Body Image Expert, Forrest Yoga Guardian

May 8, 2015
 

I met Erica Mather recently and we immediately connected, talking about out mutual passions for yoga, body image positivity, and making a change in the world. Erica is so kind and enthusiastic, and she invited me to be part of her Adore Your Body Telesummit May 9-19th. As a sneak preview for the incredible body-image series, I turned the tables around and asked her the questions that she posed to me. If you want to listen in to all of the powerful interviews, you can sign up for this complimentary telesummit event (link on post). The people that Erica has interviewed are all self-confidence warriors in my book–a great way to spend 20-30 minutes each day listening to incredible inspiration over the next two weeks.

EN: Tell us about where your story of body image challenges and struggles began.

EM: I remember being pretty cool with myself as a little kid, but all of that started to fall apart around age eight. I grew up in the Midwest, and was the fastest-growing gal on the block. I was tall and busty at a very young age. Standing out, and standing apart made me self-conscious, and getting teased for having big breasts eroded my self-confidence. This was all compounded by the fact that I didn’t feel very accepted by the boys, and so I had a very bad impression of myself and my looks.

Looking back at this, it seems pretty unremarkable—it’s not like my story is either that tragic, or unique. And that’s the real point, I think. That pretty much everyone feels some kind of dissatisfaction or shame around his or her body, no matter whether they are close to the “standard” of beauty, or farther away from it. How can that be? Even more bizarre, is that even though I thought I was tall, fat, and ugly, I later came to realize that I’m in fact, pretty good looking! Again—how can it be that people in general are so unforgiving of their looks and their bodies, and tend to feel so bad? The answer is, in short: we’re taught to be. Satisfied people don’t make good consumers.

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