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One Simple Practice to Cut Through a Lifetime of Pain

“If you’re anxious, depressed, have a Monkey Mind, worry you’re not using the Law of Attraction correctly and are sending the Wrong Fucking Energy out into The Universe so you’ll only attract Troglodytes and Bell’s Palsy — this post is for you …” Read On

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How I Got 7x Faster at Forgiveness

Excerpt: Sometimes it feels really good to be pissed off at people. We can get really puffed up and indignant about their obviously assinine behavior. We just know we’re a better person than they are. More evolved, intelligent, loveable and sane. 

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Giving Up Alcohol By Taking My Inventory

Excerpt: “Why do you drink? I wrote, “It relaxes me. It’s my reward at the end of the day. It’s … it’s … it’s …” Okay, this smacked of laziness. I realized I had to dig deeper. Why do you drink? This is what instantly came out of my pen: “It numbs the pain of feeling like a failure.” Holy Shit. Now that’s something real. After writing that down, I dug for more …” (Read Article) 

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How to Pray 101. Hint: I Didn’t Learn It in Church

Excerpt: “I realize that when I pray, I assume I’m not perfect enough for God. I assume God disapproves of me, is disappointed in me. So, my prayer then comes from a place of neediness, shame, embarrassment, cynicism and rebellion. What’s becoming clear is that I approach prayer not believing God loves me exactly as I am right now.”

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The Shocking Truth about Women in Lingerie over 50 (Photos)

HuffPo 50 took photographs of 11 women ranging in age from 48-67 in their lingerie then asked them how do they feel sexy today as opposed to in their twenties. Their answers will uplift you … Keep Reading!

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Danielle, Embracing Beauty Despite Breast Cancer (LYBN)

Excerpt: “I felt a small lump in my breast in February 2014. When I saw my oncologist and all the results were in, I was told that I had Stage-4 metastatic breast cancer that was in my liver, lungs, sternum and both breasts. I was told in April 2014 that I had two years to live.” Keep Reading …

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He Says I’m Too Fat, But What Bothers me Most is my Response

Excerpt: I abandon my body completely, as if it were a one-legged stepchild, by saying, “You’re right. I do need to lose 3, 5, 10 pounds. I’ll do it soon.” “When?” he’ll ask. “Soon,” I’ll say. Then he usually presses me to pick a time frame. Or a special event as my goal. And I will arbitrarily pick something. By my next birthday. Before I participate in a ballroom dance competition. By Christmas. Keep Reading …

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Kate Winslet Takes on Fat Shamers & a Groundbreaking Book asks, “What’s Wrong With Fat?”

Kate Winslet wrote: ““I know I am chubby, I have big feet, and have bad hair days. When I grew up and even now sometimes, I hardly hear any positive reinforcement about body image from any female. I mostly hear negatives. But I know most of the negatives come from the people who are busy rejoicing other people’s insults by liking demeaning posts on Facebook, when in reality they don’t even like themselves.” Keep Reading …

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A Vagina Walks Into a Bar …

My Vagina: “I’ll take a vodka martini straight up. And dirty.” The Bartender’s Vagina: “We don’t serve Brazilian wax jobs in this joint.” My Vagina: “I wear nothing but a six-shooter and a smile; get over it.”
Tough Girl’s Vagina: “Are you talkin’ Smack?” Keep Reading …

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She Lost Her SoulMate, You’ll Be Surprised at What Helped her Through her Grief

Excerpt: Yoga was my ticket to wellness after many months of dealing with my husband’s progressive illness and eventual death. It helped me to stop, to breathe, and to be in the moment. During the past two years since leaving my full-time job, I’ve grown to love going to my weekly yoga classes. Instead of resisting, I am more open to change. Yoga has shown me how to slow down and find greater balance. I have developed a sense of gratitude for all that I can do. Read more …

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Finally YSL’s Image of a Possibly Anorexic Model Banned by the ASA. Was I Was Right?

Excerpt: “The ASA considered that the model’s pose and the particular lighting effect in the ad drew particular focus to the model’s chest, where her rib cage was visible and appeared prominent, and to her legs, where her thighs and knees appeared a similar width, and which looked very thin, particularly in light of her positioning and the contrast between the narrowness of her legs and her platform shoes.
‘We therefore considered that the model appeared unhealthily underweight in the image and concluded that the ad was irresponsible.’ Keep Reading:

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Lane Bryant’s Response to Victoria Secret’s “Perfect Body” Campaign

I absolutely love the Lane Bryant “I’m No Angel” campaign. There’s been some, what I consider to be, trumped up controversy that by featuring succulent, zaftig models in their campaign with an intra-textual reference to the Victoria’s Secret “Perfect Body” campaign, that Lane Bryant is simply perpetuating hate on hate.

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A (Video) That Proves There’s More Than One Ideal Body Type

What if this weight is perfect for me at age 49? What if I didn’t spend the day feeling like my body wasn’t behaving as perfectly as I’d like it to be? What if, just for today, I lay down my defenses and decide my body isn’t an ongoing project, rather a magical, irreplaceable conduit for seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing and feeling my own experience in the corporeal world. If I allowed that, maybe I would feel how much I love my body, how much I appreciate what it’s doing and has done for me my whole life.

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Three Bodies: Identical Twins Heal Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes

“Sometimes I feel like Peter Pan. But not because I don’t want to grow up. I’m like Peter Pan in that I’m chasing my shadow, only my shadow is my body.” – Lisanne Sartor When I was 46-years old I had flattering nudes taken of myself to combat negative feelings I had about my rounder, aging body. It was so liberating that I wanted to do the same thing for other women … keep reading!

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Women Look in an Interactive Mirror and get a Massive Surprise! (Video)

When these women look into an interactive mirror, they are not expecting what is about to happen. I am weeping as I type this. Send the following video to all of the loving, beautiful women you know today. xoxoxo S Keep reading …

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I’ve Managed to get Nude Again on HuffPo Live!

This story is close to my heart because of the intimate, stunning work photographer Beth Sanders and body-coach Marlene Zaleznick did with our subject, a woman we call Claire, who wanted to lay her body image issues to rest after she’d laid her father to rest this year.

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One Advertiser Takes a Stunningly Bold Step!

In a recent Today Style article Marisa Kabas writes: Last month, (e-retailer) ModCloth was the first company to sign onto the “Truth in Advertising Heroes Pledge,” an outgrowth of the Truth in Advertising bill, which was introduced to Congress back

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How Becoming a 1950s Pin Up Girl Boosted my Body Image!

Last week I got to be a Bombshell. I’ve always wanted to be a Bombshell and am grateful to chocolate and french bread for making it all possible. Like a lot of women I always have my eye on what

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I Touch Myself

Something interesting happened this morning. I jumped out of the shower to quickly dry off after my morning run (okay jog, okay speed walk, okay parade where naked guardsmen bore me forth, around our neighborhood park, on a satiny be-pillowed

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This Video is a Wake-up Call aka Screw You Body Image Issues

This TedX talk from make-up artist/performer Eva DeVirgilis once again reminded me of how we’re all in this body love crusade together. It’ll make you want to kick that little negative bitch voice in your head to the curb along

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When the Skinny Girl Thinks she’s Fat we Need to Vanquish Body Image Issues

I love this post!! Please welcome The Girl on a Wire, Karen Chilton Wilder to TWFKAB by sharing her excellent adventure trying on swimsuits under florescent lights. We’ve all been there. Karen writes: “It was like one of those nightmares

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Tokyo Woman Arrested for Making 3-D Printer Vagina Dioramas

My blog can occasionally be vagina-centric. But having just spent many days in the Louvre looking at all of the penile statuary … I feel the need to represent for the velvet glove. This hot off the press from RocketNews

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Colbie Caillat’s New Video “Try” Made Me Cry aka Take That Photoshop

My new favorite song from Colbie Caillat. But the glorious images rival the beauty of her voice.

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Are Big Breasts Tastier than Intellectual Breasts?

My lovely guest poster (is that a word?) today, Carol Cassara has strong opinions about the value of plastic surgery. Although I could very well have been one of those unfortunates with plastic surgery gone wrong, I love my results. Yet

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One Woman’s Love Letter to her Body in the War Against Body Image Issues

My guest posting badass for the day is Ms. Lori “Lavender” Holden (why didn’t someone name me Chartreuse?). I want to steal her love letter to her body for my body to add to my arsenal in fighting body image

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