I Remind Myself Everyday That My Body Belongs to Me

I clearly remember the first time I realized that my body was being viewed sexually by my male peers. I was in middle school. I had hardly entered my teen years and I never walked out of my front door freely again....more
laurie Slowly, but surely I hope to see change. You have to be willing to deal with a lot of ...more

“The fears that once controlled me can't get to me at all” – I love this line from the Sound track to Frozen.

**Update on the swimwear line I "fearlessly" :), launched on kickstarter, the story just got featured on ABCNEWS!! http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/back-coverage-bathing-suit/story?id=23931806      I am so glad that I felt the fear and did it anyway!**...more
inspiration2014 Great! I am glad I can add even a tiny bit to push you towards your destiny! I ...more

All the things they said

“Oh you have such skinny arms. Such little skinny arms.”It was an off-handed comment to my daughter, while a lab tech was putting a blood pressure cuff on her arm. “Mommy, look how skinny my arms are! They’re weak and skinny.”...more

I Ran 40 Miles Last Month, and I Still Don't Believe in Myself

I want to get in shape like crazy. I want my figure back: I want my waist back, and I want my thighs back. I want to be able to run without being in pain. I want there to be actual, strong muscles in my legs. I want to be able to wear a sleeveless dress without marveling at the girth of my arms. I am so insanely frustrated, I could cry. ...more

Feel Great this Summer: 7 Body Confidence Tips

The May issue of O, The Oprah Magazine really got my OMG up. A survey of over 4,000 O readers found: 43% of women missed out on going to the pool or beach because they didn’t like their appearance! That’s right 4 out of 10  of us are skipping summer fun, denying ourselves pleasure because of Bad Body Image....more
Ivy LaArtista  Thanks for the encouraging words and for sharing them with your social network. ...more

Letter to little ones

I was walking through a shopping center yesterday (mall for my American friends) and I noticed the girls.The little girls, the tweens. They were only about 12 or 13.They were already trying to assert some fashion statement, some identity but more so their desperation to belong....more

Stop Skinny Bashing

I was at work the other day when a work colleague began talking about Cher. She picked up some magazine, and expressed relief that Cher had finally put on weight. “Finally she’s gained weight! She was way too skinny. It’s unhealthy to be skinny. I feel so much better now that I have more weight,” she explained to a colleague. “I used to be thin like that and it’s not healthy, I’m much stronger now. It’s not good to be skinny.” ...more

Dieting, overeating, binging and food blogging

photo courtesy of Sycamore Street...more

Does your make-up make you?

I wore make-up every day as a teenager, everywhere I went - a lot of make-up. In hindsight, I wish I had skipped the big southern bangs and mauve lip liner, and embraced what I now know was a sun-kissed, wrinkle-free, dewy, fresh face that I'll never see again. Sorry, no picture to prove it. Remember? ...more