Pay It Forward {Day 14/Year 2}

Inspired by one of my most popular posts from last year's Pay It Forward month and BlogHer's "Own Your Beauty" campaign I decided to do a repeat with a little twist.The basic premise is to leave inspiring and uplifting notes on the mirrors in public restrooms. In addition to the mirrors I also left notes on the inside doors of the stalls and an extra special note inside public changing tables....more

(VIDEO) Own Your Beauty: What We've Learned

A year ago, we began our journey here on Own Your Beauty; as with all good things, we have come to our end....more
I just came across this video now. I love it! Especially the point about controlling your own ...more

Owning Your Awesome: It's Not Conceited

When I was about nine –- the age my daughter is now –- I was told I was fat. Which was untrue, actually, but which quite literally scarred me for life. My own mother tried to teach me how to not hate myself, but she didn't walk the walk as they say, and I learned, through her actions, how not to love Me....more
Most of us gloss over the commomly quoted phrase, "Love your neighbour as yourself."   What we ...more

Own Your Beauty, Own Your Life

If there’s one message to take away from BlogHer’s Own Your Beauty movement, it’s this: You can redefine what it means to be beautiful. ...more
I love this post. I'm right now in the process of stepping into my own beauty. After so many ...more

The Own Your Beauty Panel: Changing the Conversation at BlogHer '11

Some panels at BlogHer conferences make you feel closer to people you barely know than you ever thought possible. This one did that for me. ...more
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Why I Will Continue to Tell my Daughters that They're Beautiful

I don't think that complimenting a little girl on her looks chips away at her self-esteem. I cannot see how simply telling a girl she's pretty somehow translates into telling her she's not pretty enough. The problem, as I see it, isn't that parents or family or even strangers are remarking on physical attributes positively. The problem is beyond that. It's entrenched in a society that shows women with botox and boob jobs as prettier than the average girl. It's in the magazine spreads and celebrated celebrity lifestyles. It's in the television, as reality stars spend hours in the bathroom to get themselves ready for the next random hookup. It's not us. If anything, I think, our daughters need us to tell them they are pretty more now than ever....more
My girls are both lovely inside and out. My husband and I tell them this and we're specific ...more

What Makes a Woman Sexy?

Earlier this month, my friend Victoria and I shared with you our thoughts about confidence being the ultimate form of sex appeal. Over the past few weeks, I've had second thoughts. I mean, what if the only reason we believed this was because we're women and simply wanted to believe this was the case? I mean, let's face it: As women -- to some extent -- we sort of have a conflict of interest when it comes to what makes a woman sexy....more

Make the Decision to Own Your Sexy

The idea of sexiness typically conveys a certain image in our minds. A woman of a certain body type, often showing off lots of that body. But that leaves a lot of us out of the picture. My body doesn't look like that and even if it did, I don't think I'd dress in that way because it's simply not my style. Does that mean I'm not sexy? According to Karen, true sexiness comes from confidence. I find it hard, sometimes, to feel confidant about things that go against the grain. It takes effort to change that thought process in my mind and to have it reflect in my every day life, to have it glow from within. It takes a decision....more

Your Specific Brand of Sexy

There are men and women out there who desire curvy partners, skinny partners, heavy partners, short partners, tall partners, and partners of every skin color. This isn’t a crazy fetish -– this is basic attraction....more

Spot on blog. Variety is supposed to make the world go round right? And if everyone looked the ...more