It's time to get naked

It's time to get naked

When is the last time that you saw a naked body? What about the last time that you saw a naked body that wasn't sexualized? Or how about a naked body that looks like yours? How about the last time that you saw your OWN body, completely naked? Hang with me, I'm going somewhere with this......

I have found that many women that I work with are dissatisfied with their own bodies because they think that something is wrong with it. It doesn't look like the bodies we see in magazines, movies, and social media. We are flooded by images of one type of body, and that body doesn't represent most of us. Even if your body does "fit" into the standard beauty model, it's common that women will still pick apart their stretch marks, cellulite, and rolls. I've yet to meet a woman that could tell me that she was happy with her reflection in the mirror. And this my friends, breaks my heart. I am the first to tell you that I don't love everything in that I see in the mirror. But I do APPRECIATE and RESPECT my reflection. This is my wish for you. [...]

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Two words that put it all in perspective

Two words that put it all in perspective

I've been a player in this self-love journey for a while now. I'm no rookie. But there are still moments, days and weeks where I feel uncomfortable in my own skin. I'm thankful that I am aware of these moments rather than a constant unconscious state of being as it used to be, but it still leaves a sinking feeling in my gut when it happens. 

Most recently I tossed on my bikini to hang out at the pool while on a mini holiday in California. That was fine. I have surrounded myself with imagery of real bodies and strictly limited the amount of photoshopped and unrealistic images from my daily life. [...]

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Why am I here?

Why am I here?

I have had a few professional careers in my short three decades of life, so what am I doing here, with Live With Strength? 

In a past life, I was a middle school Special Education teacher. Middle school is notoriously tough for everyone, but after spending thousands of hours with pre-teens, I saw that the added pressures of social media add a whole new level of complexity that a maturing brain is not prepared to cope with. This is in addition to the already-difficult-to-deal-with hormonal changes and bodies that are developing and changing before their eyes. [...]

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