Sugar Pinterest Board & Shape

Creating a visual board—whether collage cut outs from magazines or online with Pinterest—to accompany a fictional project—is always fun. (Or I might add to a board for ideas for how to update my nest, wardrobe, holidays, and recipes—can I be stopped? Nope. I can lose hours in Pinterest-land, I tell ya, it's a tough job.)

I remember cutting images out of magazines when I was younger, getting my hands covered in glue, and tacking a fabulously disorienting melange of glossy pictures on my wall. Usually there were a few unhealthy representations of the purported female ideal, but after watching Jean Kilbourne's Killing us Softly, I started on a journey toward learning to love my body and not chase a physique that wasn't the one I was born with. It took me more than a decade to fully embody this idea—my mental and rational understanding of body acceptance trailed the little voice in my head that bullied me and said hurtful things. 

Most days, when I look in the mirror, I love my reflection. But I have days when I don't... And it is then that I forgive myself, am gentle, and remind myself of how strong I am, about all the amazing things my body does each day, and how fortunate I am to inhabit this amazing being for the last thirty-something years. 

I believe we each have a unique shape. We might be curvy, angular, voluptuous, athletic, fat, petite, and most often a gorgeous combination. It's subjective and a one-size-fits-all formula or mentality sets women up for a struggle. 

Some of the women I recognize as leaders in the body-love-acceptance revolution, each of them falling along the size, shape, and age spectrum, include:

Amanda Palmer

Maysoon Zayid

Kathryn Budig

Lillian Bustle 

Kayla Itsinies

Christianne Northrup

I draw from each of these strong, intelligent, and beautiful women to create a collage for how to embrace myself, inside and out. 

Long ago, one of my yoga teachers said something like, "If you don't like this class, leave, but don't give up on yoga. There's a teacher and a method that will provide for you what you're looking for, that will awaken your mind and body, and help you feel great." 

I think the same follows with the tidal change of how we approach the female form and how women regard themselves and each other. It's natural that different women, drawing from their experiences, habits, beliefs, etc. will have differing takes on how to approach body-image. As long as the bottom line is self-love, what works for one person might not for someone else and that's okay. Move onto the next if one gal's take doesn't resonate with you. In fact, that's the beauty of beauty, it's visually and philosophically unique and varies from person to person. There is no single ideal or image! Blam!

Back to Pinterest: it also provides readers inspiration and insight into my inner-workings while writing and editing. My Pinterest board for Sugar is especially sparkly and inspiring. I hope you like it! 

 Click the image above to see all my Sugar pins! Do you have one that's your favorite? Let me know in the comments below or pin it!

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