February Link Love: Beauty, Bodies + Books

Introduction to the monthly Link Love column: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.

taken at powell's books in sw portland

taken at powell’s books in sw portland

`This month has been busy – I didn’t do as much online reading as I did in December and January (I think that means I’m healing – whoot!), but I did read a novel (The Vacationers by Emma Straub). That said, what I did read was what online communities can be really good for in February: L-O-V-E spelled out in the alphabet of acceptance. It makes sense, then that February holds space for both Valentine’s Day and National Eating Disorders Awareness Month. And I chose the image above because both could use lots and lots of…#feminism.

* BUST tells us 10 things we might not know about orgasms.

* Here are the six best web series that we all apparently need to watch, according to BUST.

* This woman learned to find body acceptance through a relationship…but the finger always points back around to that being her responsibility.

I will work to earn love from me, who is the person who will always play the hardest to get. I will flirt as hard as I can, and I will win myself back.

* Watch the video for a brief history of young adult books – it’s like seeing my own reading history from one decade develop over many.

* NPR’s Krista Tippet nails it again with articulating the myth of multitasking (so for all my friends who call me a terribly multitasker…I WIN).

* Here’s Spry Living’s guide to the nation’s best yoga studios.

* Good PT + yoga = preventive asana therapy, via Yoga International.

* I am a routines junkie…though I should likely call it a rituals junkie. I love reading about how people spend their time and so appreciate how The Chalkboard  asks style icons, like this blogger at The Tig how they spend their days particularly in light of their health + wellness habits. The best restaurant tip I came across?

Take your time. Order your starters and have a glass of wine, and then see how hungry you are before you order your next course. It’s a great way to enjoy dining in general… pacing yourself and enjoying your food without rushing through it and you’ll inadvertently eat less. Alternatively, I would say one of the best tips would be to put your phone away. It’s healthy to be present. Everything can wait.

And a recipe I want to try?

Roasted cauliflower with chickpeas and hot curry powder – it finds its way into my salads, or as a side dish that I constantly nibble.

* And (drumroll!) The Chalkboard has an app…which means I really need to find my iPad charger!

* This is how two fashion bloggers go on a friend date.

* A very Portland(ia) list of protein bars.

Smart Girls at the Party said Happy Galentines Day!

Gala Darling is encouraging zine-making this project season and Rookie Mag shows us how.

* Speaking of Gala Darling, I’m pulling some articles from her February Carousel for my own:

* JK Rowling reveals 11 “facts” about the Harry Potter books after-the-fact.

Your body is not a problem to be solved!

* It’s NED month and Instagram is helping with eating disorder recovery.

* Here are 35 essential habits of incredibly happy people.

* Carmen Farina, my old elementary school principal who’s moved up in the world of education, is changing the course of NYC public schools.

* What happens when you’re insured, but not covered? The New York Times reveals.

* The HuffPo reveals the 4 things us 20-somethings should know about money.

* Anna Kendrick – who after last month’s NYT Styles article – has become my beauty/self-care icon, shares tips for making showers faster in Self Mag.

* Yoga instructor was rated by CNN as a career with some of the largest growth, via YogaDork. I could also not agree with YogaDork more about killing off the yoga studio paradigm.

* Now, I’ll end this link love on the most positive of notes…a yoga body is EVERYbody (34 photos to dispel the myth of the “yoga body”), via Sonima!

January Link Love: Selma, Style + Safe Sex

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Introduction to the monthly Link Love column: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.

January has been another month of lots of reading…but this time, mostly reading on the go, which has been a pleasant change from December’s broken-legged stationary ways. Reading on the go has been aided largely by my (relatively new…at least in terms of use) Twitter account, Pinterest and The Skimm, my daily news email. The above image, created (also on the go) with the app Kanvas, has to do with a large fraction of the articles I mention in this Link Love column: articles from the New York Times Styles section, which I devoured like the ritual devouring the New York Times is when paired with tea and a couch one Saturday afternoon. Taking the time and spaciousness to read large portions of a newspaper…even on an iPad…has the potential to be a profound act of ritualizing life, something all us busy souls could use a bit more of in our days, weeks + months.

Well…here goes!

* Last weekend, I saw Selma, which broke my heart in dozens of ways. Here is what Common Dreams says you should know about the historical event…that feels all too current.

* Which made me think about Solutions Journalism and the importance of all of us – especially writers – to never stop imagining political possibilities (in fact, possibilities should be inherent in the word political).

* Glamour Magazine shares 7 ways to be happier right now and 5 signs of happy, healthy relationships.

* Now that I live in Portland, I really, really want to go to the World Domination Summit!

* The Left Brain Buddha shares 40 ways to bring mindfulness into your life!

* From my entire afternoon of devouring the NYT:

Ours was the kind of accelerated intimacy I remembered from summer camp, staying up all night with a new friend, exchanging the details of our short lives. At 13, away from home for the first time, it felt natural to get to know someone quickly. But rarely does adult life present us with such circumstances.

It’s astounding, really, to hear what someone admires in you. I don’t know why we don’t go around thoughtfully complimenting one another all the time.

Most of us think about love as something that happens to us. We fall. We get crushed.

But what I like about this study is how it assumes that love is an action. It assumes that what matters to my partner matters to me because we have at least three things in common, because we have close relationships with our mothers, and because he let me look at him.

I’ve begun to think love is a more pliable thing than we make it out to be.

We spent weeks in the intimate space we created that night, waiting to see what it could become.

Love didn’t happen to us. We’re in love because we each made the choice to be.

* Thank goodness Glamour recapped the Golden Globes because I was too busy watching the GIRLS premiere.

* Forbes’ 30 Under 30 came out…lovin the young people power. These young entrepreneurs started businesses like Bloglovin + The Toast.

* Remember when I wrote a novel in a month? NaNoWriMo calls what comes after the Now What months and here’s how to bump up that manuscript.

* My dear, dear friend and former roommate EmK is truly gifted at making GIFs of our most beloved president.

* Yes, January was the start of the New Year, but it was also the 15th anniversary of The Princess Diaries! And at this point, the Link Love column has got to know how much I adore Mia Thermopolis as a fabulous role model of a three-dimensional female character.

* Gala Darling’s Blogcademy went online!!! And I’ve been devouring the free videos on bettering blogs with style!

* Peppermint Mag interviewed Gala Darling on being a business babe + radical self-love.

* I really need to re-read this. Fellow Lotus Flow teacher, based in Austin, wrote this article about finding your focus as a yoga teacher.

* Speaking of Austin, they’re having a TV festival!

* My high school writing mentor and her hubby who’s also a YA author (if that wasn’t cute enough, they got married on the roof of Scholastic HQ) started a podcast: Writing in Real Life.

* This Is What A Yogi Looks Like tees!!! Can you say Wish List ten times fast?

* Right now, what a yogi looks like for me is being broken-legged and attending yoga classes anyway. That means I have to pay particular attention to my alignment and integrate physical therapy into my asana practice.

* Be You Media Group asks a yoga and Ayurveda teacher some intelligent questions.

* The Guardian brilliantly does an expose on exploitation in the wellness industry. A must-read for wellness professionals.

* BUST Magazine bows down to the last-living women of the 1800s. BUST has also been busy reviewing Tina Fey’s new Netflix show starring Ellie Kemper of The Mindy Project. BUST also interviewed the GIRLS girls on life, love + that amazing show of theirs.

* In looking to revive my thesis, I’m loving HuffPo’s thesis project.

* Brene Brown was interviewed on NPR’s On Being podcast on (you guessed it!) vulnerability.

* The monthly newsletter The Balance has a list of new PDX healthy food companies.

* Yet again, fellow FGSS major Ella rocked it with writing about writing the Other Love and safe sex in hookup culture and erotica.

* As an avid journaler, I am grateful to the NYT blog Well for advocating writing as a path to happiness.

* Gretchen Rubin explains happiness using the best literary example ever…Little Women!

It’s Meg’s wedding day, and she and Laurie start talking about drinking wine. Laurie explains, “I don’t care for it; but when a pretty girl offers it, one doesn’t like to refuse, you see.”

Meg answers, “But you will, for the sake of others, if not for your own. Come, Laurie, promise, and give me one more reason to call this the happiest day of my life.”

December Link Love: Burritos, Heart + Justice

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Introduction to the monthly Link Love column: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.

Warning: This month, brace yourself for some extra links. I’ve been at home with a broken leg, reminding myself of the face that the internet is a BFF of mine at times. There are links galore!

The son of one of my volunteers at the school I do my AmeriCorps service at started up the Burrito Brigade, an organization that fights food insecurity with vegan burritos in Oregon. Clearly, social justice runs in the family.

Speaking of social justice, this has been quite a month of fighting for it. Jezebel doesn’t know what to do with “good white people” and a student from my sister’s high school got arrested for walking under red tape at the protest he went to with his afterschool poetry club.

In case you haven’t gotten the picture already, the world needs changing. That change might lie in teenage girls.

Politicians and their machines need to pay attention to youth voters, and if they’re smart they’ll look to the internet to better understand the issues that are most important to them and — critically — how and where to talk to them about these issues.
We can’t assume loving a boy band prevents a girl from thinking critically about her experiences and the experiences of others. Don’t assume teenagers can’t understand complex social theory. Pay attention to teenage girls; they just might change the world.

And Michael Franti.

On a lighter note, these are apparently the best 15 cities for single women.

A beauty blogger reveals how she does her makeup every morning.

I claim the seat of a student with an injury as I seek guidance from my teachers.

Real Simple shared these DIY Christmas decorations.

So thrilled I get to start filling out my new daybook with this blog post on schedules by Kimberly herself in mind!

Gala Darling shares what it means to have a heart-centered business.

Being heart-centered means that you’re adding light to the world. Heart-centered or not, you are running a business. A business is a profit-making venture. Anything else is a hobby.You are only as powerful as you will allow yourself to be, so stop playing small! Don’t shrink down to make other people comfortable. Don’t water it down.Don’t be Diet You. BRING IT! We need you!
But in order to make the impact you seek, you have to step into your power fully. You have to own it.
Sometimes that can be scary. But if you really want to add to the world, you have to stand up and be heard.

What a f*cking FANTASTIC article. A feminist take on blogging. Truly inspirational.

A few months ago, I listened to Lena Dunham’s memoir as an audiobook. this article has me question if I can justifiably call it memoir. Though lately I doubt the valence of genres anyway…

Well & Good asked Daphne Oz how she stays healthy during the holidays. And they asked Alexis Jones what her tricks are for being a bada*s confident + inspiring woman. Oh, and I really want to start contributing to the I Am That Girl blog!

SoulCycle instructor from this Refrigerator Look Book started the Movemeant Foundation (not a typo) to inspire young women by helping them to feel confident about their bodies!

Guess who’s back? Back again? Mia’s back. Tell a friend! HOLY F*CKING SH*T. The most relatable princess on the planet is back! And better than ever. Reading this, with her voice still the strong and poignant feminist fictional role model that I had from middle school through high school would have made me cry…if it didn’t make me roar with laughter first. Goodness gracious, Mia Thermopolis, I’ve missed you. I cannot wait until June! Meg Cabot also wishes her readers a lovely happy holidays and I am so #thrilled that through this post I found out about this excerpt for the book I am anticipating most this year (Princess Diaries X…I didn’t know this day would come!!!) and a collection of Meg Cabot’s short stories!!! My sister and I were actually just having a conversation about how we are disappointed by the lack of three-dimensional female characters in young adult fiction. Mia Thermopolis, however, is proof to me that creating three-dimensional female characters with quirk, feminist inclinations, and sheer human awesomeness is totally possible. I am so grateful to have grown up with her!

J.K. Rowling made a Jewish wizard. L’Chaim!

I am really excited to see Still Alice when it comes out.

Tim Ferris tells us how to build a brand.

It’s been a year of T-Swift and neither me nor the NYT are complaining.

HerCampus reveals how life changes after graduation and they’re sad…and true…and sad because they’re true.

Whoot whoot to Cuban bloggers!

If you’ve ever struggled with body image, this Kickstarter is for you.

The Atlantic believes that there’s power in writing about yourself.

Here’s the history of one of my favorite bookstores in the world and the highlight of my trip to Paris.

Anne Lamott is one fierce spiritual lady.

A Curvy Yoga body gratitude printout…I’ll OM to that!

A 24-year-old author just broke J.K. Rowling’s sale record!

30 people under 30 who are following their passions.

What can I say? My generation is filled with “career jugglers.” I’m living proof.

The director of my kids yoga TT had a piece published on cross-country love lost.

Glamour Mag learned these 5 beauty lessons from Beyonce this year.

Love, love, love the movie Obvious Child.

New wellness site Sonima shares master teacher Raghunauth Cappo’s story.

The New York Times shares the best TV shows of 2014.

I am so glad that friends Z + N introduced me to the Happy Mindful People + their blog.

My high school writing mentor shares her year in books.

Ella tells us the parts of being 22 that T-Swift left out. Beautiful.

Tiny Buddha encourages us to be the best versions of ourselves a lot more often.

When I was studying abroad, a documentary filmmaker came to talk to us about the importance of the media – and just representation within it – in Cuba, a place where media is vastly more scarce than it is in this country. That was the first time I heard the name Assata Shakur – click for her open letter to the media – and I am hopeful that “restored” relations between countries will allow us to hear her name more often – on her terms – in this country where media is abundant and justice within it is scarce.

BONUS: This SNL GIRLS skit is a true gem.

November Link Love: NaNoWriMo, Comedians & Routines

Introduction to the monthly Link Love column: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.

Hello from Ada’s House of Technical Books, a fabulous cafe in Seattle’s Capitol Hill where I am spending the long Thanksgiving weekend! November has been a reading-heavy and writing-heavy month (the kind of month, which, you know, comes with Northwest winter hibernation – I’m a fan!). Here’s what I’ve been reading and loving on the interwebs this month…

* Doing NaNoWriMo (it’s hard to believe this intense month is almost over!) has made me want to read these books (two separate links) on this crazy endeavor.

* In the meantime, I’ve been reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott on writing well.

* I turned 23 on the 18th and HOT DAMN, this HuffPo article struck my heartstrings rather seriously. These words in particular…

We work hard in jobs we aren’t sure we want to make those fancy degrees feel worth it, and we date people we aren’t sure we love to make everything feel less lonely.

We spend hours drinking wine on apartment floors, promising one another that those who broke our hearts will not own us forever. We zone out in grad school classrooms or type away in junior offices or teach English in Rwanda, all the while wondering if we are supposed to be somewhere else.

We are 23, and hangovers hurt now.

* Mean Girls celebrated their tenth anniversary this month and holy crap, I feel so old!

* Spoiler alert: I am sort of kind of basing a character in my NaNoWriMo novel on Tavi Gevinson and this interview with Bitch Magazine served as a character development guiding light.

* Also on Bitch Media, what we all learned from Growing Up On Om Rory Gilmore…thank goodness for this political take on my favorite part of popular culture!

It is this impact that makes Gilmore Girls stand the test of time. When it debuted in 2000, there weren’t enough Rorys and Lorelais on TV and there still aren’t. There are not enough single moms and dads shown successfully parenting their children while working and definitely not enough young female characters who do well in school and don’t spend all their time fighting with their parents. Most significantly, there are not enough female writers and directors like Amy Sherman-Palladino creating these characters.

* I really want to make this interesting twist on a coffee drink to warm myself up on rainy days!

* Roxane Gay talks to Lena Dunham about her new book, feminism, and the benefits of being criticized online.

* Fast Company provides a history of the blessed/cursed to-do list and how to make the most effective one.

* Speaking of, Elephant Journal has some tips on getting up early and getting sh*t done.

* What happens when Disney princesses have “real” (whatever the f*ck that means) waistlines? They look gorgeous. Duh!

* During a particularly busy month Krista Tippet’s (NPR) On Being calls always having something to do a dis-ease of our culture. This ex(?)-New Yorker agrees.

* Last month, Good Coffee opened up a few blocks away from me in Portland…and it’s great! (Sorry, I had to.)

* 1989 is such a freaking fantastic album (yay T-Swift!) and fellow Class of 2014 FGSS major Ella Dawson calls it inspirational for women writers!

When asked what she thinks of being accused of only writing about boyfriends, Taylor Swift is quick to call bullshit. “Frankly, I think that’s a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love lives, and no one is raising a red flag there.”

* To hear it straight from the former country singer’s mouth, check out this article with Tay Tay herself.

* My article on creating a soundtrack for the everyday for LaraBar.com was published!

* At some point in the middle of the month, I desperately needed to diversify my writing so I experimented with poetic forms. The Tanka was a fantastic way to do so!

* The inspiration for this monthly column Gala Darling blogged about 10 really easy ways to love yourself more today! She includes standing up for what you believe in, getting a good night’s sleep, filling your mind with positive media, and moving your body – essential for learning how to grow up on OM…at least I think so! Also from Gala Darling, 3 ways the present mOMment can help you manifest blessings.

* RESOURCE ALERT: Wondering what birth control you should go on? Know anyone wondering what birth control they should take? My doula/midwife-in-training friend recommends this fantastic website!

* Another resource, but this time in the land of education startups!

* One of my Teachers, Jasmine Tarkeshi, of Laughing Lotus SF, and the person I agree with most when it comes to the ideology behind Ayurveda, wrote about how the sister science of yoga reflects the four noble truths.

* NYWICI scholarship sister Taylor Trudon was interviewed on her wild successes post-college in the fabulous world of teenage journalism!

* Fellow yoga teacher named Shira was part of a startup team for Sonima, this down-to-earth viral wellness website (think MindBodyGreen with a Lotus Flow twist).

* As a yoga teacher, I am always on the hunt for more black leggings. Thanks, Chalkboard Mag for the guide!

* You know there is something deeply f*cked up when everyone is talking about one woman’s butt and hardly anyone is talking about agency. Thank all that is feminist and holy for Tina Fey.

* There is now a “realistic” Barbie doll, though I am still incredibly weary of calling it realistic because to do so is to reinforce norms and the idea that there is one way of appearing, one body type, even if it is more representative. (We have to challenge representation, people!)

* My original feminism role model, Jessica Valenti (referred to by me and my feminist friend M in high school as J-Val) wrote about the importance of telling all kinds of abortion stories at The Guardian.

* OMG OMG OMG, a sequel to Pitch Perfect!

* Bustle shares the 10 books to read if you loved the TV show Friends

* My personal style icon Zooey Deschanel is in a two-person band.

* I just wrote a novel (!!!) and here are some tips for the hardest part of doing so: ending it.

* The New York Times profiles a 13-year-old yoga teacher. Just goes to show that this practice is about being in the mOMent, independent of the number those moments add up to be. The Times published this right after they published a wise-beyond-their-years interview with Jaden and Willow Smith. The newspaper was clearly on a spirituality kick this month because they ALSO published a guide on getting a job in the mindfulness industry!

* I need to bake this wellness-focused pumpkin pie!

New York Magazine asks Manhattanite women what the dumbest things they spend their money on and I blush.

* Yoganonymous offers a DIY Yoga Props guide.

October Link Love: Fall Is Here!

From last month’s introduction to this kind of a post: One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.

Last time I saw Ella Dawson, we were about to graduate college. Now, she’s working For TEDx and has lots n lots of experience (sex-writing included) to share!

Alanna Kaivalya tells the yoga community (is that a thing writ large??) to stop talking about body size and image.

MyPlate teaches health and nutrition to kids.

Nicholas Sparks movies that are better than the notebook?!

Writers all over Facebook are ogling the 5 best writers sheds…and now that NaNoWriMo is here, I want one of my own!

My roommate J and I have been arguing over The Mindy Project and its feminist intentionality ever since it began. Turns out, The New Yorker was debating it too and I love what they came up with using input from the source herself.

You mean there are offices cooler than those of Facebook and Google?!

Oh, hay, my high school made the cut!

I already mentioned that I am doing NaNoWriMo this month and this and this and this is how I’m planning this crazy-ass month.

My stepmother is attempting to raise my littlest sister without Disney princesses.

Carly from The College Prepster essentially handed all bloggers a true mecca of a blog post: 50 Ideas for Blog Posts.

Through this article, I found out that my style uniform should probably consist of: “tank or cropped t-shirt + a high-waisted A-line skirt + boots.”

There is a lot of research surrounding the fact that we only have so much decision-making power alotted per day, and the more decisions you’re forced to make about trivial things (what am I going to have for breakfast/lunch/dinner? What am I going to wear? Should I work out today?), the less energy you have for creativity. It’s better to have your everyday life structured and organised, so that you can expend that energy on being innovative.

Also via Gala Darling, she tells us what to do when we’re burned out.

In the realm of my favorite bloggers, Kimberly Wilson gives some writerly inspiration.

This Portland writing group definitely sounds like something to check out!

Now that I am supposed to teach gardening to the kiddos, this idea sounds like a go-to.

A truly deeply hilarious and tragic well-written take on the book us New Yorkers grew up loving: Eloise (a take by none other than the New Yorker itself).

A plethora of synchronicities led me to this article again and again on teaching mindful studies to teens in Oregon public schools.

And finally, I spent many hours this month listening to Lena Dunham’s memoir on audiobook.

Now tell me, what did you read this last month?

What I’m Reading (and What I Think You Should Read Too!): Small Apartments, Loving Criticism & Writers on Trains

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One of my favorite blogs (and a total blogger role model of mine) is Gala Darling. Every month, Gala Darling publishes a link roundup in a narrative form of what she’s been reading. Lounging in bed on lazy Friday mornings (when I was in college) or Sunday mornings (now that I’m a working lady), I open up the links Gala posts like presents on Chanukah evenings. I want to create a similar experience for my readers…with the added bonus of documenting these reading gems so I no longer have 17 tabs open on Google Chrome. So, without further adieu, thank you Gala for the inspiration. Here is a delightful (Central Park) link carousel of my own.

Goodbye, September’s links! October, I can’t wait to see what you have in store!

Food Addiction, Alcoholism & the Discovery of Self-Like. ~ Georgia Boonshoft

I am so proud of this girl. Some quotes that are not to be missed in this gorgeous article written by this fellow yoga teacher who shows that we have to Work Hard to be our Best Selves: 

I began to burst through little by little. I decided what music I liked and what clothes I wanted to wear, without worrying about “fitting in”. I’m quirky, loud, impulsive, energetic, goofy, loving, random, and me.

There are days when I’m completely in love with every inch of myself, inside and out. Mostly I’m just content andcomfortable in my body. I have good days and bad days, but my feelings don’t always turn into actions like they used to.

I knew what I needed to do. I needed to capture my essence, who I am, how I move, how I laugh. I needed to capture the twists and turns of my physical form, seeing all of the folds and ripples and spots.

Self love is essential to all of this. If I can’t respect myself, who can? If I let a random person on the street crush my self-image, then I am way too delicate to change the world in the way that I want to.

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what you’ve been through…the elimination of self-loathing isn’t a luxury—it’s a necessity.

Food Addiction, Alcoholism & the Discovery of Self-Like. ~ Georgia Boonshoft

Barefeet, watermelons, and sunburns – it’s summer! (+ some journaling prompts to help you enjoy it) – The Way of the Happy Woman | Sara Avant Stover | Feminine Spiritual Practice & Empowerment

Barefeet, watermelons, and sunburns – it’s summer! (+ some journaling prompts to help you enjoy it) – The Way of the Happy Woman | Sara Avant Stover | Feminine Spiritual Practice & Empowerment