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Self Acceptance and Society/Fat Acceptance

Self acceptance is loving and appreciating yourself even if there are things you'd eventually like to change. Fat acceptance or society acceptance is getting society as a whole to accept that we have the same rights as everyone else and to reduce prejudice within the community.
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Self-acceptance means unconditional appreciation and support for who you are now, including all the elements that you want to change.

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Give Yourself the Gift of Acceptance

There are many disagreements about the symbolism of the holiday season. Is it the celebration of the birth of Christ? Is it a time for family remembrance and togetherness? Is it a crassly commercial time of year that brings out the worst in people? Does it lead to unrealistic expectations, fueled by movies, television programs and glossy magazine covers? Though no two people celebrate the holidays the same almost everyone celebrates in some way and almost all of those people wish their celebration had been more "perfect".

I believe the holiday season is what you make it; if you can accept the fact that it isn't going to be perfect and there are going to be things about it that don't meet your sky-high expectations you will most likely enjoy this time with family and friends and not become overly stressed. So it is with our acceptance of ourselves.

So many women have the belief that if only they were perfect, so too would be their lives. This is not so. First, no one is perfect. How boring would the world be if everyone were perfect? Everyone has their quirks and foibles that make them a living, breathing, perfectly imperfect human being. That is the beauty of life.

A quilt made of one color and type of fabric can be an attractive addition to your bedroom. But a crazy quilt made of all different colors and types of material; that catches the eye and makes a real statement. We are all pieces of that crazy quilt, each patch unique and special. When sewn together in the quilt of humanity we make something beautiful and enduring.

Remember this holiday season that it is not necessary to be perfect; in fact, it really annoys the rest of us that aren't even close! Just be yourself, because you are special and beautiful. Just enjoy your time with your loved ones, because they love you and cherish the time spent with you, dimpled thighs and all. And remember if you start to get down on yourself for not having a picture postcard holiday, the ugly sweater from Aunt Agnes, your son's bloody nose from sledding into a tree and the dry turkey and lumpy gravy will be the things you laugh about next year; those are the stitches in your quilt. Embrace your imperfections and give yourself the gift of acceptance this year.

Written by: Angie Yoder

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My vision with this magazine is to let you know that you are not alone. There are other SSBBWs around the world with the same issues, thoughts, worries and joys as you have. Whether you have accepted your weight and love your body, whether you are actively working to lose weight or whether you want to get healthier and have more mobility but don't know where to start, you are not alone.

Whether you are single or in a relationship, have children or not, work or are unemployed, housebound or relatively mobile, healthy or have medical issues, you are not alone.

Let's band together and share our stories, our triumphs and our pain. Click here to view this months blogs.

"Still ours the dance, the feast, the glorious Psalm,
The mystic lights of emblem, and the Word."
~Emma Lazarus, "The Feast of Lights"
"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."
~Roy L. Smith

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