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.
Things you can do every day to boost your body image:
- Move your body by doing activities you love
- think of one thing you body did for you today
- compliment yourself
- smile at yourself in the mirror
- wear clothes that fit you well and make you happy, regardless of their size
October Offerings: Living a Life of Gratitude and Being Who You Want to Be!
There's no getting around the fact that October is full of giving thanks, continuing old or making new traditions...and at the tail end of it, having a whole lot of fun!
For Canadians, the second Monday in October, this year on October 10th, marks Thanksgiving Day. Invariably, the first thing that pops into my SSBBW head is food! Our family seems to have had the same food spread at our Thanksgiving table for decades: roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, fresh mashed squash, green bean casserole and my sister's scalloped oysters. If another dish happens to make it to the table, it is often snubbed and overlooked like the new kid at school.
In the madness of women cooking, men drinking and watching football and kids noisily under foot, the playbook for Thanksgiving at our house has never altered much over the years either-hours and days to prepare and cook and minutes to gobble it all down.
But there is one constant I'm most glad for at Thanksgiving-that rare and reflective moment of prayer, usually led by one of the eldest at the table-and that is our Thanksgiving prayer. It's a moment of peace and thought and quietness unlike any other throughout the year. We listen to the words of thanks and think in our heads, "yeah...I second that!"
Sometimes we go around the table and have everyone give thanks for something or someone meaningful in their lives and the standard replies of family, friends and health are often interspersed by the thoughts of children thankful for pets and teachers and bubblegum. It makes us realize that there are so many things to be grateful for from the simple to the broad.
For a split second we think, "I should be writing this down, a list of things I am thankful for." It's just too bad we don't actually find and make the time to do it. For many years, I have started and waned from keeping a gratitude list. When I am in the midst of keeping it, I feel more centered, peaceful and grateful for the everyday things that I love that are so easily overlooked: a chirping bird, quick-moving clouds, the wind on my face and the sound of a child's laughter.
I challenge us to at least one day a week write in that gratitude journal and see just what touches our heart at the end of every week.
Once we have committed to recognizing our gratitude, we can also commit to allowing ourselves a little fun. And there's no better time of the year for having a little unapologetic fun than Halloween!
As a SSBBW, it's not always easy to feel comfortable dressing up and living it up on Halloween, but oooohhhh how we should! There's no better time to accept the fact that we can dress up to the nines or be who we've always wanted to be!
What do you want to be? Is your alter ego Wonder Woman, a cackling witch, a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, a superstar perhaps? There are no rules and no apologies on Halloween! Give out candy, go to or host a party, mull some cider, go bobbing for apples! Dare to live it up, I say!
Enjoy living a life of gratitude this Thanksgiving and being who you want to be on Halloween! Happy October!
"Gratitude is peace." --Anne Lamott
Written by: T.E.Bush
"Hobgoblins know the proper way to dance:
"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house.
So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air."