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
Enjoying the Enchantment of Autumn and the Magic of Halloween
I have always loved autumn. Ever since I was a little girl, it's always been my favorite time of year. From jumping in the leaves, to enjoying the brisk, cool air, just the though of it has the ability to put me in a better mood. Autumn and Halloween have the ability to "cast spells" on the mindset and propel us to have a little more fun.
When I was growing up, fall was always centered around the month of September, but as the years have passed, it seems this season has shifted nicely into October. The leaves change color a bit later and we get to enjoy a little more of this cool and colorful season before the snow flies. I recall in years past when we were practically bundled in snowsuits for Halloween festivities, and lately we barely need a sweater when out in our costumes on Halloween night.
For me, the smell and sight of the turning leaves awakens something almost spiritual in me. It's impossible not to want to get out into this type of weather and just breathe it all in! It's always been a season of contemplation for me. I can look out on the various colors of golenrod, burnt orange and glorious reds and almost see hope for myself. I use this season to walk more, think more and enjoy more than during any other time of year.
When it comes to Halloween, I will admit here and now that I have never been much of a fan of the holiday, but now that my grandchildren are a bit older and I see the joy it brings them, I can't help but change my tune a bit. For the first time in decades, I've been asked to partake in the festivities and be one-third of the Sanderson sisters (from the movie Hocust Pocus) with my daughter and granddaughter. It's been a bit of a challenge on their part to change my mind about Halloween, but I'm committed now and you can't go back on a pinky promise with a 10-year-old.
I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy this time of year. It definitely feels like the shortest season, but to me, the most enchanting. Whether you are enjoying the sweater weather and getting the last days of porch time in, taking walks, or gathering pine cones and leaves, make the most of this season for yourself. And when it comes to Halloween, take a chance and "be" the somebody you've always dreamed of being, whether it's a ghost, goblin or princess.
I hope you all have an enchanting season!
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."