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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.

Things you can do every day to boost your body image:

As Fall and the Holiday Seasons Begin ... Be Thankful for You!

As our unseasonably warm last days of summer wane and autumn finally decides to make a grand appearance with cooler weather and the appearance of the first celebrations of the holiday season, I'd like to remind us all to take a moment to celebrate us.

Halloween is certainly the one day a year where we can be anyone or anything we want to be ... from sexy starlet to wicked witch. It's a day of pretending and parading and oftentimes it's all about outward appearances.

As Canadians celebrate their Thanksgiving in October, thanks and appreciation is everywhere. We are thankful for supportive family and friends, good weather and things beyond the outward.

As a SSBBW, sometimes it's hard to get past the outward and really appreciate all we have going on with our minds, heart, body and soul. The thing that made me consider this was a video I came across while in the throes of insomnia at 3 a.m. one work morning.

As I was perusing video clip after video clip-from skateboarding fails to adorable puppies to rednecks offering up advice on the state of America-I came across plus-sized supermodel Ashley Graham, who with grace and beauty has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and countless other magazines.

Graham begins by sharing her daily affirmations and shares her struggle to gain confidence and self-acceptance of herself and her body, a body most in the modeling industry criticized and demeaned. She goes on to say that over 15 years, she came to accept and embrace her cellulite, her rolls, and inner thighs that jiggle and touch and in the process, became her own role model.

After watching this video, I was reminded and inspired to be thankful for everything in my life including me. I am thankful for all my imperfections and all those things others may not like that are uniquely me. I love my family, my friends, my job, my mind, my heart, my soul and my life. But I also have to be thankful for the whole of me.

As we kick off the holiday season with Halloween and Thanksgiving, look deeper and be thankful for the whole of you, the best and the worst of you. Because it is all you and it is all magnificent.

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"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." - Cynthia Ozick

"Hobgoblins know the proper way to dance:
Arms akimbo, loopy legs askew,
Leaping into darkness with delight,
Lusting for the ecstasy of fright,
Open to the charm of horrors new...."
~Nicholas Gordon,
"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."
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

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