Thursday, October 14, 2010
Own Your Beauty Project
So I ran across this website today on the BlogHer network that is all about taking the next year to really own our own unique beauty and live more authentic lives. I think this is beautiful! So often it is easy to get caught up in the trap of comparisons with your friends, peers, celebrities, really everyone! But the fact of the matter is, no matter your age, your size, your skin color, your hair length, or your sense of style you are a beautiful, unique, wonderful person who adds to the tapestry of humanity in this world.
I read an interview with Eve Ensler (the author of The Vagina Monologues) once - and fair warning I am going to butcher what she said but get the main point across - and she said that when she had asked a woman in Africa didn't she ever get self conscious or compare herself to other women she pointed to the trees and said "look at that tree, it is skinny...look at that tree, it is large...would you say the large tree is ugly or wrong in some way? No, they are both beautiful trees in their own way, why is it any different for humans?"
So while I am working to be a healthier person for my own sense of energy and well being, my focus is not on losing weight or being "thin" because honestly, I am a curvy woman! I have broad hips, I have linebacker shoulders, I have big boobs...I can lose all the extra fat I want but I am never going to look like Kate Moss - and why would I want to? I want to have the energy to do everything I want to do and I want to live a long healthy life, so I eat nutritious food and exercise so I can achieve that...but I still love myself for who I am RIGHT THIS MINUTE and that is important!
The theme for this month is Authenticity - And everything I have done in the last 6 months has been about me trying to move into a more authentic life for myself. Moving out of Philadelphia, going back to school for what I love, leaving behind a stable (but soul destroying) corporate job for the uncertainty (but joy) of theatre, and just generally trying to focus on doing things that feed my spirit instead of taking it away. Is there something in your life that you just know is not serving you? Something you dread doing every day? Maybe it is time to let that go and replace it with something positive that can build you up instead of tearing you down. Take the leap and begin today with living your most authentic life!
Go to Own Your Beauty and sign the pledge to celebrate your own beauty...who knows how much richer your life could be this time next year? A lot of things can happen once you decide to take action!