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Learning to Love Myself

There’s a movement afoot, and it’s one that has been a long time coming. It’s a movement for overweight people to love themselves, regardless of their size.

I have disliked myself and lacked self-confidence for a very long time, all because of my weight. I have been working on learning to like myself for years; surrounding myself with some very positive and loving people who accept me for who I am and lift me up when I am low.

What I have come to realize is just because I wear plus-sized clothes, it does not mean that I am stupid or ugly or unable to be successful in other areas in my life. My weight is only one of many characteristics of who I am, like hair color or eye color, it does not define me or negate the fact that I am a caring, empathetic, and open-minded person.  Nor does it mean that I should live in a world of shame where I should stay hidden in the shadows of life, wearing a muumuu and waiting until I am thin to be happy with myself. I can wear trendy, cute clothes and participate in activities I enjoy and anyone who has an issue with it, that’s their problem, not mine. I don’t have to carry that negativity or allow it to make me feel as if I am not worthy.

By no means does this mean that I am not going to work to get healthier; just as I will not stop learning new things because I am an adult. Just because I am learning to like who I am does not mean that I can’t also work to improve myself.  I realize there are areas in which I need improvement, but now I can embrace that and accept that those areas and that lack of perfection is what makes me human instead of hating myself because of it, and by liking who I am, that will make it easier and more enjoyable to take care of myself.

I now understand that you don’t have to wait until you get to your destination to love yourself, it is possible and also very important to love yourself where you are in your journey.

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What are you reading?

Recently, I received a Facebook post asking me to list ten books that had the most impact on me, but that’s difficult because any book I read impacts me in some way. So, I decided to post my favorite books and a list of books that are on my to-be-read list here to share with all of you.

Favorites:

1) The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

2) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

3) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

4) The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

5) Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

6) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

7) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

8) The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

9) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

10) Sarah by Orson Scott Card

To-Be Read:

1) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

2) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

3) Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

4) 1984 by George Orwell

5) The complete works of Flannery O’Connor

6) Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

7) The Complete Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

8) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

9) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

10) Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

So there are ten of my favorites and a list of books on tap to read. There are many more on the to-be-read list, but I thought ten was a good place to stop.

Feel free to write down your list in the comments below, I would love to add your recommendations to my list!

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Rock the Vote

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Today was election day. It was the first time in fifteen years that I didn’t have to send in an absentee ballot. I didn’t wear my sticker, I chose instead to keep it on it’s plastic backing tucked safely away in my wallet. It’s a funny thing, it’s just a sticker, but it means so much more, it connects you to others across the country who also exercised their right to vote.

If you chose to vote today, I hope you wore your sticker proudly. If you decided that you didn’t want to vote today, I think that’s okay too. It’s your right.

NaBloPoMo November 2014

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Quite the Challenge

Blogging is more difficult than it looks. Adjusting your blog theme, making sure it looks just right, while also trying to find interesting, post worthy things to write about is much more challenging than it sounds.

How do you keep your blog fresh? Do you have any WordPress hacks to share?

NaBloPoMo November 2014

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Books, books, books

I love books! I can spend hours in a book store roaming through the aisles, or on Amazon downloading books to my Kindle app, but I have a confession.

I don’t read as much as I’d like.

Currently I use the excuse that I am in school and rarely find time to sit and read a good book, but the reality is, even if I am on a break, I don’t read. I have every intention to read during my breaks, but I don’t.

I think much of it has to do with the fact that I started reading late in life. I don’t recall reading my first chapter book until middle school. That coupled with the fact that I read very slowly, gets me discouraged when I meet people who can finish a book in two or three sittings and I am still stuck on chapter one. But, I don’t let that stop my from buying books. I am convinced that one day I will have nothing better to do but sit around a read.

I am motivated to change that though. I started reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn a few days ago (I know, I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet either!) and have managed to steal away a few minutes a day to read a few pages. It’s not much, but it’s progress.

Do you have any suggestions on what I should read next? What are you reading right now?

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