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Thursday, October 11th, 2007
2:24 pm
Also, there are Love Your Body e-cards.
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
5:15 pm
Below and attached you'll find information about fun events happening right here in our nation's capitol to celebrate Love Your Body Day, October 18th! Please join us and bring friends! These events are sponsored by the Young Women's Task Force of Metro DC in coalition with 51st State NOW.

Happy Hour at Cafe Asia
Thursday, October 11th
1720 I Street NW, 6pm to 8pm

Love Your Body Flow: Yoga on the Mall
Saturda, October 13th, 11am to 12:30pm
On the grass just south of the Washington Monument
co-sponsored by Gold's Gym, bring your own mat or towel

On the grass just south of the Washington Monument, near the theater

Love Your Body Day Film Screening
Thursday, October 18th at IWPR's office
1707 L Street NW Suite 750, 6:30pm screening of Killing Us Softly 3

In Sisterhood,

Elisabeth Crum, 51st State NOW Vice President

"Like any real heirloom, feminism is not of our making and needs reconstruction to serve our time; and like any real treasure, it will last us forever." ~Naomi Wolf, 1983
Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
12:28 pm
Somebody give me a jumpstart?
Monday, January 1st, 2007
10:39 am
A new year... a fresh start
"Recognize this resistance as a fear of intimacy -- SELF-intimacy. Often in troubled relationships, we settle into an avoidance pattern with our significant others. We don't want to hear what they are thinking because it just might hurt. So we avoid them, knowing that, once they get the chance, our significant others will probably blurt out something we do not want to hear." -- Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way

This quote is about how we get estranged from our SELVES. Integrate. Have a long sweet talk with yourself. One of those impromptu dates that just arises (cancel something!) -- make tea, put on your comfy snuggly clothes, and really hang out with yourself.


(this is not a Resolution but a Fiat:)

2007 is Love Your Body Year.
Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
10:11 pm
Solstice Date With Me
Tomorrow the Winter Solstice starts at 7-something p.m. I'm planning to burn things (OK, mostly candle-type things) and listen to cheezy music (wish I had some Edgar Winters Group) and knit. And maybe do a writing exercise: what I want to leave behind me in the old year, and what I want to focus on in the new year. (I would write it and then burn it, but I think it would get too smoky in here. No working fireplace!)

Oh, and? Yes. It's also LOVE YOUR BODY DAY!
Thursday, December 14th, 2006
4:02 pm
Being nice to my December self
I found chocolate candies that are actually calcium supplements.

I want a long hot bath too. There are certain empowering womancentric CDs in my collection that are feeling neglected, and they want me to play them very loud during aforementioned bath.

Also? Today is Love Your Body Day!
Friday, December 8th, 2006
9:00 pm
love my body day
  • I slept in
  • I committed the food heresy of having a bagel with good/aka southern vegan sausage gravy
  • I skipped the gym and a long walk
  • I made amazingly nummy polenta and kielbasa
  • I'm changing into jammies once I hit 'post'
  • I'm putting new batteries in the hello kitty vibe.

Current Mood: happy
12:14 pm
Rumor Has It
That today is love your body day!

Today, to make up for how poorly I treated my body during finals I:

slept in on purpose
made myself a nummy mocha at home!
actually took the time to eat breakfast
and take a long luxurious shower

Not much, but more than I've done for myself in a long time.
Every little bit helps.
9:58 am
song playing in my head this morning
Looking back and asking myself,
What the hell'd you let 'em break your spirit for?
Their lives ran in circles so small
They thought they'd seen it all
And they couldn't make a place for
A girl who'd seen the ocean...

(Michelle Shocked)

Yes, I'm going to keep posting to the community until we get some chatter going here. And yes, it is Love Your Body Day again today!
Thursday, December 7th, 2006
5:52 pm
Also Today is Love Your Body Day.
Yesterday I blew off jury duty -- called in sick. I *had* been feeling very ill the night before, and I didn't think it would be fair to go decide on indictments when I was woozy and inattentive. So I stayed home and ended up getting a lot done -- laundry, buying groceries, cooking spicy lentils and brown basmati rice. And not guilting myself out, and not doing anything I didn't want to (so, yes, it took all day and evening to get the laundry done, but whatever!)

I am also gingerly cutting down on caffeine... it had gotten way out of control. I am nervous because I don't want to go into a depressive slump, and I've been using my "low end of the speed spectrum" coffee habit as a crutch, a shield, etc. Today I had one smallish coffee in the morning and one small soy latte (only ONE shot of espresso!) in the afternoon. That's next to no coffee, for me. I am going to bring teabags to work tomorrow.

And... I know bellydance class is supposed to be all positive and body-honoring but it hasn't been feeling that way for me, and I'm thinking I might drop it. I'm awfully conflicted and uptight about something that's *supposed* to be FUN...

How's everyone else?
Monday, December 4th, 2006
9:54 pm
Today is Love Your Body Day.

Yes, it's today. It's whichever day you happen to be reading this.
Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
6:55 pm
Ever had the antithesis of "self love" days?

I'm having one. And I need help.

Ideas for reminding myself about this affair with myself? Kind of a "101 Ways to Spice Up Your Relationship With Yourself"?
Monday, November 6th, 2006
4:20 pm
Updating on my November Affair
I'm wondering if a daily update on the small things might make this feel more ... required.

Also, maybe it'll give some inspiration to someone.

Heh. 'Cause I'm so inspirational.

Anyway, I think that part of my lack of updating here has been feeling like what I do isn't Enough. Which is ... well, stupid.

So my November challenge to myself started yesterday. One small thing every day that I wanted or desired, no guilt, just giving myself that.

Yesterday was tiny. After talking to sonicage on IM, I really wanted a Slurpee. It was only 8 pm, but it was so DARK and I didn't want to ask my roommate for a ride because I'm weird about favors. But then I realized ... the 7/11 is probably only a 15 minute walk away!

So I went and got myself a Slurpee. I even brought one back for the Bean Girl and our roommate. And it was tiny, but it was important ... because I was acknowledging that the $1.50 for a Slurpee was what I wanted to do. And when I was walking in the drizzle, carrying a drink carrier with less than $5 worth of beverage back to the house, I realized that I kind of wanted the walk, the time alone, too.

Tonight, I'm having dinner with my friend Joey, helping him with some stuff for his other job. It doesn't SOUND like an Affair With Me thing, but it is. Because I want to see Joey. I won't feel guilty about the work I should be doing ('cause I should) or about not having called people or invited more people to join us. I will enjoy Joey, I will enjoy our time, and I will give myself the gift of doing it guilt-free.

So it's a start.
Monday, September 25th, 2006
3:02 pm
I liked this article on shadow comforts so I thought I would share it. I'm planning to do the writing exercises this week, sometime when I have a moment.

how's everyone doing?
Thursday, September 7th, 2006
5:56 am
So I started doing this thing. It's a trendy book -- "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. There are daily and weekly exercises. Mainly, one is supposed to do 3 pages of free-writing (any old mental garbage that comes along, just keep the pen moving) each morning, and then there is a focus for the week. I've only done one week so far, but I really like it. The book has some God-speak and other stuff I don't get into, but the exercises are fab. This week I had to list people who've discouraged me, and who've encouraged me, and identify the negative "blurts" my mind comes up with and consciously counter them. No, I am not in fact horrid or empty or incompetent. Really NOT.

There's also an Artist Date. Every week, one is supposed to take 1/2 hr. to 2 hours and do something really... really Affair-With-Me-esque. It can be a long slow walk, or dancing like an idiot alone in your room, or going to the drugstore to buy crayons and stickers and glitter glue. Or something entirely else. I like this.

Wikiquote has a bunch of snippets from Julia Cameron:

"Anger is meant to be acted on. It is not meant to be acted out. Anger points the direction. We are meant to use anger as fuel to take the actions we need to move where our anger points us. With a little thought, we can usually translate the message that our anger is sending us."

"I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow."

"Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself."
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
5:53 pm
To all the people out there tonight
Who are comforting themselves
If you should happen to see my light
You can stop and ring my bell

I'm just sittin here in this sty
Strewn with half-written [novel pages]
Taking one breath at a time
Nothin' much going on...

(Ani DiFranco, "Recoil")
Friday, March 10th, 2006
3:01 pm
Hey There
Hi all just wanted to say..this last week has been great for me with selflove. I bought myself a new pair of jeans from lane bryant..they look freakin awesome on me...:) just wanted to check in and say wow this community needs some more posters
Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
2:45 pm
Dear Self-

You're looking particularly tasty in that green oxford you're wearing today.

Also, thanks for eating some vegetables, I'm feeling so much better than I was during the days of "all cheese all time time."

Finally, lets go on a date this weekend, even if it's just coffee and a bagel and some Chet Baker on the iPod.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
6:46 pm
Okay, I'm up for the challenge.
Physical stuff I love about me.

1. My hair. It's thick and long and wavy, and it smells nice.
2. My eyes. They're a pretty color, somewhere between blue and green and grey, and they look pretty even with my glasses over them.
3. My mouth. I used to hate that my upper lip was narrower than my lower lip and all triangular and stuff, but now I think it gives me a 'pouty' thing going on, which is tres sexay.
4. My skin. Despite years of picking at things and smoking, I still have a great complexion. Plus, freckles. What's not to love about freckles?
5. My wrists. They're tiny and dainty, surprisingly so. I wear a 6-1/2" bracelet, for chrissakes! :)
6. My hands and fingers. Also tiny, but cutely pudgy as well.
7. My hips. They're very round and womanly.
8. The stuff... er, between my hips. Hours of entertainment, whether I have a partner or not. *blush*
9. My butt. It's big, but it's round and juicy and it looks hot in tight jeans.
10. The way it all hangs together. Hee!

Current Mood: pleased
4:15 pm
Ok The Memey Thingy Going Around
My top 10 favorite things about myself
1. My Eyes- I have very pretty icey blue eyes. My friend Kate Walker once told me they were the most beautiful eyes she has ever seen.
2. My nose- i dont know why i just kind of like it
3. My hands- i too have very small dainty hands, everytime i hear the song hands by Jewel im reminded of my own. hehe :) my fingers are just the pefect size for everything
4. My Lips- i forgot to say i have perfectly shaped lips hehe and they look great when im smiling.
5. My Hair- Its really thick and when i grow it longer, it will be beautiful. I will not be going bald any time soon. :)
6. My Breasts- Decent so far, will get better, but i love em anyway.
7. My Hips- Hella Cute
8. My Ass- perfect for me, i guess :)
9. My Legs- are really cutely shaped
10. My Feet- They are weirdly awesome. Some of my toes curve onto other toes. its cute in a weird way...
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