What stories does your body want to tell? #7

Sometimes I so dislike this body I’m in, or wish I could change parts of it, or resent its entire heavy awkwardness. But then sometimes, also, I am glad for all that it allows me to do…

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What stories does your body want to tell? #5

I have never put up photos of myself where the largeness of my thighs, the thickness of my calves and the chunky roll of belly fat are so nakedly evident.

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What stories does your body want to tell? #4

There were days where the only thing I achieved while awake was breathing, one breath in front of another.

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What stories does your body want to tell? #3

I wondered at the kind of world we live in now where it is perfectly okay — in fact, encouraged — for young people to police and impose their judgements, no matter how seemingly harmless or childish or jokey, on each other’s bodies.

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What stories does your body want to tell? #2

I looked my physical best. I fit into everything beautifully. My hair was a perfect bob. But absolutely no other part of me was well.

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My body is my own

It took me a long time to accept that I am not supposed to please anyone, all I had to do was please my body and myself: I had to let it feel happy.

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Dear self…

This is an open letter just to remind you to keep the true colours of you who are.

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Spend some time with your own body

There is so much pleasure every day that our bodies are experiencing, and we miss it simply because we are living outside of our bodies instead of inside our experiences.

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The selfish girl’s guide to being kind

If we’re being totally honest with ourselves, we’d realise that being kind just because “it’s the right thing to do” isn’t really being kind at all.

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Listen… Your socks are trying to sing you a song of self-love

… and other lessons from the Konmari art of decluttering

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