What a magnificent place and time within our culture, when millions of women, young and old (and men, for that matter), are opting out of a life filled with shame and body bashing to love the skin they’re in.

Although many are emotionally battered and bruised (and sadly, there have been some fatalities along the way), it’s miraculous to see the effervescence of spirit piercing the omnipresent veil of illusion underfoot.  

Whole self

It seems 2015 will be the year we began to wake up and question, “Why do I have to be something I’m not to be accepted?” We are no longer rejecting taking care of our whole selves, but choosing to bravely take a stand and no longer feel badly for what sets us apart from one another. 

"We are no longer rejecting taking care of our whole selves, but choosing to bravely take a stand and no longer feel badly for what sets us apart from one another."

On a daily basis the tables are turning toward diversity, inclusion, and more acceptance in the fashion, beauty and manufacturing industries. Independently, we are learning that the more we accept ourselves, the more we take back our power and positively influence how products, goods and services are marketed to us via commercials, imagery and characterizations.

Money matters

As a matter of economics, no longer can we ignore the 100 million underserved women who wear a size 12 or above and have billions of dollars to spend, according to industry analyst Marshal Cohen of the NPD Group. The bottom line is too great a price to pay due to ignorance.  This viable economic powerhouse is ready for its exuberant day in the sun.

It’s been said, "Change happens when the pain of not changing is greater than the change itself; that’s when we change.” Ready to begin?

  1. Absolutely positive: What you think or say of yourself, you will think or say of others. Each time you catch yourself body bashing, give yourself a compliment. Practice leaning on the positive and watch your life change. Kindness goes a long way, especially when you start with yourself. 

  2. Fuel your body, not fool it: Take a break from yo-yo dieting—yes, you heard correctly! Learn to listen for hunger and thirst cues. Your body will let you know because it knows best. Listening and acceptance is key.   

  3. Forgive and move on: Forgiveness is a gift that helps us move beyond an ill-mannered comment or malicious act directed at us. Forgive the person but not the act. Let go of the shame and give that person back their luggage.

  4. Use your voice: When a company employee is doing it right, let them know! It makes their day and encourages more of the same. Share the applause with your networks and communicate less emotionally and more factually to have a commanding effect. 

  5. How about you?  The white space is calling you. There is no time like today to impact your neighborhood, state, or nation. By sharing your journey, others will feel more empowered to change and feel less alone.