My Body Finally…..A Video Message
This Guest Post graciously submitted by Melissa King
Struggles with body image affect women of all shapes and sizes. Body consciousness is not just about weight and shape, but it includes skin color, skin tone, hair, eyes, etc. It is made up of all the things so many of us worry about and try to hide or perfect before we walk out the door (or decide which pictures of ourselves we’ll permit others to see).
I love to see women who are comfortable and confident in their skin despite being a different size or shape than what our society markets as the ideal. I love seeing a woman who doesn’t lose her confidence or her great smile just because she has a blemish.
I don’t think we see enough of real women’s bodies (shapes, sizes, blemishes) in a positive context. Even among friends, we often hide what we think are our imperfections. I think that if we were exposed to more of what is real and natural, we would all be more comfortable and confident with ourselves.
Melissa King is a life and wellness coach in New York City. In addition to private coaching, she offers women’s groups and wellness workshops addressing women-specific needs. She also writes a blog focused on supporting women who are interested in authenticity, improving self-esteem and self-respect, breaking unsuccessful dating/relationship patterns, and developing new habits that lead to better communication and intimacy with others. More info can be found at myheartdances.com
This video was originally posted here on July 9, 2012 and is republished with the author’s gracious permission.